Andi Dorfman survived Juan Pablo Galavis … and now, she’s aiming to help “The Bachelorette” survive the latest “Bachelor,” too.
The Atlanta-based assistant district attorney famously walked out on the “star” of the unscripted ABC franchise’s last edition, terming him “borderline narcissistic” on the “Women Tell All” special. He ultimately made jaws drop by refraining from declaring love for the woman he chose, but Dorfman hopes for a more expected romantic result as she does the choosing in the 10th season of “The Bachelorette,” starting Monday (May 19).
“I think everybody wants to see love at the very end of this,” Dorfman tells Zap2it. “I’ve never felt the pressure to force anything. I don’t feel like there’s a lot riding on me as far as carrying the franchise goes. It has been around for a long time, and for good reason, but I think everybody just wants that happy ending. It’s not about expecting it; it’s about wanting it.”
“Bachelorette” and “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison agrees — even after being unable to conceal his bewilderment when Galavis wouldn’t or couldn’t say “I love you” to his final choice, Nikki Ferrell, on the “After the Final Rose” special in March.
“One of the great things about our show,” Harrison maintains, “is that we show everything now, warts and all, so I’m glad we showed the Juan Pablo season. Instead of covering it up and glossing it over and everybody leaving happy, we showed everything about it. And it wasn’t that great. I think our fans demand and respect that, and that’s why the show is maybe more culturally relevant now than it’s ever been.”
Dorfman admits she initially wasn’t sure about going through the “Bachelor/Bachelorette” process again.
“It took a lot of thinking to figure out,” she says. “I’m not normally the type of person who puts all my emotions, my feelings, my vulnerability and my family out there … so it was a big deal for me to contemplate doing this again.”
What made her decide, Dorfman explains, was that “I kind of realized that my life hadn’t changed. I wasn’t dating people, so I was still missing that part of my life that I had gone on the show for in the first place. I remember thinking, ‘Why am I not going to take the opportunity to finally find it?’ “
Taking another sizable chunk of time out of her demanding career is “huge for me,” Dorfman concedes. “It’s something I’ve struggled with. Being a district attorney at my age is something that I am extremely proud of, and it’s tough to put that on hold.
“There are a lot of days when we’re doing this that I miss my job, but I also know that I want to be able to talk about my job with somebody else — and if I can find that completeness in my life, I think I’ll actually be better at my job.”
Before its on-air debut, the new “Bachelorette” was tinged with tragedy. One of Dorfman’s suitors, intended around-the-world traveler Eric Hill, died in an April paragliding accident in Utah.
With each of the men out to win her heart, Dorfman is termed “methodical” by Harrison. She doesn’t dispute that her professional background largely plays into her approach to her “Bachelorette” mission.
“A lot of it is communicating with people,” she confirms, “and being pragmatic and logical about things, but I can’t deny that there are emotions and feelings involved. It’s a matter of figuring it all out.”