Exclusive: What to expect from the #RHOC Season 11 Premiere!

The Real Housewives of Orange County/ Bravo NBC
The Real Housewives of Orange County/ Bravo NBC

Get ready to put nine lemons in a bowl, because our favorite OC ladies return for the eleventh season of Bravos Hit Show that started it all: The Real Housewives of Orange County! From Yacht Parties, to Facelifts and from Scandals, to lies; the premiere episode has it ALL! Here’s what to expect from each of the ladies when the show returns on Monday night…

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Shannon starts the season wanting to make one thing clear: she’s done with the affair! As for whether this will stick or not remains to be seen. This doesn’t mean smooth sailing for the Beadors, who put their Crystal Cove Mansion back on the market. David and Shannon now struggle with where to move the family and how to manage their daughters who, as they grow up; are getting more and more out of hand. In terms of her place in the group, Shannon seems to be all buddy-buddy with her season nine enemies Heather and Tamra while having no interest in entertaining former BFF Vicki Gunvalson.

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Tamra‘s back, but not much has changed or happened since we last saw her. We find out on the premiere that Tamra is training for some sort of fitness/body building competition that will be featured sometime later into the season. For now, Tamra is celebrating her three years with husband Eddie and continues to focus on her Fitness studio. However on the preview for episode two we see some issues with her son and his family life get introduced as Tamra goes against eddies wishes by getting involved while trying to help. When it comes to the other ladies, Tamra’s good with everyone and is more open to welcoming On again/Off again bestie Vicki back into the group.

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Heather returns with a new mindset. During the off season, her husband had a major health scare that they’ve been dealing with privately. Thankfully it was something that really ended up being nothing and together they plan a yacht party to celebrate his well-being with those closest to them. While its made them stronger, she wishes he would cut back on his busy schedule and spend more time with the family. Terry’s health scare makes her want to move on from last years drama with Vicki and opens her up to new beginnings, but she struggles with not wanting to rock the boat by upsetting Shannon by bring Vicki back into the group.

Meghan King Edmonds/ Bravo NBC
Meghan King Edmonds/ Bravo NBC

Meghan‘s next, and there seems to be a few new things and changes for her. She and Jim purchased a new home in Newport and have started renovating it while also making the decision of expanding their family by having a baby together through IVF(because Jim had a vasectomy but froze his sperm). But just as Renovations start and Meghan begins the IVF process, Jim leaves for Florida where he is now coaching the Cardinals training; leaving Meghan to do all these things alone. To have someone to lean on, Meghan brings her mother to the OC and Relies on new friend Kelly; both of which have gone through the IVF process and offer their support.

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There’s a new girl in town, and this one is setting off waves! Kelly, a wife and mother; is introduced as someone Meghan can rely on for a little fun and company while Jim is away. A fun girl from Scottsdale, Kelly used to vacation in southern California as a child and dreamed of living in the OC by the beach. Dream fulfilled. Kelly and her husband, Michael; live in a four story waterfront beach house in Corona Del Mar with their daughter Jolie(who Kelly is trying to keep off the pole), her mother and brother live with them as well. With a full house, it’s no wonder Kelly keeps full bar on each floor of her home. But it’s clear Kelly’s time on the show won’t be all Martinis by the beach, as she befriends Vicki against Meghan’s wishes and starts her time on the on the wrong foot with another housewife.

Vicki Gunvalson/ Bravo NBC
Vicki Gunvalson/ Bravo NBC

Last but most OG is Vicki and how she moves on from the chaos her life has been since last year. Brooks is 100% out of the picture for Vicki but she still hasn’t had much communication or contact with the other ladies, leaving her stuck either alone in her Coto De Caza home or at work. But with Brooks out, Briana comes back into the picture as she begins the process of moving back into Orange County from Oklahoma. After accepting Heathers invitation to the Yacht Party, she meets and quickly hits it off with newbie Kelly, someone she has some sort of past connection or mutual friend with. But how Vicki moves forward with the other ladies is yet to be seen, the episode ends with a sincere apology from Vicki to Another housewife, will she be open and accepting, or demand more from the OG of the OC?

Tune in Monday night at 9pm EST to see…

Blind Item: Rumble Abroad

Lisa Vanderpump/ Bravo NBC
Lisa Vanderpump/ Bravo NBC

RUMBLE ABROAD
This group of Real Housewives recently took a trip that will air on its new season. Not only will the trip be one for the books, with its beautiful location, sight seeing, and excursions; it will also be one full of hooks! A major physical altercation took place between the newbie and another housewife while on a shopping spree. The group got kicked out. Unfortunately, cameras were not able to capture it all…

Exclusive: What to expect from #RHOD

The Real Housewives of Dallas, left to right: Cary Deuber, Brandi Redmond, LeeAnne Locken, Stephanie Hollman, and Tiffany Hendra/ Bravo NBC
The Real Housewives of Dallas, left to right: Cary Deuber, Brandi Redmond, LeeAnne Locken, Stephanie Hollman, and Tiffany Hendra/ Bravo NBC

