Elijah Wood Defends 'Bachelor' Pal Nick Viall: 'He's a Very Genuine Individual'

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Who knew these two were friends?
On Thursday's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Elijah Wood revealed how he came to become pals with The Bachelor's Nick Viall. The 36-year-old actor explained that his buddy, Kyle, met and befriended Nick at a music festival after recognizing him from his time on The Bachelorette. "I knew he was the Bachelor before it was announced!" the Lord of the Rings star exclaimed.
Elijah has since become an avid watcher of the reality series, and was quick to defend Nick's character. "I think a lot of people question whether he is real or if that is really him on the show in the way he's presenting himself -- and that IS him," he insisted. "He's a very genuine individual. He's got a lot of integrity. I can unequivocally say that."
While Elijah confessed to becoming intrigued by the show, he told Fallon that hefinds The Bachelor "equal parts entertaining," but also thinks it is a "weird human experiment."
As for who he thought should end up with Nick, Elijah admitted that he was rooting for Rachel Lindsay, who was recently announced as the new Bachelorette.

Like many fans of the show, the actor does not think Nick should end up with Corinne Olympios, but thinks she makes "good TV" and should get her own show.
"I have a lot of questions for Nick," he quipped.
In a recent interview with ET, Nick offered some clues as to who would be receiving the final rose. "I like women that are very confident and can kind of hold their own in this situation,” he shared. “I want a woman I can have great conversations with. I love the physical aspect of relationships, but if you are talking about a relationship that lasts a lifetime, you definitely need that emotional and cerebral connection.”
The Bachelor airs Monday nights on ABC, and be sure to like ET on Facebook to get recaps of the episodes every Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST.