Jerry was a pudgy kid who grew into a star. What about you?
I was born two months premature, so I was about half my brother's size up until maybe 11th grade when I sprouted up (to 6'3"). Before that, I was 5'7". Now I teach sailing every summer in Montauk, Long Island. I'm basically a camp counselor to 10- to 13-year-olds for three months out of the year.
It's been alleged that you dumped your girlfriend to be on the show. Any truth to that?
After about a year you have to decide if it's right and if it's worth going on, and it just so happened it was around the same time. But I broke up with her, and what better way to break up with a girl than to tell her you're going on The Bachelor?
What's your dating life like?
I was a late bloomer. My first girlfriend was the senior year of college. I've had three relationships in my life that lasted for just about over a year. My parents have been married for 33 years. I am not trying to rush into marriage because I'm only going to do it once in my life.
What's your ideal woman?
What I am looking for in a girl? ... If I knew what I was looking for, I'd go get a mail-order bride! Obviously, I like a pretty girl, but then you've got to be able to make me laugh.
If they like my brother. No! An immediate turnoff? Probably rudeness, like to a waiter or someone like that.
Had you watched the show in the past?
I haven't watched the other ones, but I will tell you I am more of a jeans guy than a suit any day, so I thought it would be a better way to portray myself. I am not trying to fake who I am. I am definitely not Mr. Right.
Were you worried at all that some of the women were there because of your famous brother?
If you've ever watched his movie Calendar Girl, I don't know why you'd think that! ... We competed a lot growing up, but in high school he would always sell me as a date, and my mom would always make me go on these dates. This one I thank him for.
Are you really thinking you're going to find love here?
I am really hoping so.