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Chatting with Andy and Tessa from "The Bachelor"

Chatting with Andy and Tessa from "The Bachelor"

On this week's finale of my guiltiest pleasure, "The Bachelor," Andy Baldwin proposed to San Francisco social worker Tessa Horst, whom I thought was the better of two fairly dull choices. Andy will face some of the rejected bachelorettes tonight in the "After the Final Rose" special, which I'm betting will be more exciting than the sappy, cliche-filled proposal episode. Meanwhile, this morning, I had a chance to join some other reporters in a chat with the couple about the parts of their relationship that we didn't get to see on TV, what it was like to have so many women vying for Andy, and what comes next for them. Here are some of the highlights:

How hard has it been to keep your secret?
Andy: We've been walking around New York and I've been screaming it from the top of my lungs. It's no secret any longer.

Tessa: It's a huge relief to have it over. Everyone around us was still watching [the show] as if it was present. We're just really excited to move forward from here.

What have you learned about each other since the show ended two months ago?
Andy: We've seen each other four times, talked to each other all the time on the phone. We've definitely commented how much better we know each other now than even at the end of the show. The risk we took in getting engaged is getting better and better.

Tessa: Andy snores. And he wakes up at about 5 a.m. every morning, as if that's a normal time to get up and start your day.

Andy: Tessa's a good cook, and she sweats a lot from her armpits.

Lots more, so

What's the next step for you?
Tessa: I'm going to move in the next few months. I think in terms of a wedding, we're definitely taking our time.

Andy, what was going through your mind when both girls said they loved you?
Andy: I was really, really stressed. it's such a bizarre situation, but one that becomes permissible given the format of "The Bachelor," where you can actually develop very strong feelings for more than one woman. The love I felt from Bevin was so powerful — she really, really loved me, and I didn't feel the same necessarily back to her. I was falling in love with Tessa, and once she gave that back to me, I had to really crush Bevin, and it was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do.

Tessa, what was your first impression of Andy?
Tessa: That first night, I did actually really feel a connection. My feelings for him definitely went up and down in the first couple of weeks. I kind of wouldn't let myself have feelings for him because I was kind of turned off by everybody else having feelings for him too. I couldn't see it being a situation where I could fall in love. While my feelings for Andy were growing throughout the experience, I definitely would push him away a lot because it did feel unnatural for me.

Were there things about your relationship that were important but that we didn't get to see on TV?
Andy: Every time I saw Tessa, she would hide a York Peppermint Patty, which was to signify that her mother lives in York, which is right down the street from Lancaster [Pennsylvania, Andy's hometown]. I composed a song and sang it to her after I proposed — she's my Peppermint Patty.

Tessa: Sometimes I felt with me and Andy, we had a lot more fun and laughing times, and what we saw were the clips of us talking very seriously.

Tessa, there were rumors going around that you let the secret slip early. Did that happen, and did you get in any trouble?
Tessa: There were rumors going around with the New York Post. I think that that was an absolute fabrication. I never spoke about the show in public, and it wasn't even true — it said that I turned down the proposal.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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tati33 tati33 9 years
I totally thought he was going to choose Bevin :(
pamss pamss 9 years
don't lke her dress don't like her hair don't like her at all ii like him a lot ;) 8)
pamss pamss 9 years
torishen torishen 10 years
that pic shows that she has no body. its soo nasty . remember that ugky best friend samantha bonderman? she is grosser and has warts on her face. looks like a witch dont you think. i hope they dont last and bevin marries someone good,
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
tess and andy were soo cute together on the after-the-final-rose show. and i must commend bevin on her appearance. she took it all with such maturity. on the actual bachelor show, i thought she was too needy, emotional and whiny but i guess it was just the editing.
Neural Neural 10 years
I didn't watch anything beyond the first 1/2 of the premiere and then the finale... but I found myself crying during the proposal! And I'm not normally like that! I don't even like "The Bachelor"! I didn't even care who got proposed to! What is WRONG WITH ME????
princess-bttrcup princess-bttrcup 10 years
the special last night showed just how perfect these 2 are for each other! They are so corny its adorable!!! :)
Melissa-Rae Melissa-Rae 10 years
I'm so glad to see others fessing up to watching the show. I've only missed 1 season of it in all its 10 or 10+ seasons. Geez...Hopeless romantic I guess.
millzee millzee 10 years
Tessa is so cute and you can tell Andy is whipped.
ngchild ngchild 10 years
Nope, don't like Andy and Tessa together...not at all. Bevin should have been his choice. But after watching the show last night, Tessa might actually be the one for him. Bevin has too much spunk and spark to be with a boring doctor. I thought he was a bit insensitive and rude. But I can't wait for the next is my guilty pleasure too!! LOL
bellarose bellarose 10 years
they are so adorable together. cheesy? yes but absolutely adorable!
BeautifyMyLife BeautifyMyLife 10 years
I love the Bachelor, but I have to tell you, Andy was a little too cheesy for me.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
Team Tessa but I liked both the girls this year. There was no real villian except for maybe Stephanie, SC.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oh they are so goofy in love!
Dream-Angel Dream-Angel 10 years
yeah, Bevin was a sweetie too. Maybe they'll give her a shot at a bachelorette show :)
onesong onesong 10 years
hahaha i sweat a lot from my armpits, too. sorry for the TMI, y'all, but that comment cracked me up!
mom2 mom2 10 years
i love this show - but i have to say- editing or what - i loved bevin and andy together :(
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Andy and Tessa crack me up.. too cute and goofy. And I actually liked this season cause in one rose ceremony he cut all the drama and crazies out and you could hear the echo from the producers head exploding!! LOL! That was great!!
krisua krisua 10 years
She sweats a lot from her armpits?? WTF?
SU3 SU3 10 years
I have to admit, this show is my guilty pleasure as well. I don't know what it is... :OOPS: I had a feeling it was going to be Tessa and I liked her better than any of the other girls.
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