Us Magazine spoke with former Bachelorette Jillian Harris
and her found-on-TV fiance Ed Swiderski about this season's Bachelor
, Jake Pavelka, and the big choice he faces in the
upcoming finale: good girl Tenley Molzahn or vivacious vixen Vienna Girardi?
Jillian and Ed are a happy couple, indeed, but it seems there is one issue that divides them: Jill's on Team Tenley, while Ed has one toe over the line into Team Vienna territory.
And what about Ali, Jake's "one who got away" because of a work conflict? Oddly enough, Ed--who also left The Bachelorette
for work reasons, only to return and win back Jillian a few weeks later--thought she "left a little too easily" for his liking.
Check out the interview from Us
, plus an update on the Harris-Swiderski wedding plans!What are your thoughts on Vienna?Ed Swiderski:
She's [Vienna's] a normal person, she really is, yes she's gone through
some weird stuff, she had some fun and whatever she did, but she's been
pretty loyal to Jake as far as we know.Jillian Harris:
The thing is everyone has a past, everyone was young and dumb at one
point, everyone was vulnerable at one point, everyone has made
mistakes, we all have our skeletons in the closet, and maybe she has
more for whatever reason. If he picked her or if he picked any other
girl, it doesn't even -- we hope that it will last, but in the grand
scheme of things this is supposed to be fun and it's supposed to be
light-hearted and there's so many more awful things in the world to
stress out about. For me I just look at it and am like well she
probably shouldn't have done all the bikini shoots and maybe shouldn't
have signed up for the show but everybody is human and all those girls
on the show deserve to find happiness. Not one of them is a vindictive
awful bad person.
Having been on the show and talked to Jake, who's your preference?
I've always thought Tenley was a good person for [Jake].
They come off as the perfect couple I think because they're both religious, they're both praying to end up together. But who knows. Maybe Vienna is a better person than she's being portrayed. Ali I don't know, there's something about her that rubs me the wrong way. She was a bit too sassy for my liking. I think she was cute, a great-looking girl, great personality, intelligent but maybe she was a little too sassy. She left a little too easily I thought.What advice would you give to Jake?JH:
hard because as much as you say hang on tight, don't listen to what
anyone says, lean on your friends and family, it's hard.ES:
got to be like one-on-one get through it together, otherwise you won't.
you can't just say ignore it, it'll go away, because it's not going to
go away. You have to learn how to deal with it and either improve your
relationship or move on.Us also asked Jillian and Ed about their upcoming wedding plans, and whether they'd consider a televised wedding like Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney's, which will air Monday, March 8 on ABC:ES:
We're going to use Molly [Malaney]
and Jason [Mesnick]
as a guinea pig, we're going to see how that goes down. We've gotten to know those guys.JH:
I talked to Trista [Sutter]
, and I expected after all those years she'd say it
was a pain in the ass, but no, this is incredible, she said it was the
best in her life. Then I thought well the franchise has changed a bit
since Trista's day. But then Molly was like it's been an incredible
experience so far, and it's been really easy on her, so potentially. I
think we both -- when I close my eyes and think about what our day is
going to be, there are no cameras, it's just us and our family and
friends. Then there's the more practical side of me that knows when I
have to start writing those checks to put the deposit down on things --
and I think a lot of people don't realize we didn't make any money on
the show. He did not make a dollar.ES:
I made zero dollars. I made $400 going on Ellen, for the record.JH:
So then I think -- I'm really practical with money, and I think it's
super irresponsible to throw yourself into even $20,000 in debt, and
you know you can spend $20,000 on a wedding. So then that's when I'm
like babe, maybe we should do this whole televised wedding thing.
Read the full Us interview for more on Jillian and Ed's dream wedding.