Samantha Steffen, a 27-year-old Carmel High School graduate, will appear on “The Bachelor.” The ABC show starts this season at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5. She will be one of 30 contestants vying for Chris Soules’ attention in Season 19 of the reality dating show. Steffen, a 5-foot-5 fashion designer, is the daughter of Mala and Joseph Steffen. The Steffen family lived in Carmel but now have a home in Noblesville. Steffen lives in Los Angeles with her 3.5-pound teacup Maltese. She came in seventh in the Miss California USA Pageant. One of her projects was going to Africa to dig wells for clean water. Her uncle, Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO of 5-Hour Energy, devotes 90 percent of his profits to charity. Bhargava was born in India and moved to the U.S. at age 14.
Q and A with Sammi:
Can’t live without: My family, Kallie (my 3.5 pound Teacup Maltese), friends, lip gloss, chocolate
Biggest date fear: Dating someone who is selfish and arrogant
I love it when my date acts like a gentleman. I hate it when my date does nothing but talk about himself.
Do you consider yourself neat or messy?
Neat to a fault — drives me crazy if my house isn’t neat.
Are you a little bit country or more of a city person?
Both! I grew up more in the country, but have lived in New York City and Los Angeles for the past 4.5 years. Eventually the country might be better as it may be a better environment to raise a family.
Do you consider yourself a romantic? If so why, or why not?
Yes because I enjoy romantic situations like candlelit dinners, sunsets, being cozy, holding hands, etc.
How important is your family’s approval to you when it concerns dating a certain someone, and why?
My family’s approval means everything to me because they are the most important people in my life and they are smart about what’s good for me and we value each other’s opinions. I believe when you marry someone, you are also marrying their family.
Questions and answers provided by ABC television network. Steffen is not to conduct interviews until the show is complete.