A few weekends ago, my girlfriends and I had the pleasure of spending some time with former Bachelor star Chris Soules at the Huxley in Washington, D.C. A complete fish out of water (as it’s a far cry from his Iowan roots), Chris was both gracious and down-to-earth (not to mention insanely hot), as we conversed about everything from his 2007 visit to D.C., to lobby on behalf of farmers, to what he really thought of this nationwide tour he’s been on, since Dancing with the Stars ended.
I’ve met a lot of media personalities in my day, and many of them get bitten by the “Hollywood” bug very fast. TV gigs, press tours, fan tours, etc. become an addiction of sorts, in order to keep themselves relevant. They end up going from “I can’t believe this is my life” to “Is today the day no one remembers me?” pretty quick. However, it was clear before I had asked (and he had confirmed) that this was not how Chris wanted his life to continue to be at all. It was clear he was fulfilling a contract with ABC – something that becomes far more overwhelming than one could imagine.
While comfortable taking pictures with the throngs of fans from every direction (I swear if it wasn’t for that velvet rope and security between our tables and the rest of the club, it would have been more of a nightmare than it already was), he was more than eager to engage in conversation with people who wanted to get to know him.
The first thing he did when he entered our area was come over to our table. My girlfriends and I were lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with him, giving us a chance to get to know him just a little bit. When I asked him about his trip here, to Washington, D.C., and whether this was a stop he was eager to visit, he said that management booked the gig, that this really isn’t his scene (the clubs, the appearance gigs, etc.), and he didn’t know about this visit until two days before (tickets went on sale a month prior to the event). When I asked him if he had been here before, he said he came once in 2007 (for the aforementioned lobbying) and never had the opportunity to come back. He was only in town for this one night though (the next night he was at a Knicks game with Rumor Willis), so no sightseeing for him!
As our conversation went on, a million flashes went off, a zillion pictures were taken and 15 minutes later, he apologized for having to walk away from our group, as he was being tapped on the shoulder to meet the throngs of fans, who were hopeful in grabbing his attention.
NOTE: While I left early, some of my girlfriends that stayed, indicated that when the house lights came on, Chris was more than eager to get out of there, glad another fan tour gig was over.