The Morning After
But what about you, Evan?
Although he kissed her in the finale and asked her to continue with him on what he called "this journey," Evan, 28, today seems less taken with having someone as guileless as Zora for a sidekick. When butler Paul Hogan presented the couple with a $1 million check to be split between them in the show's surprise ending, "she didn't believe it," says Marriott. "She didn't believe it the day after. I almost got mad and just said, 'Look, you've just been offered a half million dollars. Why don't you snap out of it and realize what's going on?' "
Of course, these hints of disillusionment may just be another trick played on our reality-addled minds by cynical FOX programmers, who will reunite the couple Feb. 24 for the first time since taping ended in late November. But even Andrich, 29, sounds underwhelmed, like a Cinderella who finally made it to the ball and called for her carriage well before midnight. "Is it possible to find true love in just a month with someone?" she asks. "I am a true believer in possibility. I never rule out anything. But honestly, I think it would be highly unlikely. The chances of it are pretty slim." Since her possible love match with Evan became a matter of heated national debate with the show's debut on Jan. 6, "I have friends who think he's perfect for me and that we make a beautiful couple," she says -- then deflates the sentiment: "Others say they would never in a million years have set me up with Evan."
For now, living apart, they seem to be sticking to the roles they assumed on the series: the Playboy and the Good Girl Next Door. Evan seems to enjoy having a chunk of change above and beyond his $19,000-a-year construction gig, tooling around L.A. in his new Mercedes and sampling celebrity life at events like the fashion shows last week in New York City. "I don't have to get up in the morning and wonder where my next meal's coming from," says Evan, a Virginia Beach, Va., native who has asked his father, bank vice president Hank Marriott, for tips on managing the money.