The next star of “The Bachelorette” is a fan favorite and native of St. Louis. Louis Park and Michelle Young.
Young, 28, gained a following when he was runner-up in the 25th season of “The Bachelor,” which aired from January to March earlier this year. Young’s season of “The Bachelorette” will debut on Oct. 19 on ABC.
At a meeting with reporters at CHS Field in July, Young talked about his new found fame. Specifically, he noted the recognition of regular stops at his local Target after his day job as a teacher at Echo Park Elementary School in Burnsville.
“I’m still decompressing and people are coming to me,” said Young, a 2011 graduate of Woodbury High School. “Just talking to people when I’m trying to regain my strength is an adjustment. Honestly, for the most part, though, it became so supported that I can’t complain. I couldn’t have asked for better supporters. I love my Minnesotans. “
The film shot its “The Bachelor” season last fall and had to take an extended break from its students. He also couldn’t tell them why he was gone. “Later, when they found out, there were a lot of questions I had to answer,” Young said. “They’re very supportive of all of this and the families are really nothing surprising.”
When the producers asked her to star in “The Bachelorette,” she agreed to one condition. “I don’t want to miss my students anymore. I already spent a lot of time away from them during entrance. I said, ‘If you want me as your Bachelorette, you have to move it to the summer.’ They did. “
At least two of the men struggling with Young’s love have local ties.
A Minneapolis native and a 2011 graduate of Hopkins High School, Joe Coleman led his school’s basketball team to three state championships, earning him the honor as Minnesota G. Basketball. He went on to play two seasons for the Minnesota Gophers before moving to Saint Mary’s College of California.
Bryan Witzmann played seven years in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings signed the Houlton, Wis., Native in 2018, but released him before he could play.
According to news reports, filming began in California at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. The production moved to Minnesota, where several scenes were shot at the historic Semple Mansion in Minneapolis. On social media, fans posted snapshots of some of Young’s dates, including a pontoon ride on Lake Minnetonka and a Twins game with Coleman. (Yes, they kiss.)
In July, Young said he had already started thinking for the show and noted how his past as a standing basketball player at both Woodbury High School and Bradley University would help him throughout the process.
“The way my parents describe it is, it’s like wiring,” he said. “I honestly don’t know how to give less than 100 percent as cheesy sounds. If I do something, I’ll stick to who I am, and I’ll give everything I have.”
And he said he was ready to find love, in front of millions of viewers.
“We laughed a lot about it because in high school I didn’t really want to be holding hands with my girlfriend in public, even on national television with my personal life. I had to get away that fast. It wasn’t easy. As long as I don’t stick to who I am, though, then I’m okay and I can be proud of that. “