This summer’s biggest guilty pleasure has undoubtedly been Love Island. The UK-import made its North American debut in July, with 10 singles living in a villa in Fiji and trying to find love. Islanders were dumped and added along the way, with Toronto’s Eric Hall as the sole Canadian to wash up on the Fijian shores. The 28-year-old made his mark on the series as the persistent hottie with a heart, and while Hall’s time in the villa was only nine days, it was an experience he, and viewers, won’t soon forget.
Following Hall’s exit from the villa, we caught up with the tattoo shop manager to get the freshly brewed tea on life in Love Island. As sincere in person as he appeared on the show, Hall said he’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support he’s received since leaving the villa. Our conversation also included all the hot goss, including which female Islanders he’s been in contact with since leaving the show, who was the villa’s biggest player, why he’s voting for Ray and Caro in tonight’s finale, and what he wishes the producers had shown. FYI, he did in fact put his workout clothes to use.
We mostly saw you with Kyra. Was that an accurate representation of your time in the villa?
A lot of stuff didn’t make it. I had connections going with a couple different girls, but at the time Caro was uncoupled, Kyra was kinda on the rocks with Cashel, and I showed interest in them with the producers before I left for Fiji, so they were like boom, this is the perfect time.
What girls did we not see you with on the show that you connected with in the villa?
Katrina is absolutely beautiful. She’s so fun. You could never be bored with a girl like that around. She has Caro’s type of bubbly energy but a very grounded sense of living. She supports her whole family back home in the Philippines and has such a great way of looking at things.
Who have you been in contact with since leaving the villa?
I was actually looking forward to meeting Alanna. I reached out to her recently. I showed a lot of interest in her from the get and I kind of knew that Yamen was gonna play the games that he played, so it’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to meet in person, but you could say that we’ve got a good form of communication going.
Yamen was voted the biggest player in the villa. Was that title earned?
I think when you’re in [the villa] it’s like being in Las Vegas and you can be anybody you want to be. The display and the front that he [Yamen] puts on is very good at not only catching the attention of the girl he’s coupled up with but also the remainder of the girls in the villa. I played my fair share of games when I was younger, and I just think he was doing whatever it took to have longevity on the show. I would rather go home and stay true to myself, but we’re all different people.
You were extremely supportive of Kelsey when she decided to leave the villa, a decision that also ended your time there. How do you feel now about her choice?
Kelsey had a conversation with some of the girls and I know she was going to keep me in the villa just to keep me alive, but her and I were on the same page. We didn’t want to be there for the wrong reasons. I was ready to go when I left.
Many of the Islanders, including you, said this isn’t Friend Island, but in some ways, it is that as well. Ray was in tears when you left, but we never saw you two together.
I was a little bit let down by that. We had secret handshakes. It kind of looked like everyone was in college and I was eating lunch alone. I had really good relationships with all the guys there. They were really respectful, but Ray and I came in this together and we were in a tough situation. Most of the people were coupled up. Ray gave me something real and reminded me of my boys back home and I really needed that in the villa. I kind of stepped back from my situation with Caro and told him to apply pressure, because she wasn’t originally interested in him and things worked out really great for him in the end. He’s an appreciative guy. We shared shoes in there, we shared sunglasses, we got each other ready for dates. It’s easy to get everything mixed up in the way of emotions and how fast and how slow things go in the villa and you’re all over the place. We kept each other grounded. That’s my boy for life.
The recoupling ceremonies are always the most dramatic moments on the show. Take us through that.
That whole thing is very stressful. It seems like there’s a quick turnover on it, but for one person to do their speech and select somebody takes almost 25 minutes. You’re kinda just sitting there trying to keep it together.
Life on Love Island is surreal. What’s it like sleeping in a room full of couples?
Kyra was a heavy snorer, so I was staying up either way. I think she has a deviated septum or something. I don’t sleep too much even back home, so for me it was super fun in a room like that.
How do the phones work on the show? Can Islanders text one another?
You could text with each other, but it was taking almost 24 hours to actually send, so I would get a text from Ray at 3 a.m. saying “Come chat by the fire.”
Watch the finale of Love Island tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and don’t miss the companion show Love Island Aftersun finale special immediately following the season finale at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Check out must-see moments, vote for your favourite couple, and experience exclusive content on the Love Island app.