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Laura Roberts, right, is back home visiting her mother Fiordisa Roberts, in Sarnia after appearing on the television reality show, Big Brother Canada. The judicial clerk grew up in Sarnia and now lives and works in Calgary. Somebody had to be first.

Sarnia-native Laura Roberts became the first cast member voted out on the latest season of the reality show, Big Brother Canada.

The 26-year-old judicial clerk, who now lives in Calgary, was back home in Sarnia this week spending time with relatives following her stint in the Canadian version of the show, where strangers are placed together in a “house” built on a TV set with the aim of winning $100,000 for being the last one standing.

“It was hard,” Roberts said about being the first voted out in the episode broadcast Thursday. “Nobody wants to be the first to go.”

Roberts was born in Sarnia and went to St. Christopher Catholic high school and Lambton College before moving at age 21 to Calgary, where works as a clerk with the regional court.

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A friend she works with is a big fan of the show and urged Roberts to try out at auditions held in Calgary in the fall.

“On a whim, I was just, like, ‘OK, maybe I’ll go and meet some people and see what’s going on,’” Roberts said. “It kind of just took off from there.”

There were a long process of auditions and interviews leading up to the start of the taping for the show in Toronto.

Roberts said the show requires contestants to keep some details of the production “under wraps,” but she did say the amount of time she spent in the house was longer than it seemed when the episodes began appearing.

“The show’s very much about different personalities kind of being together,” she said. “I definitely had more of that type-A kind of personality – out there, a little more eccentric.”

Roberts said having to stay put in the house was the hardest part of the experience.

“You can’t just get in your car and drive away when you’re frustrated,” she said. “You have to just sit there and deal with it, really.”

Roberts said she had to keep her involvement in the show quiet, and many of her friends were surprised to learn she was in the cast.

“When she first contacted me and told me she was going to be on the show, I thought she was pulling a prank on me,” said her mother, Fiordisa Roberts.

After being convinced it was real, Roberts said she was excited for her daughter.“This is just right up her alley,” she said. “She’s a spitfire.”Roberts said she learned a lot from the “once-in-a-lifetime” experience and has no regrets.“Nothing in my everyday life ever indicated I would ever be on television,” she said.Roberts said being nominated and voted off at the start was “the luck of the draw” and a reflection of her relationship with the cast member who made the nominations.“He just didn’t like me, unfortunately, and there were a couple of other things that sort of led to that,” she added.Roberts said she will be rooting for Kailyn Archer, who was one of her allies on the show.“I want my girl Kailyn to take it home.”pmorden@postmedia.com Trending in Canada

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