Every rose has its thorn! Nick Viall stopped by Good Morning America on Thursday, September 8, to talk about his gig as the season 21 Bachelor and revealed that even after three appearances on the popular ABC franchise, he still gets anxious about finding love.
“At first I was like, ‘Really? C’mon,’ he said of producers offering him the leading role last minute. “They asked me, and I was very nervous. It took me a couple days. I told them I had to think about it. It’s a huge responsibility, but it’s obviously an amazing opportunity, so ultimately I accepted."
While he’s going to have at least 25 women vying for his heart, he knows love isn’t a sure thing. "There’s a lot of expectations that come with it, and there’s also no guarantees, right?” he said. “You never know if you’re going to connect with [the women]. Maybe you really like someone who doesn’t really like you back. You just never know.”
The Milwaukee native, 35, also went backstage for a Facebook Live segment with GMA, where he dished on his recent conversation with his Bachelorette ex Andi Dorfman.
Congrats, Nick. It's been a long road but you've always been genuine and real about wanting to find love. Now it's your turn! Best of luck 🌹— Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) August 31, 2016
Viall said that out of all the congratulatory tweets and texts from Bachelor Nation, he was most surprised to hear from Dorfman, especially given their tumultuous relationship. "Andi sent me a quick text. It pretty much echoed her tweet. It was very gracious, and I was a bit surprised. It was a very nice text. We went back and forth a little bit,” he said. “We’ve both got on each other’s nerves over the past, but I think we’re at a good place at this point, and certainly I wish her well.”
The software sales executive, who has already gotten advice from past Bachelors Ben Higgins and Chris Soules, said he’s most nervous about the inevitable goodbyes that come along with the job. "That’s never going to be easy, especially toward the end,” he said. "I haven’t been on this side of it before, but I do know that as things progress, it gets pretty intense and pretty serious.”
Viall revealed that his strategy is just to be himself. “If I feel compelled to ask a question or have a tough conversation, I’m going to do that just because I want to get to know all the high-level things,” he said.
The Bachelor returns to ABC in January.
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