After meeting and falling in love on season 20 of “The Bachelor,” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are ready for more screen time.
The couple is set to star in their own reality show, “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” announced by Freeform on Wednesday. The couple shared what they expect for the show, including Ben’s political pursuits, and where they stand on wedding planning.
Congratulations on getting your own show. How did it come about?
Ben: Right after “The Bachelor” season aired, we really wanted to take time for ourselves, for our family, for our friends. And that happened. Then, we quickly realized that there are so many fans that want to be in our lives, that are involved in our lives, that ask us a thousand questions. Our lives are still documented because Lauren won’t stop Snapchatting me at all hours of the day.
At that point, we realized that our relationship was at a place and our lives were at a place where we could invite people into it again.
For us, we were open to the idea [of a show], and [Freeform] came to us with a desire to document it. So we realized that, as we talked it through, that it was something we could do.
Ben, are you still interested in possibly running for office in Denver?
Ben: I am interested in running for office. A couple people after the show came to me in Denver, and said, “Hey, this is something that we’d love to work with you on if you’re interested.” And so, just like any other opportunity that happens, you start to really think about it. And I became kind of excited by the idea of representing the district that I live in, in the state house.
So how to you anticipate that being part of the show?
Ben: If I do run, it will have to be covered on the show because that will be life. That will be what’s happening in life. I think Lauren and I have agreed to allow the transparency in our life to be shown no matter what we’re doing.
Lauren, what about your career and aspirations?
Lauren: Yeah, I have always had a passion for interior design, and I’m actually in the process of redoing our home. So hopefully that will be a part of the show. As a long of people in their mid-20s can probably attest to, it’s kind of one of those periods in life where you’re trying to figure out what it is you’re passionate about, what sorts of things I can see myself doing for the next 50 years, so I’m exploring all of those things.
Like I mentioned, interior design, I really have found a new interest in fashion and beauty. So I’m starting up a blog that was really just a fun idea… And a way to kind of connect with people to follow myself and Ben and want to know exactly what I’m wearing…
Ben: What Ben’s wearing.
Lauren: What Ben’s wearing. He wanted me to add that.
Have you been keeping up with this season of “The Bachelorette”?
Ben: I’ll be honest with you, we haven’t watched much of it.
So where are you with your wedding plans?
Lauren: We are at the very beginning stages, meaning we haven’t started. To be honest with you, within the next month I want to set a date. Hopefully the show can capture that and document that. But I think both of us are at a point where we can finally sit down and set a date.