ONCE behind the counter at Bathurst's favourite ice-cream parlour, Heidi Anderson can now say she’s scooped together icy choc-chip treats for Big Brother.
The Bathurst product is a housemate in this year's edition of the hit reality television series. After almost three weeks in the house, she has faced Big Brother’s many twists and turns, as well as a shock nomination for elimination.
And while she’s safe for now, her family is calling on Bathurst to get behind her.
“Heidi went to school and uni here, and has worked in a few different places, so a lot of people here know her as the bright, bubbly, talkative girl she is,” mum Kim Anderson said.
“Big Brother is not everyone’s cup of tea but because they know her it makes it fun. I've actually become a bit of an addict and Heidi’s 93-year-old nan is heavily into it too - they're very close. It’s her new soapie: The Heidi Soapie.”
As well as donning an apron at her mum's George Street cafe, Country Coffee, Heidi has worked at the Knickerbocker Hotel, Simplot and Annie’s Ice Cream Parlour.
“Heidi used to work at Annie’s - her experience there came in handy in Big Brother’s ice-cream shop challenge,” Kim laughed.
She said she was excited and proud of her daughter who first auditioned for the show when she was 18. Now 29, Heidi is an accomplished radio announcer in Newcastle.
“I’m very proud of her and very excited for her. She's been a fan of the show since the first season and she always said she’d love to have the opportunity to experience it,” Kim said.
“I think she’ going really well. I think she’s being the real Heidi, she’s boisterous and she’s fun-loving and a bit larger than life. She’s happy to do all the fun things and she's willing to laugh at herself.”
While Heidi has a boyfriend on the outside, Kim believes she has struck up some solid friendships with the boys in the house.
“Especially Ed, Drew and Tim,” she said.
“Tahan would frustrate her because she keeps complaining about not having a hairdryer.”
Whoever is left standing after 100 days in the house will walk away with a $250,000 cash prize.
“It would be great to see Heidi win, but she’s really got no control over it because the game has so many elements of luck and chance,” Kim said.
“Just the experience will be great. Fingers crossed she stays around for a while longer, she's entertaining to watch!”