PS: I think you said on The Project that after your kiss with Sasha, it all went downhill from there. Was that to throw everyone off?
Sam: Yep! [Laughs] I was high-fiving myself after I said that. I just impulsively said it! So many people were in the Sasha camp, I needed to throw them off! It was pretty fun, and Sash called me after that and was like, "It goes downhill from there, hey?" [Laughs]
PS: Did you find it hard to keep track of everything you'd said?
Sam: I think I kind of got into a rhythm, but I kept contradicting myself by accident. I was like, "Oh I haven't seen him since the show's aired," because I didn’t want people to start following me and figuring out who it is, but we were seeing each other every fortnight. But then the next week I'd say, "Yeah, we saw each other on the weekend," and I'd be like, "Damn it, I’ve already stuffed up."
PS: You know how you took that photo on the beach and everyone said that was Sasha's head in the corner? Was it?
Sam: It wasn't! It was my mate Eddie, I was with him last night. He was like, "Is my head famous?" There’s no way I would be allowed to go to the beach with Sash, especially a busy one!
PS: Back to the finale, was it hard to be on that date with Michael? Did you know at that stage you were into Sasha more?
Sam: Yeah, it was really difficult. I enjoyed Michael's company so much and we had the time of our lives. I was so appreciative of the fact that Michael was so open and honest and wore his heart on his sleeve. I think when you put that energy out there, you’re going to get it straight back, so that’s what attitude I had to get me through. But I knew where my heart was on that last date.
PS: Did you start feeling guilty when you were with Michael and kissing him?
Sam: A little bit. It was tough, because I'd think about Sash and think, "Oh the poor bugger," but you'd just have to go, "Ok, I’m with Michael at the moment and he deserves my time." Yeah.
PS: Throughout the season would you warn Sasha when there was a romantic scene with someone else coming up?
Sam: Yeah, yeah, I’d be like, "Oh, um, why don’t you turn off your TV right now?" [Laughs] But he would just have a bit of fun with it, he was such a superstar. I'm so grateful that he is so supportive — he's just like, "Well, I know you love me and I can tell how much you love me." He’s a goodie. I can imagine it would be so difficult for him but he's just been an absolute superstar and never complained once.
PS: He was my favourite interview over the season — he’s so lovely.
Sam: He’s so lovely. Everyone who meets him is like, "I just want to be your best friend," because he’s just such a great, funny guy and he loves everyone. He’s amazing.
PS: How hard was it to get rid of Richie and Michael? Did you find one harder than the other?
Sam: Ugh . . . You know what, I actually found Richie harder to say goodbye to. I think both of them were quite hard, let's be honest — it was evident on my face. With Richie, I just think the world of him. I think he truly deserves to just shine and he deserves happiness and love. He is an absolutely truly incredible person. I can't fault the guy, except that my heart was with someone else. I didn’t want to take Richie to the finale because I knew that I was going to end up with him [Sasha] and it wasn’t fair.