Corinne Olympios calls post-'Bachelor' fame 'stressful': The 'influencer grind,' 'mean' castmates and more

Corinne Olympios has a lot on her plate these days: Between her newly-launched podcast, So Random, an animated book about a girl who goes on a reality show, weekly "Bachelorette" recaps and multiple businesses, it's easy to understand why the former "Bachelor" contestant called life after the show "stressful."

Olympios, who is far and away the most memorable star to emerge from the franchise in recent years, recently sat down with AOL.com's Gibson Johns to talk about her life two years after competing for Nick Viall's heart.

"I feel like I haven't really admitted this yet, but it's been very stressful," she explained. "I don't even know where to begin. It's very different from my old life. I'm so thankful for this new life, and I'm really thankful for the businesses that I was able to start, but [...] I don't want to care what other people think, and I'm really trying hard to do me all the time." 

And, though it sounds simple, remembering to be herself after "The Bachelor" hasn't been easy for her. For many of the most notable alums of the show, staying connected to former cast mates by posting about them on Instagram, appearing on spinoffs and engaging in short-lived relationships with one another is a must. But Corinne wasn't interested in that. Though she admits that "you gotta play the game" after the show, she doesn't really hang out with anyone from the show anymore.

Plus, though she admits that she is on the "influencer grind" herself, she disagrees with the most "Bachelor" alums' all-your-eggs-in-one-basket approach to building a career after appearing on the show.

