ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nick Roybal is a man who wears many hats. He’s an actor, personal trainer, model, former Mr. Fitness New Mexico and now one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s most eligible bachelors.
But the 23-year-old Albuquerque resident isn’t out looking for love – yet he’s not opposed to it.
“My career is getting started, and I want to devote my time to it,” he says during a recent interview. “If the right woman came along then that would be great. I’m going to use this to raise my profile with acting.”
To vote for Roybal or to view the 52 bachelors, visit www.cosmopolitan.com.
Roybal made the decision to put his acting career on hold while he trained for Mr. Fitness New Mexico last year. His last role was in “Fright Night,” which was filmed in New Mexico last year.
“I think I’ve accomplished all that I wanted to do with fitness,” he says. “It’s time for me to concentrate on my main goal and it’s to be in movies. I would love to have a career like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He does action, drama and comedy.”
Roybal is one of 52 bachelors vying for a $10,000 prize and bragging rights as Bachelor of the Year.
Like every year, the contest features one bachelor from each state, including the District of Columbia. (Tennessee’s bachelors are identical twins.) Online votes are taken to name the semifinalists; then, a panel of Cosmo editors name a winner and he is given $10,000.
Roybal says being part of this group is an honor and he expects all the guys to get along.
“We’ll be in New York on Oct. 18 for ‘The Today Show’ and this is the first time we’ll all be together,” he says. “I’m used to fitness competitions where everybody is eyeing each other. I think this one will be a lot different because we’re all here for fun.”
Cosmo Editor-in-Chief Kate White says in the issue each man describes himself and reveals what he’s looking for in a girlfriend, including turn-ons and dating deal-breakers.
“We’ve found men from every part of the country who are perfect boyfriend material – fun, sexy, nice and full of personality,” White says. “We’re delighted to introduce our readers to this year’s group. Many former bachelors have met their girlfriends and even their wives through the contest.”
Roybal says with this national exposure, he’s looking forward to jumping back into acting and working more with children to encourage heathier eating habits.
He eventually would like to write a book on fitness, he says.
“I want to inspire others to take care of their bodies,” he says. “You don’t have to work out to get ripped, but just work out to feel better and break a sweat.”
And what would Roybal use the $10,000 prize for?
“I’d probably give some money to my parents,” he says. “Then I’d use the rest to help me move out to California.”
The November issue of Cosmo hit stands on Tuesday and online voting takes place until Sunday at www.cosmopolitan.com. Roybal will appear on “New Mexico Style” on KASA Fox 2 on Friday.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal