It’s tough to be the new girl on a Real Housewives show. All of the
older more seasoned cast members are scared of losing the spotlight, and ultimately, their full-time status on the show. Braunwyn Windham-Burke will make her Real Housewives of Orange County debut on tonight’s Season 14 premiere.
Notably, the OG of the OC, Vicki Gunvalson, has been demoted to part-time status. So, those are some
obnoxious big shoes for Braunwyn to fill. Does she have what it takes to last on RHOC? Or will she be a “one and done” like Peggy Sulahian or Peggy Tanous? Well, at least her name isn’t Peggy, so she doesn’t have to deal with that one-season curse. Then again, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson each got a second season after contributing zero during their rookie years. RHOC is struggling to say the least. Does Braunwyn have what it takes to resuscitate the original Real Housewives show!? Let’s hope so. There’s a lot riding on this, Braunwyn.
In a recent interview with People, Braunwyn admitted that she was a fan of the show before she joined the cast herself. She also shared her first impressions of the cast member. She revealed, “From being a fan to being on the show, the perception that was most different was Shannon [Beador]. I thought she was going to be a little bit more cold when the truth is she’s probably the warmest, most gracious person I’ve ever met.”
That is so surprising since Shannon has never been nice to a new Housewife. Last season we were all hoping for newly single Shannon to make a comeback. Instead, she frustrated us the whole time. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a new Shannon that we can all root for on Season 14.
Braunwyn continued, “If I had to pick one woman who gave me the best first impression, I think it would be Tamra [Judge]. She literally welcomed me into her home, right away made me feel comfortable, and within minutes, we were doing tequila shots and dancing on her table.” Is that when Tamra declared that they had a “new tres amigas”? Vicki was probably so bothered by that.
Speaking of Vicki, she did not make the best impression on Braunwyn. This is just standard Vicki though. Braunwyn began, “Some of these women I connected with right away. Some of them took a little bit longer to warm up to.”
RELATED: Tamra Judge Says The Addition Of Braunwyn Windham-Burke Is The Best Casting Decision In A Long Time On Real Housewives Of Orange County
Then she admitted, “I think that Vicki and I probably had the slowest start. I joke about the fact that I don’t even think she knew I existed until maybe like a week ago. Her first impression, she walks right past me and was flirting with my husband.” Wow. Very Meghan Edmonds talking to David Beador at Heather Dubrow’s groundbreaking party before she joined the cast. You’re a true RHOC fan if you remember the episode that I just referenced.
One person who didn’t have to make a first impression on Braunwyn during filming was Kelly Dodd because they knew each other before she joined the cast. Braunwyn shared, “I will say she has taken me under her wing, not just on the show, but in Newport Beach in general, So, she has introduced me to her friends off the show and we hang out all the time.”
And she did not mention Gina or Emily, which no one really does, minus Gina’s recent legal drama. Hopefully, these two bring it this season. They left zero impression on me last year (minus Gina’s eye shadow) and no first impression on Braunwyn, apparently.
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BRAUNWYN’S COMMENTS? WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD GIVE THE BEST FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE RHOC LADIES?
[Photo Credit: Phillip Faraone/Bravo]