Why Nick Viall Thinks 'Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Will Last (Exclusive)

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Nick Viall's own Bachelor romance may not have worked out, but he has high hopes for Arie Luyendyk. 

ET's Katie Krause spoke with the former Bachelor at the Boohoo Block Party with Zendaya at the Dream Hollywood on Wednesday, where he weighed in on Luyendyk's dramatic finale earlier this month and revealed why he thinks it's a sign his relationship with Lauren Burnham will work. 

"I mean, I thought his season was entertaining. I thought it was fun to watch," Viall said. "It’s a very difficult position to be in."

The aspiring actor was no stranger to criticism during his season of The Bachelor last year, but Luyendyk drew even more flack after dumping Becca Kufrin weeks after proposing to pursue a relationship with Burnham. 

"I think a lot of people were curious about his decisions, [and] listen, you always can handle things better. I think a lot of people were confused, but I think more importantly Becca handled herself really well. I think everyone's really rooting for her now, so I think that's what's really important," Viall shared. "I think [Luyendyk and Burnham] will work out." 

"Arie risked a lot to do what he did, and he didn't gain any fans from it," he continued. "I just hope it works out." 

As for his own relationship status, Viall broke things off with his final pick, Vanessa Grimaldi, last summer. He was since the subject of dating rumors with January Jones, but he told ET on Wednesday that he's currently single. 

"I think [I'm looking for] someone who makes me a better person and puts up with me," he expressed, adding that there's no chance he'd return to the Bachelor franchise to find love. "I think my time as a cast member on the show is done, and I've had a run." 

Viall is, however, looking forward to pursuing his acting career. 

"I’ve always been told you have to be patient, but I’ve been really lucky. I got to do a quick cameo on Family Guy... and I did a guest star role on Teachers," he revealed. "I’m working really hard, taking it very seriously, and I’m very lucky to have a lot of people giving me really good advice and looking out for me. So I’m thankful and we’ll see how it goes."

"Being a part of The Bachelor world gives you a platform, and it opens some doors, but at the same time, I think you have to break some doors down in terms of getting your credibility," Viall continued. "That’s the only thing. I’m working really hard and I just don’t want anyone to assume that I’m taking it for granted or assume that anything’s owed to me." 

"I’m honest with myself that I’m sure I have some critics, but again, very thankful that people in this industry and people in the casting world have at least opened the door for me and given me a chance, and given me an opportunity to show them what I can do and that I’m willing to work hard," he said. 


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