Marisa Saks, David Cruz, and Justin Bird dish on love, matchmaking and their guilty pleasures.

on Dec 5, 2013 - The Dish0

When The Millionaire Matchmaker premieres tonight, Patti Stanger introduces us to her three new assistants. But what do they do when they aren't helping single people find love? Read on to find out who was a star baseball player, who's obsessed with crafting...and who one was once set up by Patti herself.

Marisa Saks

Marisa's not only a matchmaker, she was also a client.
Although she's mum on the current details of her love life, she was once set-up by Patti. "My grandma found an article in Allure magazine and showed my mom. She then called and spoke with Patti and it's all history from there."

Before matchmaking, figure skating was her passion.
"I had all my little rhinestone skating outfits, pink and purple skating guards with my name engraved in them - gloves, headpieces, hairbands," says the Ohio native. "Once I was skating so hard I ended up slicing my hand open on the toe pick of someone's ice skate blade. It was a bloody mess, ambulance, butterfly stitches, the works. I still have a faint scar on my left hand as a memoir of these days."

She studied Drama.
"I did a lot of print work and commercials growing up," Marisa tells the Dish. "I have always been in love with creative arts." Although she's got a steady gig with Patti these days, she sometimes considers what life would be like if she took more traditional route, maybe accounting? "At times I think, too bad I don't just love math. Everything would have probably been way easier. Not as exciting, but easier.

She loves to cuddle... with her dogs.
Marisa considered a career in veterinary medicine and now fosters rescue animals. She says dogs provide unconditional love and "no attitude or drama. Only cuddles and kisses." In fact she loves cuddling with her dogs so much that she admits, "I'm that girl that will sleep in the garage doggie bed with the dog if need be. Yes, that actually happened," she tells The Dish as she cuddled at home with her 12-year-old Rottweiler Bella.

She can't function without exercise.
"I'm addicted to spin class for the endorphin release," says Marisa. "I have to do something active to work up a sweat. Sometimes even something as simple as a 15 minute run outside just to free my mind."

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10 comments
jhussong
jhussong

Really starting to hate watching due to Justin and Marisa. Love David - he seems to have some personality and charm. But Justin and Marisa, what are they supposed to be doing? Justin tries a little bit, but Marisa - all she does is preen and pose and try to look alluring. She hardly talks! She just sits up straight, arranges her face, and attempts to smile once in a while. It's tough to watch, Bravo!

ronikayg
ronikayg

Love Patti-but not a fan of the change either-what happened to Destin & Rachel LOVED THEM!!!!

sgtjudy
sgtjudy

Does Patti matchmake for non-celebrities?  Just asking.  

titonura
titonura

What happened to the other couple that use to work with her? why suddenly without any details we have a new group?

crayzd
crayzd

I totally agree w/ KarNatio, I am going to miss them. What?? Just "PRETTY" ppl can be match-makers.They are edgy and soul mates. I don't think Patty is MEAN, she just says it like it is,,, I believe that reg. looking ppl can assist in finding soul mates. I was shocked when I tuned in and viewed these 3 BEAUTIFUL assistants, oh and the 1 token gay. Destin & Rachel, were the proof true love doesn't only come in a perfect package. RICH people believe they can buy anything they want and "need" . Health and true Love can not be bought. Patty just brings them down a notch and teaches them,,,if they listen. All said and done I don't believe this season will be a good. But just my opinion.

LynnSB
LynnSB

I am not happy with the new staff. I loved Destin and Rachel. They were fun and quirky. The new staff seems too stereotypical "California" types. Maybe they will grow on me after a while.

NYGalinTX
NYGalinTX

I love love love the new assistants! All three of them are perfect -- kind, compassionate, and down to earth.  I think they balance Patty out a little as she can be kind of mean! It also helps that they are all very beautiful and easy on the eyes, but not with a hint of arrogance.  That's very important in the dating world (physically attracted to someone without being offput by it) so I think they will add alot of positive to the clients and show!

KarNatio
KarNatio

I'm sure the new assistants are competent (television friendly), but they appear to be stereotypical LA "plastic" people. I really enjoyed Destin and Rachel and wish them well on their new endeavors.

Iloveandyandthehousewives
Iloveandyandthehousewives

Thank goodness! I stopped watching this show last year because I couldn't stand those 2 assistants! I don't even really know what it was about them - maybe just the unearned arrogance that came through and I'm sorry, but very hard on the eyes. I'm so glad there are new assistants this year!