The former professional hockey player, who’s tipped to win Bachelor Matty’s heart, had only been in two long-term relationships prior to appearing on the show.
When the show’s casting producers contacted the full-time athlete asking her to be a contestant this season, Elise jumped at the chance.
“It was hard to meet people as an athlete – all day, every day, I was training,” Elise, 30, explains to TV WEEK.
“I had to be a bit selfish. I was on tour a lot. Now the priorities are on finding someone I love and loves me back,” she smiles.
Of being labelled the show’s “dark horse”, Elise admits it was all part of her plan.
“I was quite happy to stay under the radar until now,” she explains. “And I’m so excited for people to see how Matty and I are together.
“We both feel like, ‘Why didn’t this happen earlier? It’s been a nice surprise’.”
Despite her strong feelings towards Matty now, Elise says she did think about leaving the mansion at one stage.
“My intention going into this was to find someone I could fall in love with, not be in a reality TV show – that was secondary for me,” she says.
“I did think, ‘What’s the point if I don’t engage in drama?’ It’s not who I am. If he doesn’t notice me because I sit back, then so be it.”
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Now To LoveDec 05, 2019