It’s FINALLY here! The Real Housewives of Dallas premieres in just a few Hours and Let me tell you: this show is GREAT! I was lucky enough to have access to the press versions of the first two episodes and think it’s the perfect balance of fun, glamour, wealth, hustle and… Wait for it… DRAMA(or as I like to call it: Housewives Gasoline!). Of course you won’t be seeing the drink throwing on episode one BUT that will definitely be coming later. Below I’m breaking down what I thought each of the wives brought to the table and how it all shapes up. Here are my thoughts:

Brandi: her family has to be maybe the CUTEST housewives family of all time. She, her husband, and their two daughters are all red heads and have the same initials! She also appears to be VERY intuitive and knows when someone doesn’t like her and those around her, like her partner in crime Stephanie(you’ll see this on tonight’s episode). The two of them LOVE each other and LOVE their wine(or as they call it, Jesus juice). She’s not afraid to take the bull by the horns and to say EXACTLY what’s on her mind. It’s usually poop! To top it off, she used to work doing Logistics for the department of defense! Dying for her to spill some Government secrets BUT we all know the Feds have been watching housewives lately so I doubt she’ll be giving up too much about this former career. This Ginger will def be one to keep an eye on when it comes to the cast drama…

Stephanie: Stephanie has to be the sweetest housewife we’ve been introduced to in a while. She may be be living this glamorous life on the Four Seasons Golf course they live on BUT she definitely still has an innocent, small town mind and personality. I THINK Stephanie got the short end of the stick because to me it seems they edited her life the most in that they make her seem like this submissive wife and somewhat of a ditsy person BUT the editing is so clear that you will quickly know that’s not all there is to her or perhaps even not who she is at all. As a former social worker it is clear Stephanie is a naturally caring person. I will say her drive to drop her boys off at school will make those of us who don’t have kids never want to have them BUT I have a feeling she wouldn’t give up her life for anything else in the world. Poop is to Brandi what Fart is to Stephanie. I know it’s hard to understand from all I’ve said but she’s just EXTREMELY Lovable. And her laugh is infectious! This southern blonde loves her family and is an extremely loyal friend with a heart of GOLD.

Cary: Cary to me was the Dark Horse of the group! I knew I’d end up liking her and what not but was so surprised that in fact I actually ended up LOVING her. Yes I can go down the list on all the things we already know. She’s a wife. She’s a mother. She’s an educated woman with a successful career(you WILL be seeing her and her husband in full on surgery mode in their very first scene). She’s fabulous, fun, pretty. That’s all great. But what I loved was her sense of humor! I LOVED that she’s able to laugh at herself and at all the rumors about her in Dallas. I also love a lot of the faces she makes, pay close attention to her face throughout the episode! In episode two you’ll fall in love with her baby girl, Zurich; SHE’S FABULOUS!

LeeAnne: Many blogs have been describing LeeAnne as the “Nene” of Dallas. I will not be doing that. To me she is more of a Kenya and their lives are EXTREMELY similar. They both had issues with parent in their childhood which is why they were both raised by other family members. They were both Pageant girls. Both have never been married. Both don’t have any children. They both have interesting ways of describing their careers. That ALL Fine, 100% FINE! I also respect that SHE will tell viewers she does NOT have the way too many coins in the bank like some of the others. While that is clear, Housewives in general would still try to fake it. LeeAnne unfortunately loses me in how she is quick to label Stephanie, Brandi and Cary as women who have “married well”. It’s a slap in the face to Cary who had a super successful career before marrying Mark. It’s a slap in the face to Brandi who started dating her current husband back in EIGHTH grade when all he probably had in his love was his lunch money. And it’s a slap in the face to Stephanie who was a social worker before getting married and now plays a role in her husbands company. She also loses me in the way she describes her role in the charity world for a moment in the episode as it being the thing that grants her entrance into the high society of Dallas. To me that sounds like she’s doing it for all the wrong reasons and I think some of her cast members may agree(stay tuned!). She will be another one to watch when it comes to the drama, that’s for sure…

