National Enquirer Feb 21, 2005 - pg 16
Run for cover; ladies!
New "Bachelor" just isn't the marrying kind
Look out, ladies! The new "Bachelor" is a Hollywood playboy who likes to party - but has no intention of getting married... rose or no rose.
This handsome hunk is a 29-year-old actor who just broke up with his girlfriend and vowed he won't get tied down again. But he's looking for a way to get national exposure.
And what better way than to date a bunch of beautiful women on "The Bachelor"?
Once again, The Enquirer has learned who allegedly will try to find his bride among 25 hopefuls when the popular show returns in March. If you don't want to know who he is, read no further.
The new bachelor is Charlie O'Connell, an actor who has been seen in several films including "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Cruel Intentions."
"Charlie is a really nice guy but he just broke up with his longtime girlfriend - who doesn't know he's going to be the next 'Bachelor'," revealed a close friend. "Charlie is just looking to have a good time while getting more exposure on national TV."
The new bachelor and his holder brother Jerry O'Connell, star of "Crossing Jordan," live in Los Angeles.
Charlie was a drama major at New York University and used to consider TV beneath his acting abilities, say sources. However, after appearing as a gangster on "Sliders" in 1996 with his brother, who was one of the producers, he decided he liked performing on TV.
"He definitely will bring a lot of excitement to 'The Bachelor' because he adores beautiful women and love to party," said his friend.
"Charlie likes to drink and dance, so he'll probably have the ladies in the pool or hot tub in every episode.
"He is also a handsome guy whose acting career is on the rise, so there will probably be a lot of catfights between the women - and he'll love it!"
As a child, Charlie was nicknamed "Upchuck" by his brother because he was a little overweight, but those days are behind him. Dashing and athletic, he's handy with a sword - having captained NYU's fencing team and competed in the NCAA championships.
A show source told The Enquirer, "We got off to a very late start picking the bachelor this time, partly because of concern that Charlie is not really the marrying kind. He's more of a partyer, and behind the scenes he's referred to as 'Good-Time Charlie.' "
The show has a less-than-successful record in the love department. None of the "Bachelor" couples have gone on to get married, or even stayed together very long.
"Some people on the show wanted to go for a lower-key regular guy, but they decided to go with Charlie instead, even though no one expects to see a happy ending and wedding come out of the upcoming season," confided the show insider.
Picking a heartthrob bachelor with a bit of celebrity glamour is part of the strategy to make female viewers' hearts melt and boost sagging ratings.
Among other bachelor candidates considered were Jeff Timmons of the pop band 98 Degrees and former "Save By The Bell" star Mario Lopez, recently divorced from TV personality Ali Landry.