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…
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.
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.
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‘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.
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.
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?
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…
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!
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.
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!