Canberra girl Sophie Pereira has gone on national television and travelled all the way to Far North Queensland looking for love on the rebooted version of Farmer Wants a Wife.
The 28-year-old client manager in the recruitment industry from Dickson seems, on the show, to be smitten with Farmer Sam, a third-generation tropical fruit farmer from Innisfail who has a close-knit Italian family.
Farmer Sam was equally taken with Sophie, choosing her for the first one-on-one date and even getting her to meet his mum over lasagne.
Sophie grew up in Aranda, attending the local primary school and then Lyneham High and Lake Ginninderra College. Her mum is a psychologist and her dad is a musician. When her parents separated, her dad moved to Gunning which gave her a taste of rural life.
"Dad had a couple of acres and we moved out there when I was nine. I've got a big family, lots of cousins, so we literally spent our days riding our bikes and exploring," she said, on Thursday.
"Dad didn't know where we were half the time and that was okay. It was awesome."
So, to Sam. During their first meeting on Farmer Wants a Wife , 28-year-old Sam laid on the charm, telling Sophie: "Honestly, when you walked through that door, I thought you must be an angel who fell from heaven. I'm not even jokin', ah?"
Sophie also told Sam she was half-Hungarian and her mother had taught her many traditional dishes.
"You'll never go hungry with me," she said.
Sam laughed: "Do you want to skip the date and just go get married now?".
The series was filed earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia and social distancing restrictions kicked in. Sophie can't say too much but says it's been a good experience. Is there a developing love story between her and Sam?
"There's a story with me and Sam and there's probably a story with one or two of the others as well," she said, enigmatically. "Some fun farm activities. And Sam's mum makes another appearance."
She chose to meet Sam because they seemed like similar people, always looking to the positive.
"We pretty much have the exact same sense of humour and that immediately made me feel comfortable with him," she said.
"There was just a lot of dad jokes, the occasional dirty joke and not everyone got that."
Sophie is just happy to be able to talk about being on the show.
"It's been so nice being able to share it with family and friends because everything had to be hush-hush, work didn't know about it," she said.
"My four best friends and I got together and we had a viewing party for the premiere. They bought all these snacks and cowboy hats and we had country music playing.
"They've been my biggest fans because I don't have Instagram or Facebook, so I don't know anything about what's going on there in terms of what people are posting. One of my friends, Lauren, is now a top fan on the Farmer Wants a Wife page because she keeps commenting."
A confessed old-soul, Sophie says she didn't miss not being on social media.
"You have so much more time when you're not on it," she said.
Sophie had never been further north than Noosa before but loved Innisfail and "being on a real farm for the first time".
"I actually love the climate up there, a lot wouldn't with 85, 95 per cent humidity but it was pretty nice listening to thunderstorms every night as you went to sleep," she said.
- Farmer Wants a Wife is on Prime7 on Sunday at 7pm.