‘Bachelorette’ castoff now gets to do the choosing on ABC
Q: As “The Bachelor” for the program’s 23rd edition, how has your journey been, for as much as you can say about it?
A: Coming off (of taping) the show, it was so great to see my friends and family and spend time with them again. This is my third time around (after “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise”), so I had a little more of an idea of what it was going to be like coming off of it. I’ve just been really enjoying my friends and family and my dogs.
Q: What did those close to you say about your tackling the franchise for the third time?
A: You know, they were very supportive. I think they saw how good it was for me personally, and also, I think it was really unique for my parents to see this side of me. When I was growing up, they were always super-supportive of my athletic career, so for them to see me develop as a person was sort of special and cool for them, I think.
My mom was really skeptical of me going on (“The Bachelorette”) in the first place, but I can say that she has grown to love and appreciate how all of this works.
Q: Host Chris Harrison has said that your “Bachelor” season really shows how “vulnerable” you are. Would you agree with that?
A: I would. Looking back on my time on “The Bachelorette,” and also on “Bachelor in Paradise,” you got to see me handle certain situations — but you didn’t ever really get to ever see me for me. You didn’t really get a good idea of my personality, who I am, where I’ve come from and what I’ve been through. Hopefully, people are going to be able to see all of me this season.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.