With fame comes public attention and scrutiny but Sunrise presenter never anticipated to see a drone floating above her house on an otherwise normal afternoon at home.
Since becoming one of the faces Australia wakes up to every morning, Sam has had her fair share of headlines and criticism to contend with but the country born journalist has learnt to shut out the negative white noise and spend more time focusing on her friends and family.
But seeing a drone flying above your own backyard is a lot harder to escape and shrug off.
“That was probably the lowest point. it was a few months ago and I had just bought my house,” Sam told Hamish McLachlan for news.com.au.
“I was in the veggie garden — it’s a pathetic little veggie garden — but it’s my little patch of dirt, and it’s my favourite escape for the day.
“I was out there and I could hear this buzzing noise overhead, so I looked up and there was a drone just hovering near the roofline.”
The unwelcome intrusion shocked Armytage, and rightly so, forcing the journalist to take cover by running back inside.
“I freaked out and ran inside. That matter is with the police, and hopefully they will catch the guy,” she said.
“It’s one thing to sit out the front and go through my rubbish, but an invasion like that; that’s not OK.”
From people going through her rubbish bins to her name being thrown around as ‘click bait’, Armytage’s initiation into the TV spotlight has not come without some confronting realities.
But where possible, Sam is trying to remain down to earth about it all – and said the many perks of the job certainly make it worth it at this time in her career.
“It is a surreal world, but privileged,” she said.
“There are certainly people out there like Nelson Mandela, who genuinely deserve the world to be watching them and to be admired.
“But who cares if Sam Armytage puts her bins out? Who cares if Kim Kardashian changes her hair colour? Famous doesn’t necessarily mean nice or generous or kind.”
Finding reprieve in the country on her family’s property, she said that her less than glamorous upbringing has given her a sense of reality and the grounding needed to persevere in the world of breaking news.
“We had a rather unsophisticated and fairly isolated upbringing, but it was a fantastic way to grow up,” she said.
“We saw everything — animals being born, animals dying. You see life as it is happening and it makes you toughen up.
“So somehow, and I don’t know how, it did help prepare me for this job where we deal with really sad news each day.
“I mean there is death and destruction and we are trying to deal with that news, and pass that information on to our viewers. So I think a country upbringing has given me balance and perspective and a strong sense of reality.”
But that doesn’t mean Sam is impenetrable or doesn’t have moments of weakness or stories that will leave a lasting legacy on her for years to come.
“Remember I get up at 3.40 every morning — and sleep deprivation is a form of torture they used at Guantánamo Bay, so I can be fragile at times,” she said.
“I block those that are really offensive and my parents tell me to just get off Twitter … but my boss won’t let me.
“Tall poppy (syndrome) is alive and well in this country, so it’s lucky I have fabulous friends, family and viewers.”