For many they remember Catherine Lowe as one part of their favorite bachelor success story, Sean and Catherine. She is even more than just that cheerful, sweet, optimistic woman that won America’s hearts in Season 17 of the Bachelor.
She is still madly in love with the man who gave her that final rose and together they have recently added to their family with the birth of their son. She lives in Dallas and even owns her own company, a stationery company called LoweCo. I’m so excited to share an interview I was able to do with Catherine that will help you get to know her even more.
Check out Catherine’s Q&A below!
Where did you grow up?
I was born on the east coast but I grew up in Seattle in the same house my mom grew up. Between our house and our family’s house next door, there were 8 kids, two sets of parents and my grandma. I grew up with my big family surrounding me in a neighborhood that supplied the perfect backdrop for fun.
What was your family like?
Loud. (To give you perspective, we had two televisions and the radio on at all times.)
Tell me about your first crush.
Oh I was into boys since I was out the womb. I started playing soccer when I was 3 on an all boys team in Washington, D.C. and had a crush on one of my teammates. My mom told me I gave him a kiss during practice one day. I GOT GAME!
What were you involved in growing up?
I was a tomboy for the majority of my adolescence so sports were huge for me. I went to Nate McMillan basketball camp, played soccer, even football before I was 13. My sisters and I also did a lot of dance and art classes. My mom was really good about allowing us to try anything we wanted.
What did you do after high school?
I went to Washington State University to pursue a degree in advertising and fine arts. My goal was to learn the skills to work at a lifestyle publication, preferably fashion. During my four years, I worked at the school newspaper designing ads so I could be familiar with design programs but only after I spent two years working at the cafeteria. I loved both jobs for different reasons 🙂
What did you do prior to The Bachelor/The Bachelorette?
Immediately before I went on The Bachelor, I was just a normal gal living near my mom taking the bus to my design job at Amazon. I went to concerts, reviewed vegan restaurants and walked around the city. A lot.
What/Who inspired you to go on The Bachelor/TheBachelorette?
My married best friend watched Ashley’s season and was so obsessed with her JP that she thought she’d sign me up to find my own JP. (Side note: I was dating someone at the time she didn’t like) Against my wishes, she put my picture and information on their website to start the journey. A couple months later, a rep called me on my lunch and asked if they could email me some more info, I was flattered, said yes but I knew receiving an email wouldn’t automatically put me in the running. I called the guy to tell him how ridiculous it was that they asked and he said “You should do it.”
What would you say the hardest part of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette was for you?
The hardest part of The Bachelor was being away from Sean for the week or two he was in Thailand with the other girls before I had my first date overseas with him. To be completely honest, it surprised me how I wasn’t jealous at all of the other girls but I missed him when I wasn’t with him. But the process wasn’t hard and being away from reality wasn’t either. It was a fun adventure!
I see that you are good friends with an array of Bachelor alum. What would you say was the best friendship you the show gave you?
Easy. Lesley Murphy. We were inseparable during filming and I loved her before I fell in love with Sean.
What was your favorite memory from the show?
So many memories were wonderful but I would say the one that sticks out is one they didn’t show. After the cocktail party that we shared our first kiss (and the rose ceremony that followed), Sean had stayed in the mansion to do some more interviews on camera and I spotted him while getting ready for bed. I wasn’t supposed to see him but when I did I raced to hug him—toothbrush in hand—and tackled a producer on the way. That was really special because I was completely myself and wanted him to know I was still on cloud nine from our kiss and craved more of him.
What did you do after the show?
After I got back from the show, I spent a lot of time with family and went right back to the job I had at Amazon. It was so bizarre because it felt like the whole thing was a strange dream.
Was it hard to adjust back to everyday life?
Yes, absolutely. I didn’t have a ring on my finger and barely got to see my new fiance. Also, I had to be really secretive — so not me!— with everyone so I kind of turned into a shell of my former self. It wasn’t very fun.
Did your friends or family treat you differently after the show?
None of my closest loved ones treated me differently after the show. It was the acquaintances that became weird.
Is there anything you would do differently if you were able to do the show over again?
What do you do now? Tell me about your current job/business venture.
I currently live in Dallas with my little family and own a stationery company called LoweCo. I started the luxury paper goods company because of my love for design, paper products and irreverent sayings. We sell to local stores and online at goloweco.com.
Tell me about your love life now.
I’m in love with two guys.
Do you have any hobbies?
Anything to do with food! And watching TV series and movies at home with the family. That’s my happy place.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Reese’s sticks and Snapped.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Greece or Italy. It’s happening soon, I feel it.
What’s your most prized possession?
What is your favorite song right now?
You Know You Like It by DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge
What is your all-time favorite movie?
What’s your go-to meal?
Lately it’s been triscuits, string cheese and smoked deli turkey. I call it “grown up lunchables”. It’s sad.
What’s something everyone should do at least once in their life?
Travel to a third world country and donate your time to people in need.
How do you like to relax and wind down after a long day?
I am a homebody. I don’t think I’ve ever had cabin fever so relaxing at home with my family watching a good movie or series is my heaven.
What’s a quote or saying you live by?
When I was young, my dad said “You’ll suffer the consequences” which made me realize that doing stupid things wouldn’t be worth it and made me responsible for my decisions. It sounds like my dad was harsh (which was the complete opposite) and that I was scared as a kid to do anything fun or wrong (which wasn’t the case) but I just knew no one would be responsible for what I did.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
When Sean and I were doing press before our wedding, Keltie Knight told us to not let go of each other’s hands after we’d been announced husband and wife. It was the best advice I’d heard and I pass it along to all soon to be couples.
Do you have any advice for the single ladies and gentlemen that may be reading this article?
Know that the person you want to share your life with is a gift, a supplement to your life so don’t forget about yourself. You have to appreciate your life without your partner so if things don’t work out, you aren’t empty. You have worth.