"On my birthday— 25 years ago today— I met Pam Ling. It was on the very 1st day of filming REAL WORLD 3, SAN FRANCISCO," Judd Winick captioned a series of photos of himself and wife Pam Ling
Twenty-five years ago, Judd Winick’s life changed forever — all thanks to The Real World.
On Feb. 12, 1994, Winick, 49, began his journey on The Real World: San Francisco, the third season of MTV’s reality TV franchise, where he met his castmate and now-wife Pamela Ling.
In celebration of the day he met his bride — a.k.a. his birthday — 25 years ago on Tuesday, Winick shared a reflection post on Twitter and Instagram with his fans.
“On my birthday — 25 years ago today — I met Pam Ling. It was on the very 1st day of filming REAL WORLD 3, SAN FRANCISCO,” he captioned a series of photos, including a smiling shot of the couple and multiple throwbacks of Ling, 50.
“This first pic is Pam walking up the stairs into the REAL WORLD house and about 5 seconds away from my life changing forever,” he wrote, and added, “Pam, I love you :).”
The Real World: SF alums fell in love off-camera after meeting on the third season of the hit MTV series — which premiered in the summer of 1994.
In the summer of 2016, they celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary — a lifetime in reality TV romances which are known to fizzle out. The happy couple — who live in San Francisco with their two children — discussed their relationship with The New York Times in an article published that same year.
In it, Winick revealed why he didn’t pursue Ling while the cameras were rolling.
“We were in the friend zone because she had a boyfriend and we were on a television show,” the comic-book writer and graphic novelist said.
It was a decision that he said ultimately helped the pair.
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“I can’t imagine you’re completely you when you’re on camera,” he explained. “It’s when the camera stops that you finally get to assess.”
Ling — then a medical student and now a doctor and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco — said she and her husband celebrate their “common joys.” Those include self-described geeky passions like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and musicals like Rent, Avenue Q and Hamilton.
“We still love and get obsessive about things together,” Winick said. “She’s kind of shockingly nerdy.”
Last summer, MTV announced plans to reboot The Real World, which hasn’t aired since the finale of season 32, Bad Blood, in January 2017.