Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
October 28, 1972
2003 - Present
Currently Known For:
Actress and Television Personality
“I’ve never been perfect and I never will be, but from here on out, I vow to try my best to live this life to the fullest.” Falling into stardom when she signed on to find love on the first season of The Bachelor, Trista Rehn Sutter might not have been bachelor Alex Michel’s first choice but ABC had other plans in mind when they gave the beautiful Sutter her own spinoff, The Bachelorette. Finding love on her own terms, she fell in love with Ryan Sutter on the show and tied the knot with the world watching on December 6, 2003 as ABC paid them $1 million to broadcast their nuptials in Trista & Ryan’s Wedding miniseries. With over 26 million viewers tuning in to watch, Sutter made appearances on reality series like Fear Factor, Dancing with the Stars and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but the 44-year-old says nothing compares to her life with Ryan and their two children at home in Vail, Colorado.
Born to Stan and Roseanne Rehn, Trista Nicole Rehn came into this world on October 28, 1972 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in Chesterfield, Missouri, Sutter attended Parkway Central High School and later enrolled at Indiana University before she transferred to the University of Miami. Once in Florida, she earned her degree in physical therapy and took a job as a physical therapist while spending her weekends on the basketball court as a Miami Heat cheerleader and dancer. Still single at the time, Sutter had everything she ever imagined with her career but was desperate to find love when she heard about an open casting call for a new reality series called The Bachelor on ABC. The premise of the show was that one eligible bachelor would have the choice of 25 beautiful women to fall in love with through various adventures and stunning romantic getaways before asking one to be his wife. Knowing that dating in Miami wasn’t getting her very far, Sutter submitted her audition video for the show but never imagined she’d hear back from the network.
Cast as one of 25 women vying for Alex Michel’s love and attention, Sutter quickly became a viewer favorite as she charmed Michel and made her way to the final two where Michel had to choose between her and an event planner named Amanda Marsh. While Team Trista fans were sure Michel would choose her as his wife, heartbreak was in store for the young Sutter as she left brokenhearted. But, not even ABC could deny Sutter’s popularity among viewers or the show’s success as they created a new spinoff series called The Bachelorette with Sutter announced as the show’s first star with 25 men vying for her love as the world watched.
The Bachelorette proved to be another huge success for the network and an even bigger success with Sutter who fell in love with a fireman named Ryan Sutter on the series. As Ryan dropped to one knee in a heartfelt proposal, Sutter accepted as ABC signed off on a $1 million check to air their upcoming nuptials in a three-episode miniseries called Trista & Ryan’s Wedding. Tying the knot on December 6, 2003, over 26 million people tuned in to watch the Sutters exchange vows at The Lodge luxury resort in Rancho Mirage, California. The series set a new record as the most watched episode in reality television history with Sutter dubbed the “Godmother” of The Bachelorette.
Going on to become a frequent guest on reality series throughout the new millennium, she and Ryan appeared on Fear Factor as Sutter became one of the first contestants on the first season of Dancing with the Stars. The couple also appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire as well as on HGTV’s home renovation series called Rocky Mountain Reno. By then, the couple was desperate to step away from the spotlight after a whirlwind romance that wasn’t exactly what they considered real life.
“The Bachelorette is really a short period of time and you are in a bubble,” Sutter said. “For six, eight 10 weeks—however long your filming. For us, it was six. So, that’s all you’re focused on. You can’t watch television, you’re not allowed to be on email, you can’t talk to friends and family, you’re not at your job every day, you’re not playing in your sports leagues or whatever you do as a hobby. You’re just solely focused on developing these relationships. And for some people, they get caught up in the glamor of it all, and the excitement.” Sutter wasn’t one of those people, which is why she became extremely selective in signing on for spinoffs and other reality series. Even on Dancing with the Stars, she practiced twice a week, which pales in comparison to what the show requires today.
In fact, Sutter couldn’t be happier out of the spotlight as she and Ryan have settled down in Vail, Colorado with their son and daughter. “It’s just like your job,” Sutter said of their marriage. “You have to put in the time and effort and energy that you do into everything else in your life. And I feel like Ryan and I do that. We’ve had our bumps in the road, just like anyone else, but it’s really about staying focused on each other and dedicating time to each other.”
Still together after 14 years, the couple has certainly had their highs and lows especially after the 44-year-old Sutter’s most recent scare while on vacation with her family in Croatia. Suffering a seizure and collapsing on her daughter’s chest, she was rushed to the local hospital where doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the event other than stress. Now, Sutter says the scare has given her a new lease on life as she vows to live life to the fullest and not take anything for granted—especially not after working so hard to find love with Ryan and becoming a mother to Max and Blakesley. “Life is great… It was always a dream of mine to be a mom, so I’ve gotten lots of dreams to come true through The Bachelorette. We would never have met if it hadn’t been for the show…”