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INTERVIEW: Solisa Shoop talks about her 'The Bachelor' adventure


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/11/2007 

Add current The Bachelor star Brad Womack to Solisa Shoop's list of guy friends.

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Solisa was one of three bachelorettes eliminated by the 34-year-old Austin, TX bar owner during The Bachelor's third eleventh-season episode Monday night on ABC.  But don't worry, the 25-year-old "esthetician" who currently resides in Georgetown, TX said she holds no hard feelings against Brad.

On Thursday, Solisa talked to Reality TV World about how a trip to watch America's pastime landed her on the show; why she ran topless down the beach, let Brad take a body shot off of her, and also performed a lap dance for him; what her occupation really is; and how her "sixth sense" tipped her off to her elimination.

Reality TV World:  How were you cast for The Bachelor?  Had you applied for the show before?

Solisa:  I have never applied to the show before.  I was actually at a Round Rock Express game -- there's a [minor league] baseball team in Round Rock --  and I went with a friend of mine during a break in the game and just kind of stood and watched everybody [that was] standing in line [for a casting call that happened to be occurring at the ballpark].  I decided to stand there too, so I just did an interview with the producer and everything was kind of smooth rolling from there.

Reality TV World:  What were your expectations going into the show?

Solisa:  I'm always looking for love.  Who isn't?  Everybody's looking for someone to share their life with and that companionship.  But I'm one of those people who take risks.  I'm kind of a spontaneous girl.  I expected it to be weird and I expected to be real nervous going into it and I expected it to be something that I'd never done before.  You never know.

Before I auditioned for it -- during the game --  I didn't want to go up there for it because I was just really nervous about it and I didn't know if I just wanted to do the whole TV thing.  Everybody said, "You never know who this guy could be.  You never know what could happen.  You have to just jump in and try it."  So, that's how I went into it.

Reality TV World:  What were your first impressions of Brad?

Solisa:  When I first met Brad, I thought he was very genuine, a very sweet guy.  I liked how he listened to what I had to say, he looks you in the eye when he speaks to you.  I really seemed to be interested in knowing who you are.

Reality TV World:  Some of the previous bachelors who have appeared on the show have had their "sincerity" questioned.  Do you think Brad was sincere about wanting to find a wife on The Bachelor?

Solisa:  I think Brad was very sincere... Is very sincere.  I think he's a very honest person and I think he's a pretty good judge of character.  I definitely think that he really was looking for someone to share his life with.

Reality TV World:  What prompted you to ask Brad if he wanted to take a body shot off of you during the second group date?

Solisa:  (laughing)

Reality TV World:  It seemed like kind of a bold move.

Solisa:  That's so hard for me to answer (laughing)!  I guess I'm going to say I don't know... I don't know how to answer that (laughing).

Reality TV World:  Brad said he was glad to do the shot if your personality was "fun and wild," however he seemed confused when you subsequently told him you're a Christian who sticks to her morals and values.  Do you think you gave him conflicting thoughts about your personality and if so?

Solisa:  I don't -- I'm sure it appears that way -- but I don't.  I know who he is too, only because he and I had... The conversation went a little farther than that.  I can't say what it was, but there's always more to things than what meets the eye.

In previous conversation with him I kind of knew where he was coming from.  I know how he felt about that.  We're very similar in things that we believe in and me saying that -- that I was a Christian -- I'm not a judgmental person and I know a lot of people are.  I don't see anything wrong with having a good time.  You know, I'm 25-years-old and it doesn't mean I have bad judgement in what I do. 

I had never done a body shot before, nor had anybody done a body shot off of me (laughing)!  I definitely thought that was actually pretty funny.  It was something I had never done before.  I thought it would be just fun and silly, and I think he thought it was fun and silly too.

Reality TV World:  You also ran topless down the beach at the end of the group date, but explained it was because of the impending Rose Ceremony.  Do you think it helped you stand-out from the other girls?

Solisa:  Yes.  I know I definitely stood out -- not only to the girls -- but to everybody watching (laughing)... It's just me.  I'm just silly.  I'm confident of who I am and not ashamed of what I did.  I had a blast doing it.  So I definitely think it made me stand-out.  I'm not a quiet person.  I can be quiet, but I'm not really.  I tried to find the fun in it and make it exciting for everybody (laughing).

Reality TV World:   Was that your same thinking when you decided to give Brad a lap dance during your group date broadcast during Monday night's episode? 

Solisa:  Yeah, if you can call it a lap dance (laughing).  I'm a horrible dancer and we were all just being silly and dancing around.  Brad was dancing too at one point.  I mean we were on a boat.  What else is there to do but dance around and be silly and try to have a good time.

Reality TV World:  Why do you think Brad picked Hillary for the first one-on-one date?  We were you surprised?

Solisa:  Of course we were all hoping that date was us.  Personally, I don't know the view everybody's getting of Hilary, but I got along with her great.  I didn't get to see the side of her Brad saw during whatever personal time they had.  All I knew of her is how we were in the house together.

She's a silly girl too, and I know she's coming across as silly and she may not be doing that on TV.  But she really is a great girl and I thought it was really awesome that he picked her to go on the date.  I didn't really have a problem with it other than, yeah, I would have loved to gone on it too (laughing).

Reality TV World:  Were you able to tell it was Brad's identical twin brother Chad that was talking to you before the Rose Ceremony?

Solisa:  To be honest, I'm almost positive I never had a chance to talk to Chad. 

Reality TV World:  Wow.  That's interesting.  What do you mean by that?

