Shane O’Neill - Deep Dish

Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to understand their vibe at 5:01. This month, Shane O’Neill, who appeared on VH1’s new series Tough Love, gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like behind the scenes of a reality TV show.

Since appearing on Tough Love, do people notice you more? I definitely get noticed from time to time from being on the show. I notice it in places like coffee shops where they typically ask your name. They will say my name like I know them, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been to that shop.

Would you do it again? No, I had fun participating on the show. I would do it again, but only if it was another higher-budget show. Knowing that Drew Barrymore was one of the producers made it much more appealing to me. So many reality shows today are really pretty terrible!

What reality TV shows do you watch? I enjoy watching Hell’s Kitchen because I like how Gordon Ramsay takes no shit from anyone and tells it like it is, much like I am. Not to mention, I love spending time in the kitchen!
If there were a reality TV show about your life, what would it be called? Wow, that’s a tough question—I don’t think most people could keep up with a show about my life. I’m all over the place, but it works for me.

What characteristics do you attribute for your success as an entrepreneur, businessman, and now, reality TV star?
It’s a combination of my ADHD and my desire to try everything once that keeps me constantly exploring new things in my life.

What are your vices? Beautiful women! Love is like a see-saw: it has its ups and downs. I’m a big believer in falling in love, and I think there’s no better feeling in the world than the feeling of being in love.

You’ve accomplished a lot already, but what are you most proud of?
Hands down participating in raising my amazing son. My 10-year-old son Quinn makes me very proud every day.

What’s your favorite Columbus restaurant? Other than takeout from Shane’s Gourmet Market in German Village, it would have to be Rubino’s Pizza in Bexley.

What do you miss about Columbus? Columbus is a great place to be from—it’s safe, clean, good people, and all that together gave me a great foundation as I grew up. The gray weather is a totally different story—I enjoy visiting Columbus for a week or two each year, but then it’s back to Los Angeles for me where I have my son and it’s always blue skies.

You have one day to live: how do you spend it?
With my son—I would make it the longest day of my life!