I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador about season 10 of the show. We discussed Shannon’s decision to share her martial troubles on-camera, her cast mates, misconceptions viewers may have about her and more. Check out our interview below!
You’re back for your second season of RHOC! How has this experience different from the first?
Shannon Beador: “[laughs] Well it’s been incredibly different as far as what’s going on in my life. There’s a lot of personal things that have been going on in the last year for me. By being on the show for a second season, I’m a truthful and honest person and I want to stay true and talk about everything that’s going on in my life. So by doing the show one of the things that we had to address is the fact that my husband had had an affair for an extended period. It was difficult to come into the show doing that. We had counseling with our relationship counselor, with our church and with our kids and their counselor and came up with the group decision of going on the show because our marriage is in a great place today and so many people toss their marriages aside and we have a chance to show people that you can actually work through it.”
Do you believe the show has helped your marriage?
SB: “I do. One of the reasons I wanted to do the show is I wanted to connect with my husband and I thought that if he watched it he would notice that he wasn’t spending any time with me. One of the things that I took away from it was; complaining and whining about it all the time… the lack of attention my husband was paying to me, that’s not going to get me what I want… it’s actually just going to push him further away. Not to say that I blame myself for what happened, because I don’t at all, but there were definite changes that I needed to make within myself. You get a very fortunate opportunity to get little clips of your life played back for you and the amazing opportunity to see what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong.”
What did it feel like to find out that your cast mates knew about David’s affair and you didn’t?
SB: “I need to clarify that. Vicki [Gunvalson] found out by me. Lizzie, Heather and Tamra had heard rumors very shortly before I found out about the affair and they didn’t come up to me. You have to understand, I wasn’t in a good place with Heather and Tamra number one, and number two they heard rumors… they had no concrete information that it was true. It wasn’t something that I was upset they didn’t come to me with because I would have just thought it was them being mean to me again and they weren’t going to put themselves out there and say this is happening when they didn’t know for sure.”
How have your children handled watching the show play back?
SB: “They’re okay with it. They actually were encouraging for us to film and where some people could criticize me and say, ‘How could you put your children on television and involve them in such a topic?’ What we’re doing is we are teaching our kids that there are certain things that we are fighting for. They see the commitment that David and I have for each other and for the family, and they see the love and the happiness that our whole family is now experiencing, so for them they now know that there is an amazing pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. We all just focus on the positive and that’s where we are today.”
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your personality?
SB: “That I’m wacky. I’m a down to earth person with a little bit of a zingy side and that’s what makes life fun. If I hear the frickin’ word crazy one more time… it’s just not nice!”
We saw conflict last season between you Heather and Tamra. How have your relationships with the ladies changed since last season?
SB: “I think you’re seeing a little bit of it so far. Tamra and I are good. She said a very heartfelt apology to me at the reunion last year and I talked to her on-camera [but you didn’t see it] that I just wanted to take baby steps for a friendship. We had a good talk and we have a good friendship right now. As far as Heather goes, we kind of feel like we got through everything at the reunion and in Bali I started to realize we do have quite a bit in common and this season she’s loosened up a lot and we have a lot of fun. It’s been nice. If I’m forgiving my husband for an eight-month affair I can certainly forgive those women for nonsense! [laughs]”
There has been a lot tension between you and newcomer Meghan Edmonds so far on the show. What is your relationship like today?
SB: “Jim’s first wife passed away and I reached out to her after that but as far as since the show has started to air I’ve kept my distance from her, because I believe she’s made a lot of below-the-belt jabs about me in her commentary that are unwarranted and they’re not true. She doesn’t know me at all. Part of me believes she’s just saying these things to be hurtful and to stir it up. She wants to bring the drama.”
We know that you have a holistic approach and that Vicki’s boyfriend Brooks was not reacting to his chemotherapy treatments. Did you jump in and try to help him?
SB: “I found out about Brooks’ cancer the day that Vicki did. I think it was back in September. She asked me for my help and I immediately started to do some digging and I did refer her to two doctors. I don’t refer people to doctors or businesses unless I have a very good feeling it’s going to be helpful, but Brooks chose to go other ways. One of the people I referred him to was an M.D. and has a cancer center in her facility. So they administer the chemotherapy, but in addition they offer all the latest Eastern medicine approaches to help boost your immune system as your undergoing chemotherapy. To me it’s the best of both worlds and I have met people from all over the world who would come and see this woman and he didn’t go.”
Walking away from this season of the show, are you ending it on a good note?
SB: “Yes. I hope so! [laughs] I did. I hope that it’s shown that way. That’s like rolling the bunco dice! I’m in a good place in my life right now. I’m grateful for it and I’m hoping that you get to see that on the show. I’m a bit frustrated that you’re seeing a lot of the negative, but it is what it is, it’s a TV show. It’s nice to be getting along with everyone!”
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