12/19/2013 AT 11:45 AM ET
Bachelor fans, Juan-uary is almost here!
Ahead of the Jan. 6 season opener of the show’s 18th installment, Juan Pablo Galavis, 32, spoke with reporters about what he looks for in a woman, first-night surprises (one of the 27 contestants might be seven months pregnant!), how his Latino culture will be represented and how involved the single dad let daughter Camila be.
The former Venezuelan soccer player turned Bachelorette suitor of Desiree Hartsock wouldn’t reveal if he found a soulmate/stepmom, but he swears he has no regrets about his return.
How did you decide to return as the Bachelor?
It’s a process. You have to think a lot. I knew I [had] to be here the entire season, so it was going to be time away from my daughter. Also, I hate hurting people, and you have to say goodbye to a lot of people. But you have to take the risk to meet people, and I see every opportunity as a positive thing. You can meet people in a club or restaurant, and you don’t know if that person wants to get married, have kids, is on the same page. This [was] 27 people who knew a little bit about me and what I wanted. It’s not easy to find [your] somebody. I thought maybe this would be easier, so I took the chance.
Were you still smarting from Des’s rejection?
No, you have to be very mature, very realistic when you go on The Bachelorette. There’s going to be 24 guys that are going to go home. She can just keep one, and I’m happy for Chris. I think Chris will invite me to their wedding.
How was it different being the one calling the shots?
I finally got to go on one-on-one dates. And it’s tiring. On [The Bachelorette], I got rest, but on this you’re the one going on all the dates.
What are you looking for in a woman?
Smart, fun, honest, likes sports a little bit and somebody that knew how to dance because that’s one of my biggest turn-ons. But in this situation I say to myself, “Juan Pablo, not all of them will be good dancers. Just get to know them [first].” I want somebody very independent career-wise. I want to have kids right away. I just need them to be themselves.
What’s the worst thing about dating you?
I can be stubborn. I like to eat a lot, so if you don’t, you’re kind of screwed. I’m a fatty. Nutella, Doritos with salsa. Venezuelan food. Pequenos. On weekends, I just want to lie in bed watching sports and relax and some people love weekends to go out. I can be sarcastic. My daughter is my priority, so if you have a plan with me and my daughter calls, I have to go with her.