Fowler, who was famously dubbed an "extra" by Norcross's son Kirk on the ITV2 show, is said to be angry at the lack of airtime she is receiving in the current series.
The 25-year-old apparently hopes that forming a relationship with bar owner Mick will give her a more prominent role on The Only Way Is Essex.
An insider told The Sun: "Maria wants to make sure that she doesn't fade into the background. She knows being part of a relationship with another cast member will guarantee her more scenes."
Viewers saw the pair become close in Wednesday's episode during a singles night at Sugar Hut. Fowler told Mick to prepare a pre-nup after they were matched up.
The couple will takes things further by going on a date in tomorrow's episode.
It was recently claimed that Fowler had worked as a lap dancer and dated a 'sugar daddy' before finding fame on The Only Way Is Essex.
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