Jef Holm is one of the most private contestants on The Bachelorette. So how did he end up on a show that broadcasts hot tub make out sessions and emotional off-camera interviews? In a phone conversation with some reality television reporters, he revealed that he didn’t actually apply to the show:
My sister-in-law submitted an application for me without me knowing. And so, I got a call from casting and I had no idea what they were talking about. They were like, “We received your application.” And I was like, “No, you didn’t. I think you have the wrong guy.”
And so we ended up talking and I kept getting calls back from casting. They were just like, “We want to meet you. We want to see pictures. We want to see a video.” And I just — I was really hesitant to even send them anything because I’m a really — I come from a really private family.
I’m really private about my life, and I didn’t want to, you know, go out on a dating TV show, as I saw it, you know? And then I — let’s see, what happened, then? I sent in a video after a long time of them talking me into it, and then I went out to California and met them.
They said that they wanted to put me all the way through and I was still really hesitant to go on. And then as soon as I found out it was Emily in, I think, the end of January, the first of February, that’s when I committed to do the show — is when I found out it was her.
Read the rest of the interview here. Who are your favorite men left on the show? Who will go home tonight?
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