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HE’S LOOK­ING FOR LOVE ON THE BACH­E­LOR, BUT IS THE HONEY BADGER’S HEART HERE ON THE GOLD COAST?

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER MACPHERSON

Nick Cum­mins might have found the woman of his dreams on The Bach­e­lor, but he’s not ready to call it love yet. “I wouldn’t put any la­bels on it, like love,” Nick says.

“Those things like love, in my mind, would be later on down the track.”

While film­ing for the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show has wrapped up, Nick, aka rugby star the Honey Badger, aka Aus­tralia’s most un­likely but en­ter­tain­ing Bach­e­lor, has to keep a low pro­file for the next cou­ple of months while the rest of Aus­tralia catches up with his ro­man­tic pur­suits of choos­ing the right girl out of a mere 25 op­tions.

Nick says the thought of be­ing thrust into a sit­u­a­tion so far out of his com­fort zone ini­tially made him say no to Chan­nel 10’s of­fer, but he came around to the idea after some time away.

“I’d had a chance to think about it, I thought, ‘well yeah, maybe I should put my­self in a sit­u­a­tion where I could find the girl I’ve been look­ing for’,” Nick says.

“It ended up be­ing a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me.”

The se­ries, which pre­miered on Chan­nel 10 last night, is full of Nick’s trade­mark Aussie lingo – as well as some more ten­der, if not awk­ward mo­ments.

“There’s def­i­nitely peo­ple who don’t un­der­stand that sort of lan­guage,” Nick says.

“You do have to tone it back a few notches.

“Speak­ing to women – I learnt a lot about that.

“Talk­ing a lot about feel­ings can be quite tough for some­one who doesn’t do it.

“Us blokes aren’t re­ally trained in that sort of thing. We’re not taught how to han­dle all these dif­fer­ent emo­tions. (There’s a lot of scenes) of me in un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tions. (But it’s also) a lot of fun, I like to keep the vibes as high as I can.”

With Nick’s fa­ther and fam­ily on the Gold Coast and four women from The Bach­e­lor also hail­ing from our neck of the woods, we could be see­ing more of the curly-haired lar­rikin around town.

Nick says he has fond mem­o­ries of muck­ing around at Burleigh Heads as a kid.

“We used to drive down from Beaudesert and we’d surf, quite of­ten ac­tu­ally,” he says.

“Burleigh Heads is a beau­ti­ful spot. That’s where surfers do their best and I’m keen to get out there my­self.”

While Nick’s bois­ter­ous charm and off-the-cuff an­tics are his trade­marks, don’t mis­take him for a bad-boy player. He says he was to­tally in­vested in find­ing a part­ner through The Bach­e­lor with a per­son who was meant to be.

“The last thing I want to do is take up any­one’s time and keep flog­ging a dead horse,” he says.

“If you didn’t take it se­ri­ously like that, there’s some­thing wrong with you.

“Just take the mask off, say hello to them, if they don’t like it, move on.

“And all of a sud­den, it all clears out and the one you’re ac­tu­ally keen on is stand­ing there in front of you. The one who’s meant to be there at that time, is there.” The Bach­e­lor airs again tonight at 7.30pm fol­low­ing its pre­miere on Chan­nel 10 last night

TALK­ING A LOT ABOUT FEEL­INGS CAN BE QUITE TOUGH FOR SOME­ONE WHO DOESN’T DO IT

Nick Cum­mins ini­tially turned downed the of­fer to star in Chan­nel 10’s re­al­ity TV dat­ing show The Bach­e­lor.

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