WHO: Why did you decide to do something so hard?
Erin: I love that feeling of pushing myself physically and mentally. But this show almost broke me, too.
What were the breaking points for you?
I almost broke on the very first day. I had to fall backwards out of a helicopter and I landed face first horizontally. I blacked out underwater, lost sight in my left eye for a while and had two black eyes for five days. I felt like I almost died on day one! The physical side was tough but the mental side was hard, too. I existed in this heightened state of disbelief and terror all the way through it.
Will your kids watch you on the show?
My sons Evander, 5, and Ennio, 3, are a bit young, but my husband [English rapper and producer Example aka Elliot Gleave, 38] and I might record some episodes and show our eldest some bits. He already says “Mum is strong because she did SAS” though.
How hard was it to leave your kids at home for the three weeks for filming?
It was so hard but as soon as I got to the set and handed my phone in, I was like, “I’m in the zone.” It would’ve been harder if I’d been able to FaceTime them.
As a model, do you think you had to prove that you could hack it?
Maybe a little bit, but I also had preconceived ideas about some of the other recruits too, especially the sports stars.
How did you prepare?
I spoke to some guys who’d tried out for the real SAS and they said I’d need every bit of strength I had. So I bulked up by gaining something like 6kg. I don’t weigh myself but I reckon I definitely lost more during my time on the show, 7kg maybe?
Did you crave anything to eat?
I really missed sugar. All we had in our meagre rations was one mandarin per day. When I got home, I smashed about six Violet Crumbles. I dreamed about them.
Would you do something like this again?
As tough as it was, absolutely. I don’t want to get to 80 and feel like I haven’t tested myself. I’m really proud of what I achieved on this show.
SAS Australia airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Channel Seven