Heather Explains It All -RHOC’s Heather Dubrow Discusses Season 9

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After three seasons on The Real Housewives of Orange County, one would think Heather Dubrow would have risen to the top of the pecking order, especially with two newbie cast members. In Housewives land, however, nobody’s role is ever guaranteed. The once revered voice of reason is now finding her season in the hot seat. I caught up with Heather just days before she was departing for a much needed family vacation. She took a break from packing  to give me a little Season 9 behind the scenes.

TBB: Was there any hesitation about returning for a third season on RHOC?

HD: Definitely! This show is difficult to do. It’s really hard to be held accountable for everything that comes out of your mouth. We film so much and in the end (the viewers) see pieces of things, and the way they are put together is not really reality, and it’s frustrating.

TBB: The dynamics of the group have changed this season. What’s your take on the new girls (Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek) and your role in the show now?

HD: I think they are both really good additions to the cast. As for my role on this season…every week when I get my screener I’m sort of scared to see what’s on there. We filmed twice as long as the previous season and I had a lot going on so it was a very stressful season from me. I felt very isolated from the other girls. I really wasn’t seeing them except for at major events.

TBB: We have been watching your once tight friendship with Tamra (Judge) unravel. In the final cut it looks like you sabotaged her ride on a mechanical bull causing her to fall. What went through your mind while watching that incident?

HD: The truth is it just didn’t happen all that fast. I made a joke in saying, “Turn it up”. I said it when I got on the bull, I said it again when Tamra got on. It didn’t mean “turn it up and maim or hurt my friend”. If my comment or joke is in any way responsible for (her falling) I apologize profusely. I feel terrible. I would never do that to my friend. There were cameras everywhere and we’d been drinking. I’ll be apologizing for this for a long time. I love Tamra and would never want to hurt her.

TBB: How do you feel about the other women accusing you of acting out your friendship with them?

HD: When Shannon and I had lunch I walked away thinking we were okay and it was going to be a fresh start. When I saw what she said I felt like I was being talked about behind my back. I was very disappointed in what she said to Tamra at her Christmas party. If I had known that I probably wouldn’t have gone to the party.

TBB: Did you fake that phone call at Shannon’s Christmas party?

HD: No, and so many people have tweeted pictures of me holding the phone, picking up the phone and the lights are clearly on. Anyone who watches this show would know that my husband, who would say if I kicked him under the table, “Why are you kicking me,” would say “There’s nobody there” if I handed him a phone with nobody on the other end. Furthermore, I would never fake anything having to do with my kids’ health. That’s such bad Karma.

TBB: Do you feel that the absence of Gretchen (Rossi) and Alexis (Bellino) who were both long standing cast members has affected RHOC?

HD: Each season feels like such a restart. It seems to me like Gretchen and Alexis are in better places doing what they want to do, and they are happy. Thankfully it didn’t affect the show. I think OC is a really strong franchise and the whole is greater than its parts.

TBB: You have had a few guest roles on some scripted series since becoming a Housewife. Are you looking to make a complete transition from reality back to scripted television?

HD: I’m enjoying the opportunities that are coming to me. I just finished a 12 episode series as part of Sony’s Vision Network and am actively pursuing auditions and reading for roles. I’m in a position where I can pick when I want to work, not that they always want me, but I don’t want to give up too much time with my children. Right now I’m very happy and feel very balanced doing both, I don’t think one has to be exclusive of the other.

TBB: Your husband Terry has been very supportive of you. Watching the RHOC how do you feel about his involvement in the drama?

HD: I think, especially this season, I felt very isolated from the other ladies. They were getting together a lot without me and anything that was going on with me was discussed at these parties. (Terry) was my only advocate. Terry and I are a partnership. We aren’t always perfect but we are a really good team. At the end of the day I go home with him, not one of the other Housewives.

TBB: Terry has his own show, Botched, coming to E. What has it been like for your family doing reality television double duty?

HD: It was very stressful. Terry was not around. He was filming Botched and I was filming Housewives. We were both stretched really thin, but he was so happy with what he was doing. It was such a fun extracurricular add on to his plastic surgery business, and when you are happy and successful you let a lot of things just roll. I think it was more stressful for me because I didn’t have him around that much.

TBB: I was surprised to learn that Terry’s brother was Kevin Dubrow, the late lead singer of Quiet Riot. Does Terry sing at all?

HD: No…that would be no. He has many special gifts, but that is not one of them.

TBB: If Housewives is renewed would you be interested in returning for the next season?

