Who is Rob Mills, you ask?? “Millsy,” as we like to call him (Twitter handle = @millsy11374) is none other than a Senior VP at ABC Entertainment. Ye know – NBD. And on the morning of the day that is like the Super Bowl of reality TV finales – where both Chris Soules’ heart and the Bachelorette crown are still anybody’s game – Millsy graciously agreed to do a little round of ping pong Q&A with us.
Q: Where do you hail from?
A: Glastonbury, CT
Q: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited?
A: Probably a tie between Switzerland and Tahiti, both of which I went to courtesy of The Bachelor/ette.
A: Hmmm….I feel like that changes all the time. Right now let’s say “Lunatic Fringe” by Red Rider.
Q: If you came to one of Steph’s Monday night parties, what party favor would you bring?
A: Roses of course! As well as a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Q: K. Now that we’ve gotchoo all acquainted, level with us for a sec: How do some of these girls manage to pass the psych tests before they go on the show? …seriously. Cuz the folks at home all know that most seasons, there are just a few “special” gems that are a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
A: They are all tested and they ALL pass. We take it very seriously… even if we do make them fill it out in crayon.
Q: Favorite Bachelor / Bachelorette of all time? Favorite Bachelor(ette) couple of all time?
A: I love them all and they are all tied for first. That being said, I will always have a special place in my heart for Brad Womack. That guy is awesome.
I love all the couples as well. As really funny and fun. I do think Jason and Molly had to endure the most and they’re really cool people so let’s say them!
Q: Of all the dating & reality TV shows out there, watching the Bach is like a national pastime. Why do you think people in America (*cough*) like Steph are so invested in the show?
A: I wish I knew! I think it’s the combination of comedy (intentional and unintentional) and the fact it’s cast so well that you really care about everyone on the show.
Q: Other than yours truly, who are some of your favorite Bachelor(ette) commentators? Jason Biggs and his wife (Jenny Mollen), Anna Kendrick and Possessionista crack us up – anyone else we should be following for a good chuckle every Monday night / Tuesday morning?
A: Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family live tweets and is hysterical. Also, if you don’t know about @bachelorburnbk you’re missing out. Also Andrea Lavinthal, Jennifer Weiner, One Chicklette and Emily L. Foley are all great tweeters from Bachelornation.
Q: We know you can’t tell us who the next Bachelorette is (pleaseletitbekaitlynpkeaseleti
A: Watch Monday and watch closely. All I can say is you’re not going to want to miss this!
Sidenote: We had some further chatter about this after the Q&A, and also heard some other rumblings which led us to believe that there is going to be a MAJOR curveball when it comes to tonight’s Bachelorette selection. Like, ma-jor. Steph’s prediction? They do something outta left field, like bring Nikki Ferrell back… or even pull a Brad Womack and do Andi Dorfman Part Deux (but that’s probably too soon). Confession – we might be more excited for this revelation than to see who Chris actually picks. #oosie
Q: Put yourself in the girls’ shoes for a second: would YOU move to the thriving metropolis of Arlington, Iowa if it meant being the future Mrs. Prince Farming?
A: REALLY good question. I live in Los Angeles but do love the pleasures of small town America (as I assume you girls do as well, or do you not miss Mellencamp country?) and could totally do it. Plus, the one thing we haven’t really shown you about Chris is he’s really funny. It would be a good life. Maybe that’s tomorrow’s shocking twist and I end up with him.
Q: Best part of working on the show. Go.
A: Honestly… working with amazing producers and crew and also how much joy this show brings to people.
Q: Last but not least: For all those souls out there looking for love and dying to throw their hats in the ring for upcoming seasons, what are the 3 qualities you guys look for when you’re casting.
(Karrie’s note: *Ahem, Bachelor producers, I’ve got the girl for you… you’re welcome)
(Steph’s note: *Karrie, just for that, the abominable snowman pic of you is hitting the streets this week.)
Thanks fer playin’, Millsy!!! If anyone needs us, we’ll be chomping at the bit and anxiously awaiting tonight’s finale.
Karrie & Steph