Solisa:  I don't remember Chad ever being in the room that I was in, so I don't know if I talked to him or not.  I saw Brad for half-of-a-second.  I might get in trouble for saying this, but he was rubbing on my hand, like seeing if I was okay.  So I suspect that wasn't Chad doing that because Brad's a touchy-feely person.  I don't really think I got to meet Chad.

Reality TV World:  Did you get to talk with Brad at all before the Rose Ceremony that saw your elimination?

Solisa:  No... I don't think even got to talk to him.  No.

Reality TV World:  Did he ever explain why he chose to eliminate you?

Solisa:  No, he was just really, really nervous and he was having a hard time looking at me... I could tell I was going to be eliminated, which is why I looked so nervous at the Rose Ceremony, because I knew that I was going home.  I could tell because at the other rose ceremonies, he would stare at me, look me right in the eyes.  At the one I got eliminated in, he would not look at me, and I was standing right in-front of him.

I kind of felt bad for him because I knew what was going on.  I have a good sixth sense.  I kind of knew it was time for me to go home.  I was kind of homesick any ways.  It was really time for me to get back to my business, and it was stressing me out to just think about that. 

I was like, "I feel it.  I feel it.  He's not looking at me.  He's really nervous, he's probably not going to call my name."  I went up and talked to him, I reassured him that everything was cool.  I knew I was going to see him again it Austin.  Anybody I've ever dated, I'm still pretty good friends with, so I knew there wasn't going to be any weirdness between us.  I reassured him that everything was going to be fine, no hard feelings.  I wished him the best, and he just kept saying, "I'm really, really sorry.  I'm really, really sorry."  I wasn't going to sit there and make him anymore nervous and say, "Why did you eliminate me!?" (laughing)

Reality TV World:  After the Rose Ceremony, you said you felt like you "had a stronger connection" with Brad "than anybody else did."  What gave you that impression?

Solisa:  In a "stronger connection," it would have been better if I explained myself, but I was trying to talk so fast and I was just kind of blubbering.

Aside from what was actually shown on TV, I had other times with him.  They may have been boring to be shown on TV, so I doubt anybody would find it interesting, but I did get to see him and hang-out with him aside from what was on TV.  We got along great together.  I think him and I were more buddy-buddy than love connection.

Reality TV World:  So do you think that played a part in his decision to eliminate you?

Solisa: Exactly.  That's exactly what I thought.  I think we both kind of felt the same thing.  We got along so well but it was more like really good friends.  And I know we're going to be really good friends here in Austin.  It wasn't a heartbreaking thing for me, it was just an, "Oh man.  Maybe there could have been more?"  But I'm not going to say there was more already.

Reality TV World:  Were you aware of all the Bettina divorce-drama stuff that was going on?

Solisa:  She didn't tell any of us.  I asked her, and she didn't tell the truth.  I assume it's something she didn't want anyone to know.  I'm sure if she had told the other girls, they would have already been blabbering it all over, which is not their business to do.  I'm sure they would have done that.  If I were in her position I probably would have done the same thing.

Reality TV World:  What do you think about Jenni's decision to bring her modeling portfolio to the house? 

Solisa:  If it reflected poorly on her, I don't think it should have.  I looked through her portfolio with her before the other girls saw it, and I thought it was great.  I have one too. I didn't bring it.  After I saw hers I was like, "I should have brought mine so I can show you my stuff too." 

To be honest, I think it's something to be proud of... I tried to show-off what I do for a living because I own my own spa.  I gave the girls massages, and did some skin care and handed out some skin care products (laughing).  To me, that's the same as her bringing her portfolio and showing it.  I saw no problem with... I thought it was great.

Reality TV World:  Were there any other women that you thought weren't there "for the right reasons?"

Solisa:  Everybody has their own reasons for why they're there.  Being loved is probably the No. 1.  Some of the girls there -- maybe the ones I didn't necessarily get along with... It was a little bit divided.  There were some girls that I got closer too than others.  There wasn't anybody that I would actually bash (laughing)... I'm not very good at that!  But there were a couple of girls that I was wondering why they were really there.

Reality TV World:  Anybody you'd like to see win Brad's heart?  Anybody you don't want to see win?
Solisa:  Really I think Brad's going to know who's right for him and who's not.  Again, I think he's a great judge of character and he knows what he's looking for.  I don't even think he's really said in detail what he's looking for, I think he's just kept it on the surface level.  It really is something that's very personal to him and I think that he'd rather just discuss it with whoever it is he's looking for.

I think that the most sincere person and the best person in my opinion for him would probably be DeAnna.  She's probably the most down to earth.  DeAnna and I didn't really get along well in my opinion because I didn't get to spend a whole lot of time with her.  I tried, but her and McCarten kind of have their own little thing going on (laughing).  McCarten wasn't really a person I wanted to get that close to.  I think if I had gotten closer to DeAnna, I would have saw more in her and I would have agreed that she'd probably be great for Brad.

Reality TV World:  Are you currently dating anyone?

Solisa:  No.  To be honest, I used to date a lot when I was a little bit younger but I really don't like dating that much.  I have a lot of good guy friends and friendships can definitely lead to finding a soul mate.  Right now, I just stay friendly with everybody.  I don't have a lot of girlfriends.  I'm kind of a guy's girl (laughing)!

Reality TV World:  So what's next?  You mentioned you own a spa in Austin?

Solisa:  My spa's in Georgetown, [a city about 30 miles north of Austin].  It's a medical spa, I do medical dermatology.  I know it says "esthetician" on the show.  I'm actually medical aesthetics, even though [ABC] spelled it wrong (laughing).  I'm working on my business.  I love what I do for a living, I work with a lot of burn victims and patients.  I'm just trying to get my business going even farther, hopefully I'll be able to have other employees working for me.

(Photo credit ABC)


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