Zach Shallcross, the star of season 27 of The Bachelor, discussed his experience on the show.
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, Zach Shallcross has had quite the journey on his quest for true love. Shallcross initially appeared during the previous season of The Bachelorette, where he got his heart broken by Rachel Recchia. But, of course, now Shallcross is back and starring on the 27th season of The Bachelor, and during Monday’s season premiere, the ABC star experienced his fair share of drama. In the episode, Shallcross shared a lengthy public kiss with Greer Blitzer (before giving her the first-impression rose) and said goodbye to Madison Johnson after she initiated a kiss with Shallcross.
While chatting with THR, Shallcross discussed a variety of topics, including how he felt about the not-so-flattering reactions when it was revealed that he was the show’s lead, why he gave Blitzer the coveted rose, his thoughts on a partner’s political views, and how his uncle Patrick Warburton helped him prepare to be on television.
Initially, Shallcross disclosed his thoughts on the show’s fans’ reaction to the news that he was the new bachelor. He said, “Where do I start with that? It was already shocking that I learned that I was the Bachelor. It never really settled in. It took some time to be like, “Wow, like this is actually happening to me.” And then you do see the reactions from viewers and fans; there’s the supportive ones, and then there’s the not-so-supportive ones. That was definitely a tough thing to get used to. But it is crazy to me because I just lived this experience and am very happy. The often-visceral reaction from the fans is a little intense. It has been pretty unique, just seeing the whole array of different reactions, either for me or against me.”
Zach Shallcross Said That “Open Communication Is So Important” in Relationships
Then when asked about his feelings on the importance of religious and political views in a relationship, Shallcross stated, “All of that does really play an important role to a healthy relationship, and having the chance to be on the same plane with it is important. Does it ever need to be the same? No. But having that open communication is so important, and what fans saw with last season was, there wasn’t any real communication. It spirals into this really important night, and it’s not like anything you could have expected, and it was a shock. It’s a good idea to have an idea of the politics that your partner has, maybe. I’m not a big guy in politics at all. I could literally give two shits — sorry for cussing. Sure, it plays a role, but the communication of it all is the most important part.”
The current star of The Bachelor also revealed why Greer was his choice for the first-impression rose. He said, “What I was like looking for is, where can I find some calm — someone to just make me feel comfortable. You’re constantly going on and on, and it’s another conversation here and there, and you’re going all around the mansion. With Greer that night, she was able to make me feel comfortable and make me not feel like I’m just getting pulled in a million different directions, and it’s overwhelming. With her, it was not so much. When I was thinking back to giving a first-impression rose, it was a really good first impression of, “OK, I can relax. I can be calm near her,” which I really did appreciate.”
The ABC star also disclosed the advice he’d received from his uncle about being on television. Shallcross said, “Uncle Pat has given me some advice. Most important, he’s always supported [me] because he knows how overwhelming being on TV can be. But he’s just always said, “Hey, keep a level head. Don’t let what the people say about you dictate how you feel about yourself.” So that’s been the most important thing.”
New episodes of The Bachelor air Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.