Zach Shallcross hasn’t found lasting love as one of 32 contestants on the final season of ‘The Bachelorette,’ but he’s ready to give romance another shot.
On Tuesday night, ABC announced that Shallcross, who hooked up with Bachelorette Rachel Recchia, will once again be looking for his soul mate and returning to the reality franchise as the next “Bachelor” star. He will direct the 27th season of the franchise.
Are you counting the days until the premieres of the next season? Here are some facts about Shallcross to help you in the meantime.
He works in technology
According to his bio on ABC’s website, Shallcross is a tech executive based in Anaheim Hills, California. His LinkedIn lists him as Senior Cloud Technology Sales Executive at Oracle.
The 26-year-old graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2019 and said the experience was “absolutely worth it” in an Instagram post at the time.
Shallcross is based in Austin, Texas but hails from California, according to his football biography.
Her zodiac sign is Leo, if you’re curious
Shallcross’ football biography lists his birthday as July 31, 1996, making his sign Sun Leo.
Zach considers himself an “old-fashioned romantic”
When he was on “The Bachelorette,” Shallcross described himself as an “old-fashioned romantic” in his biography.
“Zach’s perfect wife is compassionate, kind, and ready for romance because Zach is thrilled to extend it. He likes to plan thoughtful surprises, and nothing makes him happier than seeing the expression of excitement on his partner’s face when his meaningful gifts are appreciated,” the biography reads.
It also looks like he can’t wait to settle down.
“Zach really wants to find a love that will lead to marriage, so whatever grand romantic gesture it takes to get there, he’s ready to go!” the bio reads.
An athlete, his hobbies include football and beach volleyball
The 26-year-old seems to lead an active life. He enjoys beach volleyball and soccer, according to his “Bachelorette” biography. In fact, Shallcross even played college football while attending Cal Poly.
He is close to his family
Shallcross won over viewers on “Bachelorette” Season 19 with his charismatic personality and polite manner. And it sounds like he’s a huge softie at heart.
Case in point? He’s not afraid to show his mum some love on social media and called her an “incredible woman” in a 2020 Instagram birthday tribute.
Shallcross also has two sisters, according to his football biography.
Zach has almost reached the end of “The Bachelorette”
While competing for the affections of Rachel Recchia in the final season of “Bachelorette,” Shallcross has almost reached the end of the season.
Alas, he ultimately made the decision to leave the show, explaining that he didn’t feel like he met the real version of Recchia while experiencing the fantasy sequel.
Here’s what he said about being the next bachelor
Shallcross was announced as the new Bachelor during the “After the Rose” live event on September 20. He expressed his excitement after host Jesse Palmer named him the new frontman.
” There are no words. I’m just taking that right now,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Even though his love journey didn’t culminate in the ‘Bachelorette’, the 26-year-old said he’s ready to try again.
“I’m ready to find my person and my best friend,” he said. “This breakup did not deter him.”
In a new interview with People, Shallcross described what he looks for in a relationship.
“There are really two main things that I look for and number one is how kind and compassionate they are. I think that’s something that’s pretty rare these days,” he said. “The other thing is having someone who likes to do fun and adventurous things with me, whether it’s traveling, trying cool food.”
The reality star plans to be “a little cautious at first” when dating the new ladies for the next season of “Bachelor.” But he plans to show them his romantic side when he gets closer to them.
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that I’m a guy who usually wears his heart on his sleeve,” he said. “If you can show your emotions and not be afraid of them, I really think that’s an important attribute, but in my case, I think I fell in love really hard and really fast and I didn’t necessarily take step back and look at the whole situation from his point of view.
He says age shouldn’t be a factor in his search for love
Shallcross’ age, 26, appeared on ‘The Bachelorette’ – Recchia wondered if he was too young.
Speaking to People, Shallcross said he’s ready for the wedding.
“My take on it is when you know, you know,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything where there’s an age limit on deciding whether to fall in love and get married. If you’re ready and feel well equipped with yourself, that you love yourself, trust yourself and want to share that with someone else, no matter how old you are.
Zach has a famous uncle
Fun fact: Shallcross’ uncle is actor Patrick Warburton, who is known for his work on “Seinfeld,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
Warburton appeared on the hometown tours episode of “The Bachelorette” and joked about his experience on Twitter.
“I get asked ‘why are you on The Batchelorette?’ Is this my favorite show? I’m addicted…? I have a crush on that Zach Shallcross guy? Or… all of the above? Or… Zach is my nephew? Or… all of the above?” -he writes.
Last but not least, he is a musician
Shallcross’ football biography says he played guitar in a band for two years and mixes and produces electronic music under the name Verzacky, which you can access on Soundcloud.