TV viewers want Iowan on 'Bachelor'
Chris Soules from The Bachelorette talks about the difficulty of TV dating and life after the show.
ALDEN, Ia. – Iowans might not have to wait long to see Chris Soules finally find love.
The 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, Ia., who was eliminated from the ABC dating show "The Bachelorette" on Monday, said he'd entertain the possibility of becoming the lead on the next season of "The Bachelor."
"Just logically, it makes sense," Soules told the Register in an exclusive interview Thursday. "You know, I live in Arlington, Iowa, and that's why (going on 'The Bachelorette') made sense. ... It was a good opportunity for a guy like me. And it's an even better opportunity to be on the other side, where you have the opportunity to meet 25 incredible women. So yeah, I would definitely consider it."
This season of "The Bachelorette," which began in May, had Soules and 24 other men men vying to win the heart of Atlanta assistant district attorney Andi Dorfman. Each week, a few men were eliminated. Soules was one of three men who made it to the "overnight dates," but was sent home before the end of the episode.
Soules met with the Register Thursday at the Summit Farms corporate office.
In addition to helping his father run the family farm, Soules works with Summit, managing other farms around the area. He returned from filming in mid-May.
We asked Soules all kinds of questions about his time on the show and his plans for the future.
On dating a woman who is dating several other men at the same time:
"I really worked to mentally separate myself from thinking about that. It got worse as time went on. It was hard, if she came in to take another guy for a one-on-one date, for instance. But you have to focus on your connection and what you can control."
On possibly becoming the next bachelor:
"It's not something I would have seen myself doing five, six, seven years ago, but I'm 32 years old and I kinda see this is where I'm going to be for the remainder of my life."
On his family's support of him being gone another season for the show:
"My dad would be concerned about it and want to know how it would all be handled, but they're going to support me, and it'll be a decision we make together, but they know I'm going to do what's right and we'll make sure and manage everything as best we can if I do ending up doing it. Even though my dad's supportive, I'm pretty important to the operation, especially in the fall. So, he was nervous when I left for this, and he'll be nervous when I — if, if and when I were to do something like that. There'd definitely be some discussions we'll have to have to plan and prepare for that type of departure."
On falling in love in just a few weeks' time:
"I think I saw a real potential there. I knew that I was really close. The difference between this and real life is (dating one woman) is all you have to think about. You don't have work, you don't have any distractions. It's kinda like a therapy session once a day where you talk about your feelings."
On finding out he would be dating Andi (who had been on a previous season of "The Bachelor"):
"I immediately thought I'd have chemistry with Andi because she's what I was looking for. I knew that — I had watched the show so I had an understanding or a feeling about her. That made it pretty real for me. It's all about what you put in. I'm at a point in my life where I know what I want."
On telling Andi that he was falling in love with her, and her not reciprocating:
"She couldn't tell you a lot. I don't know what (producers) tell her, but I think there's a certain extent she's got to hold back. Just by watching the show you can see she was more outward toward some guys more than others. She cares about how we feel as well, and doesn't want to lead us on. Holding back is probably a natural part of the process."
On what he's looking for in a woman now:
"I'm just looking for a soul mate. Somebody I just can't live without. Somebody who is a friend and partner and who I have chemistry with. Somebody I can laugh with and enjoy being around every day — the intangibles. Somebody you just know in your heart that it just works and it's going to work forever. That's something that you just feel. I will know it when I find it."
On his return home:
"It's been neat to come home. Coming from a small town, people are excited to have a little recognition and have somebody represent Iowa in a positive way."
On his love from the ladies via social media:
"(Wednesday) night I spent about three hours going through all my Twitter. It's just nonstop. I try to keep up as much as I can. Anything you read or any comments, it's always me."
See Soules on the "Men Tell All" episode of "The Bachelorette," which airs at 7 p.m. Monday on ABC.
Chris Soules from The Bachelorette takes questions from Register reporter Sarah Dose