Andi Dorfman crept into Bachelor fans' hearts by being one of the most forthright contestants ever and she continued her straight-talking trend in an interview with Cosmopolitan, going over her reality show days.
The 29-year-old former Assistant District Attorney from Fulton County, Georgia, became a #BachelorNation favorite after dumping the controversial Juan Pablo following their Fantasy Suite date during season eighteen of The Bachelor. Considering her practicality and maturity, some were baffled as to why someone like Dorfman would sign up for the reality dating show in the first place. Dorfman admitted that she was naïve with regard to what she was getting herself into.
"I had no idea that I would be mic'd up the entire time, no idea that there would be 20 cameras at any given point," Dorman told Cosmopolitan. "I was so sheltered."
Dorfman revealed that she caught wind of the absurdity of the situation early on in the show.
"The very first night on The Bachelor, my first season, I remember standing in the rose ceremony room. It's 4:30 in the morning at this point. It's freezing cold, everyone is cold and nervous standing on these risers, and you could hear the teeth chattering and the deep breaths," Dorman said. "And I watch Juan Pablo come in with a stack of roses, and I'm thinking, 'This is the stupidest thing I've ever been a part of. I'm standing here cold, my feet hurt, and I'm waiting for a dude I don't know to give me a rose.'"
One valuable bit of wisdom her stint on The Bachelor and the 10th season of The Bachelorette provided her with was a sense of what she doesn't want in a significant other. After getting engaged to The Bachelorette finalist Josh Murray, the couple suddenly split after they re-entered the real world together -- away from the fantastical shooting locations and elaborately produced dates of the ABC reality show.
Dorfman admitted that had she met Murray in an off-camera situation, she probably wouldn't have dated him as long.
"When you go on this show, you put your best foot forward," she explained. "You're introducing yourself to the world, in a way -- why would you want to show your worst qualities? I don't think he hid who he was, but the situations we were in didn't bring out his more negative traits. Like, I didn't know he had a temper because every time he was with me, it was just the two of us in a palace or something. How could you not be happy?"
Dorfman described her ideal partner as "someone who has your back no matter what."
"Instead of you against him, it's y'all against the world," she said.
In February, Dorfman spoke to ET at the ESPN pre-Super Bowl 50 event in San Francisco, giving advice to future The Bachelor contestants.
"For any girl that's going on the show next time, comfortable shoes -- 100 percent," she told ET. "But try and have fun. It's very, very easy to get lost in it and get very emotional, obviously, then two months later you look back, and you're like, 'Whoa, that was actually fun. What was I so stressed out about?' In the moment, [it's] not so easy."
Dorfman's upcoming book, It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After, is out May 17.