After his proposal was rejected by most recent "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert, will Ben Flajnik be luckier in love as the newest "Bachelor"?Viewers will know soon, since the Northern California winemaker gets his chance to choose among 25 prospects when the unscripted ABC series hosted by Chris Harrison starts a new season Monday, Jan. 2. Very much a family person, as demonstrated on "The Bachelorette" by his emotional memories of his late father, Flajnik claims the invitation to rejoin the franchise as "The Bachelor" was a surprise.
"Going home the way that I did, it wasn't something I was expecting," he says. "I didn't really know if it was something I wanted to continue even if it was offered to me. When it was, I took a long time to think about whether I wanted to do it."
In deciding, Flajnik consulted his mother and sister, who watched him reach the final two of "The Bachelorette" ... only for Hebert to choose J.P. Rosenbaum instead. "They had concerns, and so did my business partners. My being absent for almost another three months was something I had to discuss with multiple people this time.
"Certainly, my friends and family support me," Flajnik adds. "It's the experience of a lifetime, so it's kind of hard to pass up. I figured if I took the same mental approach going into it a second time, being open to this new opportunity, I was hopeful that it would work."With production completed on his "Bachelor" season, Flajnik obviously isn't spilling the beans on how it turned out. However, he reflects, "It was another good experience. I learned a lot about myself, and I pushed myself in ways that I never thought I would."
Favorite movie: "I'm a sucker for, oddly enough, romantic comedies. But I'm not much of a film critic."
Favorite television show you're not on: "Currently, I'm into 'Parenthood' and 'Modern Family,' but my favorite of all time is probably 'Seinfeld.' "
Favorite singer: "I'm going to have to go with Vince Neil of Motley Crue."