Bachelorette Emily Maynard: I'm Drawn to "Quiet Confidence"

Celebrity News Jul. 20, 2012 AT 6:30PM
Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Credit: Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images

Braggarts, show-offs, and loudmouths aren't going to get very far with Emily Maynard.

In a chat with Esquire magazine, the Bachelorette -- who will hand out her season's final rose to either Arie Luyendyk or Jef Holm on Sunday evening -- opens up about the kind of guy she's most attracted to.

"Every girl's different, but for me, I tend to like guys who kind of hang at the back and aren't the guy who's like, 'Look at me up here. I'm so great. I have such a fantastic job,'" Maynard, 26, tells the mag. "I like guys who are just themselves and genuine and funny."

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"All girls like attention. But in that setting, I was more drawn to the guys who had a quieter confidence than the guys who came in on a helicopter," the reality star reveals, alluding to contestant Kalon McMahon's over-the-top entrance during her season's first episode.

And while Ryan Bowers, an Atlanta gym owner, started off the season as a front-runner -- earning a one-on-one date in Week 2 -- Maynard says his arrogance started to get to her after a while. The breaking point? Bowers' 30-minute debate with her about why she was wrong to not hand him the rose after an outing together.

"I'm sure there are a lot of girls who fall for that," Maynard admits. But, "That's usually a sign to me that something else is wrong, if somebody is overly confident or a salesman for himself. That's not attractive to me at all."

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Something else the single mom learned about herself during the Bachelorette process? She wasn't especially equipped to handle all of her male suitors' tears.

"They did [cry a lot]. And I was super-awkward. I think I just made it worse," she confesses. "You would think, as a mom, I should be good at that. But I just wasn't."

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