Real Housewives of New York’s Countess LuAnn Wants Another Baby At 47! Plus, Aviva Drescher Talks “Stirring the Pot”

Oh gracious!  Even though it seems she rarely spends time with the two children she has, Real Housewives of New York’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps wants to bring a baby Gellar into the world with her boyfriend David Schwimmer Jacques Azoulay.

She tells Life & Style, “We’d love for it to happen.  I know Jacques would be a great father.”

When LuAnn was told by her doctor that her changes of having a baby are less than five percent, the forty-seven-year old tried to up her odds. “After seeing my doctor, I started going to a fertility center in New York City that specializes in acupuncture, Chinese medicine and massage,” LuAnn explains.  “Apparently, acupuncture increases your chances by like 50 percent.”


While it may be hard to imagine the Countess giving up parties and singing and giving impromptu etiquette lessons to get up with a baby in the middle of the night, fear not.  She will not be getting up with the baby, as she will have a nanny.   LuAnn reveals, “I’ve been back and forth about the whole thing over and over.  But for me, the advantages of having another child and having a life with Jacques and being able to have a family with him outweigh the disadvantages.”

She continues, “The great thing about being in your 40s these days is that there are options.  I feel very lucky because of that.”

Moving on from a veteran to a newbie, Anthony Bowles of the recently sat down with Aviva Drescher, the only housewife in the franchise’s history to actually be born and raised in New York City.  The wife and mother has her undergraduate degree from Vassar, a Masters in French from New York University, and a J.D. from The Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law.  She is extremely involved in philanthropic endeavors, including being the national spokeswoman for an amputee organization.  Aviva lost her leg in a farming accident when she was just six years old.  Check out a portion of her interview below.  You can read it in its entirety here.

Everyone is interested in learning more about you, using three adjectives to describe yourself what would they be?

Loving…quirky…and a mom!

What was it like for you going into season 5 of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ as the new girl?

It was very scary to do the show in general because I was afraid of how it would affect my family, my husband, and myself. I ultimately decided to do it because I wanted to help raise awareness for amputees and I felt that the help I could accomplish would outweigh the pain of becoming a cartoon character. I wasn’t worried about the girls because I’ve been living in New York City my whole life, I was more concerned about the lack of control over the editing and how the show would impact my life.

Have you watched the show before?

I have watched it intermittently not religiously. I was familiar but I really didn’t know all the details [laughs]. I have definitely seen Ramona [Singer]  in action before [laughs].

What is something you want viewers and fans to about you, Aviva?

Well they know a lot so far![laughs] I would love to be able to clarify that this is a show about drama and gossip and I am so sorry if it seems like I’m stirring the pot. In my real life I don’t do that all, but I just cannot sit there on the sidelines and say nothing. Not only to mention that would be very boring for you all to watch and at this time I’m trying to figure it all out. Also keep in mind I had just met these women I didn’t feel comfortable taking a position. I didn’t feel comfortable saying to Heather, how could you not invite Ramona to London. I didn’t feel comfortable saying to Ramona how could you be so mean to Heather. I feel so badly that people feel like I’m stirring the pot, but if I am stirring the pot I guess I’m doing my job! I don’t just want you to see me getting a pedicure putting a leg on my lap, that can get boring after awhile.

Moving on to your love life, I read that you and your husband, Reid Drescher met in Bed Bath and Beyond. How would you describe your marriage?

Our marriage is very strong, we believe that the family structure needs to start at the top with a very strong marriage and the rest will all work out after that. We are also best friends, we love to be together, and we have a loving relationship. With that said we’ve only been married for six years, so we’re still kind of like newlyweds, so come talk to me in 20 years! [laughs]. We are very into each other and love being around each other, with many marriages the spouses are not excited when the other walks in the door; we get excited when one us walks in the door.

I know on the show you said you wouldn’t be able to breathe if something happened to Reid, elaborate please?

I feel like Reid is the rock of our family, he is really the father to my son Harrison, Harry’s child. Reid gives so much to Harrison in every way simple things like taking him to the dentists, to school, and teaching him from right and wrong. He’s like Harrison’s father in many ways and the father of the other three children that we have. He’s a very important person in my life and he’s my best friend, he’s my love, and partner in every way. There are many times in the day that I call him for advice, he’s a very strong business man. I’m in this new business and he gives me his opinion. He’s the rock for me emotionally and also the rock for our family. If something happened to him not only would I be so despondent, I just think of my kids. When he comes through the day at night from the office we are all like climbing over each other trying to be the first one to give him a hug and a kiss. He’s the rock of the whole family.

Did he oppose to you doing the show at first?

No, we were both together every step of the way and we both for about a month were ambivalent with this contract in our hand. It was a family decision and we spoke to the older kids about it, I asked my son Harrison and explained to him I was doing the show to raise awareness for other amputees; and you might get made fun of at school because the other mommies think that the show is silly and he looked at me and said, “Mom f**k em”[laughs]. It was a group decision and we are all really excited about it.

Who would you say you are the closest with on the show?

Carole [Radziwill]., she’s wonderful! She’s a great friend and I cherish my friendship with her and it’s made the ride worth it.

Lastly, what else can we expect from you on season 5 of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’?

You’ll see me doing some of my charity work, the relationships on the show change, and you’ll see my relationship with Ramona change. I think that you’ll see me getting more comfortable with the players and see less of what appears of me stirring the pot! I no longer stir the pot I get right in it! [laughs]

She seems really caught up in stirring the pot, doesn’t she?


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