The power was out of Britt Nilsson’s hands on the first night of The Bachelorette. Instead of choosing between 25 men, the contestants had the final say on who would be the next Bachelorette. In a conference call with OKMagazine.com, Britt admitted that although the decision to join the show was a no-brainer, she still found her co-star Kaitlyn Bristowe intimidating to compete against!
Bachelor nation was shocked when ABC announced that there would be two Bachelorettes for the franchise’s upcoming season. Although controversial, Britt insisted that she couldn’t turn it down. “It’s a huge decision so I did take time to think about it,” she explained. “But overwhelmingly, I just felt like it was the right decision. I felt like it was the next step. And I kind of saw love happening on the first season, and I felt like it was an amazing opportunity. I wanted to weigh it out because it is such a big deal, but I felt like it was good, yes, from the beginning.”
When asked if Britt was nervous to go against fan-favorite Kaitlyn, the waitress admitted it wasn’t easy. “Kaitlyn is awesome, she’s also a little bit intimidating, of course,” Britt said. “I just felt like this is such a big deal when looking for a life partner. All I can do is be myself. So honestly, I wasn’t as nervous as I was expecting to be when it came down to it.”
Despite being intimidated by Kaitlyn, the duo got along well throughout the process. “It actually ended up being pretty cool that we were there,” she explained. “We were pretty good before, like we were sort of hanging out towards the end of Chris’ season. And Kaitlyn’s amazing. It was actually a little bit nice to have someone’s support. And I'm glad it was Kaitlyn on the other side. We just kind of laughed a lot.”
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While Bachelor nation found men having to vote between Britt and Kaitlyn degrading, the aspiring model insists that the decision shouldn’t be considered controversial. “When they told me there was two, I didn’t see it as sexist or degrading at all,” she said. “I didn’t think it had to do with us being women. I just thought that they couldn’t decide so there was two. I know they’ve done that for men as well in a previous season. So, I didn’t see it as degrading. I honestly kind of thought as a compliment, like we’re both so great. It’s kind of more like how a real relationship would unfold where you’re choosing each other.”
Although some of the contestants may have been there solely to meet Kaitlyn, Britt admitted that she didn’t even think about it when meeting the suitors. “I think that there were probably guys who watched the season and so, yes, some probably knew who Kaitlyn was, some knew who I was," the ABC star said. "I was trying really hard to not, you know, do the numbers in my head or figure it out. But honestly, most of them seem fairly open-minded or maybe they were good actors. I'm just kidding!”
On Chris’ season, Britt was accused of being on the show for the wrong reasons. Although she’s an aspiring actress/model, Britt isn’t using the show to kick-start a Hollywood career. “Honestly, no,” she said. “I mean, people have asked me is this the modeling or acting. And to me, doing reality is kind of in a very different sphere, which I really don't think that it feeds into anything else. I think it might actually cut me off from – if I'm trying to do modeling, I wouldn’t do reality TV. And I haven’t been modeling in about four years. I'm 28. I really don't think I'm going to get back into it.”
The Bachelorette airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC.