Though her time with The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo Galavis ended badly, Atlanta Assistant District Attorney Andi Dorfman can’t wait to dole out the rose boutonnieres on the tenth cycle of ABC’s The Bachelorette, which premieres Monday.
Dorfman memorably quit The Bachelor following a disastrous fantasy suite date during which she feigned sleep to avoid her self-absorbed suitor then left him with a firm, final lesson in meaningful communication that had fans cheering. Dorfman explains that the showdown was about much more than giving viewers an arresting last impression.
“More than the thought that this was the last time viewers would see me, it was a very important moment personally, because I really understood what I wanted out of a relationship,” says Dorfman, who cites her own happily married parents and newlywed sister as her role models when it comes to finding true love. “I’ve learned that relationships aren’t always easy and that you really have to work for something so valuable sometimes. I also believe that part of a successful marriage is a successful friendship. My parents are a prime example of that theory.”
The no-nonsense 26-year-old serves as a gang prosecutor for Georgia’s Fulton County, so her prospective suitors should be prepared to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when it comes to who they are and what their romantic intentions might be. But, Dorfman adds, she has a softer side she’s eager to share with them and with The Bachelorette fans.
“I feel like last season, people got to see the tougher side of me,” she says. ”This time, they will definitely learn that I’m a lot more sensitive and vulnerable than they may think.”
Which leaves many viewers anxious to see how (and if) Dorfman learns on-camera of the tragic passing of contestant Eric Hill, 31, who died of his injuries following an April paragliding accident that occurred after he’d been eliminated from the show. “We’re going to try to be as sensitive as possible,” the franchise’s creator Mike Fleiss told E! News in April, and the network has revealed that The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison will honor Hill in the season premiere special, dedicating the season to the world-traveling adventurer.
As for must-haves and deal-breakers when it comes to finding the man of her dreams, Dorfman says laughter and babies are non-negotiable. “A deal breaker would be someone who is adamant about not wanting children,” she says. “I definitely need a man with a sense of humor, too!”
The tenth edition of The Bachelorette premieres with a 90-minute special on Monday, May 19, at 9:30pm ET on ABC. The series moves to its regularly scheduled time slot, Mondays at 8/7CT on May 26.
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