Catherine Giudici applied to be on The Bachelor back in 2012 in hopes of finding her husband.
At the time, Catherine wasn’t sure if she had a chance, as she didn’t think Sean Lowe would have an interest in her.
However, Catherine ended up being the woman for Sean, and he proposed to her at the end of the season. The two would later get married.
Even though Sean and Catherine have since become the prime example that The Bachelor franchise process works, Catherine is now speaking out about her feelings.
On Instagram, she revealed that she thought she was cast on the show to check a box.
Catherine Giudici says she felt she was checking a box
Catherine felt she was being cast on the show because The Bachelor had to ensure they were representing every race. She didn’t feel she stood a chance and believed she wasn’t what Sean was looking for.
Of course, she couldn’t have been more wrong.
“When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the faces that represented people of color,” Catherine wrote on her Instagram post.
“I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino. I counted myself out to be his fiancée because of what I assumed Sean liked. I thought I was there just to check a box, but I ended up with so much more.”
Catherine brings this up now because race has played a significant role in The Bachelor franchise and the country over the past month.
Hannah Brown recently issued a lengthy apology after muttering the n-word while singing a rap song just two weeks before her apology.
A few days later, George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, starting a whole movement to bring attention to police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In The Bachelor franchise, Rachel Lindsay has been a voice for people of color, saying that she thinks the franchise could do much better in casting people of color.
Many fans pointed to the fact that they could have cast Mike Johnson as The Bachelor last year instead of Peter Weber.
Rachel recently revealed that she is embarrassed that The Bachelor franchise rarely picks people of color to participate in the show.
Catherine Giudici is currently married with kids
Even though Catherine claims she counted herself out of The Bachelor, she won. She’s now married to Sean, and they have three children together.
The couple recently welcomed their first daughter to the family, as Catherine gave birth to little Mia in late 2019. She joins Samuel and Isaiah.
Catherine shares photos regularly on her social media of her family and her life after The Bachelor.
The Bachelor is currently on hiatus.