With Real Housewives of New York just around the corner the stars are out in full-swing promoting things. Aviva Drescher just released a memoir, Leggy Blonde, and she also appears to be the subject of massive amounts of crayzeeee drama this season! Um… #LegOnTheLoose, anyone?
In a new interview with PopBytes, Aviva talks her book and the upcoming season. First of all, with three Housewives books being released in February (Brandi Glanville's second book and Carole Radziwell's first novel), Aviva shares why hers is the best of the bunch.
"I think that Carole’s book is more of a beach read, whereas I think my book can really touch everybody," Aviva shades. "It’s not just for Housewives viewers. I think it can touch everybody because it shows by various examples how you can get through life’s trials and tribulations. Everyone’s touched by anxiety, health issues, addiction, divorce, and marriage – whether it’s your own relationships, your parents’, or whoever else’s – everyone gets touched by these things and I touch on all of them."
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Interestingly, Aviva actually has the chops to be an author – she has a master's degree in English Literature from NYU. "I love to write. I’ve always loved writing and I’ve found it to be really cathartic emotionally," she shares. "To go back and to think about all of those experiences that I had, that I lived, and bringing them back up, has been so rewarding."
The most important thing about the book for Aviva, is that it's an unedited version of her. "I think that this is a good way to get to know me without an editing team involved," she explains. "I think that when the camera’s around, I tend to get a little bit, you know, more uptight. But with the book, I have more control. I can be more myself to a certain extent."
"I think that most of all, it shows that there was definitely a misunderstanding between the camera, the editors, the viewers and me. The show dwelled a lot on the bumps in the road that have happened to me. I think that the book really does show that in fact I don’t dwell on those things. And I think the viewers will see that. People will see it very clearly."
In her book Aviva also talks about her phobias (she has many – including aluminum foil! And a fear of death), coming to terms with being an amputee, and dealing with her mother's early death and alcoholism.
Now, onto the upcoming season of RHONY! Aviva shares that there is still a definite divide between being a new Housewife and a returning one – and we can expect a brand new Aviva!
"Housewives was such an unknown when I began, so I was very fearful about what would happen. I had no idea. What would happen to my family? Would people be following me down the street? Would there be stalkers? Would people hate me? Would people love me? Would I be able to raise enough money for amputees?," she says of her initial fears.
This season Aviva is much more relaxed about public opinion. "Now, kind of in the same tone as my book, it’s sort of like: it is what it is and I kind of don’t give a shit. There are pros and there are cons and now I just sort of don’t give a shit. I don’t care as much. Last year, I cared so much more. This year, I really, really don’t care."
"Last year, I was like this sort of virgin that could be prodded and pulled in different directions," Aviva adds. "This year, I feel like I just would never get too vested in the positive or the negative. It’s just a job and I hope I did my job well."
As for Aviva's opinion of new Housewife Kristen Taekman, she's guarded and does not reveal too much. "You know, I haven’t … I think that she is a very beautiful addition, that’s for sure. And I can tell you that she throws a good punch," Aviva reveals. "I don’t mean that literally. I mean that figuratively. But we’ll see!"
Aviva warns viewers they are in for a shocking season. "Everything changes," she hints. "A lot of my cast mates are going to surprise you. You’re going to be very surprised by the changes in relationships and changes in characters. People change."
And by people change she means, "The ones that seen normal become crazy. The ones that seem crazy become a little more normal. The villains stay the same. Mostly it’s a lot of changes."
And finally Aviva is asked about her leg laying on the floor in the parting shot of the trailer. "I can’t answer that. I’m sorry," she replies.
Oh and other than a book Aviva has a new supplement called Vivacalm hitting the market! Hey, supplements – that's a product we've never seen on the Bravo Home Shopping Networking and it can help you manage your anxiety, according to Aviva. Wait – so now Housewives are also psychiatrists. Oh heavens.
Vivacalm, is "an all-natural powder supplement that you put in a drink, and it really just calms you down and it can even help you sleep if you’re having trouble sleeping. It’s also really healthy for you." Healthier than Pinot Grigio? Nah…
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