Love her or loathe her (although I don’t know how you could ever loathe the human-equivalent of Bambi), the most fascinating contestant on The Bachelor this year has been Ali. Crazy-eyed, Disney Princess, head-over-heels in love Ali.
She’s an enigma. A scary, perfect-looking, possibly deranged enigma.
Everybody has so many questions about her. Was her trying to kiss him on the first night the real deal? Did she fake that leg injury? Is she actually that pure of heart or is she banging it on for the cameras?
Let me tell you something – she actually is that pure of heart. She came into the Mamamia office for a chat recently, and (besides being petrified that she would hate me for constantly joking about her stealing Tim’s pubic hair for black magic) I was actually shocked at just how lovely the girl is.
Lovely and… genuine. A little too genuine. There is not a shred of irony about her. She actually is just deeply and truly in love with a man who she competed for on national television.
Now, obviously the show is only at the top three, so I couldn’t ask her anything about ‘the winner’. I did try to trick her into telling me how many roses she walked away with, but no luck (although she did tell me that the girls hung their roses upside-down in their bedrooms like bizarre dried-floral trophies).
I can tell you that she was very warm, very friendly and very beautiful. She wore tiny shorts, shiny heels and was still limping from her injured knee.
Oh, and much to my disappointment, she travelled by taxi and not sea plane or catamaran.
She drank a lactose-free latte, I drank a water and she graciously answered all of my questions.
This is how it went down (along with what I was actually thinking at the time, natch).
RW: Why did you decide to do it?
A: Well basically, I know I’m at the stage now that I really want to find the one person that I’m meant to be with for the rest of my life. And I came out of a three year relationship before going on the show and I just wanted to take another stab at it.
And I thought, they’re going to find he most charismatic, handsome, whole-rounded man to be The Bachelor and I think I should really have a shot at that one!
(Such a good answer. She basically let Channel Ten set her up. Much less deranged than what I was expecting.)
RW: What was it like in the house? Like really?
A: At first it was really confronting and I sort of went into my shell a bit. It was a bit daunting because there were some huge personalities. But as the numbers dwindled down, they got to know me and I got to know them more and we realised that we were there for each other. And that’s all we had. So yeah. We were really affectionate towards each other. We baked together, cooked together, worked out together, went in the sauna together.