Chris Harrison recently spoke with Parade about the upcoming tenth season of “The Bachelorette,” which features Andi Dorfman as the woman looking for love after she famously left “Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis after the fantasy suite date. Harrison says that she’s a great “Bachelorette” and compares her to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which is high praise indeed.
On Andi as the “Bachelorette”: “She’s great. I mean, she’s a breath of fresh air, obviously coming off the season with Juan Pablo and a tumultuous season — controversial to say the least. I think people saw this tough, strong side of her on Juan Pablo’s season, and that was wonderful, she handled herself incredibly well.
“But from what I’ve seen, and what I love, is that she’s vulnerable, she’s sincere, she’s self-deprecating, she’s got a great sense of humor. I think that’s what ‘Bachelor’ nation is really going to embrace, and so she’s done a good job so far. We’re still in the middle of production.”
When asked which past “Bachelorette” Andi most resembles, Harrison says: “You know, it’s funny. Someone just made a great parallel to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I know she wasn’t a ‘Bachelorette,’ but I’m going to steal that. She reminds me of the vice president from ‘Veep’ [laughs], but she has this way about her that I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus does where you just want to be friends with her and you just want to be around her. She’s adorable and she’s pretty, but not so pretty that she’s intimidating; it’s kind of that great mix, she’s just a really friendly person to be around. And incredibly smart, she handles her business very well.”
On the new “Bachelor” show debuting this summer, “Bachelor Paradise”: “We had ‘Bachelor Pad’ and it kinda ran its course and we wanted to do something different, but we also want to bring these people back that you know and love. ‘Bachelor’ nation loves these characters that we introduce, these people, so we created ‘Bachelor Paradise,’ which is the idea of Bachelor Pad without the game show quality and it’s going to be very different. We’ll bring back your favorites and that’s about all I’m going to share, but it’s going to be fantastic.”
“The Bachelorette” premieres May 19 and “Bachelor Paradise” premieres later this summer.