The Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman Tells Us What To Expect This Season
It's Bachelorette season, again! starts Monday night, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that she has at least one amazing night in the fantasy suite this time around. (In case you missed it, she was one of the final three contestants on The Bachelor last season, but she checked out the morning after her overnight date, when she realized her and Juan Pablo did not have a future together.)
So what can we expect to see from Andi, the assistant district attorney we fell in love with on The Bachelor? "I definitely think this season you're going to see a softer side," Andi said during a conference call on Wednesday. "I think I was a lot more vulnerable than I ever thought I could be, and I learned that I've got this soft side to me." Sadly, she wouldn't tell us whether or not she was happily engaged, but she did give us some great behind-the-scenes gossip:
Moving On from Juan Pablo
Even though she and Juan Pablo left things on not-so-great terms, she admitted that it was harder than she thought it would be on this side of the competition. "I don't know if I feel like people gave him too hard of a time or not," said Andi. "I saw him obviously after the final rose and he wished me luck, which was appreciated." But let's be honest, she's kind of getting the ultimate rebound: "I was ready to move past all this and start my own journey. I know it's hard to forget Juan Pablo, that's why I was on The Bachelorette. But I'm on my own journey now and I'm excited to kind of move forward."
One thing that Andi—and viewers—noted about JP was that he didn't seem to get to know the women on a deeper level, which is pretty crucial if you're planning on proposing. That's one mistake that Andi definitely didn't want to replicate this season. "This can be a quick process, but you can also use that time to your advantage and really get to know people," said Andi. "I said from the very first night to the guys, 'I will be an open book for you. I don't know how this is going to play out, but I promise you that you can ask me any question, nothing is off limits, nothing is going to be judged.' And for me, that was the biggest thing—just allowing every one of these guys to feel like they had an open line of communication."
There's a reason so many people fell in love with Andi last season—she's the no-nonsense gang prosecutor who's smart, driven, and insanely relatable. And she assured us this week that while she's totally opening herself up for love, she's also staying true to herself. She stresses that regardless of the outcome, she doesn't see a career-change in her future. "I worked really hard to get my law degree. I love my job, I'm really grateful that they held my position for me," says Andi. "I love what I'm doing for right now." But when it comes to leaving Atlanta, she's a little more flexible: "I came on this journey to find love, and if love means going somewhere else and that's the only way to do it, then I'm open to do that."
As awesome as it sounds to get to know 25 hot, single men, Andi said it was little more tiring that she expected at times. Obviously, it was crucial to take some time for herself to keep from getting overwhelmed. "I definitely worked out as much as I could," said Andi. "It's go-go all the time. So sometimes I just needed that little workout session to clear my mind and just really not think of anything—put on some music. And [those were] my moments of solitude."
Luckily, she also had the support of her family to help her through the process. If you watched last season, you know that Andi's dad wasn't exactly cool with his daughter being one of three possible fiancés. (Uh, who could blame him?) So what did he have to say this time around? "My dad's so great at giving advice and I said, 'All right, last minute advice. Give it to me.' And he looked at me and said, 'Pick the right one.'" Aww.
Check out the season premiere Monday night at 9:30pm on ABC, and tell us your first impressions in the comments below. Who do you think will be the right one?
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