After Emily's girlfriends identified Sean as one of their favorites, The Bachelorette star gave him some intimate private time along with the group date's rose during that week's episode. During tonight's broadcast, Sean and Emily's relationship will go to the next level, as the couple will embark on their first one-on-one date together.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Sean talked to Reality TV World about his experience thus far on The Bachelorette and offered a sneak peak of what's to come. To read what he had to say, click here.
Below are some additional highlights from ABC's transcript of the rest of Sean's call with reporters -- including whether his feelings for Emily dramatically increased during their one-on-one date or failed to peak, why bachelor Doug Clerget was the guy to warn Emily about how one of her suitors had referred to her daughter Ricki as "baggage" and whom he believed would be the best match for Emily if it can't be him in the end.
Could give us a little bit of a preview of what your one-on-one time was like with Emily and if it ended up being like what you had originally anticipated it to be.
Sean Lowe: Yes, sure. So, up until London, I knew that Emily was a great girl and I knew that we had connected on several different levels, and that was the first opportunity I had to spend the entire day with her, and, you know, I'm not ashamed to say it was one of the best days of my life.
Like, we did some really cool things, we did some things that the normal tourist isn't able to do, and, you know, we got to tour the city on a double-decker tour bus, and it was really awesome. And I think London was -- that particular day was the day that I knew that I had really strong feelings for Emily.
Based on your conversations that you had with Emily, it seems like you're ready to take on the role of a stepfather and all that. Did you realize when you went on this show that it was Emily, and that she had a daughter, or did you not learn that she had a daughter until speaking with her?
Sean Lowe: Yes, no I knew going into the show that Emily was going to be the Bachelorette, and I knew that she had a daughter. I didn't watch her season, but of course, friends and family were quick to fill me in on the situation, and honestly, that was nothing that I had ever thought about, you know, entertaining in my life.
I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to possibly be a stepfather one day. But after getting to know Emily, and especially after we connected in London, that seemed like it was a very real possibility, and I was certainly open to it.
It seems like there's sort of an explosive moment or a couple of explosive moments on the Monday episode with someone referring to her daughter as "baggage."
Sean Lowe: Right.
And then it looks like there will be a discussion about whether someone should tell Emily, and then Doug steps up to the plate to share the news with her. I'm assuming it wasn't you. So can you kind of talk about the discussion you guys had when deciding why Doug should be the one to tell or whether Doug was the only guy who wanted to tell?
Sean Lowe: Well, in that particular instance, that occurred on the group date, and since I had the one-on-one date that week, I was not there.
But I mean, my hat's off to Doug, because Doug, you know -- and Doug, he's a father and he knows what it's like to obviously to raise a child and to protect that child, and he felt like it was his place to step in and tell Emily the truth that, "Hey, this guy is saying this over here," and I think Doug was trying to protect her.
So like I said, my hat's off to Doug, and I think the person who said it, you know, he was -- he was kind of revealed to, you know, be the guy that he is. I think maybe he fooled Emily for the first few weeks, but his true colors showed that day.
So the actual statement gets made during the group date, and the reveal gets made on the group date as well?
Sean Lowe: You know, I'm not sure when the statement was made. I know I wasn't around when it was made. But yes, it was revealed on the group date, so I was not there.
Did it surprise you when you heard that this particular person made the statement?
Sean Lowe: You know, I wish I could say it did surprise me, but it really didn't. And you know, I got a good feeling for the guys that were there for the right reasons, who wanted to get to know Emily and know more about her and connect with her. And then there were guys that simply weren't there to do that. So I think he was just -- he revealed himself as one of those guys who was not there for the right reasons.
On this week's show, Emily, when she was speaking to Chris Harrison, said that some of the bachelors had warned her about other guys, but without naming names. Why didn't any of you guys give Emily any names up to that point?
Sean Lowe: You know, that's a really good question. I think that if I overheard a guy say something as strongly as, you know, "I think Ricki's baggage," I definitely would have told Emily. And there's also a lot of chatter among guys that you can call it "locker room talk," call it whatever you want, that I think you have to take with a grain of salt.
And a lot of guys might say something that they don't necessarily mean, or they're joking around in the moment, but if I -- if I felt like someone said something that would be ultimately harmful to Emily, if she were to develop feelings for that person, I would definitely step in and say something.
Obviously we've seen the lovely, sweet side of Emily up to this point, but clearly and understandably, she gets really angry in Monday night's episode. What was it like seeing that side of her?
Sean Lowe: Well, like I said, I wasn't on the date, so I didn't get to see that side of her but, you know, the guys came home and they would not stop talking about it. I think like everyone was really impressed with the way she handled it, and they liked seeing that side of her.
