Tom Sandoval has been slogging through the thick soup of drama on Vanderpump Rules since the very beginning, and he has come back to stir up more of it for season five! Tom shares that he and girlfriend Ariana Madix are feeling stronger than ever, though they’re still not ready to tie the knot. He also says viewers will be seeing a “new” Stassi Schroeder this season, as she tries her hand at adulting on camera.
Reflecting on how things shook out last season, Tom says he and Ariana tried to stay
away from Kristen Doute above the fray as much as possible. “I really felt like we were in a good place as far as the rest of the group is concerned. We could kind of be as involved as we wanted to be, and no one could give us any shit about it; especially after last year.”
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Tom recently told the Huffington Post that he and Ariana work better as a team when it comes to facing the turmoil of Vanderpump Rules. “I definitely think it’s easier when you’re in relationship. I personally feel a lot stronger with Ariana and vice versa.” Hmm. Maybe that’s why Jax Taylor tried to semi-wife-up Brittany Cartwright last year? It takes a village, people! (In Jax’s case, it also takes a village idiot.)
Last season, the return of Stassi was a central storyline that extended its tentacles into nearly every cast member’s side plot. This season, Tom says we’re going to see a more “grown up” version of her, claiming, “I think Stassi is definitely different from who she was. I think one of the reasons is that there is no way she could come back to the show and be how she was before. That shit ain’t gonna fly this time! She’s definitely grown up a little bit and I appreciate that. You are definitely going to see some of that old Stassi in there too though, that’s for sure.”
Speaking of storylines, Tom Schwartz‘ and Katie Maloney’s wedding will play out for the viewing audience as well this season. Tom says his bestie’s decision to settle down has not sped up his desire to get hitched to Ariana.
Tom jokes, “I started telling people that every time someone asks Ariana or I when we are getting married, it automatically adds another year.” Though he and Ariana might like to buy a home together in the near future, he laughs, “I wondered if I really needed it. We also don’t get that much of a tax break from it.”
Although his music took him in a different direction last year, Tom admits he’s not that focused on his band, Charles McMansion, anymore. He would rather focus exclusively on Vanderpump Rules, apparently. Tom confesses that music will “always be a passion. And there will be more music, but when we got done with the show, I was traveling and we were in the studio. When the show started back up though, I couldn’t be stressed out about it when I am filming the show and I have to be present.”
Tom hints that he would jump at the chance to do a spinoff show, even though that opportunity doesn’t appear to be on the table at this time. Rumor has it that Jax and Brittany may have secured a Vanderpump Rules spinoff, however, which should prove interesting in the cast dynamics going forward, if true!
Vanderpump Rules premieres November 7th at 9pm EST. Check out a sneak preview of season five here!
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