Tiffany: Tiffany was ACTUALLY the biggest disappointment to me! She’s GORGEOUS. Like she could easily be one of the prettiest housewives EVER. And her husband is quite the Australian hottie. Unfortunately for her it could just be one of the things were editing chopped a lot out and it left me with more questions about her than the ones I had before hand. Her life isn’t REALLY shown till episode two which automatically leaves you wondering about that aspect of her after episode one ends(it’s unusual for this to be done but I guess they had to find a way to introduce them all AND include two big events in one episode). That’s out of her control. She tries explaining her life in LA and the low points in it BUT doesn’t go into enough detail for you to REALLY feel for her. This too it out of her control as it was probably edited down(I’m sure it will be discussed later on with more explanation which I’m looking forward to cause y’all know I love a rock bottom/comeback story). So that automatically leaves you a bit lost on her. What’s damaging for her IMO is her connection to LeeAnne. In their friendship it’s as if Tiffany were LeeAnnes pet or something. Everything Tiffany likes in a store, LeeAnne hates. It also seems like Tiffany wouldn’t be SO into the charity stuff if it weren’t for LeeAnne. I HOPE that for her sake their friendship is later in shown as a two way street, equal, fair one rather than what I’ve seen so far or poor Tiffany is gonna be titled the “puppet” or “lapdog” by viewers and I feel she has potential to do SOME Great things and use the show for her advantage. All in all I’m sitting on making any decisions on Tiffany as of yet…

Marie: Marie is the Official Friend of the housewives and I think this is another one I’ll be sitting on for a few episodes. As a ‘friend of’ she’s already someone we know will be shown less of BUT she does hold one of the two big events showcased on episode one. She’s also someone they ALL speak of as being in the highest of the Dallas social circles. Her home is the setting for MANY of the exclusive events that take place in Dallas(this house must have it’s own gravitational pull cause it is MASSIVE, it’s very elegant). While she’s brought in as LeeAnnes friend(as we know from my interview with her for this blog they have been friends for close to 20 years and has known Tiffany for a while too), we REALLY don’t see too much of them together. In fact, in later episodes we see her hanging out with LeeAnne and Tiffanys opposites, Brandi and Stephanie). It says a lot that she was able to snatch an official “friend of” title seeing as that’s pretty rare for a first season and SO MANY people filmed in secondary roles. What we do know is that somehow, she is at the CENTER of the drama later on in the season. I cannot wait for that!

And that’s ALL you’ll be getting from me for now, I will try to do another one of these little preview thoughts for episode two next Monday. I love this show and hope you all do too! My recap will be up tomorrow and I cannot WAIT for this season to continue airing as it already is, for me atleast; a huge success! It’s one you’re gonna WANT to set to DVR cause you WONT want to miss a beat…

Exclusive: #RHOD Stephanie Hollman Interview

Stephanie Hollman/ Bravo NBC
Stephanie Hollman/ Bravo NBC

Hold on to your Cowboy Hats, cause the premiere of The Real Housewives of Dallas is just ONE WEEK AWAY! As many of you know by now, I’ve been interviewing several of the Dallas Housewives and up next on the list: Stephanie Hollman! Originally from Oklahoma, Stephanie is described by Bravo as the Texas “girl next door”. She and her husband, Travis, live in a beautiful home on the golf course of The Four Seasons with their two young sons. Stephanie leads the charitable contribution efforts for her husbands family company, Hollman, Inc. When she’s not busy with that, or being a mommy; Stephanie can be found popping bottles of champagne(or atleast trying to, you’re gonna have to wait and watch to understand this one!) with long time BFF and fellow housewife Brandi Redmond, or going on a little shopping spree. Read my exclusive interview with the Dallas blonde Below:

How did you end up on this show(The Real Housewives of Dallas)?
A good friend of mine, recommended Brandi and I to the casting agent. The process was fast and fun. We knew within a few months that we were selected.

Was there any hesitation in doing the show?

I was a little nervous to put myself out there. I am a people pleaser by nature and very non-confrontational. I didn’t know if I could navigate the drama well. However, I love my friendship with Brandi and Cary. I have an amazing family. I was excited to show those parts of my life. Travis has worked in the entertainment industry and was very supportive. He was an Executive Producer for a movie called “Rain”. Faye Dunaway starred in the show. Leeanne had a small role in his film. Travis also worked with Mark Burnett on an MTV show called “Bully Beatdown”. He is adventurous and pushed me to go for it. I can honestly say that Travis believed in me before I did when it came to this show.

Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond/ Instagram
Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, Brandi Redmond/ Instagram

What, was your connection to this group of ladies prior to the show?
Brandi and I have been best friends for almost 10 years. I think I fell in love with Brandi before Travis. We got pregnant together, raised our children together, celebrated exciting things in each other’s lives and sat on the floor and cried with each other. She is like a sister to me. Her friendship is a blessing from God. I met Cary Deuber at a charity event she chaired. The event was so well done. I reached out to congratulate her over social media and we just hit it off. Cary surprised me. She seemed so confident and serious at her event. However, she invited me to a movie night with her and I saw that she was so cool and laid back. She is loyal and honest. We have become close friends. We actually share a trainer on Tuesdays, we push each other. It’s fun!

What was the VERY first scene you filmed and what was running through your head as the cameras were rolling?

