Fan favorite Below Deck star Aesha Scott is back for the franchise's Peacock spin-off!
In Below Deck: Down Under — which hit the streaming platform Thursday, March 17 — the Bravo alum (who previously appeared on Below Deck Mediterranean season 4) returns to take on the job of chief stew as the crew sets sails in the seas of Australia. Following her extraordinary journey to beautiful sites and places, Scott sits down with OK! to reflect on her time in the new position, calling it nothing short of "exciting."
"I think for me the most exciting thing was it was still a challenge," the longtime yachtswoman explains of her new role. "I think when you've done the same job for X amount of years you're just breezing through, and it became easy for me because I'd done it for so long."
Part of this new experience for Scott was joining forces with the hunky new Captain Jason Chambers to lead the crew and guests through a successful season. "Our dynamic was just amazing," the New Zealand native notes of her working relationship with Chambers.
"I can't sing his praises enough. I love that man," she gushes. "I think that's what made such a difference because we've got very similar sense of humor and personalities. We clicked right from day one."
While she has years of experience with different yachting crews, Scott says she learned quite a lot from her boss throughout the season. "What I really learned from him was how effective it is to be a hands-on captain," she tells OK!. "He was never ever just in the wheelhouse. He really did push that team vibe from the top down."
"No one was above any job. We were all a team, and we're all exhausted," Scott jokingly notes of the rest of the crew, which includes chef Ryan McKeown, stewardesses Tumi Mhlongo, Magda Ziomek, Brittini Burton, as well as deckhands Ben Crawley and Culver Bradbury.
With Scott having set sail with cameras documenting the journey before, the reality star became a touchstone for her other cast members who were new to living their life on screen.
"There were a couple of times throughout the season where a couple of the cast members would come to me and be like, 'how are you so natural in front of the camera? How do you just forget that it's there?'" she recalls of the TV newbies.
"For me from the very first season, I was just like, 'this is where I'm meant to be,'" Scott admits of her fate of landing on the reality smash. "But for a lot of people it's actually quite an intense and confronting kind of environment to be in."