Matt James is taking over as The Bachelor on ABC starting tonight, January 4.
His season, per usual, teases plenty of drama, and since we’ve been cooped up at home for far too long, we’ve never been thirstier for the tea.
Before The Bachelor Season 25 kicks off, here are fun facts you need to know about the man of the hour!
1. He’s the First Black Bachelor
While speaking with Good Morning America, James said it was an “honor” to be the first Black bachelor in the franchise.
“I hope people see that I’m not that much different than them, and that diverse love stories are beautiful,” he explained.
For years, the franchise was criticized for its lack of diversity with Rachel Lindsay being the only Black lead in a combined 40 seasons.
2. He’s a North Carolina Native
James lives in New York, but he grew up in Raleigh, NC.
3. He’s Athletic
James played football in Sanderson High School and continued on in Wake Forest University. He was a wide receiver from 2011-2014 and attempted to make it in the NFL, though he was cut by both the North Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.
According to his Instagram, an athletic lifestyle is very important to him as he runs, goes horseback riding, plays golf, and even skates. Seems like his perfect girl will have to be athletic and adventurous.
This also means he loves to walk around shirtless!
As the saying goes, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” The 29-year-old has it, and he definitely flaunts it. Let’s hope he carries that energy into the upcoming season!
4. He’s Besties with Tyler Cameron
James isn’t completely new to the world of The Bachelor as he’s really good friends with Tyler Cameron, the fan favorite on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. The duo go way back as they met while playing football at Wake Forest University and have remained tight ever since even rooming together in New York City. Can we expect some appearances from Cameron in the upcoming season?
5. He Gives Back
James started ABC Food Tours in New York, a non-profit organizations that gives paying tours to tourists and free tours to underserved elementary students.
6. His Faith is Very Important
Not only does his Instagram bio list him as a “believer,” but he said “becoming a Christian” was one of the best decisions he ever made aside from attending Wake Forest.
“He’s a Christian and I think that’s something that’s important to all Christians or people of faith,” a source told US Weekly. “I think he’s definitely focused on the traditional way of starting a family.”
7. He Has a Close Relationship with His Mom
According to US Weekly, after his parents split and his father was “absent,” James grew up with his mom, Patty James, and older brother, John. James and his mom have a very strong bond. He even shouted her out in a “father’s day” post on Instagram.
“He was always drawn to families where the mom and dad were together,” Patty told ABC’s New York affiliate in June 2019 while chatting about her son’s ABC Food Tours charity. “I am so proud of him. He overcame everything and he wants to be a role model for these kids.”
Everything We Know About the ‘A League of Their Own’ Reboot
It’s time to play ball!
Amazon Prime Video’s A League of Their Own is an upcoming period sports comedy-drama adapted from the 1992 film of the same name.
Created by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson, it focuses on the professional women’s baseball team formed in the World War II era.
Here’s everything we know about the series:
The summer sports film will have an impressive cast, per Deadline
- Abbi Jacobson: Carson Shaw, a catcher from a small town
- D’Arcy Carden: Greta, who plays first base
- Chanté Adams: Max, a powerful pitcher
- Gbemisola Ikumelo: Clance, Max’s best friend
- Kelly McCormack: Jess, a shortstop originally from Canada
- Roberta Colindrez: Mita, a pitcher from a Texas ranch
- Priscilla Delgado: Izzy, a baseball player from Havana and the team’s youngest player
- Melanie Field: Jo, a “power hitter,” according to her official description
- Nick Offerman: The team’s coach, Casey “Dove” Porter
- Nat Faxon: Marshall, the Rockford Peaches’ team manager
- Kevin Dunn: Morris Baker, the league owner with “conservative views”
- Marquise Vilsón: Red Wright, a former pitcher for the Negro Leagues turned celebrity coach
- Nancy Lenehan: Vivenne Hughes, a cosmetics entrepreneur
Other stars include Patrick J. Adams, Kate Berlant, Dale Dickey, Marinda Anderson and Don Fanelli. Rosie O’Donnell, who appeared in the 1992 film, will also guest star as a bartender in a local gay bar, per her podcast.
The series will drop on Amazon Prime Video on August 12, 2022 at 12:00 AM GMT. All eight episodes will be released on the same day.
”A League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it.”
The two-minute trailer not only introduces the group of characters, but it also sets the tone for a show that finds a group of incredible women pursuing their dreams and overcoming every obstacle thrown their way.
FIRST LOOK: Kelly Rowland Teases Spooky New Halloween Netflix Movie
Kelly Rowland is kicking off spooky season in the first week of August.
The former Destiny’s Child member shared a handful of promo images for her upcoming movie The Curse of Bridge Hollow on Netflix.
“”Spooky sin incoming!” she captioned the post.
She also revealed that Marlon Wayans and Stranger Things‘ Priah Ferguson will be appearing in the flick.
The film will hit Netflix on October 14 just in time for Halloween!
The official synopsis reads: A father (Marlon Wayans) and his teenage daughter (Priah Ferguson) are forced to team up and save their town after an ancient and mischievous spirit causes Halloween decorations to come to life and wreak havoc.
Sophia Bush Reveals Challenges of Working With Ex Chad Michael Murray on ‘One Tree Hill’ After Divorce
Sophia Bush may have just gotten married, but she’s reflecting on a past, high-profile relationship on the Drama Queens podcast.
Specifically, her marriage and divorce from One Tree Hill co-star, Chad Michael Murray.
While chatting with her former co-stars, Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton—who are all too familiar with what went down between Biush and Murray—the actress opened up about the hardships of having to work on set after the couple divorced in 2006. They got engaged in 2004 and married in 2005.
In fact, Bush said it was even more difficult because their characters, Brooke Davis and Lucas Scott, started dating around the same time their relationship was hitting a rough patch that it would never bounce back from.
“Not for nothing, you were going through a breakup with the person that you were playing a romance opposite of,” Joy Lenz said.
“And regardless of what all those circumstances were, that’s incredibly difficult — emotionally to be able to be vulnerable and be there in that moment. There’s lots of actors who have done that — who’ve done movies and TV shows and things, they date their costar or whatever, it doesn’t work out. But the fact that you were able to just be that raw and open and vulnerable, it’s a real credit to you as an artist. You put your art in front of everybody and just were like, ‘Look, this is it. I’m just sharing my heart and here we are’. I thought it was really beautiful,” she said.
Bush gave a very mature answer, explaining that regardless of what was going on in her personal life, she prioritized the show and the character that resonated with so many young women.
“People can call it whatever they want. They can say it’s strength, they can say it’s pride, they can say its professionalism — you can put a positive or a negative skew on I, but I was always going to put Brooke Davis ahead of everybody and everything else. Nothing mattered to me but being honest for her,” she explained.
The actress, who recently wed Grant Hughes in a stunning and poignant Oklahoma wedding, previously refused to speak about her marriage to Murray as she didn’t want her career to be defined by a relationship.
“I refuse to let that one relationship define me, which is why I’ve done my best to avoid discussing it for 10 years,” she began, while acknowledging that it was a “massive event” in her life.
She added: “The trauma of it was amplified by how public it became, which was incredibly foreign and bizarre to a girl who’d been just another college kid 24 months before her life blew up.”
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