Besides the beautiful women in the show, there's another very important woman in the life of Marc Buckner, the hunky bachelor of the second season of The Bachelor SA: His mom, Jenny.
With the remaining two women who will now get the opportunity to meet Marc's parents in the penultimate episode, we asked Jenny about what Marc's looking for and find out and what she thought when he wanted to become the next bachelor.
What did you think of Marc's willingness to become the bachelor and try to find love in a TV show like The Bachelor SA?
Initially, I was very apprehensive. One has to be extremely brave to put yourself out there and to put your life out there. But after giving it much thought, I thought, maybe, who knows? Maybe this is Marc's opportunity to find the woman of his dreams. So his dad and I both eventually sat down and said well, this is Marc's journey, this is Marc's decision and we will support him and whoever he chooses – if he chooses someone.
What are the qualities that Marc is looking for in someone?
Someone sharing the same interests. He would like someone to travel with and also somebody who's true to themselves because Marc is very true to himself. And a happy, trusting person and mature.
What do you think helped with Marc's maturity – all the travelling or what did you instil in him as a parent?
Marc has been mature for his age from a very young age. He's spent so many years overseas but would be back for every family commitment because Marc's very family-orientated as well. But he has travelled the world extensively since he was very young and I think that contributes to that. He's had a very good role model in his grandfather as well. He's very similar to his late grandfather as well, they both had a love and passion for property, for investing, for building. They used to sit for hours on the phone, chatting about things and just in general about life.
Can you tell us a bit more about what Marc was like as a child?
Intelligent. Witty. He would spend most of his childhood years either in water or in the mountains – always with animals. He's a huge animal lover, the whole family is. And growing up as a teenager I think he came more into himself, and in connection with dating [she laughs] I think he left that until quite late in life. He was too busy exploring and climbing mountains!
At what age did he enter the modelling world, what advice did you give him, and what did you think when he entered that industry?
He started off with the modelling when he was very young – I think he was about 17 as he also did travelling. Then again, we gave him all the support that we could. It was a wonderful opportunity with all of the destinations that he was able to travel to. And of course anything Marc made financially, went straight into investing. Marc has been like that since he was about 12 years old. We gave him all the support we could because he's an individual and if that's his choice, we must support him.
What is Marc's best characteristic? Any pet peeves you can't stand?
His best I would say is that he is true to himself and he has been like that all his life. If there is something Marc does not agree on that goes against his grain, he will stand his ground. That for me, is the most fantastic quality that he has.
He will tell you himself that something that irritates me is that Marc is so spontaneous. If he wants to do something – I think you know I've travelled with him – I've experienced travelling through the jungles of Thailand with Marc. He will just say to me "Okay, we're going to do this", "Can't you do that?" and "Don't worry, I'm there to support you I will never let anything happen to you". He's just extremely spontaneous, and sometimes that does scare me a little bit.
Did you give him any advice before The Bachelor SA started about women and the process of dating on TV?
No, never, never. I've never interfered in any of Marc's relationships. I believe Marc knows exactly where he's going, he's an adult.
Is there anything you're particularly proud of when it comes to your son?
The way he has turned out the way he has. Such an awesome, wonderful human being who I am very, very proud of.
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The Bachelor SA season 2 airs Thursdays at 19:00 on M-Net (DStv 101)