The very first day of filming was like a personal horror story. I had both boys at home with me. Brandi came over and hung out. I had to prepare dinner while juggling my friend, husband and two demanding children. When the cameras left, I cried for two days straight. I kept thinking and worrying about anyone in America I might have offended. Travis was great and told me that I have to give myself permission to be myself. The next time I filmed, I just went for it. I acted goofy with Brandi and just had fun with it. I figured the people who love me will still love me if I’m myself and the people who don’t like me are entitled to their opinion.

Is there anything in particular that you’re MOST looking forward to having the Viewers see?

As crazy as it sounds, I am looking forward to people seeing the real side of my life. I am a wife and mother who struggles to juggle house, children, carpool and everything else that goes along with it. I hope women can look at me and see that it’s ok to not be perfect. I’m a ding dong and put me with Brandi and it gets interesting real fast. I am excited for people to experience our friendship. It’s strong and fun. I think it’s different than anything the fans have seen. I hope we make people laugh and realize that life is short; have fun, embrace it and yourself.

Stephanie Hollman and Brandi Redmond/ Instagram
Stephanie Hollman and Brandi Redmond/ Instagram

Did you feel any pressure to look your best for the cameras?

I leave the house looking like a mess daily. I have two boys to get ready for school in the morning. Our day starts early because we have a forty minute drive to their school. Getting them dressed, fed and organized is my priority in the morning. I take care of myself once I get home from carpool. I put on makeup and tried to fix my hair as much as possible while filming. I made sure to keep up my hair appointments. I have an online shopping problem that may have escalated during the process. But, I am not that girl who feels like looks are everything. I would rather be that girl who gets prettier as you get to know her because of her personality.

Your Bravo Profile mentions some of the many charities you work with, if you were asked to join Celebrity Apprentice what charity or foundation would you play for?

I would definitely do Celebrity Apprentice, if asked. I love raising money for charity and I am pretty good at it. I would play for the “Family Place” which is the largest domestic violence agency in Texas. I have worked with and known many women who have dealt with family violence. My passion is to provide support and have a voice on this cause that so many are uncomfortable talking about. As a mother of two young boys, it is important for Travis and I to lead by example. My boys will be raised knowing that domestic violence is never ok. It is my hope that they will be strong advocates of The Family Place, and prevention of family violence, as well.

If you could join the cast of any of the other locations in the Real Housewives Franchise, which would it be? Why?

I am obsessed with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and would join that cast. I love everything about California and would definitely consider living there at some point in my life. However, I would first have to talk Travis into it.

If you could be another Housewife for a day, who would it be? Why?

I am OBSESSED with Erika Jayne at the moment. She is cool, kind and gorgeous. I would love to spend a day in her shoes, because let’s face it, she has some amazing shoes.

If you could, what destination would you pick for the cast trip next season?

I love to travel. Travis has shown me the much world since we met. This has been an amazing gift. I would love to go to Croatia. That would be a dream come true. Make it happen, Andy Cohen.

What is it that you are LEAST looking forward to see on the show?

There is a scene where I emotionally lost it. Seriously, I could not stop crying. I had never been treated so poorly by someone in my life and for no reason. It just really felt bad and broke my heart for the person who did it. I knew she had to be hurting and lost to act out in such a manner.

Is there anyone that, while filming; surprised you with their actions and/or behavior?

You have no idea. Being surprised by someone’s actions was the gift that kept on giving this season. It was a little stressful and sad seeing the way people treated each other, at times.

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Let’s play a little game of Word Association! Give me a word or two to describe each of these ladies:

Brandi Redmond: funny, kind, everything
Cary Deuber: smart, witty, loyal
Tiffany Hendra: empowering, artistic, kind
Nene Leakes: strong, sassy
Ramona Singer: entertaining
Vicki Gunvalson: trailblazer
Marie Reyes: authentic, warm, classy
LeeAnne Locken: loud, outspoken

What have you been up to since filming wrapped and the show was announced?

My life is like the “Groundhogs Day” movie. I take care of my children and family, do charity work and travel. My weekends are spent as a soccer, basketball or T-ball mom. Spending those precious moments with my boys is heaven for me. With or without the housewives franchise, my goal and focus will always be my family.

Stephanie and Travis Hollman with sons, Chance and Cruz/ Stephanie Rose Photography
Stephanie and Travis Hollman with sons, Chance and Cruz/ Stephanie Rose Photography

If asked to do another season of the show, would you do it?

Yes, if I feel like it was a positive experience and if I had my family’s blessings. With or without the housewives franchise, my goal and focus is my family. I never want my boys to grow up thinking that I chose a reality show over them. If I ever feel like my children are being negatively affected by my career I will walk away, no questions asked. No job will ever be as important as my job as their mother.

Be Sure to tune into the Season one premiere of The Real Housewives of Dallas, Monday, April 11 at 10; to catch Stephanie(who you can follow on both Twitter and Instagram @stephhollman) and the whole gang up to their Dallas fun and drama!

