Basically, I tried out for ANTM several years back, and ended up making it pretty far. Far enough to make top 25, but not enough to make it on the actual show. Anyway, I got to go to New York and meet with some of the casting directors there and made a few friends along the way. This has opened some interesting doors for me to go to exclusive events I otherwise might not even know about. I will save some of those stories for another day, though.
I recently got an email from someone with ANTM which informed me that the stars from Bachelor in Paradise would be coming to the DC area on Friday and Saturday. They were fundraiser events for Lymphoma, so I decided I might as well go check it out one day.
The night ended up being super fun! I wore a crazy sparkly dress, which is always a huge plus in my book, and took my mom as my date — protip: moms always make amazing dates.
This particular night ended up being a great adventure.
I was on a special VIP list, so when I arrived and checked in the coordinator took us to the front of the line to get a photo with the whole cast, then we were escorted to a little private booth near the red carpet. We watched other guests filter in and enjoyed drinks while waiting for the photo op to finish.
After they were done with taking photos with fans, I ended up getting to spend some one on one time with a few cast members during their break. Everyone was really nice, (A few were really drunk — I’m looking at you, JJ!) and I was able to snag some pictures with most of the people I met.
Today’s Lesson: The Bachelor crew is pretty chill and does, in fact, know how to put on a good cocktail party.
Well, I met one of the token Bachelor bad boys last weekend (I will write more about the event another day).
I was also lucky enough to have photos taken while getting my very first “first impression rose” from The Bachelor franchise.
No, I did not get a rose from the ever popular and sweet Jared. I do speculate, however, that he is seeing someone now. From the light investigative work I did after the event I might even say that he could be with Tenley from the Bachelor family, but something tells me that she wouldn’t be that cruel to her lovely friend to Ashley I.
I lucked out and charmed the villain JJ Lane. Granted, he seemed fairly drunk, so my jokes were probably at least 5Xs funnier to him than they should have been, but I’ll take it. The conversation went something like this:
JJ actually ended up being really nice, and I enjoyed getting to chat with him for a bit. I even had a drink with him while I was there, (His eleventh beer, according to him, and a sparkling water for myself) and got to learn a bit about him and the show. He was a perfect gentleman, and meeting a celebrity always reminds me that you really can’t judge someone based off of what you read or see about them in the media.
What will come of mine and JJ’s newfound romance, you ask?