RHOC star Gina Kirschenheiter has been nominated for Rookie of the Year at the Real Housewives Awards.
“I feel very honored,” Gina told The Daily Dish about the nod during an interview in New York City earlier this week. “I feel like I’ve been nominated for an Oscar, basically.”
She added that she hasn’t prepared her acceptance speech just yet.
“I have no idea why I should win Rookie of the Year. I still keep saying I have no idea how I even got to be a part of this whole thing, so I don’t know!” she said. “I was just myself, I guess. I seem to be getting a good response from people, so it’s nice when you put yourself out there and people have a positive response to that. That’s pretty awesome.”
Gina went on to share how she made it through her rookie season on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She attributes that to her new fellow cast mate, Emily Simpson, who also had a Rookie of the Year nomination.
“Emily should definitely be nominated. Emily rocks. And we definitely are really good friends. We helped each other get through this whole thing. We’re just buddies. We hang out all the time. We talk almost every day. I’ve talked to her, like, five times since I’ve been here already. We see each other at least once a week,” Gina gushed. “And it was really awesome having her [on RHOC]. Team Gemily, we call ourselves.”
“I think if I didn’t have Emily by my side going through this, I would’ve gotten through it, but it definitely feels good to go through it with somebody. You can confide in them, you feel like you’re building your own friendship, and it’s kind of nice because these women have so much history together,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for two brand new people to establish their own friendship. That was cool.”
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The women have also bonded over being moms to three kids under the age of 5.
“Emily and I have a lot in common. We’re the only two on the show who have little kids,” Gina shared. “It’s just really nice to have common ground with someone. And it’s nice to have somebody to have your back that you know is going through the same stuff as you.”