‘Bachelorette‘ Jillian Harris is back in front of the cameras again. But this time it’s for a cause that hits home for her on a professional level: She’ll be appearing this Sunday on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘ to help design a home for an Oklahoma family in need.
Being a designer herself, the 30-year-old Canadian says she was floored when she was asked to be on the show. “After ‘The Bachelorette,’ I went through shock because it was too much attention. Being on ‘Extreme Makeover’ was 180 degrees different–not that my experience on ‘The Bachelor’ was negative–it’s just all the pressure and the attention is on you. With ‘Extreme,’ all the attention is on the family you’re trying to help and making a difference,” she says.
But being able to participate on the feel-good show didn’t just fulfill a professional dream; to Jillian’s surprise, it ended up touching her in an emotionally profound way. “After you go on a national television show, fall in love, have your heart broken in front of millions of people, do it again, go through a roller coaster, get engaged, and go through a tabloid storm–you become a little numb to things that used to excite you,” she confesses. “After that week with ‘Extreme,’ I just felt like ‘the old Jill is back.’”
Along with having her fiance, Ed Swiderski, in her life, she says she discovered a newfound gratitude and perspective on where she wants to focus her energy: “Philanthropy, family, friends, fashion, design, and Ed–those are things I’m passionate about.”
On Monday we watched Ed and Jillian well-wish ‘Bachelor’ bride and groom, Molly Melaney and Jason Mesnick, into the show’s history as the second couple to tie-the-knot. So will there be a third wedding coming soon? The down-to-earth brunette says that although they haven’t decided on a private or public wedding yet, expect it “to be awesome” and “wicked.”
While Jillian has full confidence in her future with Ed, she doesn’t seem to feel the same way about the latest ‘Bachelor’ pairing of Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, as quoted in Life & Style. However, she tells us she was disappointed that the magazine left out her additional comments: “I was always rooting for Tenley–I told Jake and Vienna that. But there is something about Vienna that makes Jake more relaxed and more at ease and goofier, which I think he needed.”
There’s no mistake on how the former ‘Bachelorette’ feels about new ‘Bachelorette’ Ali Fedotowsky. “I think she’s going to be the best ‘Bachelorette’ ever because she’s a little bit of all of us. She’s the girl next door like I was, she’s got a fire behind her like DeAnna, she’s cute and fun and bubbly like Trista–she’s a combination of all the Bachelorettes. I don’t want to blow smoke up anybody’s butt, but I think she was a great choice,” she admits.