The Bachelorette: Emily Maynard Politely Answers Our Questions About Dolly Parton and What Happens Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)

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Fans of The Bachelor fell in love with Emily Maynard when she won Brad Womack’s heart during his second turn on the ABC franchise, and now we’re watching hunk after hunk fall prey to her elegance and Southern charm The Bachelorette. Who can blame them? The single mom is an intimidating combination of smart, headstrong, gorgeous, and kind. I felt like a dream had come true just hearing that she was going to be the Bachelorette this season and that ABC was relocating the Man Mansion to her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, so you can imagine the shock and terror my neighbors felt hearing my screams echoing throughout my apartment building when I found out I was going to get the chance to interview her. “AAAARE YOOUUU KIIIIDDDDDING MEEEE!” I screamed, sending the birds outside flying from their trees. “SHEEE’S THE BEESST!!!! OH EEEMMM GEEE EMILY?!?! I GET TO TALK TO EMILY FRICKIN' MAAYNARD?!?!”

Which is to say, if the following interview sounds like a weird, shy, starstruck version of me, that’s why. Emily Maynard is the best and she has a lot to say about Dolly Parton (a hero of mine and every thinking woman’s), her effing amazing evening gowns, traveling the world with her hunks, and yes, Smilin’ Chris Harrison himself. Check it out!

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC.

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