Nick Viall talks summer cocktails, life before reality TV and whether or not he actually paid for those rose ceremony suits

After what seemed like a never-ending crawl through on-again, off-again weather, summertime has finally arrived for East Coasters.

Also on the docket this month? The return of ‘The Bachelorette’, which has us all glued to our televisions imagining not only what it would be like to live inside that glamorous mansion, but about the doors that would open for us after the doors of the mansion closed behind us.

Celeb Spotter 061: Olivia Munn, 'Ocean's 8' cast and more hit NYC
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Celeb Spotter 061: Olivia Munn, 'Ocean's 8' cast and more hit NYC

Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster were seen packing on the PDA at a restaurant in Rome on Thursday.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones rocked a sexy lace dress with sequins for an event in NYC on Monday night.

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Anne Hathaway was a total vision leaving "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in New York City on Wednesday.

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Olivia Munn rocked a patterned satin two-piece ensemble with a satin bra top while making the promo rounds in NYC on Wednesday.

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Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes were spotted packing on the PDA in Soho on Wednesday.

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"Ocean's 8" star Anne Hathaway was spotted in a two-piece tiger stripe ensemble in Midtown on Tuesday.

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Jenna Dewan flaunted her cleavage in a black bodysuit with gold detailing in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Bella Thorne rocked an all-red, lingerie-inspired ensemble while out and about in NYC on Thursday.

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Bishop Michael Curry, who spoke at the royal wedding this past weekend, flashed a thumbs up outside of the "Good Morning America" studio.

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Kendall Jenner was seen leaving her hotel in New York City on Tuesday.

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Nick Jonas took selfies with fans outside of West Hollywood hotspot Craig's on Monday night.

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Sofia Richie kept it casual while parking her car in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Halle Berry was spotted leaving ROKU West Hollywood after dinner with friends this week.

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Chris Pratt braved the rain with fans at the "Jurassic World: Fallen Kindom" premiere in Madrid on Monday.

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Sandra Bullock wore all black to an "Ocean's 8" screening in NYC on Tuesday. 

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Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise stepped out for a night at the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center on Monday night in NYC.

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Paris Hilton looked pretty in periwinkle after landing at LAX on Sunday night.

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Victoria Beckham looked posh as ever in a forest green pantsuit while leaving her store in London on Tuesday.

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Jon Bon Jovi snapped a pic with Jonathan Cheban at a New York launch party for Hampton Water Rosé.

George Stephanopoulos was all smiles leaving the "Good Morning America" studio on Wednesday.

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Lucy Hale was spotted out and about in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Emily Ratajkowski stepped out for the premiere of "In Darkness' at theArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday night before heading to the official after party at Avenue Los Angeles.

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Ben Affleck was spotted pumping his own gas on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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Teyana Taylor attended the PrettyLittleThing x Karl Kani launch party at Nightingale Plaza in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

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Nina Agdal and boyfriend Jack Brinkley Cook were spotted taking a stroll in the Meatpacking District on Monday. 

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Matthew McConaughey got everyone smiling while walking into the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" studio on Monday.

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Andy Cohen was spotted out and about in the Meatpacking District on Wednesday.

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Robin Roberts rocked a form-fitting yellow dress on "Good Morning America" on Monday morning.

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Kristen Stewart rocked denim-on-denim while out and about in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

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Halle Berry packed light for her trip to New York, where she landed at JFK on Tuesday.

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Star Jones rocked a fun magenta dress for an event in NYC on Monday night.

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Anne Hathaway continued to slay the fashion game on her "Ocean's 8" promo tour on Wednesday in this orange look outside of "The Late Show."

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Jenna Dewan wore a pretty pink dress for her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" this week.

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Sarah Paulson was seen out and about in NYC on Tuesday promoting "Ocean's 8."

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Jonathan Cheban and Jon Bon Jovi celebrated launch Hampton Water rosé in NYC at PH-D at the Dream Hotel. 

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Dakota Fanning made her way through LAX in a baby blue sweatsuit on Thursday.

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Trudie Styler and Sting walked hand-in-hand in NYC on Monday night.

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Olivia Munn rocked a color-blocked dress while leaving her Tribeca hotel on Monday night.

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Gigi Gorgeous was ravishing in red as she struck a pose for paparazzi on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

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Nick Viall joins SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry to kick off summer with a boat party on May 23, 2018 in New York City.

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"Queer Eye" stars Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Tan France were spotted out and about in London on Thursday.

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Elizabeth Banks was all bundled up at LAX on Wednesday.

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Julianne Hough flaunted her red hair after landing at LAX on Wednesday.

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Olivia Munn accessorized her Fendi bodysuit with blood orange heels while making the promo rounds in NYC on Wednesday.

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Jenna Dewan attends the 28th Annual Environmental Media Awards sponsored by Adobe Road Winery at Montage Beverly Hills on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

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It’s no secret that former contestants and members of #BachelorNation have it pretty good — from endorsement opportunities to business deals, the show and its subsequent spinoffs offer exposure and partnerships that otherwise would have never seemed possible.

And when a contestant can pair with a brand that they already use, know and love, it makes the deal even sweeter.

For former ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall, a partnership with Smirnoff was just that:

“Who hasn’t heard of Smirnoff — it’s kind of every person’s vodka … I like working with brands that I already use because it makes sense … [Smirnoff is] obviously American made, and anytime you can get brands that manufacture products here and employ people is great.”

Brand partnerships and collaborations weren’t in Viall’s wheelhouse before the show — in fact, after being thrust into the spotlight, Viall’s career path took a 180:

“I never really anticipated any of this! Before I ever went on the show, I worked for a company called Salesforce and I was an Account Executive for them working in corporate sales, which I really loved. And certainly I learned a lot about networking and business and I still use all of that skillset to this day out in LA, while trying to grow my acting career … especially networking and a lot of the skills I learned before the show I use every day, and I’m very appreciative of my time [at Salesforce] so I never really imagined an opportunity to partner with cool brands like this.”

It was Viall’s former gig that helped him prepare for life inside the mansion especially since contestants aren’t funded to appear on the show:

“The cast members aren’t provided any wardrobe. Throughout the show you might get a few gifts — working in sales I had a few suits already and I probably spent a little money and bought a few things — I didn’t go nuts, I didn’t get a whole new wardrobe for the show. I think everyone’s different. But again, I also felt lucky enough that I made a living that I was very lucky to have, so I had the means in which to get a few extra items and get on the show.”

Though going back to the 9-5 grind seems unlikely for Viall, he’s open to seeing other opportunities that may develop as his career progresses:

“Anything’s possible, I still do a lot of day-to-day stuff. I’m looking at other avenues in addition to my acting career, investing in other projects … I really appreciated my time at Salesforce and I really liked it, but at this point i don’t see [myself going back to] it … I’m lucky enough to have a platform.”

As for his immediate future, you can catch Viall spending the next few months sipping on Smirnoff's newest flavor, Red, White & Berry, which is only available through Labor Day in honor of the summer season: 

“I think people like to enjoy summer … you can’t have any type of drink in the summer — I love red wine, but it’s just not what I want to drink on a hot summer day … with Red, White & Berry, it’s a great drink on it’s own — I just like to mix it with some fruit like some blueberries and some strawberries.” 


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