The anticipation of meeting the Bachelor for the first time is enough to make any woman nervous. But when Cass pulled up to The Bachelor Australia mansion and recognised her ex-boyfriend Nick Cummins, she was stunned.
"Seeing him standing there, I was completely shocked," the 23-year-old tells TV WEEK.
The accountancy commerce student from Sydney's northern beaches says she first met Nick (inset above) at a bar in Manly before realising they had mutual friends.
"We both live around Manly, a couple of his best friends are my football coaches and we go to the same gym as well," she explains.
"So we were just always around each other."
The pair dated for a short time, but things didn't work out.
"We went on a few dates and we got along really well," Cass reveals. "But with his busy schedule and mine, it was always the wrong timing."
It's not the first time a woman has arrived at the mansion to discover a familiar face. Laura Byrne won over Matty Johnson in his season of The Bachelor after crossing paths before the show started filming.
Meanwhile, Stu Laundy arrived as an intruder on The Bachelorette, after trying to set up a date with Sophie Monk for a long time. He eventually won her over on the hit show.
But Cass was unsure if her history with Nick would work in her favour, as it has in previous seasons.
"On the first night, I was being asked if I thought it was an advantage, but I had no idea," she recalls. "I thought he might want to get to know the 24 other girls because he already knows me.
Regardless of their past, Cass was relieved to see Nick.
"I was pretty happy it was him," Cass says. "I already have a history with him, and we have a good connection."
The Bachelor Australia premieres Wednesday at 7:30pm on Network Ten. To learn more about the 25 new Bachelorettes vying for Nick Cummins' heart, click here.