MEET THE BACHELOR
The latest lad to go in search of his soulmate is packing the requisite sixpack but also plenty of brains and a winning personality, according to the show’s producers
When Sam Wood was unveiled back in March as the latest Bachelor, some fans were underwhelmed, claiming he lacks the star power of inaugural rose-giver Tim Robards.
But with several network insiders admitting they’d made a mistake casting Blake Garvey last season, could this be the return to form The Bachelor needs?
According to executive producer Stephen Tate, Wood ticked all the right casting boxes for their perfect leading man.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” he says of what made Wood stand out above the hundreds of other men who applied for the show.
“It’s about the time of a person’s life. Are they at a point where they’re ready to make a commitment? Are they attractive? Are they likable? Are they a catch? Are they going to be an aspirational choice for the audience? As in, do they have enough ambition and success in their life to be an aspirational choice?”
The owner of a chain of gyms for kids with a strong family background and desire to give back, Wood, 34, was a no-brainer for Tate. Add in that he’s easy on the eye with the requisite sixpack (and yes, you will see plenty of it during the show) and their choice becomes clearer.
But Wood’s most important quality, according to Tate, has less to do with brawn and more to do with his brain.
“Sam’s single greatest attribute is how comfortable he makes everybody feel,” says Tate. “He has this ability to walk into a room and treat everyone as if they’re family and friends. It’s something you don’t see every day – he’s just really comfortable in his own skin.”
Wood claims that before the show he’d not seen a single episode of The
Bachelor, nor did he have a desire to stake out a TV career. But he was ready to meet “the one”.
“I saw that (season one’s) Tim and Anna (Heinrich) were still together,” he says of what prompted him to apply. “I knew it would be a once in a lifetime experience. I was hopeful of meeting someone on the show.”
Having worked hard to establish his business in his 20s, Wood says his previous long-term relationships suffered as a result.
“I kept making the same mistakes and ended up in the same place – single again,” he says.
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