Blind Item: West Coast Diva

Lisa Vanderpump/ Bravo NBC
Lisa Vanderpump/ Bravo NBC

BLIND ITEM:

“This West Coast Real Housewife is a total diva behind the scenes. She is not an Original and she’s really not that interesting. She’s become very filtered and very censored. Yet despite all this, she is treated by production and the network like the star of the show and has an incredible amount of pull and say in a lot of different parts of it. Last year she pulled an entire scene out because it made her look bad and she is very protective of her image after looking not too good in the past. Some of the other housewives, including an original; have noticed Yet they seem to either be ok with it, not care, or not want to be the one to say it.”

Comment your thoughts on who it could be! -NellyBoi

Exclusive: #RHOD Cary Deuber Interview

Cary Deuber/ Bravo NBC
Cary Deuber/ Bravo NBC

Described by Bravo as a yogi(practitioner of Yoga) with a Type A personality, Cary Deuber is sure to be the balancing act of The Real Housewives of Dallas. The Wife and working mommy is one of the five main housewives of the show. After my lovely convo with Official ‘Friend of the Housewives‘ Marie Reyes, I decided to chat with Cary and get some more info on the latest Housewives Installment(Which premieres Aprill 11 at 10)!

How did you end up on this show(The Real Housewives of Dallas)?
A casting company contacted me through a friend, and the rest is history!

Was there any hesitation in doing the show?
I was nervous about putting everything out there. My husband Mark was much more relaxed about it. I was shocked at how open he was to this adventure.

Stephanie Hollman and Cary Deuber/ Instagram
Stephanie Hollman and Cary Deuber/ Instagram

What, if any; was your connection to this group of ladies prior to the
show?                                                 
I knew Stephanie through a charity event that I chaired. She was such a sweetie and reached out to me after the event. She told me what a great job I did and how much she enjoyed the event. No one does that!! It was SO thoughtful. I also knew LeeAnne through the charity world, although we did not run in the same crowd. I met Brandi through Stephanie and loved her immediately. Anyone who can make me laugh like that girl can, is a friend for life!

What was the VERY first scene you filmed and what was running through your
head as the cameras were rolling?                                   
UGH… It was a scene at my house with Mark and our daughter Zuri. I remember after it was over and everyone left, I went to my bedroom and had completely lost it. I was so scared I made a bad decision for my family.

Cary with husband Dr. Mark Deuber/ Instagram
Cary with husband Dr. Mark Deuber/ Instagram

Did you feel any pressure to look your best for the cameras?                                          I usually roll out of bed and hit the ground running. I wear scrubs to work and a hat during surgery. There is really no point doing my hair and makeup on work days! I definitely had to step up my game and at least shower! Mark is the shopper and always finds some reason to buy something. This was an excuse for him for sure.

Your Bravo Profile mentions some of the many charities you work with, if you were asked to join Celebrity Apprentice what charity or foundation would you play for?
I would play for the Doris Daniely Outreach. It is a small local charity that my husband and I work with that provides breast reconstruction surgery to women that can’t afford it. That would give them the opportunity to cover the costs for more surgeries and Mark and I could do some of them as well.

If you could join the cast of any of the other shows in the Real Housewives
Franchise, which would it be and Why?                              
RHOBH I love the weather and the real estate!

If you could be another Housewife for a day, who would itbe? Why?                    LVP! Primarily because I want to play with all of her pets!

If you could, What destination would you pick for the cast trip next season?
Travel is my thing!! LOVE it! I’m in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I would love to check out the Philippines. There is a sick Aman resort there, I love Aman anything! I could also go for skiing in St Moritz, Switzerland. Mark and I go there every year in the summer. I would love to go in the winter and ski!

You currently work with your plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Mark Deuber; serving as his operative assistant, while still maintaining your own
aesthetic injectable practice: what’s it like to work with your spouse and what
effect does that have on your relationship? Also, how were you able to balance
doing all of that on top of being a mother and doing the show?
It was challenging. I already juggle a lot and I am completely type A. I don’t do anything half ass. It is all or nothing with me. I’m lucky that I’m married to my boss so he tends to be more forgiving with my schedule!

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Let’s play a little game of Word Association, give us a few words to describe these ladies…
Brandi Redmond: Funny as hell
Stephanie Hollman: Loyal & kind
Tiffany Hendra: Exotic beauty
Nene Leakes: Made it happen
Ramona Singer: Wine
Vicki Gunvalson: Staying power
Marie Reyes: Good friend
LeeAnne Locken: In your face

Is there anything in particular that you’re MOST looking forward to having the
Viewers see on the show?            
I think I am excited for the viewers to see that I am a working mom. I juggle my daughter, my step kids, husband, career, and taking care of myself with my yoga. The struggle is real, and I think a lot of women will be able to relate to many aspects of my life if not all of them.

