TV’s Sarah-Jane Crawford is a seasoned pro when it comes to the art of presenting, but more recently you may have seen her starring in E4’s hit show ‘Celebs Go Dating’. This week I caught up with the London beauty to get her thoughts on all things dating and relationships and even found out the surprising story behind her teen crush.
Hi Sarah, so you’ve recently finished your stint on Celebs Go Dating, was it difficult having your private life put under such public scrutiny for the duration of the show? I hated it at first, I felt totally cringed out to think people would watch me discussing issues I’d usually keep out of the public eye. BUT, it was actually a great experience and it was needed as I was way too caught up in worrying what people think of me when actually nobody really cares. I’ve learned to just crack on with life and do as I please.
Online Dating: curse or convenience? I’ve never tried but I have close friends, family and even one of my agents who have all found love online and some are married with kids, so yes, not just convenience but a gift in this current climate.
What are the key qualities you look for in a partner? Someone who is authentic – this is so important to me as I can smell bullsh*t from a mile off. Someone ambitious and focused, charismatic, funny, comfortable in their own skin and kind-hearted – not much haha.
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self? Don’t react, always respond. Take a moment to consider whether your emotions are clouding your better judgement. Also, trust in the universe and relinquish control and know faithfully that whatever is meant for you will not pass you by.
Any strange fan mail? The obvious body parts get DM’d to me – ugh. Other than that just people reaching out trying to be sweet asking for dates. Girls are usually so lovely and share that I may have inspired them in some way which which is always so nice.
Teen crush? Edward Furlong from Terminator 2, Tyson Beckford who’s now a friend which is hilarious and Trevor Nelson, who ended up as my work colleague so the law of attraction worked well for me haha.
What’s your idea of the perfect date? Not the zoo, not rock climbing and nothing too manic haha. I just enjoy one of those days or evenings that go on for hours since you both get on so well.
Any deal-breakers? Someone with a terrible temper who can’t control it and people who can never apologise. Also, fame-seekers or social climbers – via their girlfriend.
Do you think people put too much pressure on themselves to meet the one, ultimately leading them to meet ‘the wrong one’? Oh for sure. When you are under pressure for whatever reason you act in ways that don’t really suit the real you. Don’t be desperate, trust in the universe.
Any dating horror stories? When I was about 17, a guy took me for dinner and tried to pay with fake money – I mean the queen was smiling on the note. Needless to say I didn’t answer any more of his calls.
Looks vs personality? A bit of both is key, but I’d rather date a funny and confident 6 out of 10, than a wet drip 9 and a half!
Does being in the public eye make you wary of people wanting to date you for your fame as opposed to who you are as a person? It never used to feel that way, but these days yes.
Do you think our perception of love changes as we get older? Definitely. Love yourself first and then it opens you up to a better standard of relationship.
What’s next for Sarah-Jane Crawford? I’ve just co-hosted another series of World’s Strongest Man for Channel 5, which airs over Christmas and New Year. I’m also releasing my vegan app VIAPPI which is a veggie and vegan restaurant finder and recipe database available from January next year. People can register at www.viappi.co.uk to be made aware of the exact release date and stay in the loop.