RISE UP

There's no stop­ping Sam Frost

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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.

Sam Frost­with­ros­ton­setwith Home & Away cast­mate Ada Ni­code­mou.ode­mou. Pic­tures: Dy­lan Robin­son

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