You know, she kind of went into the -- she played that protector role for her daughter, obviously, and you know I think the guys loved seeing that side of her. You can only be cheery and happy for so long and eventually you're going to have to show that you have this other side, and Emily certainly did that that night.
When we talked to Charlie Grogan, he gave his endorsement that he thinks you would be the best fit for Emily. What's your reaction to that?
Sean Lowe: You know, I'm humbled and I'm very flattered, and I know everybody thought it was a shock that Charlie went home, because I thought Charlie was such a great guy and he had such a good heart and he's got so many great things going for him.
It surprised me when he went home in Bermuda. But you know, as for that comment, I'm definitely flattered and humbled, and, you know, I think a lot of Charlie as well.
You really seemed to win over Emily's friends when they participated in her group date back in Charlotte. Do you think that that has influenced her decision to keep you around?
Sean Lowe: I think it probably influenced her decision a little bit more. You know, I think your friends are a reflection of who you are, and so since I made a good impression on her friends, I think that she can trust their opinion. And if they told her good things about me, I think she probably took that to heart. So yes, I think that probably influenced her a little bit.
How strong are your feelings for Emily right now?
Sean Lowe: Before my London date, I knew that we had connected on a couple different levels and I knew that she was a great girl and possessed all these great qualities.
But London -- it really all comes together, and that's where I start to develop like these real feelings and that's the first time, I think, that I pictured myself being with her in the future. And that was awesome; That was great. That was like the kickoff, so to speak, of our relationship.
There does seem to be a lot of drama in the house, but you seem to kind of stay out of it. How did you manage to do that?
Sean Lowe: You know, that's a good question. Going into it, I kind of had a game plan of, I didn't want to tell guys any of my intimate details that I have with Emily or about any of the intimate moments that we shared.
And I really didn't want to listen to any from other guys, because I feel like the time Emily and I had together was a special time, and I almost feel like it's -- you know, you take away from that if you share it with all the guys in the house. And so with that being said, I didn't get involved in that side of the drama with the guys, if it pertained to Emily.
And then outside of that, I'm just not a dramatic guy, and I'm the type of guy that I pretty much get along with everybody, so you know, I'm just level-headed and I feel like I'm a cool guy that's laid back and drama's just not my thing, so I didn't get entangled in it too much.
Could you tell us about what you feel like you have in common with Emily? What similar values do you two share?
Sean Lowe: I think we have a lot in common. I mean, my priorities are faith and family, those are the top two, and I believe those are the top two for Emily as well. And I think that's something we've bonded over. I let her know from the very beginning that I'm not here for my 15 minutes of fame, by any means, and ultimately I want to live a simple life.
And simple to me is just being surrounded by loved ones and raising a family together and loving my wife forever. And I think she could tell from the very beginning, when I said those words, that I was being genuine and I meant it.
And you know, I've mentioned my family several times, and I feel like that's the kind of life they live. That's what I want to model my life after. So on those two points, I think that's what we really connected on.
Out of all the guys in the house, are there any that you feel don't share those same values with Emily?
Sean Lowe: You know, I don't know if I can speak on anybody's faith, but as far as family values goes, I think there's a lot of great guys who share those same values and there's probably some in the house that don't.
And I think those guys will be revealed as the season goes on, but you know, you've got great guys in the house like Doug. Doug definitely puts his family first, and John Wolfner is the same way, and Charlie was the same way as well, and [Travis Pope], and [Alejandro Velez]. I think there's a lot of people that share that same outlook.
You've mentioned how special London is and how that place was basically where your relationship began, and love is certainly in the air there with the royal wedding and everything. Is that a place you would want to go back to, maybe hold your wedding there, if you wind up with Emily? Would you want to maybe even honeymoon with her there?
Sean Lowe: You know, I would absolutely go back to London. London was so romantic, and it's just full of so much culture and history. You know, I could see a wedding there, if that were in the future, or a honeymoon, sure.
I know this is probably a hard question to answer, considering your feelings, but if it can't be you, who do you think is the best guy for Emily on the show?
Sean Lowe: You're right, that's a tough question. I think there are a lot of great guys in the house. I would say, you know, Doug has such a sweet, genuine heart that he could easily step into that situation and ultimately make her happy.
I think [Arie Luyendyk Jr.]'s a great guy, I think [Jef Holm]'s a great guy, I think John Wolfner's a great guy. Obviously, I'm a little biased, I think I might be the best, but there are some really good guys there.
Above are some highlights from ABC's transcript of the rest of Sean's call with reporters. To read the first portion of his interview and what he had to say to Reality TV World, click here.
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