10 Things You Didn’t Know About Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris
Ever since she first appeared on season 13 of The Bachelor, fans have watched Jillian Harris go from reality TV contestant, to first Canadian Bachelorette, to HGTV host and finally now a blogger with an entire lifestyle brand, wife-to-be and new mom to her son Leo George Tiziano Pasutto! In addition to her Bachelor fame, Harris has also appeared on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Love It or List It Vancouver for four seasons. She and her fiance, former professional snowboard Justin Pasutto just recently starred in their own four-part docu series on W Network and even though they’ve shared plenty about their lives with fans, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Jillian Harris!
10. West Coast Girl
Jillian Harris is one of Canada’s most beloved celebrities. Throughout her fame and fortune she’s stuck true to her roots and has never ventured far from Canada’s west coast. She was born and raised in Peace River, Alberta, and lived there for nearly 20 years until she moved to Calgary and then eventually Vancouver in order to pursue her dream as an interior designer. She recently moved to Kelowna, B.C., with her fiance, Justin Pasutto in order to be closer to her family. The two bought an older home, renovated it and travel back and forth between Kelowna and Vancouver for work.
9. How She Became a Designer
In a Q&A with Vancouver Sun, Harris talked about how she got into interior design. “I worked as a sales person [at Caban]. I also waitressed at Cactus Club. Designers used to come in (to Caban) and I’d be in awe of them…So I started a little company on the side giving design consultations….my boss, Scott Morison, founder and co-owner of Cactus Club, caught wind I was doing this and he offered me a job to be his assistant and help design restaurants…I took the year-and-a-half interior design program at BCIT. That was 2006. I started working for Scott again on his new venture, Browns. I was the project manager and designer and graphic designer for him for two years,” she said. Harris’ mother also owned a few home decor and design stores, so as a kid she developed an interest in decorating.