You know she’s a germaphobe with a fear of heights and a “gangsta” side. You know she was matched to her brother in an online dating site and kind of forced Ben Flajnik into the first kiss of The Bachelor Season 16. But what else do you know about 27-year-old Emily O'Brien? Grab some sanitizer and read on for five factoids about the new (now-eliminated) Emily of The Bachelor.
1. She was a psychology major at Duke University
Hence her quick Episode 3 diagnosis that Courtney Robertson – the contestant who most gets under her skin this season – has social problems and a personality disorder. It’s funny ‘cause Ali Fedotowsky was also a psychology major (at Clark University) and she clashed with Vienna Girardi on Jake Pavelka’s Season 14 in kind of a similar way... and it was friend-less Vienna who made it to the end. Hmm. Also, in her ABC bio, Emily named "East of Eden" as her favorite book because “It's such a perfect story of good and evil and an amazing examination of human psychology.” Double hmm...
2. She coulda been a Bachelorette contender
When Reality Steve “spoiled” some of Ben’s bachelorettes in November, he wrote, “When I was informed about Emily over a month ago, it was told to me she is ‘this season’s Ames [Brown],’” Steve wrote, “Smart, attractive, well liked, and most definitely a front runner. Had no idea what an Epidemiologist was until I googled it. Easily one of the smarter women they’ve ever cast. Not hard to figure out if Ben doesn’t pick her, you might wanna pencil her in for the next Bachelorette.” Well, yes, but... wrong Emily!
3. She’s a weekend stroke warrior
On The Bachelor, Emily is billed as a PhD student studying epidemiology. She’s reportedly from Charlotte (like Emily Maynard) but she’s now studying at the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in N.C. If you have time, why not read Emily's research article, "Stroke Mortality, Clinical Presentation and Day of Arrival: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study," published last year. Here's the background:
Recent studies report that acute stroke patients who present to the hospital on weekends have higher rates of 28-day mortality than similar patients who arrive during the week. However, how this association is related to clinical presentation and stroke type has not been systematically investigated.
As impressive and fascinating as that is, she was smart enough not to talk stroke on her first date with Ben in Episode 3. (Buzz kill!)
4. She loves to dance
In her ABC bio, she’s asked, “Do you like to go out dancing? If yes, what is your preferred type of dancing?” Emily answered, “Yes. I like to 'drop it like it's hot.' I try to replicate some zumba routines on the dance floor and usually end up getting made fun of.” So, she’s no Ashley Hebert on the dance floor but points for putting yourself out there!
5. She has a history of calling people out
In Episode 4, we’re going to see Emily talk to Ben about Courtney’s attitude and it sounds like this won’t be the first time she goes public with what she considers unacceptable behavior. In her ABC bio, she completed the sentence “I hate it when my date...” with “Uses a coupon to bring the bill down to $4.32, then tips the waitress 67 cents. You know who you are.” Skinflint!! Maybe he can hang out with Lindzi Cox’s ex in Dumpsville.