Jesse Kovacs has been a fan favorite on three separate Bachelor shows, he owns his own wine label with his brother, he’s a published author, as well as the co-owner of Liquid Lounge in San Diego. His star certainly is on the rise! Today on BTR for Men’s Day, we asked this eligible bachelor a few questions about finding love on TV, his love of wine, as well as his fashion choices for a first date.
Check out what he had to say:
1) Are you ever surprised when watching the show, or do you pretty much anticipate what will happen based on filming?
I’m always surprised when I watch the show live. Usually a producer will call the day before and give you a rundown of what’s going to happen but alas, the power of editing. The things people say during their respective interviews, usually late at night, usually four cocktails deep, are always surprising.
2) There is always drama on the Bachelor franchises. How much is real and how much is “made for TV”? Is there ever any drama that is NOT aired?
Oh no, if there is drama it will be aired. Sometimes the drama is elongated or exaggerated but most of the time it’s real. When a group of people are living together and there is no real alone time with no music, television, reading material, or any other outlet, people start getting a little jumpy.
3) When auditioning for the Bachelorette, what made you decide to look for love in the public eye? And now that you’ve tried finding love on TV, do you still believe it’s a good way to find your one and only? Would you do things differently?
When I was approached to do the show I just thought this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I never thought I would be asked back for two more shows. I have met a lot of awesome people and I’ve seen quite a few cast members fall in love either on the show or outside of filming. So the Bachelor machine definitely works and I do believe you can find love on this show.
4) Have you made any lasting friends with the other castmates from any of the shows you’ve been on?
I still am really good friends with a lot of castmates. Dave Good, Graham Bunn, Michael Stagliano, Kiptyn, and Natalie Getz are all good friends of mine.
5) When did you begin to have an interest in wine?
I first helped my Dad make a barrel of Cab in our garage when I was in High School. It was so exciting to finally try it 2 years later. We had created something that brought people together. It was fun to see these people appreciate what we did and want to buy bottles from us.
6) Was it challenging starting the wine label with your brother? Did you butt heads?
While I was still playing professional baseball, I wrote up a business plan and shopped it around. I finally got the start up money and we bought all the necessary equipment and made our first two wines. We threw our launch party Thanksgiving eve of 2007. Jacob and I basically drove up and down California, sleeping in our car, eating trail mix and selling wine. We definitely butted heads on occasion because he likes the labor process more and I’m more of the “lets get out there and sell” kind of guy.
7) How would you describe your fashion sense (when you are actually wearing a shirt!)? Did it change once you were in the public eye?
I would describe my fashion sense as laid back. I really like to dress up, but only because I don’t do it that often. My everyday look is very casual but I still like fitted shirts and funky shoes.
8) What do you recommend guys wear for a great first date outfit?
This all depends on the location of the date. If you go on a date in a laid back beach community you need to wear something light and colorful. But if the date is Downtown I would say nice jeans with a good pair a Tsobu boots with a tailored shirt. No tie unless you came straight from the office.
9) And of course, what do you hope your date will wear on your first date?
I tend to be attracted toward fun and funky. When I see girls with short tight fitting bandage dresses it makes me laugh. I say save that for Vegas!
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