• Bachelor needed help keeping all of suitors clear in his mind.
• Next Bachelorette will be announced during Bachelor finale.
• Terrence Howard faced his fears with a little help from acting friend.
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The latest ABC search for love in front of millions of people comes to an end Monday, March 9, when the man known as “Prince Farming,” Chris Soules, will make his decision on “The Bachelor.”
The field has been narrowed to Becca and Whitney. It will be revealed whether one of them is about to be whisked off to Arlington, Iowa, or whether Soules will fail to find true love (or at least as true as it can be on a reality TV show).
I had a chance to chat with Soules in January during a party thrown by ABC. He says he was willing to put himself through the public spectacle because the idea of being “The Bachelor” seemed like a good way to have some fun.
It was fun, but also challenging. Trying to keep what seems like 567 different women all straight in his mind took a little help.
“I had to keep notes. To have 30 women who are all extremely attractive and smart, I felt flattered they were there. Then to sort through that and send a lot of women home the first night was completely overwhelming,” Soules says over the party clatter. “There was no way I was going to be able to keep everything straight without the notes.
“There were also people there who helped me remember certain conversations.”
One of the toughest parts was having to send the contestants packing. Soules was raised to be respectful. He says there’s no way to get ahead in life if you aren’t a nice person.
Being on TV where he and the women talked openly, dated and got to know each other doesn’t seem like a natural way to find true love. Soules believes it is a legitimate way.
“You can meet somebody at a bar. You can meet somebody at the post office. And you can fall in love in a short period of time,” Soules says. “This is just a really intense process. The process has already narrowed it down to 30 women who are already interested in me. I do believe in the process. It also gives you a chance to travel to some places I probably never would have gone to.”
The season finale of “The Bachelor” starts at 8 p.m. It will be followed by a one-hour special where Soules and host Chris Harrison discuss the season. Also during “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose,” the new “Bachelorette” will be revealed.
Soules isn’t certain whether this will be end of his television career. But if he ever decides to be part of another program, he’s confident it won’t be during planting or harvest seasons.
Building an “Empire”
It’s a good thing Terrence Howard overcame his fears about being in the new FOX series “Empire.” Had he passed on the show, he would have missed out on being part of the biggest phenomenon of this TV season.
“Empire,” the story of a family involved in the music industry, has attracted more viewers each week since it launched in January.
What scared Howard was how his character treated people, including a scene where he throws a child into a garbage can. That’s not the kind of action that will earn any points toward “Father of the Year” voting.
He finally came to his senses. It helped because he was reunited with Taraji P. Henson, his co-star from the feature film “Hustle & Flow.”
“I remembered how frightened I was when I was doing ‘Hustle & Flow,’ and Taraji showed me things about my character that I didn’t know. I didn’t know my character was abusive at the time, but she would look at me in that way,” Howard says. “When you are around people that challenge you to go higher than you can, to sing better than you’ve ever thought you could sing, and you realize that you can reach a higher place like what FOX has asked us to do with this show, not only entertain people, but change the tone of what’s happening in the world. You can’t help but jump on board and say, you know, ‘I’m in, win or fail.’ ”
So far, it’s been all win.