Sarah Hylanders has been a fan of the “Bachelor” since it first debuted in 2009.
The 28-year-old actress has appeared on the reality competition series, along with her husband, Joe Biden, and her sister, Chelsea, who also appeared on that reality show.
“The Bachelor” airs every Wednesday night on ABC, and it was Hylanders’ decision to leave the show that sparked her desire to pursue acting.
“I thought, ‘I have to go, and I have to make a name for myself in this business,'” she told The Associated Press in an interview.
Hylanders said she had no idea how the show would impact her life until she received a text message from her sister in the middle of the night.
“She said, ‘You know, you’re the next Bachelor,’ and I was like, ‘Really?'”
Hylanders, who is from Pennsylvania, said she got the call around midnight.
She and Biden were filming their own reality show when they were approached by producers who asked her to audition.
She said she was initially hesitant to do it, but then realized it was a chance to prove herself and get herself noticed.
“There’s so many of us out there,” Hylanders said.
“And I think it’s a great opportunity.”
Hylanders and Biden said they are currently looking for actors to join them on the “The Bachelor,” which premieres Feb. 25.
The two said they hope to have an open casting call to see who can best capture the show’s signature look.
“We’re going to get it right,” Hylands said.
“It’s the kind of show that people want to be part of, so we want to make sure we’re really making the right decisions.”
The “Bachelorette” cast includes Sarah Hylands (left) and Joe Biden.
AP photo”We’ll see who comes in and do a good job and make sure that we are making the show the best it can be,” Biden said.
Hylands, who previously played the role of Natalie in the “American Idol” series, said the decision to cancel “The BacheloretTElse” was hard.
“At first I was upset,” she said.
But then, she added, “It was so nice of ABC to make the call and not make me cry.”