After going through back-to-back intense seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelorette again in our year 2021, perhaps you were hoping for a break. Well, LOL, that of course did not happen because Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor premiered just a few weeks after Michelle Young’s season wrapped. Even though we officially met all of Clayton’s contestants on the January 3 premiere, it’s time to get to know the girls even better—specifically, Serene Russell because
rumor spoiler has it that she’s a real contender.
On that note, please be advised that there *are* some extremely major spoilers in this article, but they aren’t coming at you until the end, so no need to panic-close this tab yet. Till then, let’s get acquainted with some non-spoiler-y Serene facts, shall we?
Serene Is a Professional Model
Even though Serene teaches elementary students by day, the 26-year-old is also a professional model and is casually signed with Wilhelmina Denver and the Tabb Agency. According to The Sun, she’s from Oklahoma City, so this modeling gig definitely makes sense:
She’s a Former Sorority Gal
Most of Serene’s Instagram pics are modeling shots, but if you scroll back far enough (which we did, obviously), there are lots of pics from her Sigma Kappa sorority days at UCO.
She Has a Pet Cat
And his name is truly legendary. Are you ready? According to her ABC bio fun facts, Serene’s kitty's name is: Leonardo DiCATprio! We love a woman who can come up with a good cat pun. The rest of her ABC bio reads:
Serene’s spirit is robust and her passion is strong. When she’s not making a difference in her students’ lives, she loves to spend time relaxing with close friends or planning her next big adventure. Serene knows her worth and what she needs to be happy. When it comes to relationships, she wants to find a man who is truly worthy of her commitment and ready to give her that same level of commitment back. Her dream man is honest, clear on what he wants, and an excellent communicator. He’s open to trying new things, willing to be vulnerable, and ready to have a big family. Serene has a huge heart and a lot of love to give, so we can’t wait to see if she finds our Bachelor a worthy recipient.
ALERT: SPOILERS ARE BELOW!
Flee now—after enjoying the below picture of Clayton and Serene having a tea party at a child’s birthday party, of course—if you don’t want any spoilers because they are BEYOND THE PHOTO. I repeat: SPOILERS ARE BELOW THE PHOTO.
🚨🚨🚨 One more time for emphasis: Spoilers are beyond this point! 🚨🚨🚨
Serene Makes It to Clayton’s Final Four
Apparently, Serene made a huge impression on Clayton in Vienna, where they enjoyed a gorgeous one-on-one date. And yes, there are pics thanks to Bachelor Nation: Austria coming through.
But She Isn’t in Clayton’s Final Three
TBD what happened during hometowns, but it doesn’t sound like Serene got a rose. Reality Steve confirmed in a blog post that Clayton’s final three are Gabby, Susie, and Rachel—and if you want further spoilers, it seems like his final two are Rachel and Gabby. Which was actually made pretty clear in this spoiler-filled trailer for the season (and yes, that’s Clayton telling Gabby and Rachel he’s had sex with them both).
As Steve put it re: Serene’s elimination, “One thing I’d heard since hometowns was that Serene was eliminated at #4, and judging by the previews last night, it was all but confirmed. So your final 3 are Gabby, Rachel, and Susie. How that final 3 elimination went, I don’t know yet.”
So there you have it! Assuming this info is true and Serene does make it to Clayton’s final four, there’s a good chance she’ll be in the running to become the next Bachelorette or that she’ll be considered for summer 2022’s season of Bachelor in Paradise. In other words, Serene is poised to become a major Bachelor Nation player in just a few weeks, and we can’t wait to get to know her even better as Clayton’s season continues.