Juelia, a 30-year-old esthetician from Portland, OR, was best known on the show for being a caring, sweet single mom whose husband had tragically committed suicide.
After ousting Juelia, Ashley Salter and Nikki Delventhal at the Rose Ceremony, Juelia was the only bachelorette whom Chris wanted to walk out. He said he had a lot of respect for her and found her beautiful both on the inside and out. When Chris discovered his feelings weren't as strong for Juelia as they should be, he decided to send her home so she could be with her daughter.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Juelia talked to Reality TV World about her The Bachelor experience. To read what she had to say, click here. Below is another portion of her interview. Check back with us soon for more.
What made you want to share your story about your late husband on the show?
Juelia Kinney: You know, it wasn't something that I planned to do. I obviously thought that it might come up just because I do have a daughter and it takes two people (laughs) to make a baby. So I assumed Chris would have questions about her dad. But as far as, you know, you saw me talk to the girls about what happened, and I didn't think that I would go into as much detail as I did.
But the fact of the matter is, is Chris had shared some things with me and made me feel really comfortable and asked me some questions. And I felt that in order to form a relationship, I need to be honest with him and share with him what I've been through.
It's not easy to talk about those things, but I felt that it was important that if Chris was asking, I share my feelings with him. And so I did. It's not something that I usually talk about, but you know, when you're trying to get to know somebody, you kind of have to share things that you normally wouldn't share.
Whom did you think was your biggest competition when you were on the show?
Juelia Kinney: It's such a funny thing to think about it as a competition. I didn't really think of it that way just because we're talking about love, we're not talking about a race.
So, for me, it was just whether Chris or I had a connection with each other, and I didn't really think about his connections with the other girls. If he liked me, he was going to keep me around. If he didn't feel a connection, then I'd go home. It wasn't about a competition to me.
There's been a lot of talk of this topic this season. What do you personally think about Chris kissing all those girls?
Juelia Kinney: (Laughs) You know, I really think that Chris is a man and he's trying to get to know all of these women, and I really don't think it's a bad thing for him to kiss somebody if he's feeling a connection with them. He's not planning on keeping all 30 women, and so, whatever he needs to do to get to know people, I think it's fine.
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Whom do you think Chris should end up with now that it can't be you, and why?
Juelia Kinney: (Laughs) I told him when I left that I didn't know how he was going to make this decision, because there are honestly so many amazing girls this year. I, personally, am just honored to have known them and gotten to know them and be friends with them.
So, I really don't know how he's going to choose. I don't know where Chris is coming from or what he's looking for, so it's hard for me to answer that question.
Due to your daughter and the fact you've been through so much heartache already, did you initially have any hesitation about going on the show and spending time away from your child? How did you find the courage to join the cast?
Juelia Kinney: Yeah, I mean, going on the show was definitely something that I thought long and hard about. It wasn't just a rash decision, especially because I am a mom and I worry about my daughter so much and I care so much about her stability and, you know, that she knows I'm always here for her and that she knows that I love her.
So to have to leave her in order to go have this experience was very, very difficult for me. But at the end of the day, I decided that I am going to be a better mother if I do things for myself and I look up to myself, because if I'm happy, then she's going to be happier.
So, that's what I decided and I know that she will never remember me being gone for the time it was going to be. I knew it was going to be much harder for me than it was for her.
And honestly, it was a really good thing because I got to spend some time working on myself and taking care of myself. Also, my family got to really bond with her when they hadn't gotten that chance, so it's actually a really neat and happy thing.
There seems to kind of be a villain every season. Is there any one of the girls in particular you might categorize as the villain that we haven't really seen yet?
Juelia Kinney: No, not at all. The girls are very, very sweet and genuine.
Can you tell me about your casting experience for the show? ABC is currently casting for the next season of The Bachelorette, so would you have any advice or tips for people who want to be on a show in this franchise?
Juelia Kinney: I guess I would say just be as honest as you can and have fun with it. I knew that -- I mean, I didn't know what to expect at all. I've never done anything like this before, but I just looked really honest with everything that I said and all my answers.
I was true to myself and it worked out and it was a great experience. I definitely think it's not for everyone, but I definitely had a great time and think that if that's something people are considering doing, I would definitely do it if they're doing it for the right reasons -- and just have fun!
Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of Juelia's interview. Click here to read what she had to tell us.