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Is there anything in particular that you’re LEAST looking forward to having the viewers see on the show?                    That’s a hard question because I haven’t seen any of the show so I have no idea what is included. I would have to say the arguments between cast mates. It got a little ugly at times.

If asked to do another season of the show, would you do it?             I think so… I think a second season would be more fun and I would know what to expect.

Cary Deuber/ Instagram
Cary Deuber/ Instagram

That’s a wrap! I loved chatting with Cary about the show, her life, career. I truly think Cary is a sweetheart and, with her East Coast background; I’m sure she’ll be a standout next to the southern ladies on RHOD. Be sure to follow the Connecticut beauty on Twitter and Instagram(@CaryDeuber on both) for live tweets, updates and behind the scenes fun and, of course; tune into the Premiere of The Real Housewives of Dallas on April 11!

Exclusive: Season 11 Drama in the OC

Drama in the OC? That’s not a first…

The blogs are buzzing over a rumored recent showdown between the OG of the OC, Vicki Gunvalson; and David Beador! We spoke to an insider close to the situation who gave us the following exclusive information:
“Recently, much of the cast attended a 70’s themed party where there was an epic showdown between Vicki and David. The situation is worse than what is being described on the Internet, David really went after her and everyone who witnessed it was in shock over the entire situation.”

Shannon Beador/ Instagram
Shannon Beador/ Instagram

Our source continued to say the argument involved more than just Vicki and David(it’s safe to assume Shannon was involved in the showdown with David), and dominated the event.

“They(Shannon and David) know their relevance on the show is hanging by a thread now that the affair is old news and are choosing to create serious drama to keep the spotlight on them. They are currently feuding with other cast members.”

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Kelly Meza-Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson/ Instagram

And while many blogs are reporting that Vicki is considering contacting Brooks for support against the Beadors, our source seems to say otherwise:

“Any speculation that Vicki is even considering reaching out to Brooks is a flat out LIE. For starters, she doesn’t really to talk to him. But more importantly, Vicki can hold her own against them. She also has the support of the other members of the cast that are not on good terms with the Beaodrs, and several former wives that will be appearing throughout season 11.”

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Kelly Meza-Dodd and Meghan King Edmonds/ Instagram

Looks like Next season of the Hit Bravo show will NOT disappoint. The cast, currently including Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds, and newbie Kelly Meza-Dodd; has been filming for several weeks now and have been posting pics together on social media. It’s safe to say: Brooks may be gone, but the drama isn’t…

Exclusive: Catching up with Lizzie Rovsek

Lizzie Rovsek/ Instagram
Lizzie Rovsek/ Instagram

Despite only being on The Real Housewives of Orange County for just one season, Lizzie Rovsek was able to win viewers over with her charming life and ‘no nonsense’ attitude. From her epic showdown in Bali with Tamra Judge, to supporting cornered castmember Vicki Gunvalson; Lizzie had no problem leaving her mark on the show and standing out with her opinions. Because of all of this and much more, many viewers want the swimwear designer back on the show full time after she was demoted to “friend of ” last season. I was able to catch up with the mommy of two and see what she’s been up too since we last saw her on our Bravo screens…

What have you been up to since the viewers saw you last season?

I have been super busy with Sun Kitten and my family. As many of you know, I did the swimwear for Miss USA, which was an incredible experience despite the show being pulled from NBC. I was in Baton Rouge doing fittings with contestants when it was announced that the show would no longer air on NBC due to Donald Trump’s negative remarks. I watched as one by one the hosts and sponsors dropped out. I spent a lot of time with the contestants and I felt it so unfair for all the hopefuls that were following their dreams. Why should they have to suffer? So, I made a decision to stay for the girls. Like, what….I’m going to leave with my bikinis and Miss USA isn’t going to have a swimsuit competition? The girls had been let down enough. The show aired on Reelz TV and the lovely Olivia Jordan took home the crown. I competed in Miss USA and Miss Teen USA and it has always been a dream of mine to design the swimwear for Miss USA. I guess I can check that off my bucket list.

My boys have been growing up and they surprise me everyday with the things they say and do. I love being a mom to boys and yes, I still hope for a third baby.

I just did a collaboration with Gretchen Rossi. I designed a small collection of swimwear inspired by Gretchen, Gretchen Christine for Sun Kitten Swimwear. We just debuted the line at Scottsdale Fashion week and we had a great time! I am currently designing 2017 and have an appointment next month in Philadelphia with QVC!

How were you first approached to do the show?

I literally got a phone call out of the blue from the show’s creator Scott Dunlap. He had heard about me from someone at my sports club. I was impressed at how much he already knew about me and asked if I would Skype with casting. I did the interview and then didn’t give much thought to it. I left on a trip to St. Barths and when I was returning home and going through customs in Miami I got a phone call from a producer from the show. They wanted cameras in my home within the next few days and the show wanted me! I took a leap and signed the contract. God put this opportunity in front of me so I accepted.

