You know he has dreamy blue eyes and a handful of easy catchphrases, but what else do you know about Chris Harrison, aka The Rosemaster of The Bachelor, Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad? Here are the five most dramatic factoids … EVER.
1. He’s super athletic
Chris went to Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship before becoming a local sportscaster. He still plays soccer now, but he’s also a golf nut and one of the triathletes of Bachelor Nation — along with Andy Baldwin and Ryan Sutter. Chris, who just turned 40 in July, trains for races while The Bachelor/ette is on location. “We travel to so many exotic places,” Chris told Competitor.com. “We were just in Fiji, for example, wrapping up The Bachelorette. My wife loves to swim, and that’s our morning routine when we’re on the road. We use it as a training tool.”
2. He found his Chosen One at an early age
Chris married Gwen, his college sweetheart, when he was 22. They’ve been hitched for 18 years and have two kids, Joshua, 10, and Taylor, 8. "Everyone always asks me how I handle him being around all these beautiful women," Gwen told American Way Magazine. "We've been together so long, though, it doesn't bother me." As Chris added, "If it had been our first year of marriage, it might have been difficult." Besides, he added, "Most of those women? They may be beautiful, but you wouldn't think so if you spent much time with them." BURN!
3. He got to The Bachelor via horse racing
According to Chris’ ABC bio, a visit to L.A. in 1999 for an audition for a horseracing network led to a permanent move to Tinseltown. Later that year, Chris got a Jillian Harris-esque job — host of HGTV's Designer's Challenge. In early 2002 he began hosting The Bachelor, even though he kind of blew his first audition 'cause he looked like a mess (Gwen had just had a baby a few days before, and Chris had been up all night.). According to Entertainment Weekly, that actually helped Chris get a second interview because "They wanted a family man,'' Chris said. ''They didn't want the guy who seemed like he was hitting on everybody.'' As show creator Mike Fleiss told EW, ''We needed someone who could relate to the Bachelor and had a sympathetic ear for the women. Chris was that guy.''
4. He pops up in odd places
Chris has an interesting resume. In addition to his many other hosting gigs, he’s had bit parts — usually playing himself — in a bunch of TV shows and movies, including Six Feet Under, Alias, The Practice, Date Movie, and Bounce. ''You would've thought I was Robert DeNiro, the way I told my friends I was in this movie,'' Chris told Entertainment Weekly of Bounce. ''I didn't realize Ben Affleck was really the star. You see his head and he's watching TV, and behind his head is a picture frame, and in that frame is my reflection on the TV.''
5. He makes a pretty penny hosting our beloved show
Did you see how much he makes? We kinda hope it’s exaggerated, ‘cause dang! We’re all in the wrong fields. According to the report, Chris makes $60,000 per episode of The Bachelor. There are two seasons of The Bachelor/ette per year — and that's not even counting the 12 episodes of Bachelor Pad that have aired during its first two seasons. All told, Chris appears to pull in more than $1.5 million a year from Bachelor-related programming alone. That’s not bad considering he also gets free trips around the globe each season! Oh, and in January he’s co-hosting the Miss America Pageant again, so he’ll be paid to stare at more pretty ladies.
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