Six months in the past, earlier than The Bachelor, I sat down with Nick Viall on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. It was our first assembly—and, to be sincere, I did not know what to anticipate. I had skipped Andi Dorfman‘s season, so my solely perception into the double runner-up was what we noticed on Kaitlyn’s season. The decision? I did not look after him.
However then I sat down with him in Paradise, and our dialog genuinely shocked me. This wasn’t the standard media-trained Bachelor contestant who mentioned “keep tuned” each different sentence. This was a man who needed to go deep and discuss the whole lot and something. And discuss he did. I watched out of the nook of my eye because the on-set publicist tried to wrap us up for a very good 5 minutes earlier than Nick stopped speaking.
What I noticed was that love him or detest him, Nick is dedicated to discovering the best companion and determining why his relationships work (or do not). “Nick is an actual man with actual feelings,” twin Emily Ferguson gushed to me. “He’s essentially the most real man. He needs to get married. He needs to seek out the best woman, however he doesn’t need to settle.”
Compliments apart, Nick has confronted his fair proportion of criticisms. Even this season, I’ve puzzled about a couple of of his selections (together with that rose for Corinne). However Nick has thought that out already. He is thought the whole lot out. Right here, he tells us his causes for all of it.
Glamour: After we sat down in Paradise, I requested in the event you and Jen might get engaged. You mentioned, “I’m form of holding off my solutions when it comes to [forever] as a result of I’ve some soul-searching to do and decision-making.” I walked away considering, “Yeah, he’s not getting engaged.”
Nick Viall: Clearly, I wasn’t actually allowed to say something [at the time].
Glamour: Once I lastly watched it play out on tv, as nice as Jen was, I assumed one thing was lacking between you two. It appeared such as you need somebody who challenges you extra.
Nick: I’d agree. I don’t need to make this an excessive amount of about Jen; she’s nice and delightful and sensible. She actually possesses a whole lot of the qualities I believe any man can be fortunate to have. It’d sound cliché, however there’s simply one thing that was lacking. To not take something away from Jen, however that spunk or that problem [was missing].
Glamour: Let’s discuss this season and Corinne.
Nick: Individuals have had their criticisms of Corinne—and of me for giving her the rose [in last week’s episode]. Was Corinne aggressive? Yeah. Individuals might criticize Corinne for possibly sending the fallacious message, however you can even have a look at her as somebody who actually took an opportunity and had some enjoyable. She actually did not get a rose as a result of she took her high off.
Glamour: You truly seemed uncomfortable in that second.
Nick: [Laughs] I used to be! To not take something away from Corinne, however I used to be uncomfortable! I used to be taken off guard. I used to be uncomfortable, additionally, when Jasmine grabbed and kissed me. To all the ladies’s credit score that day, they have been prepared to have a whole lot of enjoyable with [the group date], however they have been additionally fairly aggressive, which made me uncomfortable. But it surely’s the primary date, and I assumed it was essential for me to set the tone and never criticize the ladies for going for it. Typically Bachelor world can have its nearly pure hypocrisies, like are you right here for the “proper” causes? Are you right here to fulfill this man and get to know this man? After which criticize that very particular person for not being centered on rubbing different folks the fallacious approach. There’s a fragile steadiness. That’s why you noticed when somebody interrupt, I simply let issues play out.
Glamour: I needed you to talk up and say, “Hey, so-and-so simply sat down, come again in 5 minutes.”
Nick: You truly noticed that night time one with Liz. It was a giant precedence for me to speak to all the ladies, so although Liz needed to proceed the dialog, I needed to verify everybody had their time. Early on, I intentionally took a step again. Once more, I can admire different ladies’s criticism in that atmosphere of Corinne. On the similar time, I used to be additionally curious how they might deal with that. Would they discuss to me? How would they impart their frustrations with me? Group date roses are a option to validate the [person who gets a rose] on a bunch date, but additionally a option to see how folks react. I needed to see how they might deal with the stresses and the way they might they impart because of not getting their approach.
Glamour: Do you suppose Corinne is such as you? She’s very open and goes after what she needs, such as you did on Kaitlyn’s season.
Nick: I don’t know if I’d make a direct [correlation]. Actually, I used to be prepared to be assertive. I went for what I need. I believe Corinne interrupted extra folks on one date than I ever did in two seasons. However, on the similar time, I used to be assertive, and I’m glad Corinne was assertive. Like I mentioned, there may be that steadiness. It’s a bizarre atmosphere, and I didn’t need to sit there and lecture Corinne and say, “Don’t do that. Don’t try this.” I needed to see the way it all performed out. I used to be curious to see how the ladies would react to me giving Corinne a rose as a lot as I needed to validate Corinne.
