“Well. I still don’t know!” she laughs. “They’ve asked me for the past couple of years and I’ve always said no because I’m too terrified of all of the things the show’s about.”
But she’s also a huge fan of the show – of reality TV generally. And at 46 – and decidedly less adventurous than she was 20 years ago – Warhurst felt like she needed a bit of a reset.
“I’ve built up a few anxieties over the years,” she says. “I felt like I needed to put myself in a situation where I have to face those fears.” As those fears include snakes, spiders, and heights, she’s heading to the right place. Understandably, she’s most worried about the challenges.
But – and this will surprise no one – the list of things she’s looking forward to is extensive. If Warhurst always struck you as a glass-half-full kind of gal, her attitude to this next adventure confirms the impression.
“I think putting a bit of faith in others [during the editing process] is something it’d be really good for me to do. Trusting that they will be kind. They’ll make me scream and vomit – but in a kind way.”
She’s unfazed by the prospect of being trapped in close confines with potentially very annoying people. Growing up, her family didn’t have much in the way of material things, so she’s comfortable living without luxuries. “I’m really looking forward to losing my phone. I know it sounds daggy, but just getting back to a bit of nature. Spending two weeks, minimum, camping in that beautiful place.” And there’s one other thing to look forward to. “Baboons! I love monkeys.”
Speaking of adorable animals, the charity she’s supporting is Pets of the Homeless, providing care for the pets of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. So that’s good!
Even the starvation rations have an upside. “I’m going to treat it like an enforced detox! Pretend I’ve paid a lot of money for it!”
But the whole food thing is an issue. The three things she’s planning to do before she leaves the country are eat as much pasta and cheese as she can. Have a long soak in the bath. And then eat some more. Cheese, mainly.
“And enjoy salt. Savoury flavours. Apparently salt is forbidden in camp, so I’m hoping Miguel – the one person we do know is going to be there – has some understanding of South African bush food. Actually, I might look that up! See if there are any foods we can eat that’ll add some savouriness to our food.”
See? It’s all going to be fine!
“I am still asking myself, ‘Why have I done this?’ But I’m also thinking how exciting. And how bonkers!” Of course she’s terrified, but that’s sort of the point. “I’m hoping this experience will help me feel like I can live my life for the next 30 years with the same courage – but also enthusiasm – as I did 20 years ago. This is the opportunity. To look forward without fear.”