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So, the Real Housewives of Miami are back, and this season they have apparently been informed that they are actually part of the housewives franchise and not some random reality show that is formatted around cooking parties.  Baby steps. 

While four new women join the fray, the "veterans" are out numbered…unless you count Mama Elsa twice, and, let's face it, she is so awesome she deserves the extra credit.  Her daughter, Marysol Patton, appears to maintain her status as the voice of reason, although sadly she's missing one hot, foreign, much younger husband.  What a difference a year makes!  However, regardless of what is going on in Marysol's personal life, she still seems to have a stable head on her shoulders.  It's a wonder she was even chosen by Bravo given her propensity to avoid drama.  Who am I kidding?  She totally got this gig because Andy Cohen wanted Elsa.  End of story.

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Marysol recently spoke with Wet Paint about the new season, the new ladies, her divorce from Phillippe, and her love of all things NeNe Leakes.  Of course, she also touches on her mother's larger role about which everyone is super excited!  Excerpts from that interview follow:

You must be so excited for Season 2.

I am, very much so.

Let’s get your opinion on the new castmates, starting with Ana [Quincoces].

Alexia [Echevarria], a returning cast member who won’t be full-time in Season 2] and I recommended her. We’ve been friends with her for like 13 years. We were like, “We need a smart, established, sassy, sharp-tongued girl in this group. Because we don’t know who’s going to end up here, but she’s going to be great.” And they loved her. She’s very sharp. She’s an attorney, she’s a published cookbook author. She’s like our Latin Bethenny [Frankel] pretty much. We’re actually all in a hotel room in New York City together right now, the three of us.

How do you feel about the supermodel, Joanna [Krupa]?

There’s two sides to Joanna, there’s one side that’s really, really, really sweet, and like all of us, we lose our temper at one moment, and then she just kind of—  And a few other girls do this, they just kind of black out, and they go crazy and they don’t even remember what they did afterwards. I don’t know how to explain it.

Are you saying they black out from alcohol?

No! No no, it’s just, when they’re angry, it’s like they shut off and they have a hot temper, and then afterwards they don’t even remember what happened. I’ve seen other girls like that. Because I’m really even-keeled, I don’t have a temper, so when I see people go crazy like that, and then they calm down, and they don’t remember any of it, I’m like, “Wow, that’s what it’s like to have a hot temper.” But she’s also really sweet. And sensitive.

What are some of the biggest Season 2 feuds in general?

In general, Karent [Sierra], the new girl, the dentist — she had a problem with a lot of us from [Season 1]. And I consider Ana from before because I’ve known her for so long.

What were Karent’s issues?

Everybody had a separate individual mishap with her, completely isolated and completely different, none of them had to do with each other. We all individually had a completely different issue. I don’t know why she is just that way.

And what do you think of Lisa [Hochstein]?

I like Lisa, Lisa’s funny. She’s cute. She’s cool. I like everything about Lisa, she’s very, very cool, I never saw her blow up or freak out, she’s just kind of silly and funny and fun. Light-hearted.

What’s your major storyline this season?

[You’re] going to see me going through a very difficult transition in my personal life with my now-ex-husband, so it kind of plays out in the show, the separation, the going back and forth, deciding whether we would get divorced or not, and in the end, we just get divorced.

Did the show have anything to do with the breakup?

No. Honestly, I’m all about work work work work, and I put  my work first, and it just didn’t gel. We were in two different places, we still love each other, we’re like family. He comes to all our family and holiday functions, we talk all the time and we work together, but as a married couple, I wasn’t a good wife for him and he wasn’t the right husband for me.

What can Mama Elsa fans expect this season?

Oh my god, she filmed a lot. A lot. And she is funny, so you can see more fun with Mom.

Do you watch any of the other Housewives series?

I don’t watch them regularly, I try and catch the reruns, because my schedule doesn’t permit. I love the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I love NeNe, we’re buddies. She’s hysterical, I think she’s fabulous. She turned out to be a brilliant natural actress, a comedian. I like to watch [RHOBH], very much so. I think Lisa Vanderpump is pretty witty and funny, and she always stays calm and above the fray, and she’s elegant. I watch them all, but I really love Atlanta, that’s my fave.

I'm going to be honest, I have a very hard time picturing Marysol saying "fave" or being besties with NeNe for that matter.  I do, however, think she has a good grasp on her co-stars, I'm glad to hear that she and Phillippe are amicable at least.  It will be interesting to see if this season redeems the snooze fest that was the first go-round, but I will certainly be tuning in every week.  Very much so.  ;)

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