Glamour: The day earlier than you began filming this season, I sat down and interviewed Corinne, Raven, Vanessa, and Susannah.
Nick: Fascinating. There’s a whole lot of personalities there…
Glamour: Plenty of personalities!
Nick: Susannah, sadly, went dwelling. Honestly, Astrid mentioned it greatest when she made that remark [that] I didn’t get to know Susannah. That is the unlucky actuality of 30 ladies displaying up.
Glamour: Would you like me to inform you who I assumed was one of the best match [of the girls I met]?
Nick: Go forward.
Glamour: Vanessa. I liked her. She jogged my memory of Jillian Harris.
Nick: Positive, that Canadian [upbringing].
Glamour: She confirmed me the image guide she manufactured from the youngsters she teaches again in Montreal, and she or he was consuming a complete bowl of spaghetti once I walked in. I liked how genuine she was. I additionally talked to Raven. Final week she mentioned, “If Nick likes somebody who’s main with their sexuality, then no marvel that is the fourth time for him.” How did that make you’re feeling?
Nick: I wasn’t notably in love with that remark. Lots of people have this notion that doing it 4 occasions is a failure. It’s not a contest, however I have a look at it like this: Have a look at Andi and Kaitlyn. I related with two ladies that in actuality I understand I wasn’t their kind, however I used to be in a position to construct very sturdy connections with each ladies. It didn’t work out and doubtless for one of the best, however there have been additionally 24 males who went dwelling earlier than I did on each of these seasons. So, there have been a whole lot of nice issues about these relationships. In the end they didn’t work out as a result of I don’t suppose they have been imagined to work out. I don’t suppose it was one thing that I did fallacious. I don’t suppose if I’d have finished something completely different that these relationships then would have labored out. After which with Jen, as you talked about earlier than, it wasn’t the best match. I don’t have a look at it [that I’m a failure] when folks [like Raven] make feedback like that. Am I a sexual particular person? Positive. Once more, it’s solely the second episode that has aired to this point. I believe folks will discover that I do like a very good dialog. I do take pleasure in an mental girl. Let’s be sincere, there are a whole lot of stunning, attractive ladies I despatched dwelling night time one which I wasn’t in a position to join with. You have a look at Angela, somebody who’s a mannequin and is gorgeous, and I simply didn’t join along with her on a cerebral degree. Once more, it’s early. I believe you’ll see a whole lot of criticisms and concepts thrown on the market, nevertheless it’s a part of what it’s.
Glamour: On the finish of final week’s episode, the women found you had beforehand slept with Liz. It seemed like all hell was going to interrupt free. Is the truth that your sexual historical past is so public a priority of yours?
Nick: I’m not in love with [the fact that it’s out there], however I additionally like transparency. The entire thing with Andi/After the Remaining Rose is an occasion that I’ve needed to reply questions on. I’m over it, and I want it will go away. However that’s the fact. I wasn’t anticipating the issues that occurred with Kaitlyn and I to make TV, nevertheless it did. I wasn’t anticipating Liz to point out up and that be talked about, nevertheless it did. On the similar time, I’m somebody who thinks intercourse is a constructive factor…
Glamour: Sure, so long as you are protected about it.
Nick: Individuals have quite a lot of opinions about intercourse. I believe folks ought to be respectful of different folks’s opinions on it, however I’m glad total that intercourse is talked about on a present that’s about love and discovering somebody. Intercourse is part of that. I’m glad that it’s talked about even on the expense of my private life. On the time similar time, with the Liz state of affairs, I prefer to suppose that the intercourse wasn’t actually the primary point of interest. It was extra in regards to the pre-existing relationship in itself and the truth that we had met [prior]. I requested for her quantity, and she or he respectfully determined to not give it. I used to be OK with that call, after which I moved on. So, it was kind of her strategy to the whole state of affairs [now]. I attempted to offer her the good thing about the doubt and perceive, nevertheless it appeared like each step of the best way there was a confusion into how her questions have been answered. I’m glad they confirmed me speaking to her about how I don’t suppose her and I did something fallacious. It was much less about intercourse and extra about accountability and proudly owning the state of affairs. Individuals have made comparisons to me coming again on Kaitlyn’s season. Whereas there may be an unbelievable quantity of variations with these conditions, there’s a parallel of me taking an opportunity and displaying up. Once I did that, I used to be conscious of the truth that I may need some direct criticisms come my approach when it comes to my intentions, however I thought of that earlier than I got here on [the show] and was ready to reply these. I simply thought at a minimal, Liz would anticipate the identical factor. Like, “OK, I’m going to take an opportunity, however I’m going to wager Nick goes to have some questions.” She appeared to be ill-prepared for that. She talked so much about self-awareness, and I felt she confirmed a scarcity of that when it comes to the state of affairs. That was disappointing.
