Nick Viall: I have no complaints about being 'The Bachelor' star, but I'm a one-woman guy
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/21/2016
The Bachelor star Nick Viall's journey begins Monday, January 2 on ABC, and the show's star has teased what fans can anticipate this season.
Shortly after ABC revealed Nick's 30 bachelorettes, the handsome 36-year-old software salesman from Wisconsin participated in a media call through which he opened up about his time handing out roses as the Bachelor following three failed searches for love on spinoffs of the reality franchise.
During a recent conference call, Nick -- who admitted he found love on The Bachelor -- shared his desires, expectations and challenges on the show. He also addressed some juicy rumors floating around out there.
Below is a portion of Nick's interview with reporters. To read more, check out Reality TV World's The Bachelorpage.
There are two Canadian girls on your season. How would you say Canadian girls differ from American girls, and have you ever been to Canada?
Nick Viall: I have been to Canada. I think Canada's a lovely place. You know, [Kaitlyn Bristowe] was Canadian too. I mean, I know a lot of Canadian women. I think Canadians are wonderful.
I have a lot of Canadian friends; I've worked with a lot of Canadians. I don't know, they seem to be a lot of fun and lighthearted and nice people and have a great a sense of life, and I've always enjoyed the company of Canadians.
In your past experiences with Bachelor Nation, you've always been the one fighting for the woman. So what's it like being on the other side of things, dating 30 women and being in the driver's seat for a change?
Nick Viall: I mean, you know, I have no complaints. I suppose it's better, but at the same time, it's one of those grass is always greener type of things. I'm a one-woman guy, so dating multiple women is hard.
And you know, I certainly felt fortunate for the opportunity but it can be very difficult. It's certainly something I wasn't used to, and I don't know if I'll ever want to be used to it, but I suppose it was nice to change it up a bit.
What was your routine for getting ready for the first night? Did you work out before? Tell me about picking out your suit and everything.
Nick Viall: Well, I don't know, I didn't have any specific routine. I try to work out a little bit every day. I just tried to relax, you know, clear my head and listen to some music and try to kind of just get my mind in the right place so that I could be prepared to meet all the women.
Also, I tried to take a little bit of a nap because it was a really long night. But other than that, I mean, I had my suit picked out days in advance and it wasn't too exciting of a day leading up to the night.
What music did you listen to, to get pumped up before you went out on Night 1?
Nick Viall: I don't know. I don't have the most impressive playlist. I'm a big Kings of Leon fan and, you know, there's probably some Britney Spears and Justin Beiber in my playlist, which I'm not ashamed of, but yes.
Nick Viall: I really don't have a relationship with Josh. It's, you know, I have a lot of other friends in Bachelor Nation, [Jared Haibon] being one of them, [Ben Higgins], [JJ Lane], [Tanner Tolbert], you know, certainly a few more. I feel very lucky, I mean, and that's from the guys side.
They're all close friends and I'm very thankful to have those friends in my life. And you know, and there's others I just don't have a relationship with, and that's okay.
Would you ever consider doing a The Bachelor wedding, like an on-air televised event?
Nick Viall: I mean, if I was lucky enough to find someone and to be engaged, I think decisions like that are ones that I'll always make with the person I'm dating or with. So that's hard for me to answer at this point.
So you were just mentioning friends that you have from Bachelor Nation. I'm wondering if we can look forward to any guest appearances from any Bachelor Nation alum on your season?
Nick Viall: The first night, well I do get advice from some former bachelors Ben, Chris, you know, two of my good buddies and the one and only [Sean Lowe], and they gave me some advice and I'm very thankful for it.
If you could have had any contestant from any of the past seasons of The Bachelor come onto your season, who would you have wanted it to be?
Nick Viall: You know, I interestingly enough, you know, when I was asked to be The Bachelor, I felt very lucky to have met a lot of people in my life and a lot of those people were women and the ones I dated, I felt very fortunate to have them in my life.
But as The Bachelor, I think I just wanted a clean slate. Other people I had met in my life were great, but obviously none of them I felt at that time were someone that I wanted to potentially spend the rest of my life with. And so, I was really looking forward to meeting new women and seeing where that could go.
What's the biggest thing you've learned since appearing on three Bachelor Nation shows?
How have you changed or evolved from your stint on Bachelor in Paradise to now being front and center as the Bachelor?
Nick Viall: I don't think I've changed all too much between Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor. I think every experience in life that you have, good or bad, you know, hopefully you can learn from it and use that going forward to hopefully make better decisions.
But I don't think I'm that much of a different person between Paradise or The Bachelor, and for that matter, I don't think I'm that much different of a person from the time I went on [Andi Dorfman]'s season to Kaitlyn's season.
But I've certainly learned a lot about myself, about life and I've learned about, you know, The Bachelor world a little bit more. And I'll always continue to use my past experiences, good or bad, to help me make better choices in the future.