After being the subject of much conversation during your
run, were you prepared for that again going into
Emily Maynard: Obviously, that was a huge thing in the back of my head, "Am I going to be able to go through all of this again?" I think that maybe I wasn't in the right place last time to be able to deal with everything. It's like you're put in a whirlwind, and your whole life changes in a second. I wasn't prepared for that, and this time, I am. It didn't change me as a person; it actually made me stronger, so I'm not that worried about it.
The percentage of couples who have stayed together over the history of the "Bachelor" and
franchises hasn't been huge. What do you think about that?
Emily Maynard: There have been 16 seasons of "The Bachelor," and I've been on more than 16 dates in my lifetime, so that doesn't mean I'm going to stop dating. I just have to keep trying. I'm not ever going to give up on love until I find the right guy.
Zap2it: What kind of contact have you had with
Brad Womack, with whom you were paired at the end of "The Bachelor" last year?
Emily Maynard: Right now [while taping "The Bachelorette"], I don't have a phone, a computer ... anything. Before that, I had talked to Brad about doing the show, and he's excited for me. We both know it can work, and obviously, we both wish I didn't have to do it again. But he's been very supportive.
"The Bachelorette" airs Mondays on ABC.