Blonde beauty Tiffany Scanlon, 29, scored the very first rose on this season of The Bachelor, so she quickly became one of the front runners in the competition. Fast forward a week, though, and Tiffany's shock elimination has proven that this is really anyone's game — and there's simply no telling which way Bachelor Richie Strahan is going to go.
We chatted to Tiffany ahead of her elimination episode and found her to be a straight-up legend. She had us in stitches as she explained how her choice of conversation might've been the nail in her Bachelor coffin, and we loved hearing her take on the entire show. Scroll to read!
POPSUGAR Australia: I can't believe you left, I'm so surprised! How did your elimination come about, do you think?
Tiffany: I can't believe that I left either, I was also extremely surprised. Yeah, I guess that it's probably something to do with me talking about vomiting and making vomit angels [laughs]. Um, might not be the best thing to talk to a guy about to build romantic feelings. After the group date, my group won so we had extended time with Richie, and during my very brief conversation with him we were talking about how in rose ceremonies I feel really nervous. [I told him] I want to have that Pitch Perfect moment where the girl throws up . . . And obviously he didn't really like that. I probably pushed myself into the friend category.
PS: Did you get any sort of explanation from Richie?
Tiffany: Nah! He called me a bright spark [laughs] and then I said my goodbyes! I have no idea what reason he'd give. I'll just have to settle on the fact that he thought the chemistry wasn't there and he thought that he could make better connections with the other girls.
PS: It's been a while now since that all happened — how do you feel looking back on it?
Tiffany: Well I've spent the past three months travelling overseas, so I've been having a sweet time while everyone else was locked up in the mansion [laughs].
PS: So there was no heartbreak or anything like that?
Tiffany: No, I don't think I was there long enough to be invested in him in anyway. While I would have loved to have had a date with Richie to get to know him better, I made the most of the time I was there.
PS: When you met Richie, did you feel a connection and did he seem like someone you could be with?
Tiffany: I didn't have as instant a chemistry as some of the other girls had. Even watching, you can see how strongly Nikki and Alex and Megan and Olena had that instant chemistry with him. I also believe that you can create chemistry and I've never been . . . I think there's a bit of a skill involved, to be able to create chemistry with someone. I didn't go in there with a plan to create chemistry, it was either going to be there or it wasn't. I think some girls were probably better at making it happen than I was. I'm learning, I'm learning from watching the show! I'm like, "Oh, maybe I should have been more touchy-feely and complimented him." But I was as true to myself as I could be.
PS: How do you feel about the entire experience? Did you love it, did you hate it, would you do it again?
Tiffany: I would do it again . . . I wish that I had known the things going into it that I know now. I probably wouldn't talk about vomiting [laughs]. I was definitely like, "Why did I do that?" I kind of forgot that I was supposed to try and impress him and date him. I was just having fun.
PS: But that's good!
Tiffany: Yeah, but obviously in that environment it doesn't work. There are definitely things I would do differently but I would never not do the experience because I made some awesome friends and I had a lot of fun.
PS: Who were your closest friends in the house?
Tiffany: 100 percent, Megan's like my best friend. We've got a friendship for life now. And even though I wasn't as close to a lot of the other girls as I was with Megan, I'm going to be friends with all of those girls. We shared an experience that nobody else but us will experience.
PS: Were there any girls in particular that you clashed with?
Tiffany: I didn't really clash with anyone! Even Keira and I got along, we'd cook good food together and she'd run barre classes for us. I don't know, it's frustrating watching the show now because I can see people behaving a bit differently on camera to what they were off camera. Maybe as the show goes on that'll come across a bit more — I'll be keen to watch and see.
PS: It must be so fun to watch it and have been inside it — but you still get all the surprises.
Tiffany: Yeah, I'm so surprised!I'm always like, "I don't think that happened in that order or that person said that about that girl." Everything is very edited and very manipulated in the way that things are shown.
PS: Did you know that Nikki had kissed Richie?
Tiffany: No! [Laughs] I sent her a text message and was like, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!" as soon as they showed that. She kept that from everyone! I was defending her in the house as well, I was like, "Nup, she wouldn't lie." Her conviction was so strong on that, I was like, "She's telling the truth." She definitely covered that up well but good on her! Megan was a bit devo, she was like, "I thought I got the first kiss!" [Laughs]
PS: What can you tell us about Alex?
Tiffany: Um, look. I think that she was just very keen. I think that she's one of those people who's very good at creating chemistry with men; she's maybe a bit of a seductress.
PS: She's very flirty, she's got those flirty eyes.
Tiffany: She is very flirty. Both of those are foreign skills to me [laughs]. I guess we're just very different. She's very self-assured and I think that we're just extremely different people. I think that her heart . . . She's a nice girl, but I'll be interested to see how she comes across for the rest of the show on camera.
PS: That's interesting. What about Olena? Everyone's kind of obsessed with Olena.
Tiffany: Oh, I can't blame everyone — I'm obsessed with Olena! They cut out so much of the stuff I said in my interviews about Olena [laughs]. They were like, "How would you feel if Richie kissed Olena?" and I was like, "Richie got to kiss Olena?!" [Laughs] Seriously, I had a massive girl crush on her. She could roll out of bed and she'd look perfect. She's even better in person than on camera! If she doesn't get a movie made about her in outfit, like, I don't know. And she's a gorgeous person inside and out.
PS: She was so lovely when we interviewed her, I remember thinking "I hope that stays consistent!"
Tiffany: She is, she's so consistent. And that's the thing, the consistency and authenticity are hard things to come by, but what you see with Olena is definitely what you get.