Speaking to Us Weekly via a conference call, Bristowe revealed she was not excited to learn she would be a part of a double Bachelorette.
"It was definitely unexpected, and I was shocked," Bristowe told the mag. "Yes — I was kind of just beside myself, because I didn't know what to think. I wasn't excited about it."
"I just really had to take a step back," Bristowe said. "And think of the light at the end of the tunnel."
But once Bristowe and Nilsson started filming, she realized there was actually a silver lining to having another bachelorette on the hit series.
"To be honest, it felt like it took the pressure off a little bit, which is a weird thing to say," Bristowe said of Nilsson joining her on the show. "I think there's more pressure on the guys — like, who do they go to first? And they don't even know us. So, I feel like it's just the pressure off us and more pressure on the guys."
Nilsson also shared her views about going up against Bristowe in a bid to find the love of her life, explaining that it was a completely nerve-racking experience.
"I mean, the situation is nerve-racking," Nilsson told the mag. "You're going to meet 25 people, and they're there for you. And yes, Kaitlyn is awesome. She's also a little bit intimidating, of course. But, I mean, honestly, I just felt like this is such a big deal when looking for like a life partner. It's — I can't do it wrong. All I can do is be myself. So, honestly, I wasn't as nervous as I was expecting to be when it came down to it."
Tune in to The Bachelorette on May 18, to see how the twist panned out, and which woman the men wanted as their leading lady.
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