Out in LA for the #BenandLaurenEvent we had an oppertunity to screen an episode and interview both Ben and Lauren. As a fan of The Bachelor I often have wondered, “What’s Next” for each couple. I mean we see them mix, mingle, and sometimes fall in love on the show, but what is it like after that? Can true love survive going back to their “normal” lives. I’m a HUGE reality TV fan and this one is on my DVR list.
After the screening Ben and Lauren walked into the room reminscent of life size Barbie and Ken. The love they have for each other was palpable. Considering how much time they spend together that’s saying something. Now let’s get down to the interview, but first check out this HILARIOUS prank Lauren pulled on Ben so you can follow along!
Ben: So, I think, after our first episode, it was being said on a lot of social media and stuff, like, “oh, it’s so scripted,” and I’m like, “just wait ‘til you see next week because nothing about that was fake.” When I got the phone call — and it was funny, because I’m sitting there, and I get this phone call, and I answer it, and it’s like, “Hey, will you sing the National Anthem? Will you do the first pitch? And my immediate reaction was like, no. I’m a terrible singer. But then, because we were doing a reality television show, do I even have the option to say no? “I guess.” Then all of a sudden I hung up, and I was like, Lauran, are you serious? She’s like, yeah.
Lauren: I was like, well, why’d you say yes?
Ben: I was so nervous. I really was. I was sick to my stomach. Yeah. It was one of my biggest fears. I just can’t sing.
Q: Have you gotten her back yet?
Ben: I try to when we do press. Because then it’s live. So I try to drop little bombs on her where she has to, like, try to fix herself. I like to say she loves Cher. And then it’ll be like, “well, sing us a Cher song.” She doesn’t know a Cher song; she doesn’t love Cher. (Laughing) I don’t know. I try to get her back, but she’s good at it. She’s talented. Yeah, she has skills.
Q: How long did you have your renaissance fair obsession Ben?
Ben: Since I was a little boy. We had the best day. It really was. I think one of the coolest parts is showing Lauren that people can just be completely weird, for lack of a better term. And like, just be somebody else for a day. Everybody acts in character, and nobody’s judging you for anything. I think that’s the coolest part. You can go there, and just be something completely different, and then you go back home, and take off your costume, and you’re mowing the lawn.
Lauren: It was actually really fun. We were talking, if we have kids one day, it will be so fun and great, to bring kids here, ‘cause you have all little girls, like, in their princess outfits, taking pictures of the other princesses.
Q: How much of the show was actually produced?
Ben: Yes, the whole show has producers. That’s how a television show is made. I think there’s a lot of footage for stuff. There is a ton of footage. If you only knew how much they had. It’s cut down. A lot of it is produced post shoot. Because the story is displayed, and the story is shared. There are times, I would say, and I would even say this with The Bachelor, where we’re getting ready to enter into a situation, and we’re in a car ride, and we’re like, okay, like, what are we going to talk about? We just can’t sit there the whole time. Like we want to make this as easy as possible. We have no clue they’re (the cameras) there. I mean, I think that’s just television in general. It’s a side that I think is great. It’s stuff we want to do, stuff we are doing in life. Our crew isn’t going to be in Denver, and they’re like, oh, what are you guys up to today? We’re like; we’re going to sit on the couch for the next 15 hours. [LAUGHTER] We try to help everybody out, you know? If we’re going to do an activity, let’s do it on a day that they’re there.
Q: Do The Bachelor people hang out? Like, how does that work? I saw Chad on the next episode. Is he really, like, as big as a douchebag as he’s made out to be?
Lauren: I mean, the reason we invited Chad is because when we first met him at JoJo’s, After the Final Rose, we talked to him, and I just felt so bad for him. I don’t know why. I mean, he was sitting there by himself, and no one was talking to him. I just felt bad. I’m not saying that his actions were acceptable. But I just felt bad. I don’t know, you don’t know what he’s going through at home, or behind the closed door, so I just wanted to talk to him. Like, I thought he was very likable, in my conversation with him. So, we invited him to go camping, and obviously, he’s done things that are so out of line, very clearly out of line . And acted a certain way, especially on social media. That’s a whole other thing that he’s really taken on himself. But it was interesting. Like, I think I saw, maybe a different side of him, but I also, for sure, saw why so many people have had run-ins with him.
Ben: And the question, do we hang out, yeah. We do. I think for a couple reasons. I don’t think everybody does. There are people from my season of The Bachelorette that I just don’t talk to, but there are people I talk to quite often. Same with Lauren and our season of The Bachelor. I think first off, we have a shared experience, that not a lot of people can relate with. And it does change you. Like, The Bachelor isn’t easy to do. It isn’t easy to go through. Some of the people that have been the most supportive of our relationship are people like the twins. I know when we first started seeing them outside of the show, they were so supportive of us, they would just, wrapped us up in their arms, like, we’re so happy for you guys, and they’ve seen us progress, and they’ve seen, you know, the tears, and the emotions of it all. But also, there are some awesome people. And the cool part is, with the show, for at least this short season of life, we get to do some really fun things. We get to go to whatever event together, we get to go on a trip together. Like, and it helps if you like the people. So I’d say yes, we do hang out, and the twins are a part of our episodes, ‘cause they’re a part of our life a lot.
TUNE IN TOMORROW NIGHT!
Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform’s original series “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,” airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform.
ALSO CHECK OUT THE LETTER
Four close friends from Hollywood think they’ve got what it takes to challenge each other to be their best on an all-new episode of “The Letter,” airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform.
***Disclosure: I attended the #BenadnLaurenEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***