Zap2it: Now that you know how shows such as ‘The Bachelorette’ are put together for television, does that make you more cautious in front of the cameras?
JoJo Fletcher: Honestly, not really. I’ve been really good at staying true to myself and being honest with my feelings. When I feel something, I have to say it … and it’s worked out for me so far. I’m sticking to just trusting myself, believing what I feel, and just saying whatever I feel is right in the moment.
Zap2it: After being last season’s runner-up on ‘The Bachelor,’ what did your family and friends think about your jumping back in as ‘The Bachelorette’?
JoJo Fletcher: I think they’re really excited for me. I think they know me, insofar as I have so much love to give, and they want me to find a person to share it with.
I do think that they are a little nervous still, though — especially my dad. In the back of his mind, there is that thought that heartbreak could still happen, even on this side of things. They don’t know what’s going on, so there is fear there.
Zap2it: How have you found it, being ‘on this side of things’?
JoJo Fletcher: Being “The Bachelorette” is definitely rewarding, and it has more of a promising future, but it is a hundred times more emotional. I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn’t know it would pull this many emotions out of me.
Zap2it: Through both ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette,’ what has all that time away meant for your career?
JoJo Fletcher: Last December, I started my own company. I’m in real-estate investments, so I choose when I start a project. I have a property manager who takes care of all my houses right now, and it’s been really nice to make my own schedule. This hasn’t affected it.