Lesley, a 25-year-old political consultant from Washington, D.C., was ousted during the seventh episode's Rose Ceremony after Sean felt she wasn't opening up fully or fast enough for where his heart was in the process. However, Sean recently admitted had Lesley admitted she loved him, "it could have changed everything."
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World earlier this week, Lesley talked about her The Bachelor experience, her relationship with Sean on the show and her thoughts on some of the season's standout bachelorettes.
Below is the concluding portion of our interview with Lesley. Click here to read the first half. Also click here to read our recent separate interview with Lesley's fellow ousted bachelorette Desiree Hartsock.
Reality TV World: Sarah Herron told me earlier this season she didn't think AshLee Frazier was "loads of fun" and maybe was a little too intense for Sean, and Chris Harrison and many viewers have been agreeing with that. What's your perspective on that? Do you think she's a little too intense for Sean or do you see them being a good match?
Lesley Murphy: AshLee's a very emotional person and there's nothing wrong with that. She has high-intensity feelings and that's fine. I mean, that's who she is and her background, I mean, knowing where she came from, it makes sense. And I don't fault her for that at all.
But knowing a little bit about Sean and knowing a little bit about AshLee, I think they obviously come from two different places and I don't see Sean as being overly emotional or dramatic or anything like that.
So I don't know if he could handle all these emotions thrown at him. I'm not going to say they're a bad match, because they may be. But as far as the intensity of her feelings go, if they were to end up together, I would just hope that he would know how to handle it and support her with that.
Reality TV World: During last night's episode, obviously Sean eliminatedDesiree. And Chris Harrison told TV Guide recently that he kind of believes Sean "let the love of his life go," which is a pretty bold comment to make. What's your reaction to that and do you kind of agree? Do you think Desiree was a great match for Sean and maybe he made a mistake in sending her home?
Lesley Murphy: No, I don't think Sean made a mistake in letting Desiree go. I did watch them, like every other girl throughout the season, just to get a gauge on where their perspective was. And I did think they had a big connection. I always thought that. From the very beginning, it was obvious. But I don't -- he has to let a girl go every single week.
And while he didn't really seem too confident about letting her go last night, that's what he decided and it was over three other girls, which is huge. So I totally respect that. I think he should've felt a little more confident in that decision, but I don't think he let the love of his life go, no.
Reality TV World: What's your perspective on Lindsay Yenter and her and Sean together?
Lesley Murphy: It was kind of the same with Lindsay and Sean as it was with Desiree and Sean to me. I saw a big connection with them as well. I saw a physical connection with them. I don't know if it went really deep, so it seemed like they were having a great time every time I saw them.
I obviously didn't see them on one-on-ones or anything, but I tried to gauge their relationship during Rose Ceremonies and group dates, and they seemed to be having a great time together. So you know, I'm not surprised she's still around!
Reality TV World: I do have to ask you a couple questions about Tierra LiCausi. You clearly disliked her during the show and that came across from a lot of the other girls as well. But I guess, do you think Tierra was actually on the show for the wrong reasons and had bad intentions? Because Chris Harrison recently said he thought Tierra was "sincere" but just couldn't handle the dramatic atmosphere of competing against other girls for one man.
Lesley Murphy: Yeah, I definitely don't think Tierra came on [the show] for any other reason than trying to see what could become of Tierra and Sean. She definitely wasn't there to make friends, obviously, and I don't think she was there to exploit anything else about her. I just think she's young and naive and doesn't know how to compartmentalize her feelings.
I don't think she's a girls' girl by any means -- not sure how many girlfriends she has back at home. I wouldn't go so far as to say "many." But I think it was probably a growing experience for her. I think she'll learn a lot from this and I'm glad because she needed to. She needed to grow up and I think this is a stepping stone, a huge stepping stone, for her. So, we'll see what's to come out on Women Tell All.
Reality TV World: Since you were falling in love with Sean on the show but things didn't work out between you two, are looking for a guy just like Sean now or did you realize maybe that's not the kind of guy you want to be with or should end up with?
Lesley Murphy: Like I said, there was nothing about Sean I didn't like. I've always pictured myself settling down with a southern family guy who's adventurous and likes to have fun. And Sean embodied a lot of that.
I'm not going to say I'm looking for my next Sean, because I'm definitely not. Sean and I, I think it ended when it should've ended, and I can look back and be confident in that now. But I definitely want a southern guy who likes to have fun, so definitely.
Reality TV World: Why did you apply for The Bachelor to begin with?
Lesley Murphy: I applied because I've always loved the show and I applied on my own. I have no regrets. I loved the experience and would do it again and again and again.
Reality TV World: Would you ever consider being the next The Bachelorette star if given the opportunity?
Lesley Murphy: I would definitely consider being the Bachelorette if the opportunity presented itself.
Above is the concluding portion of Lesley's exclusive interview with Reality TV World. Click here to read the first half.Also click here to read our recent separate interview with Lesley's fellow ousted bachelorette Desiree Hartsock.