All's Fair in Love and National TV
By Alexandra Faszewski
A rose by any other name would not be as sweet as Dylan Petitt, Boston’s own Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alumnus. The 27-year-old has the rugged good looks better suited to an indie film star than to an accountant. His smile comes easily, as does his self-deprecating honesty.
Humble and down-to-earth, Petitt is not a typical reality show contestant. In fact, it wasn’t even Petitt himself who applied for a spot on season 10 of The Bachelorette—a friend sent in the application for him. The process consisted of a few interviews and took about a year before he was officially slated to be a cast member. Before this he had never watched The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. After watching previous episodes to prepare, Petitt said he didn’t expect to make it beyond the first episode.
“When I got in the limo… Josh was the first person I met. I looked at [him] and I was like, there’s not a chance in hell I’m going to do anything in this competition,” said Petitt. However, Bachelorette Andi Dorfman did award Petitt a rose in the first ceremony, which allowed him to grow closer to the rest of the cast. Although he didn’t know what to expect from the show, Pettit said, “It exceeded my expectations beyond belief.”
As for Petitt’s second stint with the franchise, on Bachelor in Paradise, the opportunity came about a bit differently. This time, the show’s producers invited him back. Petitt weighed the options; he recognized that the show was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and acknowledged that contestants were, to put it simply, being paid to drink and relax in Mexico. The challenge was getting enough time off from work. “If my company had said they didn’t want me to do it, I would’ve said no in a heartbeat,” Petitt added.
Even though Petitt enjoyed his experiences, he is not interested in being the next Bachelor or in participating again in the franchise. It seems he is content with settling back into his pre-reality TV routine. Life is now back to normal after the show, though in the aftermath, he found that “people would come out of the woodworks.” At bars he was often found at the head of a modest line of fans hoping for a picture. “It was probably worse for some of the guys. I was pretty quiet on the show,” said Petitt.
Back in Boston, a day in the life is much simpler. Petitt starts out strong in the gym and then goes on to work at BNG Consulting, where he is a recruiter. “I make cold calls and ask if they want other job opportunities,” said Petitt. After work he goes home and catches up on his shows. Currently, Petitt counts Shameless, American Idol, and Gotham as his staples. “I should read, but instead I watch TV shows,” said Petitt.
Petitt likes to unwind with a glass of wine before bed. He is aware his habits are not what one would expect from one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. “I’m probably one of the more boring people in the world,” he laughed.
It’s not all work and no play, of course. As a Bostonian, Petitt has his favorite spots. For example, on Thursday nights he frequents Tia’s, an American bar and grill located in the Financial District where he works, while on Friday nights he heads to the Irish pub ShenanniganS for reggae night.
“During the weekdays,” he added, “if I was to pick one place, it would be Howl at the Moon because there’s a piano bar.” Petitt’s drink of choice for these nights out? A classic vodka soda. He also lauded the steaks from Boylston Street’s Capital Grille as his favorite Boston meal.
This modest Bostonian has had his taste of the silver screen. However, Dylan Petitt displays less of a devotion to fame and more of a love for Boston’s sports and his comfortable routine. It is unlikely that Petitt will grace the television screen again, but who knows? That well-dressed man drinking a vodka soda at the next table may be Boston’s favorite bachelor himself.