Former star of The Bachelor Nick Viall is making the career move from reality TV star to actor, but he isn’t too concerned because he feels people aren’t expecting much from his acting skills. Fans are much more accustomed to seeing the 39 yr old star in a reality tv setting.
Nick Viall first came to the public attention when he appeared as a contestant on The Bachelorette in 2014. He had remained in the public eye ever since. After finishing 2nd in two consecutive Bachelorette seasons, and an appearance on Bachelor in Paradise that ended without a successful relationship, Vial finally got a guaranteed finish as leading man on The Bachelor season 21. He finally got his fiance when he proposed to Canadian contestant Vanessa Grimaldi, a special education teacher during the finale and she accepted. Sadly they broke up the following August. Not yet ready to say goodbye to reality TV, Viall’s next moves were seen at Dancing with the Stars alongside professional ballroom dancer Peta Murgatroyd. This time, however, it seems that Nick Viall is leaving reality TV behind in exchange for the big screen.
His latest acting venture has the former Bachelor playing – wait for it – a reality TV star. Viall will be appearing in the Eko exclusive interactive series made in conjunction with Funny or Die called The Coop. Us Weekly spoke with Nick Viall as well as creator Nora Fitzpatrick, who called the show “Big Brother meets Clue.” She sang the praises of the reality TV star when she called him ‘very talented’ and went on to say, ‘He was there 100 percent as an actor. He’s done a great job. Nick Viall expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to collaborate with co-stars such as Veep’s Tony Hale and actor Brian Huskey from People of Earth. He takes his current career movements seriously and even asked the actor of his friend Topher Grace and his wife Ashley Hinshaw for advice. Fortunately, however, he doesn’t feel too much pressure. He joked at Us Weekly and said, “I suppose people have very low expectations when it comes to my acting career, so I feel like I have nowhere else to go!”
This isn’t the ABC star’s first foray into acting, however. The former Bachelorette contestant actually made his acting debut as Bob the hotel cruise manager in the Vivica A. Fox holiday movie, A Christmas Cruise. He went on to guest appearances on both Speechless and Teachers as well as playing himself on General Hospital. Having recently been linked to OC actress Rachel Bilson, the public currently seems much more interested in his romantic life. A fact that hasn’t been lost at Nick Viall, says he looks forward to a time when “people care more about my acting career or podcasts or other things that I do instead of dating who I’m not. That would be great.”
Is the public ready for Nick Viall the actor? We will see. As he makes this transition it’s unlikely that his fans will lose interest in his dating life, which is only fair considering he came to fame on multiple dating shows – but maybe there is room for both. The Coop, which is both hilarious and as an interactive show, is tapping into the next hot thing in viewing, seems to be a great place to stretch his acting chops. While an Oscar may not be in his foreseeable future, his fans are ready to see more of the 39-year-old hunk so they will be tuning into whatever project comes next.