By PAY CHEN
The Bachelor Canada premieres with an all-Canuck cast, this fall on Citytv. To get exclusive info on the first-ever Canadian Bachelor, Brad Smith, including his favourite Canadian hockey team and why he loves girls in sweats, click here. For more on the romantic dates and dramatic rose ceremonies on the nine-episode series, click here.
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We know he’s handsome, we know he’s sweet, and we know he’s going to make women swoon as The Bachelor Canada this fall on Citytv. But now we get to know Brad Smith a little better by talking to someone who’s been with him for many adventures. Ryan Sheahan is our Bachelor’s best friend and he tells us what kind of guy Brad really is. WARNING: you might like him even more after this.
Pay Chen: How long have you known Brad?
Ryan Sheahan: Ten Years. When we first met he was a scrawny little rookie sitting in the emergency room in Kingston who needed a friend. Throw in some hilarious, fantastic adventures and here we are.
PC: Describe your relationship with him.
RS: I’m proud to say that I’m one of the people on this Earth that knows him the best. I’ve met many a person who says that they have someone that call and talk to everyday and for me The ‘Bradiator’ is that someone. We’ve joked at length about what our children will say when Uncle Brad or Uncle Ryan comes to visit. He’s my hetero life-mate and I look forward to the rest of our stories the same way I treasure our previous ones.
PC: What makes Brad the perfect Bachelor?
RS: It doesn’t take people very long to fall in love with Brad. He’s funny, charismatic, athletic and kind on the eyes. He can be silly, adventurous, and the life of the party; but he has a good heart and isn’t afraid to show it to those he cares about. I’m so happy for him that he is Canada’s First Bachelor. He really is the best candidate for the show. He’ll be as entertaining as he possibly can while staying true to the show’s goal of true love in a condensed timeline. I’m hoping for the best.
PC: Describe the kind of friend Brad is to you.
RS: Do you know the song ‘I’ll Always Be There’ by Roch Voisine? Well you should. That sentence describes the kind of friend he has been to me. Our friendship is not complicated. Without ever talking about it, we’ve just known from day one that we were always going to be boys.
PC: What kind of woman do you think is best suited to Brad?
RS: A beautiful, fun-loving woman who loves hockey and loves to go for a beer with the boys! She’ll need to be sharp and have thick skin to be able to fire back when he or his ‘friends’ are acting the fool or pushing the envelope. Brad is a lover of life, so she’ll need to be one of those people who’s unafraid to step out there and experience it as it comes.
PC: Can you share a story that shows his fun and silly side?
RS: Get a pen and ten thousand sheets of paper and I’ll tell some tales that will hurt your gut from laughing so hard. Better yet, watch CANAMERICA – the documentary of us traveling across Canada and the United States in 2010 for 10 days. The best time I’ve had doing anything and everything.
PC: Your favorite memory of time spent with Brad?
RS: CANAMERICA – One Car, Two Friends, 11 states, 10 Days… One Wild Ride. I’d love to do that again!!!
PC: How do you think Brad will handle being in a house with 25 women?
RS: One word: Jackpot!
PC: Finish this sentence: ‘The woman Brad chooses can expect….’
RS: To enjoy the ride of her life with the man of her dreams.