Sick of the snow and chilly winter weather? ABC has the perfect remedy: curling up on the couch with some hot cocoa and the even hotter Juan Pablo Galavis each Monday night for the new season of The Bachelor, kicking off Jan. 5 with a special 2-night premiere.
Juan Pablo—who's keeping mum about his happy/in love/engaged status—first made us weak in the knees as one of the singletons on Desiree Hartsock's season of The Bachelorette. Lucky for us, things fizzled between the two, granting viewers another round to soak in all the wonder that is Juan Pablo—the eyes, the abs, and, oh yes, the accent.
Unfortunately, not everyone is thrilled about Juan Pablo's return to reality TV—there's always one in the crowd—with some critics slinging harsh words claiming the bachelor is leaving his adorable young daughter, Camila, for all the wrong reasons. Juan Pablo, however, pays no attention to the haters.
"My daughter has a mom, too. And her mom takes care of her anyways when I'm away. And I travel a lot, so it's not that I'm leaving her to do a reality show; I'm, you know, leaving her—couple of times—and maybe finding somebody that I can be happy and have a family, and then she will have brothers and sisters," Juan Pablo tells us.
YourTango: What was the difference that first night at the mansion between being one of many bachelors on The Bachelorette and being the main attraction on The Bachelor?
Juan Pablo: When I was in the other show, at first, I was like, 'Whoa, you have to do something. What are you going to do when you [get out of] the limo? … I have no idea.' So, I had to figure that out and then I was like, 'OK, I'll just get down and meet this girl and then we'll talk inside.' And this [time,] I knew what was going on … Hopefully there's not going to be crazy ones getting out of the limo doing weird things. That was my biggest concern. And it was pretty good. I was impressed.
YourTango: What were you most nervous about before the show started?
Juan Pablo: I got nervous in front of the house when the first limo pulled up, that's when I got nervous. I like meeting people and I'm an easygoing guy [but] it's intimidating having 27 women looking at you like a piece of something. You know, it's funny too. When I got to the side of the room and they were all looking at me, I was like, 'Oh, OK, this is serious. I don't know what I'm going to do now with all these people looking at me.'
YourTango: Was your heart broken at any point this season?
Juan Pablo: You have to be mature. You have to be smart. You have to be realistic in this whole situation, honestly, because you have 27 people, and the more mature you are, the better it's going to end up.
YourTango: What's the best love advice you ever received, and who gave you the advice?
Juan Pablo: Just tell her your feelings. You just got to let yourself see how you feel and try to listen as much as you can and understand people. You have to put yourself in the other's shoes, too. And I was in the other shoes; I was on the other show. So, you have to understand that, and I'm glad that I wanted to do this show being on the other show. They said, 'Now you will understand the whole process and … why these people talk and why these people interact and why these people feel that way.' So, definitely, you just got to let your gut feeling tell you, and you'll figure it out.
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