Domenica Calarco is determined to make friends in her latest reality TV appearance

The former MAFS bride is out to prove she's stronger than people think.
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After her time on Married At First Sight last year, you would think Domenica Calarco would be wary of signing up for another reality TV show.

Yet the Sydney-based makeup artist and now podcaster has packed her bags and headed into the African jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

She caught up with WHO as she was enjoying her last creature comforts for a while…

WATCH: Domenica Calarco talks MAFS cheating scandal on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Why did you say yes to I’m A Celeb

It’s going to be such a crazy adventure. I can’t wait. I’ve heard others who have done it say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done, so I want to challenge myself. But there’s also the charity aspect. My charity, The Leukaemia Foundation, is very close to my heart. I lost my uncle five years ago to a very rare form of blood cancer and this is my way to give back.  

Domenica is now in the jungle for ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ (Credit: Channel 10)

Have you been doing anything to get yourself prepped for the physical side? 

I’ve been drinking a little less coffee. I think I was a little relaxed in terms of training going in, but I’m trying to go easy on myself. More than anything it’s a mind game. I don’t think the physical side will be that much of a challenge, but I’ll miss my chocolate and baked ricotta cheesecake.

Do you think you’ll be able to keep it together? 

The emotions will be all over the place, but I just keep telling myself that I’m not the only one. Everyone is away from their loved ones, everyone is not sleeping in their own bed and missing their dog or their kids. I hope to go in there as strangers and leave as amazing friends. We are all in this together – it’s so different from the MAFS environment that I’ve come from.

Dom says she’s not one to shy away from drama. (Credit: Instagram)

So you’re at least hoping for a different experience from the one on MAFS?

That was pretty confrontational at times. I take every day as it comes and I think as things arise we will take it on as a team. But I’m not one to shy away from drama either. Regardless, it’s going to make for good TV.

Have you learnt to deal with confrontation a little better? 

Yes, I hope so! In my everyday life I don’t surround myself with people who pester me like that. I’m not expecting anything like that to happen to me in the jungle at all.

“People see me as a loose cannon…” (Credit: Instagram)

So how has your life changed since MAFS? 

It’s so different. I didn’t expect the opportunities and exposure that I got.

Do you think you’ll be underestimated? 

People see me as a bit of a loose cannon, but I think people are going to see a softer side of me and a competitive side.

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