We are so close to the premiere of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City I can barely contain myself. As if the trailer wasn’t enough of an indicator of a season full of drama, we all know what’s going on with housewife villain, Jen Shah. ICYMI, Jen was arrested during filming and charged with fraud for a telemarketing scam targeting the elderly. Did I mention that the camera where there to capture it? While Jen maintains her innocence, it looks like a lot of this season revolves around her fellow castmates deciding whether or not to support her in her legal journey.
One such cast member is Lisa Barlow. Now she’s telling Daily Star just how grueling this season was on her mental health. Lisa admitted, “There were definitely moments that were so intense. I know what I signed up for so I’m fine with the cameras being there, but it was definitely hard having to process three specific situations, and having to process friendships, relationships, situations that aren’t mine that now have become things I have to deal with.”
She revealed, “It was a lot, there are parts I had PTSD from, for sure. When there’s a shift in dynamics and friendships, people automatically assume that’s bad. Sometimes it’s good because it allows you to get another layer of people. This season, you’re gonna see all of us – especially me – go on a rollercoaster within my friendships. I always prided myself on being a super good, loyal friend and we just go on this major rollercoaster.”
As for the new season, Lisa said, “It’s intense. Let me just tell you, right from day one there was a lot happening. There was never a dull moment. The dynamic is much different with us this season, I think it’s better. It’s better in that we’re not all friendly all the time, there’s more depth and dimension to it. We’re peeling back the layers. But it was intense from day one.”
She then teased, “I don’t think there’s a dull moment the whole entire time we were filming. It’s so good. Literally every day, my husband was like, ‘This is more going on.’ It was a lot – in a good way!”
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And Lisa thinks it’s important not to shy away from the uncomfortable aspects of what happens this season. She said, “I definitely think you need to show 360. It’s really important showing not just the good – because no-one’s life is just good. Everybody’s life is full of so much, so it’s important you open yourself up. I knew going into this that I wanted to just be really authentic to myself.”
Lisa concluded, “There are times when I’ve tempered myself – that’s probably my biggest regret, where in a normal situation I probably wouldn’t have given as many graces as I’ve given. I’ve always wanted to be on this franchise as authentic as I can be, and I’ve learned that the more authentic you are the better it is for you and everyone else.”
TELL US – ARE YOU GOING TO BE WATCHING THIS SEASON OF RHOSLC? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JEN’S LEGAL TROUBLE? DO YOU THINK HER CASTMATES WILL STICK BY HER SIDE?
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