'They think they're the next Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt!' MAFS 'bride' blows

‘They think they’re the next Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt!’ MAFS ‘bride’ blows the lid on ‘paid actors’ and says her co-stars just want Instagram followers… as expert warns show risks jumping the shark with ‘fake drama’

Married at First Sight viewers have accused producers of hiring paid actors and faking drama to boost ratings.

And one cast-member has inadvertently fuelled rumours in an interview with Woman’s Day podcast on Thursday. 

Cyrell Paule, 29, claimed some of her co-stars, including her ‘husband’ Nic Jovanovic, 28, are only on the show to boost their acting careers and increase their Instagram followers.

'They think they're the next Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt!' MAFS bride blows the lid on 'paid actors' and says co-stars just want Instagram followers... as expert warns show risks jumping the shark with 'fake drama' (pictured Ines Basic and Sam Ball)

‘They think they’re the next Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt!’ MAFS bride blows the lid on ‘paid actors’ and says co-stars just want Instagram followers… as expert warns show risks jumping the shark with ‘fake drama’ (pictured Ines Basic and Sam Ball)

‘…They’re honestly thinking they’re going to be the next Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt… and they just want Instagram followers!’ she said candidly.  

‘You guys think you’re going to end up at the Oscars or something? This is like maximum six months… settle down.’

Cyrell claims she confronted Nic on the show, but producers haven’t aired any of it to ensure that the seemingly down-to-earth electrician gets a ‘good edit’.

‘From day dot, I said to Nic ‘you’re here for fame’,’ she said.

Blowing the lid: Cyrell Paule (left), 29, claimed some of her co-stars, including her 'husband' Nic Jovanovic, 28, are only on the show to boost their acting careers and increase their Instagram followers

Blowing the lid: Cyrell Paule (left), 29, claimed some of her co-stars, including her ‘husband’ Nic Jovanovic, 28, are only on the show to boost their acting careers and increase their Instagram followers

‘And that’s what they’re not showing, he would ask ‘why aren’t we getting [photographed] Cyrell?’ and ‘what do you think happens when you get more Instagram followers?’

‘They don’t air me calling him fake and wanting fame, they didn’t air me saying to him ‘if you’re here for fame tell me, but don’t make me look like a fool!’

Channel Nine are determined to top the success of season 5, which drew in an impressive 1.75 million viewers during the reunion finale – and so far the drama appears to be paying off.

Editing tricks? Cyrell (right) claims she confronted her 'husband' Nic Jovanovic (left) on the show but producers haven't aired any of it to ensure that the seemingly down-to-earth tradie gets a 'good edit'

Editing tricks? Cyrell (right) claims she confronted her ‘husband’ Nic Jovanovic (left) on the show but producers haven’t aired any of it to ensure that the seemingly down-to-earth tradie gets a ‘good edit’

During it’s first week, the total cross-platform average viewership exceeded 2.139 million viewers. 

However, viewers have begun questioning just how authentic the show really is.

From the unconvincing ‘affair’ between Ines Basic and Sam Ball to the bizarre pairing of self-proclaimed ‘former lesbian’, Lauren Huntriss, with 29-year-old virgin, Matt Bennett, many viewers are convinced the cast are paid actors.

‘Look honestly the worst part of this is how little chemistry Ines and Sam actually have. Hire some better actors next time #MAFS,’ one viewer tweeted.

Contrived storylines? From the unconvincing 'affair' between Ines Basic and Sam Ball to the bizarre pairing of self-proclaimed 'former lesbian', Lauren Huntriss (right), with a 29-year-old virgin, Matt Bennett (left), many viewers are convinced the cast are paid actors

Contrived storylines? From the unconvincing ‘affair’ between Ines Basic and Sam Ball to the bizarre pairing of self-proclaimed ‘former lesbian’, Lauren Huntriss (right), with a 29-year-old virgin, Matt Bennett (left), many viewers are convinced the cast are paid actors

Staged? Viewers have claimed there is no chemistry between Ines and Sam

Staged? Viewers have claimed there is no chemistry between Ines and Sam

Editing fail: An embarrassing editing fail on Monday night's episode saw Sam's 'wife' Elizabeth Sobinoff wearing two different outfits and hairstyles in what was supposed to be the same scene

Editing fail: An embarrassing editing fail on Monday night's episode saw Sam's 'wife' Elizabeth Sobinoff wearing two different outfits and hairstyles in what was supposed to be the same scene

Editing fail: An embarrassing editing fail on Monday night’s episode saw Sam’s ‘wife’ Elizabeth Sobinoff wearing two different outfits and hairstyles in what was supposed to be the same scene

‘Ines and Sam meeting up seems so fake. Where did you find these actors? The dump?’ another tweet read.