Nick: Had Liz proven up and simply acknowledged straight away that we had met and mentioned, “Hear, I do know you requested for my quantity, and I do know I declined, however I regretted that. There have been occasions I needed to achieve out, however I felt embarrassed and didn’t. Then, I discovered you have been the Bachelor and realized that is it. That is my final likelihood, so I made a decision to take a danger and admire the questions you may need and am going to reply them. If you wish to ship me dwelling, I perceive, however I needed to take this danger…” Had she mentioned that, it will have been a really completely different state of affairs. I believe I’d have been much more inclined to respect her strategy. Sadly, it didn’t work that approach.
Glamour: On one other notice, we’ve Jaimi, the primary publicly bi-sexual contestant on the present. Inform me about that.
Nick: I didn’t need to make it a giant factor. I am an open particular person; I believe it’s at all times greatest to take a step again earlier than you solid any judgment. I used to be extra curious in studying extra about it and the place she was at in her relationship life, and you might even see extra of these conversations. I don’t know what they’re going to point out. It was essential to me to not make any judgments. Once more, you’ll be able to have enjoyable with it and nonetheless be respectful of the state of affairs. I hope with Jaimi it comes throughout that approach.
Glamour: Within the episodes we have seen to this point this season, what shocked you essentially the most?
Nick: I didn’t understand Liz went into [the show right] off the bat questioning if I’d bear in mind [that we slept together] after which subsequently be intrigued by the concept I didn’t. That instantly rubbed me the fallacious approach. To me, it begged the query of like, “Alright, in the event you thought I used to be the kind of man who wouldn’t keep in mind that night, then why would I then be a man you thought possibly you could possibly fall in love with?” I can’t think about any particular person would need to fall in love with somebody who did not bear in mind their first encounter, particularly given what occurred once we first met. So, that was shocking.
Glamour: How have you ever modified since Kaitlyn’s season?
Nick: You already know, I prefer to be an individual that at all times learns from the great and the unhealthy, however I truly get delicate with this concept that there’s someway been this transformation. For somebody who’s gotten a whole lot of criticism from the start of Andi’s season because the perceived villain to now being the Bachelor and being thought-about a “fan favourite” on Paradise, I’m not that completely different of an individual. I believe you’ve gotten to see extra of my persona over these seasons. Hopefully, folks will admire that. I’ve actually discovered little issues alongside the best way. However as a complete, I believe I’m the identical particular person. I truly get delicate about that for no matter motive; I don’t prefer to suppose that I used to be this sort of rubbish human being three years in the past and solely due to The Bachelor have I made this transformation. I’ve discovered to not sweat the small stuff and discovered from little moments, however I’m the identical man.
Glamour: If there’s one factor I seen once we first sat down in Mexico, it is that you simply actually love to speak issues out and suppose them by. Communication is essential to you.
Nick: I admire that. I’ve at all times been that approach, however as I’ve gotten older and matured, I believe that has solely elevated. I’ve at all times been a little bit of a talker; I like to speak issues by. I’ve at all times been a very good communicator. There’s solely a lot time for them on the present to air issues. Final week, you didn’t see a whole lot of dialog. It’s at all times in regards to the making out. You would like they might present extra of the conversations.
Glamour: Lastly, forgive me for this, however what precisely do you do for a dwelling? Do you could have a job?
Nick: [Laughs] No, it’s fantastic! I had a fantastic profession promoting software program. I used to be dwelling in Chicago, and after Kaitlyn’s season I used to be fortunate to have the choice to return. They at all times gave me their blessing to take dangers out right here. Since then, and not too long ago, a couple of months earlier than I used to be requested to be the Bachelor, I truly began a small enterprise with a pair companions. It’s on-line and for males’s grooming merchandise, so I’ve been focusing a whole lot of time on that. Earlier than The Bachelor, I used to be out in L.A. form of dabbling in modeling just a little bit. Proper now, my focus career-wise is on that [men’s grooming] enterprise. I’m very fortunate that being within the Bachelor world offers you a platform. I’ve used my enterprise acumen that I’ve discovered in company America and the platform that I’ve been lucky to realize within the Bachelor world to form of see if these two can work collectively.
The Bachelor airs tonight on ABC at eight P.M. ET. Come again to Glamour.com instantly after the present for our sit-down interview with Vanessa. For extra with Nick and whether or not he’ll do Dancing With the Stars after The Bachelor, click on right here.