Andi Dorfman previously put her life on hold to on star on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” and one year later she is making a new life for herself in the Big Apple. The former Atlanta assistant DA recently partnered with Palm Breeze, and she is currently working on several new projects, but one place you probably won’t see her anytime soon is on a reality TV dating show. Philadelphia TV Examiner spoke with Andi ahead of a Palm Breeze Girls’ Night Out event on Thursday to talk about what she’s been up to since we last saw her on the long-running ABC dating show.
Calling her move to New York a big adjustment, Andi revealed she is getting used to the city’s vibe. “It’s a total different pace and energy here, but I’m loving it so far,” the Atlanta native said. “I’m super excited to be here… [I’m ]finally a New Yorker. I got my license the other day.” The 28-year-old beauty explained that she already had several girlfriends and family members living in the city, which made her transition easier. “It’s kind of been a great summer, just hanging out with my girls and enjoying everything New York has,” she added.
So, what’s a single girl in the city to do? Andi’s partnership with Palm Breeze — a drink she describes as “the ultimate girls’ night out kind of cocktail” — recently opened up a fun opportunity for her: a BYOB painting party held at the Painting Lounge in New York City. “I’m super excited because it’s kind of a welcome to New York for me, but it’s a little unconventional,” she explained ahead of the event. “It’s not just a party, it’s something I like to do, which is painting and craft, and my girlfriends love to do the same thing and we’re kind of just having a nice girl’s night out. And we’re going to bring our painting skills if we have any.”
Since her move to New York City in April, Andi has been working on several new projects, including a unique series and a book. “I just started shooting a web series [“Andi’s Apple”] for People.com that kind of documents my life in New York,” she revealed. “I’ve been working on a book that I’m writing. I’m really excited, it will be out in the spring. It is a girl’s guide to breakups, very tongue in cheek, very raw, almost the anti-self help. Basically what we all really do that we’re not supposed to do in a breakup, but we all do it naturally. It’s kind of exposing that and also exposing my very public breakup which was also very private as well.” The title of the book? “It’s Not Okay: Diary of a Broken Heart,” which could be a throwback to ex-”Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis, who famously told Andi “It’s okay’” when it really wasn’t.
Speaking of fellow “Bachelor” alums, Andi admitted that anytime anyone is a lead on the hit reality dating show, the public can be hard on them. “It’s almost a thankless job,” she revealed. “I think people were pretty harsh in a lot of their reactions [to recent “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe].” As for her own reality TV career, Andi has been there, done that. “No. I’m good,” she replied when asked if she’d consider another foray into the TV dating pool. “I think I’ve had my stint on reality dating shows.”
But will she ever go back to her law career? “Yeah, definitely,” Andi said. “Every time someone asks it makes me rethink again. But you know, when I left for the show I had every intention of going back to law … it’s kind of just a little hiatus, and I have my law degree I worked very hard for. Obviously it’s something I’m proud of and something I definitely want to go back to when the time is right. “
For now, this “Bachelor” fan favorite says she’s taking this opportunity to explore a different passion. “Not everybody gets that in their life,” Andi admitted. “I’m trying to just embrace it and know that that law degree is waiting for me whenever I’m ready to go back to it.”