Rachel Lindsay knows what she wants!
ET's Lauren Zima caught up with the new Bachelorette at The Bachelor's "Women Tell All" taping on Friday, where she opened up about her upcoming journey to find love -- and revealed that we'll be seeing a cast that "reflects what America looks like."
"I mean, I'm not your typical Bachelorette, right? We've already talked about it," Lindsay shared candidly. "I'm the first black Bachelorette, I'm 31, so I'm an older Bachelorette… Then at the same time, I have a different type of job than the typical Bachelorettes have, so I think it's a little bit harder to cast someone for me."
The Dallas-based attorney is definitely ready to find love, and doesn't apologize for the unprecedented move of encouraging men to apply during her Bachelorette announcement on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month.
"Being 31, like, I've been there. I've gone through my twenties, I've been through the journey, so I know exactly what it is that I'm looking for," she explained. "I just really want to take the time to find the right group of guys for me, and I can't complain."
As for what fans can expect on Lindsay's upcoming season, she said there'll be a "wider pool of African-American men."
"I obviously expect to see a wider pool of African-American men just because that's me, but what I'm excited about is I'm hoping that my cast reflects what America looks like," she said. "I don't [exclusively] date African-American men, I've dated all races before, and so I'm hoping the cast reflects what America looks like and I'm excited that my season is hopefully the one that has the opportunity to do that."
Lindsay is clearly excited about the opportunity to break down barriers on the show as the first black lead in Bachelor franchise history, though she admits that she felt a lot of pressure at first.
"Originally I felt a lot of pressure, because who doesn't have pressure being the first at anything?" she revealed. "But at the same time… I'm so humbled and honored to be the one chosen to take on this role and this experience."
"I get the opportunity to find love, so how amazing is that?" she added. "I think that's such a beautiful thing and I have so much support from the cast members and Nick [Viall], as we heard tonight, and just having, you know, America rally behind me, it's such a beautiful thing that it outweighs the pressure."
The 31-year-old beauty said she's currently taking things "day by day" -- but said that from night one, we can expect to see a very "direct" Bachelorette.
"I feel like if I try to think about it too much, I'm going to get caught up in the whole moment of things, so I'm going to take it day by day. I'm just going to be true to myself, and as I told Nick throughout our whole season, I'm just going to keep it 100, and I'm going to keep it real," she promised. "That's all I know how to do."
"Nick was very sincere. It was one of the things I loved the most about him and in our relationship. He was very sincere, he was very open and I plan on being the exact same way. I don't want to hold back, which is something I tend to do, so I'm hoping to take that from him and what we had and carry that into the next part," she said.
And while Lindsay brings the sincerity to her season, she's hoping the guys will bring the laughs.
"Oh my gosh, I need a funny guy! I mean, you don't need to be a comedian. I don't need you to be Kevin Hart, but I need you to be funny," she revealed, before going into her checklist.
"I need you to be able to talk sports -- you don't have to play them, but be familiar with them. Bad breath is a deal breaker, and then I need a guy that knows exactly what he wants," she said. "I don't need you to be indecisive, I don't need you to be just a dreamer, I need you to be very self-aware and confident… and there's a fine line between that I can't stand a cocky guy. That is a deal breaker for me."
While Lindsay's clearly looking forward to her season of The Bachelorette
, she's still in the running for Viall's heart on The Bachelor.
Find out how the two call it quits
in the video below.
The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.