Chris Soules has become a household name. Chris made his television debut on the reality dating show “The Bachelorette.” Chris made it to the final three but was then sent home by Andi Dorfman. Chris was then chosen as “The Bachelor.” He left Iowa for a second time in search of love. It was not only his looks and his charming blue eyes that won over viewers and the ladies of the house, but his kindness and sincerity in finding true love. America watched as Chris dated several women, leading him to the finale where he got down on one knee, and proposed to his now fiancé, Whitney Bischoff . Chris went from “The Bachelor” to “Dancing With the Stars” where he partnered up with Whitney Carson. He is now heading back to Iowa and his passion of farming.
Chris will be heading to NJ on June 13th. He will be at iPlay America in Freehold for a Q&A and Meet and Greet. This is your opportunity to meet and chat with Chris! You can buy tickets for the Q&A, Meet and Greet, and even a VIP Reception Pre-Event
We recently had the chance to speak to Chris about “The Bachelor,” “Dancing with the Stars”, and his passion for farming.
upfrontNY: You were casted on “The Bachelorette” and then became “The Bachelor.” What was it like to have the roles reversed?
Chris: It was nice to be in control of the process because you weren’t always wondering what was happening next. As the bachelor I was able to plan the dates, knew when they were, and who I wanted to take on the dates . Where as on “The Bachelorette” you don’t know when you’re going on a date next, or when you’re going home. You don’t know anything. There is a lot of uncertainty and you’re always on edge not knowing when your going to be set home. As the bachelor you have control of the process, which has its disadvantages as well, sending girls home, you break people’s hearts, and its very tough. Everyone has broken up with someone and it is not fun.
upfrontNY: When watching the show was there anything that surprised you?
Chris: I was always surprised with how much the girls talked when they got back from the dates. As guys, you come home and you had a great time but you don’t talk about any more details than that. No one wanted to know what the dates were like for the guys. The girls were a different story. Every detail is front and center. Also some things that played out with some of the girls not getting along with each other. As the bachelor all you see is what happens on site when you’re there.
upfrontNY: When you were watching the show, did you watch any of the “steamy” parts with your family and did any parts make you cringe?
Chris: Toward the end I watched the show alone. There were a lot of intimate moments that were cringe worthy for me to be in front of others. I knew when those were coming so at the end I would watch the show in private as opposed to with family and friends.
upfrontNY: You got engaged to Whitney on the finale. What was it like to have that documented and on tv where you can have it for the rest of your lives?
Chris: That has been pretty neat to be able to have that and that experience to share for the rest of my life with my kids and grandkids. The barn we had the proposal in, was the barn where I grew up. The house is just 100 feet to the east of that barn and I raised my first pig in that barn. The show fixed the barn up and made it into what it is, a very beautiful place and it has a ton of meaning for the both of us and my family. It is pretty special.
upfrontNY: You went from “The Bachelor” to “Dancing With The Stars.” What was the best part of being on that show?
Chris: Dancing With The Stars was an awesome opportunity to do something I’ve never done before and embrace the entire experience, learn to dance as much as possible, and compete. I have a background in sports in high school and college and it’s nice having that adrenaline of competing. Also meeting celebrities. I still don’t consider myself a celebrity. A year and a half ago no one knew who I was. This has been a whirlwind. To be able to go in and meet fantastic celebrities, the people you watched growing up, or people you never thought you’d get to meet, and to be able to become friends with them is a great opportunity.
upfrontNY: You have been on reality tv. You have been on a competition show. If you could be on another reality, game, or competiion show. What would it be?
Chris: I always thought “Survivor” would be pretty cool. I enjoy being outdoors and the survival part of it. The team, that would be the hard part for me, the stabbing people in the back and doing things like that, but just the survival part would be really cool. Either that, or the apprentice. I enjoy business and those sorts of things, but right now I am happy to be away from the camera for a little while.
upfrontNY: You are heading to Jersey in June for an event at iPlay America. For this event you are having a Q&A and a meet and greet. What is it like to have fans come out seeking the opportunity to not only see you in person but to be able to talk to you?
Chris: I think it is important for me to give back to my fans because they are the ones who have gotten me to this point and I have been very fortunate the last year and a half. I am excited to give them an opportunity to talk to me, meet me, and see that I am a just a normal guy. Also to be able to answer some questions, and have some fun with them.
upfrontNY: “The Bachelorette” is premiering on Monday. Are you planning to watch it?
Chris: I will watch it eventually. I’ll be at “The Dancing With The Stars Show” on Monday. The finale is Monday and Tuesday, but I will definitely watch. I am excited to watch how that plays out. I don’t envy the two girls having to go through that. It’s tough enough to be the bachelor and go into that but to go in and not know if you are staying and get sent home again, is tough.
upfrontNY: You have been out in LA doing “Dancing With The Stars”, out there doing “The Bachelor,” have you ever considered leaving the farm life for more of a Hollywood lifestyle?
Chris: No, I have been asked that question many times but the answer hasn’t changed. The longer I’m out here people think I’m going to get the bug and want to stay. If I didn’t have a close family in Iowa, the farm, and that passion, maybe it would be a consideration, but farming is a passion of mine and something I truly love and want to continue to do. If there are other opportunities like “Dancing With The Stars,” I am going to consider them, enjoy, and take advantage of things that may or may not come my way. I am excited to be back in Iowa and get back to farming and doing what I love. Once farming is in your blood it’s something that never goes away.
upfrontNY: What is next for you?
Chris: I am looking forward to real life, but beyond that I am trying to be a voice for agriculture. Going forward for me as a farmer and to be able to represent agriculture now by talking to people as someone who has been farming, and is a 4th generation farmer. To share my story and support agriculture and highlight it’s importance to the world and our country, and why our country is so great.
upfrontNY: What do you want your fans to know.?
Chris: The most important thing is that I am going to stick with my roots. The fame will never change who I am. I am the same guy I was before and I want to get back to farming and give back as much as I can, to charties and things like that and have fun with the different opportunities that come my way. It has been an incredible journey and hopefully it won’t be the last you see of me. I want to thank them for all of their support the last year and a half. It has been very humbling.
Head over to Chris’ site to learn more about him and his involvement in agriculture.