What was the very first scene you filmed for the show? What were you thinking?

The first scene I shot was at home in my kitchen with Christian and the kids. I’m pretty sure it was the ‘throw me over the kitchen counter’ scene. We didn’t even have the lighting set up in the house yet. I think I embarrassed Christian, but I meant what I said. Christian was so nervous filming at first and the kids took a while to warm up to the crews and cameras. Eventually we all got used to it and now my boys just love the producers and camera guys. Christian always got in trouble because he would always talk directly to the camera guys, even ask them if they wanted to take shots with him when we would film big group parties.

The first group scene I ever filmed was at Danielle’s house. Remember where I fall on my butt!! I was thinking, omg! Lizzie you never fall!! Now you fall with cameras everywhere. What an entrance!

Lizzie Rovsek & Gretchen Rossi/ Instagram
Lizzie Rovsek & Gretchen Rossi/ Instagram

Off camera, you and former Housewife Gretchen Rossi became quite close. How did you guys meet and how was this friendship between the two of you sparked?

I met Gretchen and Slade at a Life & Style party in Los Angeles. They were both super friendly. Gretchen and I hit it off right off the bat. She has a very warm and genuine demeanor. I had just gotten back from Bali and was very shook up from the season. As you can guess, she had a lot of great advice and soon became one of my closest confidants outside of the show. I left season 9 reunion in tears after Tamra told me I was going to “burn in hell” and had spoken negatively about my child and marriage. I grabbed a bottle of pinot grigio and jumped in the back of my car and talked to Gretchen the entire drive back to Orange County. That reunion was hard for me; they didn’t invite my friend Danielle to the reunion or my husband who were witnesses to the season. I basically sat their alone being called a liar and getting personal attacks on my children and marriage. I’m so glad I didn’t stoop to the level of saying a word about anyone’s children. In my opinion children are off limits. However, I do regret not telling Tamra more of what I thought about her. I was backed into a corner and felt inferior. It was really unfair. I will say that Vicki and Shannon were awesome at that reunion. They totally had my back and even Heather came over to sit with me after some really low blows came out of Tamra’s mouth. I honestly just felt very sad for Tamra. She was a woman that must have been in an absolute horrible place in her life. I really and truly prayed for her.

During your time on the show, we saw a lot of your relationships with the other ladies change. You fell out with People you got close to right off the bat, and got close to People who initially you weren’t connecting with. Who, from your time on the show; would you say you’re currently closest to? And why?

When I started the show in season 9 I felt closest to Heather and Tamra and Danielle. I soon found out that Tamra was doing things behind the scenes to instigate drama. She would say one thing to my face and insult the same things behind my back. For the RECORD, I could care less if Tamra or anyone else didn’t want to go to my birthday party. What happened was she waited until I was in the limo to cancel. She knew her daughter was sick at 7am. Then I heard from Vicki that Tamra told her not to go also. She told her to tell producers that she was sick too (she told them to tell them she had yeast infection…classy right?!) There was apparently a group text going around with Tamra trying to get people to cancel on my party. Pretty mean, right? Anyway, Vicki didn’t cancel. She came, which said a lot to me. I know she didn’t want to go alone with me. She hardly knew me at this point and we did not get off to a good start. The next day Danielle tells me that Tamra was making fun of my dress and me. Which was a beautiful dress, just hiked up a little high from sitting for hours in the limo. There were other incidences too, it’s just too much to rehash and I don’t even care anymore. Regardless of what happened with Tamra, I remained good friends with Heather and grew closer to Shannon because we bonded over how Tamra had hurt us. When I showed up at reunion, I felt like shit. I had no one. Had no idea how it was going to go down. I adore Heather, but I know at the end of the day she will always stand behind Tamra. I got a text from Vicki right before we walked out onto the set and she said, ‘Let’s go out there and tell the truth. I got your back.’ At that moment I had a whole new respect for Vicki and she was my friend from that day forward. So, in season 10 when Brooks’ health became the main drama of the season, I wouldn’t play into it. If Brooks lied about cancer, shame on him!! But he will have to deal with that karma in his life. What I know is that Vicki was soooo in love with that man and would have done anything to defend him. Haven’t you ever seen good girls get messed up with bad boys and do things that they shouldn’t? It doesn’tmake the girl bad; it makes her blinded by love. More than anything I think that what Vicki needed from the women was love. She needed support. She was lost and needed friends. I did not see Vicki go out of her way to hurt the women on the show. Did she get feisty at times, well yes, but that’s what we are hired to do! When you are being attacked you defend yourself. Remember Bali? I had to defend myself from a false accusation and when Tamra insulted my friends and me; yea I got feisty. That’s what happens. The show is not about our husbands or boyfriends. I honestly couldn’t even get involved in the whole fake cancer debacle. There was no drama all season and they found this one thing to latch on to and it became a take down. Vicki really suffered and she also had to get over a break up (which is the worse pain ever, even if it’s not the right person for you.)

