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Chatting with The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman

By Holly A. Phillips
Interview by Cody Worsham

The last time America saw Andi Dorfman, she was giving The Bachelor, Jaun Pablo Galavis, an unfiltered piece of her mind during ABC’s, “After The Final Rose.”

Despite joining Galavis in the “Fantasy Suite,” Dorfman confessed she and the season 18 Bachelor contestant knew little about each other — her questions led to a very public argument, and she left the show.

But her honest words marked her as a favorite for fans of ABC’s signature show, and now, she’s back at it as The Bachelorette for season 10, which premieres Monday, May 19.

Since it’s not her first time trying for love on television, many expect Dorfman to have the game down pat.

“It’s tougher than I thought,” Dorfman said Wednesday. “It’s not easy playing host. I learned a lot last season, but my goal was to learn as much as I could about these individuals, but it’s definitely tougher on the other side.”

Dorfman, an assistant district attorney in Atlanta, earned her Bachelor’s degree from LSU, and was also a part of Phi Mu sorority.

In order to avoid the same scenario she had with Galavis, Dorfman said she was open to “deep conversation” during filming for “The Bachelorette.”

“Intellectual chemistry, that’s part of the whole package,” she said. “That’s what I’m looking for, hopefully, in a future husband.”

Neither “The Bachelor” nor “The Bachelorette” are shows known for their conversations. Rather, the hit show is usually noted for its exotic trips, private concerts and tours, excessive hot-tubbing, and of course, drama among the contestants.

Dorfman however, seems to be on a mission to make her season a little different.

“I think my experience last season definitely taught me this can be a quick process,” she said. “But you can also use that time to your advantage to get to know people. I made sure to tell them to ask questions; nothing is off-limits, allowing every one of the guys to have an open-line of communication.”

Just before filming Dorfman’s final rose ceremony, she got the news about one of the season’s former contestants, Eric Hill. After being sent home, Hill was in a tragic paragliding accident.

“It had a huge effect on all of us,” she said. “We heard the news, and it was crushing. It’s devastating anytime you lose somebody that you know. He became a part of our family, so we lost a family member, and it was hard on everybody.”

“I am more of a long-term relationship girl. I’ve dated guys that have great manners, who are kind — I’ve been very lucky with the guys I’ve dated in the past.”

Although it’s unknown how far he made it in the season, there was enough footage of him and Dorfman to cut for the show. ABC aired a tribute to him during Monday’s premier.

“He did live life to the fullest,” she said. “That’s something that we’ll take away from Eric and this experience with him. It’s really important for me to respect him and his legacy.”

Going into the show’s taping, Dorfman said she received “secret” advice from previous contestants, including Galavis.

“He did wish me luck, but it’s in the past,” she said. “I was ready to move past that and start my own journey and move forward.”

Dorfman’s past, as far as relationships go, seems to be smooth-sailing, although she still found herself on national television looking for love.

“I am more of a long-term relationship girl,” she said. “I’ve dated guys that have great manners, who are kind — I’ve been very lucky with the guys I’ve dated in the past.”

Although she went into the filming with an open mind, choosing not to know any details about the candidates, she kept to her values.”

“If someone just absolutely just doesn’t want to have a family, that’s a deal breaker,” she said. “That’s one of my ultimate goals in life.”

ABC has organized the show, giving viewers certain expectations — beautiful contestants, glamorous surroundings, and those signature red roses. The premiere didn’t disappoint, with the infamous limo-introductions, where all 25 contestants try a one-liner to win Dorfman over.

“My heart was pounding out of my chest,” she said. “It was so surreal, I didn’t know if I was going to faint, if I was going to be able to talk, but when that first door opened, and from then on out, it was go time.”

But while the formula seems scientific, only three couples from the show, out of 24 couples, have stayed together.

Some fans of the series question whether or not a Bachelorette could find love, since traditionally it is a man that pursues a woman.

“This is a new age in dating, and I think the woman can step up to the guy, too,” Dorfman said. “I don’t think I could have ever imagined how it could be, it was an amazing experience, a truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.”

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