There's no stopping Sam Frost
I’m super tough on myself ... I’m trying to ease up
S am Frost is a survivor. In three years, she has been dumped by The Bachelor, survived the breakdown of her next relationship, and had her radio show axed. Now, she has just finished her first week on Hell’s Kitchen Australia … and it’s a ratings flop. But there’s still no stopping this girl-next-door.
“Being in the TV and media industry comes with a lot of negativity and a lot of criticism,” Frost tells BW magazine.
“You have two choices: you can let it consume you; or you can rise above it. It’s no secret last year I let it consume me.”
Frost made headlines in mid-2016, when online bullying about her personal life and criticism of her 2DayFM radio show with Rove McManus pushed her to make a desperate and very public cry for help.
“If you wanted to break me. Congratulations you have won,” she posted to Twitter.
It was a heartbreaking statement from a young woman thrust from the obscurity of working as a financial consultant for BMW into sudden celebrity. Without the tools to negotiate the fickle business of fame, it seemed the world that had created her had destroyed her just as easily. She suffered from depression and friends and family members voiced concerns.
“I’m super tough on myself,” says Frost. “I’m trying to ease up on that. I started 2017 and I thought, ‘This year, I’m going to be less critical of myself. I’m going to be kinder to myself.’ And I have been.”
There have been plenty of reasons to celebrate. Less than a month after her radio show was taken off-air, Frost announced she had a new gig on Home & Away.
Yet again, she copped criticism from those who believed the reality star had unfairly been given the role. But she says she auditioned just like everyone else.
“People get so caught up in criticising people’s career choices and it doesn’t even matter, it’s a job,” the 28-year-old says.
“What’s important is the thing you go through with your family.”
Frost’s Home & Away co-star Ada Nicodemou is quick to stick up for her castmate, who she was happy to welcome to the “family”.
“It’s a rigorous audition process to get through and she wouldn’t have made it if she couldn’t act,” Nicodemu says.
Frost credits her Melbourne-based family and network of friends — most of whom work in jobs far removed from the entertainment industry — for keeping her sane. “My brother’s a truck driver, we speak every day, and he always uses this truck analogy when I’m copping criticism,” says Frost.
“He says, when people have a go at me, it’s like when little cars toot their horns at trucks — they try and tell truckies how to drive — but they’ve never driven a truck before. And I think, ‘Yeah, that’s kinds like the media industry’ … I guess?”
And, after the heartbreak of Blake Garvey publicly ditching her for fellow Bachelor contestant Louise Pillidge and her next beau Sasha Mielczarek’s family ties to bikie gangs regularly landing the couple in the news, it seems Frost has finally found a drama-free romance in Dave Bashford — a navy lad, just like her dad.
“We were friends first and it just sort of happened,” she says. “He’s cute. He’s really supportive, it’s nice,” she says.
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