What really hurt me more than anything in season 10 is how Shannon completely dropped me as a friend. Isn’t Shannon the self-proclaimed, “truth” guru? I wrote a blog explaining my truth. The entire blog was pro Shannon. I defended Shannon all season on the show and off. I reread the blog numerous times to see if I said anything bad, I didn’t!!! I got a crazy text message from Shannon at like midnight going off on me. Literally taking me to town. She even added that everyone talks horribly of me and she must be a moron to defend me? I thought Heather, Vicki and Meghan were my friends, hell even Tamra and I were on good terms. I did nothing all season for any of them to talk badly of me. What was she talking about? Did she make that up? Meghan and I had our differences but that doesn’t mean we aren’t friends. But this incident with Shannon happened off camera. It happened months after filming had stopped. She basically ended our friendship ruthlessly over a text message. I told her I loved her and she should read the blog again, I never ever said anything to hurt her. What I did was tell my side of the story. (She called me a liar and then later admitted to Meghan that she did confide in me and I was telling the truth.) She said she was “done!” with me. I couldn’t figure out if this was for real or if someone was in her head. Did she not need me anymore since I wasn’t a main housewife? I couldn’t figure it out. To this day she has not spoken a word to me, nor a text. Nothing bad even happened and she just cut me off like that. For what?! I still want to know, for what? I have seen other people around her treat her far worse and she forgives and forgets. I will never ever forget how she made me feel that night and I will never ever look at Shannon the same again.

I talk to Meghan regularly. Meghan is a very sweet girl and has become a very good friend to me. Heather is also a good friend and I adore her. When I finished filming Tamra and I were on good terms. I keep hearing some ‘not so nice’ things that she has said about be since filming to people I know and in the media. So I’m a little confused about that because I thought we were good and had moved on. Oh well!

Lets talk a little bit about Season 10 for you, how did you end up being a “Friend Of” last year?

I was hired for season 10 as a main housewife. I filmed for over half the season as a main housewife. We filmed so many adorable moments with my boys. They finally lovedthe cameras and were really being themselves. 2015 was an amazing year for me! I just signed on to design the swimwear for Miss USA, Sun Kitten Swimwear was featured on Charlotte McKinney the number one viewed commercial in history for Carl’s Jr all natural burger during Super Bowl, I even made sports illustrated swimsuit edition. However, I don’t think it was in the cards for me to have a ‘good’ year on housewives. Perhaps it was my year to go down. I just had a whole lot of positive exciting things happening in my life. Tamra and I were getting along which I was very glad about. Things in life were really good for me. Miss USA and some affiliates of the Miss Universe Organization flew out here from NYC to film with me. It was really exciting stuff.

A couple of things happened that led to the deterioration of my role. First, I fell and broke my rib, which was so painful I couldn’t do anything for a while. I missed the Bunco party at Shannon’s when Vicki found out her mother passed. The few times I filmed after that I was injured and couldn’t participate in racing cars and had been on pain meds and truly not myself. I thought I was pregnant and I was told to wait and announce that I thought I might be pregnant on our trip. After I found out that I wasn’t pregnant on the trip to Tahiti I was demoted. I got demoted the week we returned home. I wasn’t pregnant and I didn’t have any negative drama. I had a great year in life, but not juicy enough for Housewives. I am big on prayer and ask God daily to protect me and give me signs and hold my family in his hands. I am 100% certain that God put those downfalls on me on purpose. Everything happens for a reason.

Sun Kitten Swimwear/ Instagram
Sun Kitten Swimwear/ Instagram

Word Association Game:
Vicki Gunvalson— fun, crazy, big heart
Heather Dubrow—over the top, thoughtful
Meghan K Edmonds—ballsy, serious, to the point
Gretchen Rossi—genuine, beautiful, sweet
Bethenny Frankel—smart ass
Lisa Vanderpump- queen

Would You ever do the show again?

I never say never… However, I don’t think people really got a chance to really meet me and see who I truly am. I really am about uplifting and promoting other women, not tearing them down and I think that may have been my biggest downfall on the show. I can hold my own, I have opinions and I can certainly take someone to town if I have to, but you have to really piss me off first. I have a wild and carefree gypsy spirit that was never really shown on the show. I have a good life. I’m happy and focusing on Sun Kitten and my family and hope to have another baby sometime in the next year. No regrets.

And there’s that! Lizzie is someone I ABSOLUTELY LOVE so when I thought about who I wanted to do my first exclusive, of course I thought of her! She’s currently participating in the OC Trunk Show benefiting MS, which takes place Thursday, March 10. To find out more about that and get tickets, go to octrunkshow.com. I have a lot of other fun interviews coming up so stay tuned for those!

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Lizzie Rovsek/ Getty Images

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