HD: I think so much happened this season and it was such a long season. I need a break. I’m definitely ready for a break. It will depend on what’s going on in my life and also what happens during the reunion. I have to take one day at a time.

TBB: What’s the story on the new house? Is it finished yet?

HD: We have about another year to go.

TBB: Have you got a favorite interior design tip to share with us?

HD: I love mirrors! They can make a small room look bigger and you can find many great inexpensive ones. It’s such a great tool to use in your house.

TBB: Thank you for chatting with me once again. Is there anything you’d like to add?

HD: It’s been a tough season (of RHOC) but I’m really grateful that I’ve had an opportunity to be on the show. I’m really grateful as it’s been wonderful for our whole family. It’s truly been one of those really great life experiences, so thanks Bravo!

What are YOUR thoughts on season 9? Are you team Heather or team somebody else? Join the conversation below! To read our Season 8 interview with Heather click here!

An Interview with Kristen Moss of Reality Wanted- An Awards Show for Reality TV!

imageActors and musicians have a ton of them. Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, SAG, People’s Choice, Golden Globe, Billboard… The list is endless, but what about those who entertain us by simply letting us into their everyday lives? The reality television star, producer, and crew has played the role of unsung hero in the entertainment industry for quite a while. Reality Wanted has been working feverishly for months to change that. We spoke to Executive Producer, Kristen Moss, about the first ever awards show for those who have given up their privacy, risked their safety, and often tarnished their dignity all for the sake of showing us that sometimes art doesn’t have to imitate life, but can be life itself!

How long has it taken to make Reality Wanted a reality?

Our team has been working on the awards only since October 2012. We have an amazing team of people who have the eye on the prize, and we wanted to make sure that the first annual event really set the bar for the years to come. With less than two months left, we are feeling the pressure, but everyday brings new excitement!

Who are some of the people already involved?

Everyone involved in the project works or has worked in the reality TV industry. Andrew Ward and myself are the Executive Producers of the project. After meeting each other just last year, Andrew and I started a very successful “social group” for reality TV professionals. Our partnership just worked and we decided to try our hands in something more challenging. After teaming up with Mark Yawitz from RealityWanted.com, the idea of reality TV awards was a possibility so we reached out to some of our friends in the industry. We knew we would need them to help us out on the long journey ahead. Our social group still meets every other month at The Parlor in Hollywood and the members of that group have formed the “academy” voters for the awards! Check out www.WeWorkInRealityTV.com for more information on them!

After deciding to take on the project of the awards, we knew we needed a strong, diverse team. Megan Firestone brings new energy and creativity to our marketing. Her strengths are her imagination and perseverance, which stem from her producing background. Kim Roos is our go getter. I swear, we can ask her to get us to the moon and she will find a way to make it happen! John Barra is the newest addition to our team as he just recently moved out to Los Angeles from New Jersey. Since John has joined us, we have just been breaking down the boundaries that were previously set before. The energy that John puts out will absolutely make him successful in the city of Los Angeles!

We also have a team dedicated to talent and sponsorship outreach. We wouldn’t be where we are now, without the collaboration of what we call the “DREAM TEAM”!

What are some of the categories you will be presenting awards for?

Because of the nature of the awards, we are excited to recognize the talent on screen and also the production teams behind the scenes. We know that personalities are strong in reality television and so we decided to be creative with the “personality based” awards. “Biggest Villain” should be an interesting category to award the night-of!

For the production-based awards, we have “best new show” which is an award the production companies will be proud to win! “Bad Ass Crew” also gives the public, who will start voting March 4th, the ability to vote on some of the hardest working camera teams reality TV has! You watch a show like Deadliest Catch and maybe forget that there is also a camera crew on board capturing all the scenes that make that show so intriguing to the viewer!

Will this be an annual event?

We are hoping to make the RealityWanted Awards a mainstay on the awards circuit. Reality TV isn’t going anywhere, and new stars are born every year thanks to reality television. We know this concept will work and we are here to stay!

Where can we learn more about Reality Wanted?

Please visit http://www.RealityWantedAwards.com for more information.

Also, please follow us on Twitter @RealityAwardsTV for more insight into who is nominated for which categories, as we are constantly talking with the celebrities themselves! (And we may be sharing some information about your favorite reality stars in our feed!)

Some dates to remember: on March 1st, we will be announcing the top 5 nominees in each of our 22 categories. Those top 5 nominees will be battling for their titles opening March 4 and going through the month of March as the winners will be decided by the FANS!