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'The Bachelor' bachelorette Sarah Herron: Sean Lowe does something surprising and unexpected

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/21/2013 

The Bachelor bachelorette Sarah Herron was given the first seventeenth-season one-on-one date with The Bachelor star Sean Lowe during last Monday night's broadcast on ABC.

Sarah, a 26-year-old advertising executive from Los Angeles, CA, was thrilled to have been chosen first because she believed it was a sign that Sean really wanted to get to know her better and didn't care that she only has one arm. At the end of their date, Sean offered Sarah a rose and gave her a lengthy kiss, fulfilling her dream of a "fairytale" date during which she had admitted she was falling in love with the Bachelor.

During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Sarah talked about her The Bachelor experience thus far. Below are some additional highlights from her call. Click here to read what she had to tell Reality TV World. Click here for more.

If it's not you that ends up with Sean, is there another girl in the house you'd think is a really good match for him?

Sarah Herron: You know, I honestly really think [Lesley Murphy]. I think she's a wonderful girl with a great career, and I think she's beautiful and has an amazing body and she's so cool. I really see this great spark happening between them, so I think Lesley M. is a possible contender.

Without going into too much detail, what's been your biggest surprise of the season so far that viewers haven't seen?

Sarah Herron: Well, I think actually this coming episode is going to be a pretty big shocker. There's a lot of drama that happens next Monday night and I think it's just going to be really interesting to see how it all unfolds and what really happened. You know, it's kind of -- we all finally just got settled into the house, and true colors come out.

I think things are going to start getting interesting next Monday night, and Sean does something really kind of -- it just surprised me and it was a little unexpected. I didn't see it coming and it's going to be really, really interesting, for sure.

It seems like Tierra LiCausi is one person to you girls and then another person to Sean. Do you think Sean is being duped and what does he even know about Tierra?

Sarah Herron: I don't think Sean's being duped, and I just think Tierra's been incredibly honest, truthfully, the whole way. She is not here to make friends and that's very, very clear. She is here for Sean.

So, I don't think he's being tricked, but I definitely think he's seeing a different side of her, and that side is probably -- that's obviously what she wants him to see. And she doesn't really care about impressing us as much.

So, I don't know. It's hard to say. I don't think he's being tricked. She's probably being genuine with him. I think the bigger issue is that she's not opening up to us and she's not being friendly with us in the house.

Do you think Sean's opinion of Tierra would change if he could see her interactions with you girls?

Sarah Herron: I think yeah, it possibly could, because Sean's looking for somebody that can get along with everybody. He doesn't want to have to babysit or have a girlfriend that doesn't get along with his friends, or more importantly, his family.

It's important for him to be with somebody that is friendly and nice and generous towards anybody, you know, not just him. So I think he would maybe be surprised, but that's for them to figure out.

Do you think Sean went on the show for the right reasons?

Sarah Herron: Absolutely. I think Sean is looking for a wife and he has laid it all out there. I think he's been very honest about where he's going in life and what his morals are and where he stands and what he's going to tolerate and what he's not.

And when you're that vulnerable with the public audience, I think it can only be sincere, you know? I can't see being that open and honest and having not the right intentions. I think he's absolutely trying to find his wife.

How did you come to be on the show and how does it feel now watching yourself on the show?

Sarah Herron: I've always wanted to be on a show like this. It's kind of been a dream ever since I was a little girl, and I just never really thought it would be possible until I guess last spring. I decided to kind of bite the bullet and apply because I had been watching [Emily Maynard]'s season.

And at the time, I knew Sean was in the Top 4, and I was really, really interested in him. I liked who he was as a person and individual. He's incredibly attractive, and so I just said, "I've always wanted to do this. I'm going to apply."

And I made it! It was kind of a dream come true, which I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around. It's just been totally surreal and amazing. I don't even know how to put words to it. It's just incredible.

How is Sean different from other men you've dated?

Sarah Herron: Sean is different from a lot of men I've dated because he knows what he wants and I think he is very clear and determined to get what he wants. He doesn't want to lead anybody on or string them along, and unfortunately, that's what I've dealt with a lot in the past -- is just guys who can't really figure it out or they're too immature or they don't know what they're looking for.

And someone always ends up getting hurt, and it's not fun. And the great thing about Sean is that he knows exactly what he's looking for and he's the whole package. He's incredibly attractive and funny and athletic, and I just can't find a negative thing to say about him.

So it sounds like Sean is a real upstanding guy?

Sarah Herron: Yes, he's incredibly upstanding, and the thing about him is when you're spending time with him, he has this way of making you feel like you are just this incredible, most perfect woman, and he makes me feel so special.

I think he makes all of us feel that way, which is great. I think more men need to make women realize how beautiful they are and unique and charming, and Sean is excellent at making girls feel good about themselves.

Some girls are definitely going to get hurt then, right?

Sarah Herron: Yeah, unfortunately I think there will be some heartbreaks in the house, but you'll have to see who that happens to.

Do you think Tierra went on the show for the right reasons?

Sarah Herron: Yeah, I do think Tierra was there for the right reasons, and I think I heard a little bit more of Tierra's story than I think a lot of the other girls in the house. She's looking for love and she's definitely there, I truly think, for the right reasons.

Like I said, I just think she can probably be going about it with a more positive approach and she can probably be trying a little harder to make friends and not burn so many bridges in the house. But she is genuine and she's there for the right reasons, I do think so.

People seem to be comparing Tierra to Courtney Robertson from Ben Flajnik's The Bachelor season in that they're both kind of a "two-faced character" on the show. So I'm surprised to hear you had such good experiences with her.

Sarah Herron: I really did have a good experience with Tierra. Well, I can't speak for the other girls in the house, but I wanted to be open-minded to everybody there and just try and keep it positive with everybody. So, I just wanted to stay away from all -- any drama.

I didn't want to be in the middle of any of it. So someone else might feel differently. I really can't speak for them, but I think naturally, in a house filled with so many girls, someone is going to get pegged as the negative girl or just kind of having a bad attitude. And it's unfortunate, but it's kind of what you put out there.

And you would say that for this season, Tierra's kind of the bad girl?

Sarah Herron: I don't know how it's all going to unfold, truthfully. But I think it's sad if that's what happens, because she was really not. She's not a terrible person. She's not a bad person, no, but it will be sad if that's what happens.

Have you become a role model for some young female fans for going on the show?

Sarah Herron: Yeah, thanks for asking. I've actually been doing a little reading of some comments online and on some message boards, and it seems to be incredibly positive. I get overwhelming feedback from women saying that I've inspired them and I'm motivating them to try out for the show.

I never ever expected to get it, because I truthfully just went on the show to meet Sean. I didn't go on the show to be a role model for anybody, and it's so overwhelming. I'm just honored that people perceive me like that, and I'm honored that I can be that for people. It's inspiring and uplifting and it's wonderful.

Were you worried at all about going on the show?

Sarah Herron: No, I actually wasn't. I was worried about Sean liking me. That was all I was ever worried about. But I never was concerned about what the public was going to say, what people were going to say, because I've grown up with it my whole life and I have a pretty thick skin and I'm not too concerned about being talked about or any of that. I wasn't worried. I was just worried if Sean would like me or not. 

Above are some additional highlights from Sarah's call with reporters. Click here to read what she had to tell Reality TV World. Click here for more.

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