A third person wrote: ‘How much money are you paying Ines and Sam lol obviously actors #MarriedAtFirstSight.’

One prominent media expert told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that MAFS risks jumping the shark as the lack of authenticity is a turn off for viewers.

‘In a highly competitive media environment, conflict and drama are the ‘low hanging fruit’ that reality shows rely on to catapult them into ratings success,’ said Nicole Reaney of InsideOut Public Relations.

‘When reality TV first appeared on our screens, there was definitely more authenticity and ‘risk’ to those shows and that’s what drew in the mass followings. Viewers enjoyed seeing a more relatable cast.

‘The volume and shift in reality series as a whole has seen Aussies become more cynical in the intention behind the cast and the show. Over time shows risk losing their initial loyal audience.

Next stop, Hollywood? Sam, 26, who is among the most talked about grooms, has been revealed as an aspiring actor as seen on his Star Now profile

Next stop, Hollywood? Sam, 26, who is among the most talked about grooms, has been revealed as an aspiring actor as seen on his Star Now profile

Experienced: In his Star Now bio, Sam says he has 'a lot of experience within modelling and commercial roles'

Experienced: In his Star Now bio, Sam says he has ‘a lot of experience within modelling and commercial roles’

‘With previous cast commenting and current viewer criticism of the show, Nine does risk overstepping that line.’   

Newly surfaced ‘acting’ photos and videos of cast members have fuelled the ‘paid actors’ theory.  

Sam, 26, who is among the most talked about grooms, has been revealed as an aspiring actor as seen on his Star Now profile.

Busted! Gold Coast electrician, Mike Gunner, was revealed as a working actor last week after footage surfaced on Instagram of the 43-year-old playing a gun-toting criminal in a low-budget action movie

Busted! Gold Coast electrician, Mike Gunner, was revealed as a working actor last week after footage surfaced on Instagram of the 43-year-old playing a gun-toting criminal in a low-budget action movie

TV career: Melissa Lucarelli, 38, has had plenty of on-camera experience as a presenter on Postcards, a traffic reporter for Sunrise and an emcee/host affiliated with Australia's Next Top Model

TV career: Melissa Lucarelli, 38, has had plenty of on-camera experience as a presenter on Postcards, a traffic reporter for Sunrise and an emcee/host affiliated with Australia’s Next Top Model

Gold Coast electrician, Mike Gunner, was revealed as a working actor last week after footage surfaced on Instagram of the 43-year-old playing a gun-toting criminal in a low-budget action movie. 

Melissa Lucarelli, 38, has had plenty of on-camera experience as a presenter on Postcards, a traffic reporter for Sunrise and an emcee/host affiliated with Australia’s Next Top Model.

Zen-obsessed ‘groom’ Dina Hira, 34, appears to also be obsessed with stardom after appearing on Channel Seven reality show First Dates last year.

He looks familiar! Zen-obsessed 'groom' Dina Hira, 34, appears to also be obsessed with stardom after appearing on Channel Seven reality show First Dates last year

He looks familiar! Zen-obsessed ‘groom’ Dina Hira, 34, appears to also be obsessed with stardom after appearing on Channel Seven reality show First Dates last year

Who knew they were friends? He's also appeared in various photo shoots, including one for prescription glasses company Speqs in 2017 - ironically with Jessika Power (left), 26, who also appears on MAFS this season

Who knew they were friends? He’s also appeared in various photo shoots, including one for prescription glasses company Speqs in 2017 – ironically with Jessika Power (left), 26, who also appears on MAFS this season

He’s also appeared in various photo shoots, including one for prescription glasses company Speqs in 2017 –  ironically with Jessika Power, 26, who also appears on MAFS this season.

Last month, Telv Williams from MAFS season 5, claimed there were paid actors on the show last year.

‘… I wonder how many paid actors they’ve hired this year? I know most were actors in our season. I can’t believe it hasn’t come out yet,’ he wrote on Instagram.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment. 

Bombshell: Last month, Telv Williams from MAFS season 5, claimed there were paid actors on the show last year

Bombshell: Last month, Telv Williams from MAFS season 5, claimed there were paid actors on the show last year