Meredith Phillips

03/10/2004 at 03:21 PM EST

What advice do you have for others who might be considering signing up for The Bachelorette?
You really have to be ready for it. It's a lot to handle. The schedule is really tough and you have to really be ready mentally and physically and get a lot of rest if you're even considering it.

What was an average day like while shooting the show?
It would start very early in the morning and go usually until two in the morning. It's a lot. Doing the pre-interviews, doing b-roll (footage) – the dates are long, but there's also the interviews before you go on the date, in the middle of the date and then after the date. It's constant documenting about what's going on.

Do you and Ian ever watch any other reality TV shows together?
No, we don't. We don't really get a chance to watch much TV.

Do you still talk to Matthew Hickl (the runner-up)?
No, we haven't talked after the final rose.

He's been getting quite a bit of sympathy from people like Ellen DeGeneres. What do you make of that?
Anything that's going to help him out. Sometimes talking about it helps.

Is acting in your future?
No acting for me. I got a little bit of a taste having cameras around all the time. You really have to love that stuff, otherwise I would eventually be a very bitter person.

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