'The Bachelor's Sarah Herron: It was unusual and unfortunate how often my arm came up
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/08/2013
The Bachelor bachelorette Sarah Herron was one of three women the show's star Sean Lowe chose to send packing during Tuesday night's broadcast of the reality dating series' seventeenthseason on ABC.
Sarah, a 26-year-old advertising executive from Los Angeles, CA, was eliminated immediately following the group date in Alberta, Canada, because Sean didn't want to make her go through the stress of a Rose Ceremony when he knew beforehand he wanted to send her home and she wasn't his future wife.
Afterwards, Sean chose to cut Selma Alameri, a 29-year-old real estate developer from San Diego, CA, and Daniella McBride, a 24-year-old commercial casting associate from San Francisco, CA, from the competition during the episode's Rose Ceremony.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Sarah talked to Reality TV World about her The Bachelor elimination and the girls still in the running for Sean's heart. Click here to read what she had to say. Below are some additional highlights from the call. Check back with Reality TV World on Monday for more.
When we talked to you last, you said you weren't regretful of your experience on the show. Has your mindset changed since then and do you now believe maybe it wasn't the right decision for you to go on the show?
Sarah Herron: Oh absolutely not. I have never regretted one moment of participating on The Bachelor. It was a really, really incredible experience for me, and I'd like to say how a lot of times the show gets poked fun at for using words like "journey" and "experience." It really is and truly this life-changing journey, and for me, there's no better way to put it.
And for me, it was every bit of a life-changing experience and it was very cathartic and self-actualizing and I learned so much about myself and what I'm looking for and it helped me understand me better. And so, in no way do I regret any of the process. I think it all has helped me become who I am today and it's just part of the learning curve of life, and I don't regret any second of participating on the show.
Did you have a feeling at all that your time was up on the show -- that even if Sean had you go through the Rose Ceremony, you had a gut feeling you'd probably be going home, or were you just completely blindsided?
Sarah Herron: I definitely did not expect to be going home. I felt I was very surprised and very caught off-guard, and I had every intention of wanting to bring Sean home and take him to Colorado and introduce him to my family. However, the week before, in Montana, Sean made his speech and said that he felt his relationship had taken a step back with a few girls and a step forward with a few other girls.
And there was a part of me deep down that was concerned I might've been one of those girls he was talking about, because we were now five weeks into the process or so, and it becomes difficult to continue to develop these relationships while he's developing relationships with the other girls.
So I was definitely a little uneasy when he said he felt his relationship had taken a step back, and that's why in Canada, I felt it was extremely important to reassure him why I was there and that I had the right intentions and that my heart was in it and I wanted to take it to the next step.
What did you think about Tierra LiCausi's little medical episode there. Did you believe she had really suffered hypothermia since you were right there watching it all?
Sarah Herron: I think we were all very, very cold, and knowing Tierra the way I know her now, I think she's just a very high intensity person. And she was under a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, and I think the circumstances of the group date combined with everything she was going through emotionally and psychologically kind of all combusted in the end.
Whether she overreacted or actually had hypothermia, I'm not sure. And quite frankly, at this point, I don't even really care anymore. Because it just seemed like each week it was something else whereas the rest of us had no problem just embracing the cold and absorbing the adrenaline we were getting from it. It just seemed overdramatic that she got that sick.
It was a surprise for viewers to see Sean also send Selma home. Do you think a big part of why she got eliminated was because she decided not to take part in the "polar bear plunge?"
Sarah Herron: Yeah, I have no idea what Sean's real reasons were for sending Selma home. I think there was probably more to it than I know or any of the other girls understand or America, and definitely maybe not participating in the "polar bear plunge" contributed to it because I think Sean really wants a girl that can go with the flow and is down for some adventure -- and Selma really wasn't having it.
But at the same time, I can't blame her and I don't think Sean blamed her either, it's just not who she is. And she wasn't sorry about it and she stuck to her guns, and you have to respect that. For whatever reason things didn't work out, I'm not sure, but I'm sure there's plenty of good reasoning.
Who do you feel is best for Sean to end up with and why? And do you think they will last?
Sarah Herron: You know, watching back, I'm really starting to see the chemistry build between Sean and [Catherine Giudici], which I didn't see a whole lot of while I was in the filming process. And watching it back, I'm seeing this really special connection between the two of them that's undeniable, and I think it's great.
What I'm seeing between Sean and Catherine looks pretty great, and as far as him lasting with whomever he chooses, I think they will. Because Sean, he only wants to be engaged once and he's not in it to mess around. He's really looking for his wife.
So I think Sean is the type of guy who is going to be very selective in who he chooses and then he's going to nurture and make sure the relationship can withstand anything. I think he will make it work.
With all the drama and trouble regarding Tierra, do you think Sean would still be able to find lasting love with her?
Sarah Herron: I don't see Tierra and Sean being much of a match at all, I think. (Laughs) I think he's probably very surprised watching it back now, because I don't think he saw much of what we saw Tierra as in the house. He wasn't really seeing that, and he made that clear in Tuesday episode. He started to realize he's getting a different Tierra than the girls in the house were.
A lot of what we saw of you on the show revolved around your arm and it seemed like your self-consciousness about it came up pretty frequently, particularly with all the various physical activities. And that's obviously something you've been dealing with your entire life, so I was just wondering if that's something that affects your confidence on a daily basis or if it's something you're at peace with and it was more or less for TV?
Sarah Herron: That's a good question. Definitely having one arm has always, always affected my self-confidence and it's definitely given me insecurities. But I have come to peace with it, and I know how to be myself and not let it be an obstacle in my life. And on the show, I think it became a big topic because we constantly were in these physical activities.
I mean, let's be honest, every single group date was like, "Okay let's milk a goat." Well guess what? You need two hands to milk a goat -- and canoeing -- and I did it, but it was tough. Nothing came easy for me and that's okay, and I expected that might've happened going into the show.
But I really, I can't say, "Oh the show made it look like I was always talking about my arm," because really in truth, there were situations where my arm affected my ability to participate and it affected my confidence with Sean. So it was just kind of unusual and unfortunate how often it came to light, but really, my day to day life does not revolve around the fact I have one arm.
Above are some additional highlights from Sarah's Thursday conference call with reporters. Click here to read what she had to say to Reality TV World specifically. Check back with Reality TV World on Monday for more.