Colton seemed a little frustrated by Catherine's third and fourth attempts to steal him away from engaging conversations with other ladies, but how did he really feel?
"Honestly, even in the moment and watching it [back], I'm like, 'She's letting it be known that she's here for me and she's going to do whatever she needs to do to get time with me.' I actually respected it," Colton admitted to E! News.
Many fans found Catherine's multiple interruptions to be rude and cringeworthy -- especially since her antics took away from other women getting to know The Bachelor star -- but Colton disagrees with that sentiment.
"I didn't [mind her persistence]," Colton revealed.
The 26-year-old charity founder and former professional football player, however, offered Catherine the very last rose during the first Rose Ceremony of the season.
Maybe his hesitation to offer Catherine a rose was Colton's way of sending a message.
"I've been on the other side, so I had an idea of how it was going to stir [things] up," Colton confessed to E! News.
"But for me, I was like, 'She's just doing her own thing, and I can respect anybody who does their own thing and goes against the grain.'"
Catherine, a commercial real estate agent by day and a deejay who goes by "DJ Agro" by night, was one of the bachelorettes who stood out during that first night of filming whether it be for good or bad reasons. She memorably introduced Colton to her sweet little dog, Lucy, upon exiting the limo.
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But Colton teased Catherine won't be the only one person whom Bachelor Nation is talking about in the weeks to come.
"I think there's a lot of people who are going to surprise you; I even surprised myself at times," Colton shared.
The Bachelor's 23rd season currently airs on Monday nights at 8PM ET/PT on ABC. Heading into Episode 2, a total of 23 ladies are still competing to win Colton's heart.