“My unreal moment today is probably sitting down and talking to Chris Harrison because it’s like two worlds colliding on live television,” the Emmy nominee said with a laugh. “But he was so unbelievably nice, and he wants to come and be on the show.”
Before chatting with ET, Zimmer sat down with Harrison for an interview that aired as part of ABC’s live pre-Emmy red carpet show.
“I find it hard to believe I’ve never received a gift basket or a cameo on the show,” Harrison said during the ABC chat, before suggesting a character he’d like to play. “How could I not be [on the show]? Could I be the bachelor on the fake Bachelor show, [Everlasting]?”
Harrison’s remarks on Sunday come as a dramatic 180 for the longtime Bachelor and Bachelorette host. More than a year ago, he eviscerated the Lifetime drama, calling it “terrible” and saying that “absolutely nobody is watching the show.”
“I think something in the continuum would explode if he was on our show playing the bachelor … or something,” Zimmer told ET of Harrison’s desire to appear on the series. “Yeah, we’re going to make it happen.”
“Or, he could come on and play Quinn’s boyfriend,” she proposed.
Zimmer was overwhelmed to be celebrating her first Emmy nomination, telling ET she’s “trying not to look people in the eye because it’ll make me cry.”
“I never thought I’d be here. I really didn’t,” the 45-year-old actress admitted. "So the moment’s like, the more people you see and we’re all dressed up now, we’re actually here and talking to people on camera. It’s like, ‘Oh, this is actually happening.’”
During Zimmer’s sit-down with Harrison on ABC, the two had an awkward exchange where they joked about not being aware of the similarities between The Bachelor and UnREAL, which is loosely inspired by the former.
“It’s the behind the scenes of the making of a dating competition show. I don’t really know what that is,” Zimmer said.
“If there was something like that, I would definitely be familiar with it,” Harrison deadpanned. “No, obviously we kid because it is based loosely, loosely I assume, on the concept of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, my nighttime job.”
“Are you serious? Is that what it’s based on? No one ever told me,” Zimmer said with a laugh.
Harrison revealed the one thing that does anger him about UnREAL.
“The host of your show, the fake show [Everlasting], is this kind of schwarmy doofus that the executive producer, which you play, hates. They hate him. That is so spot-on it makes me angry,” he said.
UnREAL returns in 2017 on Lifetime.