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'The Bachelorette' Ashley Hebert Talks Love, Exotic Vacations & Wedding Photoshoots

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 23rd 2011 7:00PM
'The Bachelorette' Ashley HebertAshley Hebert charmed 'Bachelor' fans as she vied for that final rose and proposal from 'Bachelor' veteran Brad Womack last season. But his loss is the gain for other men -- 25 other men, to be exact.

Ashley famously couldn't admit she was in love with Bachelor Brad, but now she's on the receiving end of all the praise and compliments and declarations as the latest 'Bachelorette' (premieres Mon., May 23, 9PM ET on ABC).

Kicking off with what can only be described as a drunken frat party for Ashley's attention, this season also features some very exotic vacations and, from what we've heard, a wedding photo shoot or two. Seriously.

I caught up with Ashley to try to get more details (damn that 'Bachelorette' media training!). She also talked about being on the other side this time around, if she's ready to get married and if she'd ever do the show again, a la Brad.

Did you think when you were on that ridiculous season of 'The Bachelor' that you would ever be the next 'Bachelorette'?
[Laughs] Never. Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind -- it was a surprise to me.

And now that you've lived through it, how was it on the other side?
I mean, it's good ... I can tell you that I'm so grateful that I was given this opportunity, because not only was it a great learning experience, but it was a great life experience. Being on this side, there are ups and downs, pros and cons to being in each position. This time there was a lot more pressure, and it was a lot more emotional. I don't like breaking up with guys so I had a really hard time.

The guys are intense! Having seen you on 'The Bachelor' last season, they're instantly all over you ...
The first night, there's so much that happens. I can tell you this -- the drama begins before filming even starts.

Some of these guys are probably drunker than they've ever been in their lives ...
Yep, exactly. I think you probably saw it on one of the promos ... yeah, it's interesting. But because I was on the other side [last season], I can kind of relate, and I can hopefully be a bit more understanding.

The travel is such a fun part of the show ... where did you guys go this year?
We went to some really amazing places -- we went to Thailand, a couple locations there, we went to Hong Kong, we went to Taiwan and we also went to Fiji. It was just out of this world. Fiji was the one place in the world that I really wanted to go to, so when I found out we were going there, I cried. But on these dates it wasn't just extravagant. There were dates where I was really able to get to know the guys. Just having a picnic, or having a cocktail at a beautiful viewpoint. Even though we are in these amazing locations, I was able to really find the reality in it, you know?

Now I keep hearing about some wedding part of town in one of those cities where the date was to take wedding photos with the guys. Are you freaking kidding me? You said yes to that?!
[Laughs] I can't give you all my secrets, girl! You'll have to watch and see ... it's crazy.

Have you found the love of your life?
Well I will say that, looking back, I'm happy with the way that everything turned out. For me, as an individual, I really trust myself and my decisions, and I hope everyone's going to be supportive of it.

Were you surprised at all by the guys they chose for you?
Yeah, that's what I loved about it. Maybe not all of them would be people I'd date outside of this, but it gave me a chance to get to know people and they surprised me. You go into it thinking, I don't know if we're going to click, and then ... you do!

You're 27. Are you ready to get married?
If I were to find the right person, I would be ready to get married.

I'm not saying it won't work out for you this time around, but if it doesn't, would you consider doing the show again, a la Brad Womack?
Um, well ... in this point in time, I don't know that I would to be honest. It was a great experience, but I don't know that I would do it again. I have a whole new respect for Brad, I'll tell you that! [Laughs]

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I was actually hoping that it was the other Ashley who got the show because this one acts a little TOO insecure and uncomfortable. I read in an interview and she said that she wanted to prove to people that she wasn't the person that was displayed on her TV so we will see how it goes down. I know some people may have missed the premiere but it's online on DISH Network’s website DISHonline. You can also go to this link and view it http://bit.ly/dJzWgo. You don’t' have to be a DISH customer to view it because over 130 different networks are available for people to view and that includes ABC. I've been a "Bachelorette" fan for quite some time and now that I'm working at DISH, I'm always telling people how they can watch it over again.


May 24 2011 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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