Juan Pablo Galavis of The Bachelor is handsome, funny and a good dancer. Women melt when they hear his Latin accent. He seems to have it all, it seems — except a mom for his daughter. As a single dad, he says he’s not afraid of settling down and he’s eager to have a big family.
But why would this 32-year-old eligible bachelor, born in New York and raised in Venezuela, need a TV show to help him find romance? Can’t a catch like Galavis find his match the old-fashioned way?
“It’s not easy,” he insists. “There’s always somebody for people everywhere, but it’s not easy to find that person.”
Fortunately, help is on its way, and if Galavis winds up alone after this season of The Bachelor, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself. He has 27 potential Ms. Rights to choose from (including one North Texan: Ashley Poe, a 25-year-old elementary school teacher from Roanoke).
We caught up with Galavis last week and chatted with him about the show and the new season’s two-hour premiere, which airs at 7 p.m. Monday on ABC.
You competed for Desiree Hartsock’s attention last season on The Bachelorette , so you know how this show works. Were there reservations about being the center of attention as the Bachelor?
You have to think a lot. I have a daughter. Being on The Bachelorette was a little less thinking because I knew that I could go home in week one, week two, week three. But in this one, you have to be there for the entire season, so it was going to be a little bit of a time away from my daughter. Also, I hate hurting people and you have to do that when there are 27 women.
Twenty-seven women. Were you overwhelmed when they started spilling out of the limos?
“Ay, ay, ay! Juan Pablo, what’s going to happen here?” That’s what I said, and then the first limo comes and I’m like, “Oh, my gosh.” Then the second one was like, “Oh, my gosh, I’m in trouble.” Then the third one and I forgot already who the first girl is. It was overwhelming crazy. It was hard, very hard.
You’ve said you want to give your 5-year-old daughter, Camila, a brother and sister to complete the family. But if the woman doesn’t want to have kids right away, is that a deal-breaker?
I want to have kids right away. But if I’m with somebody and she’s like, “Listen, I have my career and this and that,” I understand. There will be no “I want kids right now.” I will respect her career 100 percent. Whenever we’re ready, we’ll be ready to have kids.
What else are you looking for in a woman?
I’m looking for a woman that is smart, that is honest, that likes sports — a little bit maybe — and that knows how to dance, because I love dancing. That’s one of my biggest turn-ons. I fall in love with that. But in this situation, I say to myself, “Juan Pablo, not all of them will be good dancers, so don’t make them dance yet. Just get to know them better.” And that’s how I did it.
What about turnoffs?
Somebody that doesn’t eat. I like food a lot. So I don’t want to hear, “I don’t like sushi. I don’t like this. I don’t like that.” That would be a horrible turnoff.
What are the best and worst qualities about you that a potential love match should know about?
Best thing to date about me, if you like music and you like sports and you like to have a good time, you’re going to have a blast. Because I love going to concerts and I love to go to soccer games and baseball games and basketball games and football games. That’s my life.
And the bad things about dating me: Sometimes I can be a little stubborn. I like to watch sports on the weekends. There’s people who love weekends to go out [until] the sun comes out. But I just want to lie in bed and watch sports and relax.
I can be a little sarcastic. There’s people who don’t like that. And obviously my daughter’s my priority. So if you want to make plans with me and then my daughter calls, I’m going to have to go with my daughter.