WHEN Perth’s Stephanie Boulton received a phone call from the TV station saying she had been selected for The Bachelor Australia, she was utterly shocked.
“I said to the woman: ‘You’re kidding!’ the 23-year-old safety administrator said.
“I didn’t expect it: I really didn’t, because I went through all the steps but I didn’t know how many steps there were so I didn’t know where I was in the process.
“Then I thought: ‘Oh no, what do I do now?’.”
Boulton’s first move was to tell her boss that she needed time off, leaving out the specifics.
“Then I told Mum. I said, ‘Mum, you’re going to die!’,” Boulton said.
“She was really excited and nervous for me, more nervous than I was.
“Nobody said: ‘Don’t do it’ – everyone was so good about it.”
A fan of the reality romance show for several years, the self-dubbed ‘adrenalin junkie with a wild side’ decided to audition on a whim.
She entered the mansion alongside 24 bachelorettes vying for Matthew Johnson’s affection.
“The biggest shock was living in a house full of women with very different personalities,” Boulton said.
“I thought: ‘Wow, do they really make people like this?’.
“Most of the people were themselves and those that come through as the villains really were like that.”
Laidback by nature, Boulton said she did not think the move through before going ahead.
However, she has no regrets and would do it all again.
“My one bit of advice to other women about to go on would be don’t think into it too much: just be yourself and it will all happen and flow the way it should,” Boulton said.
“So many different personality traits in me came out and I learned that I could definitely stand up for myself.”