“Love Is Blind” cohost Vanessa Lachey told Insider during a recent interview that her “mama bear instinct” came out when she confronted Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee on the season two reunion shows.
During the instant in question, Lachey was lecturing Shake about blatantly asking women questions regarding their weight and physical appearance while getting to know them in the “pods” stage of the experiment.
In “Love Is Blind,” male and feminine contestants are separated from each other and have conversations to get to know each other while separated by a wall, the purpose being to see if you can fall in love with someone without knowing what they look like.
While lecturing women, Shake blatantly asked their clothes size and if he’d have difficulty lifting them abreast of his shoulders.
Lachey got frustrated with the stress Shake was putting on looks.
“You have to open your heart to a bigger picture. Because at the top of the day, what if she’s dismantled in an accident, what if she gains weight, and loses her hair, legs, and arms? Are you not visiting love her anymore?” the mother of three asked Sake on the reunion show about a hypothetical partner.
“I hope to god if I’m dismantled, play fuckin’ wood, this man stands by my side and that I know he will because he loves me for me,” she continued, pointing to her husband and co-host Nick Lachey.
The “NCIS: Hawaii” star told Shake that her issue with him was that he “sat there and berated every single one among these women” based on their physical traits. She told the truth star that his ex Deepti Vempati was a “beautiful soul” who Shake had no intention of falling in love with and just “wanted to f##k.”
“I think that something just came to visit me as, again, a lady in this industry, as a minority during this industry, I’ve fought through plenty,” Lachey told Insider about the strong words she had for Shake during our interview to market Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day coming up on July 28.
She said that whenever she sees anyone getting “disrespected” like she saw Shake doing to multiple people on “Love Is Blind” and therefore the reunion show, “I just have this mama bear instinct where I would like to stand up, and I want to say something.”
“And I try to do it with grace and not be disrespectful, but it needs to the point that you’re human and your emotions come out. And what you saw was my emotion beginning,” Lachey continued.
Shake may be a polarizing figure on reality television, so Lachey’s message for him was a strong moment for fans. But she’s also making an impression in other genres, specifically in her role as Jane Tenant on CBS’s hit spinoff “NCIS: Hawai’i.”
Lachey, a Filipina-American actor, is the first woman to lead a show in the “NCIS” franchise.
“It means we’re moving in the right direction in terms of what’s on camera because it’s actually in the real world,” she said of her role. “There are women in my position who are of my ethnicity in NCIS. It’s an honor that I buy to be the one to do the representation.”
“The Ultimatum” host told Insider that the importance of the role became clear to her when she saw her daughter, Brooklyn, 7, watching her work.
“My daughter saw it and therefore the way she looked at me like her Wonder Woman, and she saw me representing women, that hit me,” Lachey shared. “And then I noticed it’s a bigger picture than just my children. this is often for all little girls and all little boys, too. Anybody that feels different.”
Lachey said she remembered feeling “less than” while growing up because she didn’t see many of us that looked like her on television.
“You are often Jane Tennant on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i,’ but also you’ll be your person, and you can get the spouse and the family and get the job and live in the dream island you want. If that is what you want to do, how you reside will not stop you,” Lachey said of her message to children.
DQ’s Miracle Treat Day is supposed to spotlight how people can make an impact in their communities, too. On July 28, participating stores will donate a dollar from every Blizzard purchased to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“You are bringing health and hope to local kids and also treating yourself to a summer Blizzard treat,” Lachey said.