"I've turned down trips with the girls for work stuff, and these girls are off just going on trips and this and that and it's like, do you think in five years Sugar Bear Hair is still going to be paying you to post on your Instagram? I'm just wondering," she said. "Like, make something of yourself! You know what I mean? I'm such a strong believer in making your empire."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: TV personality Corinne Olympios attends the PrettyLittleThing x Karl Kani event at Nightingale Plaza on May 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: TV personality Corinne Olympios attends the PrettyLittleThing x Karl Kani event at Nightingale Plaza on May 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Corinne Olympios attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: TV personality Corinne Olympios arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' 'Tully' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on April 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 14: Corinne Olympios attends The Levi's Brand Presents NEON CARNIVAL with Tequila Don Julio on April 14, 2018 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Corinne Olympios is seen on April 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Corinne Olympios attends the Adidas Basketball Black Tie Party Presented by Remy Martin at Delilah on February 15, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Corinne Olympios attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Father Figures' on December 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Corinne Olympios attends the premiere of 'Father Figures' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Corinne Olympios attends GUESS 1981 Men's Fragrance Launch hosted by RedOne at Poppy on October 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for GUESS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Corinne Olympios arrives at the 2017 Maxim Halloween Party at Los Angeles Center Studios on October 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 25: Model Corinne Olympios attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Jigsaw' at ArcLight Hollywood on October 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 16: Fashion designer Corinne Olympios attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Geostorm' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on October 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Corinne Olympios attends the premiere of 'Flatliners' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on September 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Corinne Olympios visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 6, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Corinne Olympios attends the VMA after party hosted by Republic Records and Cadillac at TAO restaurant at the Dream Hotel on August 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Republic Records)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Corinne Olympios is seen on August 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BACHELOR IN PARADISE - 'Episode 403B' - Corinne Olympios tells her side of the story in an in-studio interview with host Chris Harrison, TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON, CORINNE OLYMPIOS
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Model / Reality TV Personality Corinne Olympios attends the 'PrettyLittleThing' campaign launch on April 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/WireImage for Fashion Media)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 30: TV personality Corinne Olympios attends 'Thursday Pint Night With Corinne Olympios' at The Pint Public House in Gastown on March 30, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 17: (L-R) Peri Miriam Olympios, television personality Corinne Olympios, James Olympios and Taylor Olympios arrive at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio to host a St. Patrick's Day party on March 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 30: TV personality Corinne Olympios attends 'Thursday Pint Night With Corinne Olympios' at The Pint Public House in Gastown on March 30, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 17: Television personality Corinne Olympios arrives at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio to host a St. Patrick's Day party on March 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 01: Corinne Olympios visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 1, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Taylor Olympios, TV personality Corinne Olympios, and Peri Miriam Olympios attend IMDb LIVE Viewing Party, presented by OREO chocolate candy bar on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for IMDb.com)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Corinne Olympios attends the OK! Magazine's Annual Pre-Oscar Event on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Reality TV Personality Corinne Olympios attends OK! Magazine's annual pre-Oscar event at Nightingale Plaza on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: TV personality Corinne Olympios attends IMDb LIVE Viewing Party, presented by OREO chocolate candy bar on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for IMDb.com)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 05: Jason Weisman and Corinne Olympios attend Moments In Motion, An Exclusive Unveiling Of Never Before Seen Photos At De Nolet, Miami For Art Basel on December 5, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Ketel One)
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Jeff Daly/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, CORINNE
THE BACHELOR -'Episode 2108' - Corinne, Rachel, Raven and Vanessa are left in Bimini, still shocked that Nick sent Kristina home before the rose ceremony. They wonder if they still will get a coveted hometown date from the unpredictable Bachelor. But with the stakes being so high, Nick will go on an emotionally charged journey to visit these final four women's hometowns. Raven meets him in Hoxie, Arkansas, and cute couple have some great, sexy fun, but Raven's father reveals some serious news. Then, it is on to Dallas where Rachel and Nick confront the challenges that might meet an interracial couple. Corinne is waiting in Miami where her father waits with some tough questions. Finally, Nick travels to Montreal to reunite with Vanessa. Although her special needs adult students give him a big thumbs up, things don't go quite so well with her big Italian family, especially after her father drops a bomb about Nick that has Vanessa questioning their relationship. Just as Nick gets ready to make the gut-wrenching decision to send one woman home, he gets a surprise visitor, who could change everything, on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Jeff Daly/ABC via Getty Images) CORINNE, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR - 'Episode 2102' - As Nick continues his search for love with the 22 remaining beautiful bachelorettes, Liz is particularly anxious: she is keeping a tumultuous secret about her romantic past with the Bachelor. Twelve other women are excited to dress up for their own wedding photo shoot with their 'groom,' Nick. Danielle M. snags the first one-on-one date of the season, as the couple helicopter to a steamy hot tub aboard a yacht. Six women get to act out a dramatic and sometimes funny 'break-up' with Nick at Los Angeles' Museum of Broken Relationships, but it is the weight of Liz's sexy secret that throws everything into disarray. Will one night of passion in the past derail Nick's chances at a happily ever after from the start? Find out on 'The Bachelor,' MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) NICK VIALL, CORINNE
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2101 - What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) CORINNE, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR - Episode 2101 - What do a dolphin-loving woman, a successful businesswoman who runs her parents multi-million -dollar flooring empire;, a bachelorette, who is hiding a big secret about her past involving Nick, and a no-nonsense Southern belle, who has Nick in her cross-hairs for a big country wedding, all have in common? They all have their sights set on making the Bachelor, Nick Viall, their future husband when the much-anticipated 21th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, 'The Bachelor,' premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) CORINNE, NICK VIALL
THE BACHELOR - When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that what doesnt kill you makes you stronger, Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABCs hit romance reality series The Bachelor, premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) CORINNE
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"I'm very conscious of doing my own thing," she went on. "I think the girls kind of got it after a little bit. I mean, I'm not invited on trips anymore and stuff like that, because I never went and I never wanted to just make them my entire life. We had lives before this! It also was very cliquey, and I felt like some of the girls were kind of mean, and I just don't associate myself with that and I'm better off on my own than with that."

And, at the end of the day, the outspoken star believes that she has grown as a person because of her willingness do remain independent and do what she really wants to do.

"I really see how much I've grown as a person over the past few years because, I'll admit, I was really just a hot mess," she explained. "I was just stuck in this, like, funk. And I really got my shit together and I became a really successful young woman and I'm proud of myself."

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