Why ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Mandy Hansen Describes Being on Television as ‘Scary’

by Michael Freeman

World-famous fisherman and Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen grew up around the ocean. Naturally, he introduced his daughter to the craft, with her tendering salmon since she was 14 years old. However, even with her fishing familiarity, Mandy Hansen describes being on television as “scary.”

Mandy spoke to Hollywood Soapbox about initially joining the Northwestern as a greenhorn. Despite things being difficult at first, she said she loved the job and being out there with her fellow fisherman. She did note being afraid since her father captains the ship, but overcame it, saying she wanted to prove herself to her family. Nonetheless, one of the scariest aspects of being there wasn’t the danger, but being on television.

“It’s so scary. I don’t know what they’re actually going to show on TV. I wanted to go fishing. That was it,” Mandy said. “I didn’t realize it was going [to be] such a big deal, and I’d actually be in the public eye. That’s terrifying for me. But I’m starting to wrap my head around it.”

Mandy fears seeing herself on television but pushes past it. She thinks her story can be an inspiration, especially to younger female viewers. Additionally, she’s excited to see how the audience responds to her being on the boat.

“I want it to succeed,” Hansen said of the family business. “I want to be a part of it. I don’t want to sit back and just watch it. I want to be on deck with the guys…I don’t want to work at a random company and just have to try to make someone else’s business grow. It’s pride.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Mandy Hansen Recalls Her Days as an 18-Year-Old ‘Greenhorn’ on the Show

In the same interview, Mandy Hansen talked about her days as an 18-year-old greenhorn. You might think she would have been adequately prepared, but she says she struggled at first.

“In the beginning, of course, it was hard,” Hansen said. “It only got worse the longer I was out on deck because my hands were hurting so bad. They got so sore. I mean I couldn’t move my hands. I always wear rings. Of course, you can’t wear jewelry up there, but I couldn’t even get it past my nail line afterward.”

Longtime viewers can corroborate what Mandy said, as crew members often show how bad their hands can get from the grueling work. Injuries and soreness aside, she loves it. “I love physical work. I love being outdoors and doing this kind of stuff. As far as the life’s career, it all depends on the captains themselves. If anybody wants to rehire me, I would love to do it.”

Expressing a desire to try other things, Mandy eventually says if she can get a spot with her family business, “that’s where I want to be.”