October 16, 2010 08:00 AM by Allyson Wells
Chris Lambton, Ali Fedotowsky’s runner-up choice on The Bachelorette, has returned home to his native Cape Cod, Massachusetts.Â His experience on The BacheloretteÂ has not gone to his head and he has returned to work at his family business, E. Lambton Landscaping.Â Chris spoke with the Cape Cod Times about his experience on The Bachelorette, his current dating life, and revealed why he turned down being on The Bachelor.
Question: How are you feeling about not being the next “Bachelor”?
Answer: I am very happy with my decision. No regrets.
Question: In the end, why did you say no?
Answer: I just realized, while watching the show, that love is too personal to put on TV. I’d rather find my soul mate in private. Also, the idea of breaking up with 24 girls over the course of a few weeks was way too stressful for me. The producers wanted me to do it pretty badly. My family told me they’d back me 100 percent no matter what I decided, but it’s not my style and not the way I want to find love.
Question: How weird is it to date on camera?
Answer: Believe it or not, you forget the cameras. For the first week or so, it’s kind of different, but eventually they become like a tree. That said, it’s bizarre to date with 15 million voyeurs.
Question: Do you think you really loved Ali or was a lot of it being wrapped up in the show and isolated from your real life?
Answer: It’s hard not to fall in love when you’re walking on a beach in Tahiti. It’s surreal. I did have feelings for Ali, that was real, but it’s not how I’d date in real life. Normally, I come home from a great date and can’t wait to call my family, can’t wait to introduce her to them and see if she can hold her own.
Question: Is dating harder or easier now?
Answer: Now I have to think if this girl likes me for me or is it because she wants to be in a magazine, so in that sense it’s harder.
Question: How did the experience of celebrity feel?
Answer: The far reach of the show and the random people who watch it blow me away. I was working in Wellfleet this summer and these people were sitting on the deck, and one of them yelled to me, “‘Hey, are you Chris L.?” Sometimes I’ll be in an airport by myself, and guys, girls it doesn’t matter … they’ll come up to me. People are very respectful, though.
Question: Has doing the show provided opportunities for you that you wouldn’t have had otherwise?
Answer: It’s helped me in a lot of different ways. It’s given me a platform to be able to give back. When my mom was sick, our family got a lot of support from Compassionate Care ALS (ccals.org). I’m their unofficial spokesperson, and the show gave me a soapbox to stand on. At the Compassion Care ALS website, there’s a story about my mom, and I’m helping as much as I can. We sell Lambton Landscaping T-shirts like the one I wore on the show, and a percentage goes to CCALS. It’s amazing â€” we’ve sent shirts to the Philippines, Switzerland, all over the world. The reach of the show is incredible. We’ve sold over 1,000.
It’s been great in other ways, too. I’ve gotten to go on some cool trips. I’m going to L.A. soon, going to Chicago for a Bears game, and got to go to Fenway when Ali was throwing out a first pitch. It was funny how many of the players watched the show. Dustin Pedroia told me he and his wife both watched. So it’s been fun.
Question: What’s next for you?
Answer: I have no idea. I just go a week, a month at a time.
Question: Do you feel a little like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” â€” after going to the Emerald City that there’s no place like home?
Answer: (Laughing) Yes. Here I’m surrounded by an amazing family and great friends. I have such a great support system. The hardest part of the show was having to go 10 weeks without talking to them. When we came to the Cape for the hometown date, that was the first time I’d seen them since I’d left. My family keeps me grounded. Two days after I got back from finishing the show, my brother was on me about getting back to work. I told him, “I just got back!” He said, “You just got back from Tahiti â€” get to work.”
Based on the Cape Cod Times interview, Chris is obviously still the positive and down-to-earth guy that fans fell for as he tried to win Ali’s heart.Â There is no doubt he’ll soon capture the heart of another lucky lady.
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