BWW Interviews: THE BACHELOR's AshLee Tells All
On last week's episode of ABC's THE BACHELOR, AshLee Frazier, a personal organizer from Houston gave Sean the lowdown on the 'real' Tierra. When Tierra found out, the two women had one of the most-heated arguments in "Bachelor" history.
While Tierra was sent home for being a drama queen, AshLee will move on to next week's hometown dates. She has already shared that she is madly in love with Sean, but how will her adoptive parents feel about the romance? On next week's episode, the emotional connection between Ashlee and her father is so powerful, Sean wonders if he ever will be able to gain the man's trust. Will AshLee get a rose to take her to the finale in Thailand or will she be sent home for good?
Frazier recently spoke to reporters about her experience with Tierra, her relationship with the other Girls and her May/December romance with Sean.
So this week's episode was full of fireworks between you and resident drama queen Tierra. Did you really feel like it was possible that you could go home for speaking up?
One hundred percent, I was scared. I thought this might be the time I go home... I felt safe until the argument happened. And really, almost until Sean came in to the rose ceremony and said that he didn't want anybody with these dramatic spells in his life. And I thought, you know, I'm part of that. And it's just - it's such a high intense moment, I got scared.
And I thought, I'm not even going to get a chance to talk to him? I'm not going to get a chance to explain my side of this? Because there was no cocktail party. That's when I got nervous and scared.
One of the things Tierra yelled at you was, "I can get engaged to any guy I want" And lo and behold, this week it turns out she announced that she is engaged already. Were you surprised by the news?
I did hear about that, but to be honest with you, I don't know anything. You know how rumors are. And, no, if she is, then I wish her all the best. But I don't really know any details on that.
If it's true, would you be surprised that she got engaged so fast?
If it is true, no. I mean, it's Tierra. I wouldn't be surprised.
During the argument with Tierra, were you surprised that the other Girls didn't step in and give you more support, considering they had very similar grievances?
You know, in the moment, to be honest with you, no. That's not what was going through my mind, whether they were going to jump in or not. I'm a pretty strong person, and felt I could just hold my own. I didn't really need them to step in.
But the thing is I had a fairly decent relationship with her in the house, versus some of the other girls. And I personally felt I had a leg to stand on against her. "You were my friend. Why are you doing this? I've tried to help you out."
And so, you know, it didn't really faze me one way or another that they didn't step in. Of course, who wouldn't like it? But it wasn't a problem that they didn't.
During Monday night's episode, you opened up to Sean about how you had gotten married once before at a young age as a type of rebellious act. Could you talk a little bit more about your marital status, specifically how it ended? Did you get a divorce, or an annulment?
Yes. It was actually a divorce. The details really are pretty simple. I was young, just making a bad decision in my life. You know, we - I guess we all go through things, and maybe I just didn't handle it the best way I should have.
It wasn't a bad breakup at all. It was just kind of like, "Oops. What did I do?" I woke up and I was, like, "Oh, man, I think I made a bad decision." We discussed it, and I think we both came to the conclusion that we had just made a bad decision.
Were you surprised to see Catherine crying at the end of this week's episode because she felt Lesley was a much better match for Sean than she was? It seemed like she really lacked self-confidence
The two girls, Catherine and Lesley, were fairly good friends on the show. And I think she was really sad to see her friend go. I think that was part of it. I don't see it as lack of confidence, though. I think she was just really sad. And, you know, it's hard. Those rose ceremonies are hard. I mean, you see somebody that you're close to leave. You know, sometimes, depending on how close you are, you may question whether you're right.
Is Tierra as bad as she seems. Is she really that dramatic or is it an editing job?
Well, I can definitely tell you it's not editing. She's very dramatic...We all tried to get along with her. At one point or another, I would say if not all, the majority of the Girls individually reached out to try to build a relationship with her. And, I mean, it just didn't really work well in her favor. You know, you reach out to her and she didn't want any part of it. So.
Why do you think you mesh so well with Sean?
I would say because we come from the same background. We have very similar strong family upbringing and I felt at the end of the day that that - this solid foundation that would have Built a perfect relationship.
What qualities does he have that will make him a great husband?
Again, you know, he's very family oriented. I know he wants children. For me, it was the fact that he wants to adopt, and his sister, as well. And so that was a big factor that played well for my heart to hear.
What did you and the others do on your free time?
We did a lot of the typical girly things, hair, makeup. Just talked about family, our lives back home. A lot, a lot of Apples to Apples. (Inaudible) we did a lot of Apples to Apples games.
How hard was it hearing about other girls' dates, hearing about their feelings for Sean? Was it hard not to get jealous?