Credit: Facebook Photo: Bachelorette Jillian at Extreme Makeover
Our favorite Season 5 Bachelorette, designer Jillian Harris, is now a full-time member of Ty Pennington's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team. Watch her in action on the two-part season premiere this Sunday, September 26 from 7 to 8 and then 8 to 9 p.m. on ABC. For the premiere, Jillian and crew head to to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope.

Cupcake Mag talks to Jillian about how she got this new gig and her emotional connection to the premiere:

How did you joining the team come about?

"After I came off Bachelorette,  I was asked by a few ABC exec’s what my next plan was. I said to get off TV! (laughs) I was in publicity overdrive and honestly just thought about going back to my old job and escaping all things TMZ and Us Weekly.  Someone asked me if there was ANYWAY I'd continue on, as a host or correspondent and I said no. And then I said the ONLY show I would ever do was Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — they soon called me up (I think completely separate from that conversation) and asked if I wanted to do a guest appearance. The guest appearance led to a full time gig and now I've landed the job of my dreams!"

Do you have a favorite episode so far?

"My favorite is probably the one coming up (the premiere). I was going through some really tough personal struggles in my life, and was losing someone I loved more than the world. I choked back tears the entire morning when we met the family. But when I heard one of the mama’s stories, about how she lost her husband — I broke down. It was a huge moment for me, to realize that life sometimes just isn't fair, and you can love someone your whole life and STILL lose them ... Forever! It was one of those pivotal moments for me, especially for the struggles I had been going through, that as sad as I was, I knew I had a good life and lots of time ahead of me, it was important for me to be strong for this family and remember that I have an opportunity to give them love and support. I left that episode feeling so excited about my opportunities and life!"

Do you think Jillian is talking about losing Ed Swiderski, her former fiance and chosen one at the end of The Bachelor? They split a few months ago. Check out the full interview for design tips from Jillian and details on what it's like to tape Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Source: Cupcake Mag