Why did you apply to be on “The Bachelor”?
I actually didn’t apply. I was nominated by two girlfriends, and I wasn’t going to go on the show. I decided maybe a few days before. I was like, if things come together, then I’ll go. My girlfriend was able to have 15 gowns flown in overnight. I’m telling you, when things are meant to be, it works out the way it’s supposed to.
What was it like filming “The Bachelorette” in a quarantine bubble?
It allows you to create some type of normalcy, because it’s not normal to pack up every week or so and travel the world (like on a typical season). The guys felt more comfortable, I felt more comfortable, and it led to a season of success.
What was the biggest challenge of the show?
It’s very different because in your normal life, you can kind of control and navigate how (a relationship is) going. Something beautiful happens when you aren’t in control.
What was your reaction to being asked to host?
I was in shock, but also this is an area that I really want to start pursuing. I know what this journey feels like, and not many girls do. (I can provide) comfort or reassurance and just be someone who a girl can actually relate to. I’m so happy I can do that. As fun as it is, it’s also hard, and it really tests you.
What can we expect this season?
I will just say, when Chris says, “It’s the most dramatic season”—this really is the most dramatic season. It’s jaw-dropping, the things that happen. It’s going to be a really good season.
See her Mondays on ABC.