There’s a new batch of “Real Housewives” coming to Bravo. Being the fledgling franchise may be intimidating to some, but the ladies of “Real Housewives of Dallas” come armed with some sound advice from a veteran.
In an interview with E! News, rookie reality star Brandi Redmond revealed that she had spoken with “Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley before cameras started rolling in the Lone Star State. During their conversation, Dorinda, who joined the show in Season 7, suggested that Brandi and her “RHOD” co-stars “have fun with it.”
“I got advice from Dorinda, and she basically said, ‘You have to go into it. You have to try and have fun with it. And if you’re not having fun, you probably shouldn’t be doing it,” Brandi said.
Likewise, co-star Cary Deuber told E! she sought comfort from Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Cary was fearful going into the “Real Housewives” experience that she would be expected to be someone other than herself. Kyle and her real estate mogul hubby quickly reminded her that Bravo had selected her and the rest of the “RHOD” cast because they liked who they were already.
“I spoke with Kyle Richards and [husband] Mauricio [Umansky] prior to this whole thing happening to me, and Kyle gave some great advice to stay in your lane and just do you. Don’t try and be something you’re not, just, be yourself,” Cary explained. “I was scared. I was like, ‘Do I have to act like someone else?’ They’re like, ‘No. You’re on this show because you’re you!’”
“RHOD” was announced in November 2015 after several weeks of rumors. Us Weekly initially reported that filming for the series was complete and would be announced shortly after. At the time it was not known which city the “Real Housewives” franchise would be extending to. On Nov. 12, 2015, creator Andy Cohen released a statement confirming that “RHOD” was in the works. He told E! this was a “natural extension” of his already successful empire, assuring fans that they would be taken by the cast immediately. In the same statement he announced another extension to Maryland with “The Real Housewives of Potomac.”
“RHOD” premieres Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. EDT on Bravo. In addition to the two women already mentioned, the cast includes Stephanie Hollman, Tiffany Hendra and LeeAnne Locken. Marie Reyes will also make regular appearances on the show as a friend of the “Housewives.”