THE BACHELOR, ABC, Reality TV
In the dramatic Season Finale of ABC's THE BACHELOR, Sean made one of the most difficult choices of his life. After having his family meet the two remaining bachelorettes in spectacular Chiang Rai, Thailand, and under immense pressure, he made one final, heart-wrenching decision and chose and fell in love with Catherine Giudici.
The newly-engaged couple spoke by phone about their future wedding plans, Sean's romantic proposal and falling in love!
Sean, how did you go from not knowing whether to propose to being certain? And was your mom's concern maybe a sign you shouldn't propose?
Sean: "I think my issue going into that last week was separating my feelings of being in love with Catherine and my feelings of loving Lindsay. I loved the person that she was and that took a while to kind of separate and straighten out in my head, and luckily there at the end I did receive the clarity that I'd been looking for and I just knew, 'Catherine, I'm in love with her and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with her'. I didn't share those same feelings with Lindsay, though I truly loved the great person that she is."
Catherine, how did you feel finding out that Sean hadn't come to a decision until a few hours before he proposed?
Catherine: "I accepted and I understood what I was getting myself into from the first night, and I don't fault him for having feelings for multiple women - that's what the show was about, trying to find your true partner. So knowing that he was conflicted, that doesn't bother me, because the end result was he was in love with me."
Catherine, you and Lindsay wore very similar dresses for the final rose ceremony. Were you told to wear metallic gowns?
Catherine: "That's actually really funny, because I was talking to the stylist yesterday. It's just that we have very similar styles, I guess - that just happened to be a coincidence. We had a lot to choose from and we just landed on the same thing. For me, my choice was because of the scene. Thailand is very opulent and I wanted to just partner up with the scene that we were in."
What was the time period between the proposal and last night's show? How much were
you able to get together and communicate?
Catherine: "We finished filming right before Thanksgiving so we've been waiting since then to be public. It's been difficult to keep a secret like that but we stayed true to our relationship and kept in contact every day and then got to see each other every couple of weeks in LA."
What's the nerdiest thing you've done together?
Catherine: "He calls me a nerd. I would like to say I'm a dork, but we do nerdy things for sure."
Sean: "She quotes Harry Potter all the time."
Catherine: "I never quote Harry Potter! He's lying! I never quote Harry Potter! I don't know, I think that multiplication contest in Thailand was pretty nerdy. We did a hula hooping contest!"
One of the sweetest things about your relationship was your notes to each other - do you still write those?
Catherine: "Oh yeah. Notes are really important for me to express to him that I'm thinking about him all the time. They're really small so he can take them round wherever he wants, and I think that that's really special to our relationship and I'm doing them as much as I can."
Catherine, you said you were sceptical of The Bachelor at first. Why?
Catherine: "I was sceptical about truly falling in love with somebody, because it's such an unnatural experience. But I obviously shattered those pretty quickly, those scepticisms, and found the man of my dreams."
Sean, how did your mom react when you told her you were engaged?
Sean: "She was really excited. I actually called her while we were still in Thailand and told her. She was excited. I think she was nervous and stressed out because she didn't really comprehend what my feelings truly were for either girl. She just wants the best for her son and that's why she said, 'Maybe you shouldn't choose either one'. She just didn't want me to make a mistake that I would regret and I think it's clear to her now that I didn't make a mistake, and she's really happy."
Were you nervous about announcing your wedding plans so early in your relationship?
Catherine: "No, I don't think we were nervous to announce that, just because we're really serious about it and we want everyone to know that we're thinking about it honestly. And I don't think that any other opportunities are really going to get in our way to having that big day for us."
Why did you decide to televise the wedding? Is it to share it with the fans?
Sean: "Yeah. I mean, we thought it was only fitting. Our relationship started and it was formed on TV and the world had the chance to watch it be cultivated on TV. We think it would be a special thing to have it televised. Everyone associated with the show we've grown very close to, and they would obviously produce the wedding as well, so I think it would be fun and it would be nice and it would be really cool to enjoy that experience with all of our friends and family."
Have you decided whether Chris Harrison will be officiating yet?
Sean: "I doubt Chris will be officiating only because my dad is an ordained minister, my grandfather's a minister - there's a lot of ministers in line that might supersede Chris Harrison!"
People seemed to fall in love with your father, Sean. Did you expect that? And did he give you any good advice?
Sean: "My dad, he's the sweetest man in the world so it doesn't surprise me that he stole the show. He stole the show when Emily came to Dallas - I remember seeing Twitter blow up back then and everyone commenting on how loving and sincere and what a great dad he seems to be, so it's not shocking at all. And the cool thing about my dad is he wasn't there to give me advice - he was there to support his son. And he knows the man that I am and he knows I'm going to make the decision that's best for me, and he wasn't looking to give me instruction or advice or anything like that. That's who he is and that's why he's such a great dad."
Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, covering TV, flm and the best of Broadway theater. |