There's no denying Joey Graziadei completely stole the hearts of Bachelor Nation while competing on Charity Lawson's season of The Bachelorette. While she didn't end up picking Joey to be her happily-ever-after, Joey's story didn't end there. He now has a second chance to find love —this time as *the* Bachelor, with 32 ladies competing for his heart. His season kicks off at 8pm EST on January 22.
This time around 28-year-old tennis instructor has a pretty diverse group of ladies vying for roses each episode. And while Joey is bound to make connections with most of the contestants—there are Philly locals (Joey's hometown)—one woman Joey seems to have a ton in common with is fellow Hawaii resident, Rachel Nance.
So, who is Rachel Nance and how far does she make it with Joey? Here's everything to know about the her as the season kicks off.
Where is Rachel from?
Rachel is from Honolulu, Hawaii, and is "immensely proud of her Hawaiian roots," according to her Bachelor profile.
If you recall, Joey also lives in Hawaii...so how convenient would it be if the two ended up together?! Rachel "hopes to bond over her love of Hawaiian food and culture with Joey," per her bio.
How old is she?
Rachel is 26 (almost 27!) and for those interested in astrology, she is an Aquarius. She was born on January 28, 1997.
What does Rachel do for work?
The contestant is an ICU nurse who "has worked hard to achieve her professional goals," however, "she’s ready to find someone with whom to enjoy the journey of life," according to her Bachelor bio.
When she's not at work, you'll find her watching Friends and reading Jane Austen, or "spending time with her loved ones," per her bio.
Where did she go to college?
Rachel attended California State University Fullerton before transferring to the University of Maine at Fort Kent where she played Volleyball, according to UMFK.
In August 2018, she posted a snap of herself in her team's gear with the caption: "So blessed to have finally reached my junior year of college. Time sure does fly when you’re stressed...I mean having fun. God has planned my steps and I can’t wait to finish my last two years of school. I feel some great things are on the way."
She loves being outside.
Just like Joey, Rachel is a big fan of time spent in the great outdoors. In fact, the contestant has posted a ton of pictures from her outdoor adventures to her Instagram.
"If you know me...then you know I love the outdoors, history, and my Yuhki. This trip encompasses all three but today was extra special," she wrote on Instagram in 2019. "I’ve always wanted to visit Mount Rushmore and today was a dream come true. Being so close to nature and seeing how other people live helps you to reflect on yourself. The world is so beautiful and I can’t wait to continue to explore it. #RNroadtrip2019."
The adventurer has also shared glimpses of her trips to Seattle, Idaho, and Montana, and various pics of her enjoying nature, especially in Hawaii. She poses with greenery to her side and the ocean behind her. "Proof of existence," she captioned a post from November 2023.
How far does she make it on The Bachelor?
**MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**
While Joey and Rachel certainly seem like a match made in heaven, according to Reality Steve, this star gets eliminated either during or right after the overnight dates. "(SPOILER): Joey’s Final 3…" Reality Steve's caption reads.
(SPOILER): Joey’s Final 3… pic.twitter.com/YK27mldqbU
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) November 3, 2023
Who knows... Maybe Rachel will be the next Bachelorette?! Only time will tell.
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