I recently had the pleasure to interview Real Housewives of Orange County Star Tamra Barney! Tamra is known on the show for her quick wit and hilarious one-liners, and in our interview we talk about where she stands with her cast mates, the exciting opening of her brand new fitness studio; CUT Fitness, what is going on with her friendship with Gretchen Rossi, and more!
Hi Tamra! Congratulations on the opening of CUT Fitness, I know you’ve been very busy lately. How did the grand opening go?
TB: “It was a huge success, we had about 300 people visit our studio that day. I was overwhelmed with emotion that all these wonderful people came to see what we have built. I am so proud of what we have done and really want to share it with everyone.”
What is it like working with your fiancé, Eddie?
TB: “Overall it has been a great experience. But we have had our moments! We don’t always see eye to eye on certain things when it comes to business, but we have learned to compromise. We have both been working very hard and are passionate about what we are doing.”
It looks great with some really fun Zumba classes, etc. I also love that you have an iPhone app where people can schedule their classes. How often are you at CUT, for people that want to come check it out?
TB: “We just started doing Zumba parties on Friday nights and they are a blast, people really love Zumba. My favorite classes are BODYPUMP and Whine Barre. You can usually catch me taking one or two classes a day. I am at the studio 7 days a week, unless I have to travel for business. We have so many plans for our studio, next stage is to implement kid classes.”
Will we see you working on CUT Fitness in Season 8 of RHOC?
TB: “Yes, you don’t see the finished product since we finished filming before the studio was complete. You will see lots of planning, construction, a pre-sale event and a crazy dinner party with the ladies.”
We are so close to the premiere of the new Season of RHOC. I know it’s been reported you and Vicki are on better terms than last Season, will we see this play out on the show? If so, how did you begin to mend that friendship?
TB: “You will see us take off where we left off in season 7…. Lets just leave it that, I don’t want to give too much away.”
Have you met Briana’s baby, Troy?
TB: “Yes I have and he is adorable. Briana is an amazing Mom ……… just like her Mom.”
In an interview you did recently said you and Alexis were in a better place and you have been able to appreciate the things you have in common. What would viewers be surprised to learn you have in common with Alexis?
TB: “We are both into fitness and nutrition. We both just opened up businesses and we both have kids. I thought it was important for us to concentrate on the things we do have in common if we wanted to move forward.”
What is your opinion of the newest Housewife, Lydia McLaughlin? Do you think she will be received well by viewers?
TB: “I adore her, she is a very easy person to get along with. She is very down to earth and sweet ……….. But don’t mess with her! I think the viewers will love her.”
There was some controversy in a recent interview you did where you supposedly questioned your friendship with Gretchen, and made a joke about the Housewives that sing. Gretchen released a statement saying she was hurt by what you said. Is there anything you’d like to clear up about this?
TB: “I didn’t really question our friendship so much. I just said we had a few issues during filming, we remained friends and worked through them. I never made fun of her business, that was something she made up. But I did comment on her singing when asked. You know I am not one to sugar coat my answers. Other than Kandi Burruss, who is a professional singer, I don’t think any of the housewives/turned singer can sing that well. That’s just my opinion.
I thought the way Gretchen handled the situation was wrong. She ran to the press with an overly dramatic statement, she should of talked to me first. I never meant to hurt her feelings. When it all went down she text me (for 4 hours ) but I was extremely busy working at the studio and juggling kids, that I didn’t have time to get on the phone with her to explain and by the morning she had released her statement. I am so busy focusing on my Fitness studio and kids that I am trying to stay out of the petty drama on social media.”
Are you still close friends with Gretchen?
TB: “I haven’t talked to her since it all went down last week, but I plan on talking to her in person like an adult.”
Will we see any controversy between you and Gretchen this Season?
TB: “There is a little but overall we have a lot of fun together this season.”
Since Season 8 is a wrap, who would you say you have the strongest friendship with on the show?
TB: “Im pretty close to Heather. I had the chance to get to know her better this season and I adore her and Terry. They are very supportive and attended my Grand Opening party.”
I know you’re planning a wedding, which is very exciting! Can you comment if we will be able to watch it on TV? 😉
TB: “ummmm………NO! Its a secret!”
Are any of the women from RHOC in your wedding party?
Do you watch any of the other Real Housewives shows? RHOBH? RHONJ? If so, what’s your take on Brandi vs. Adrienne and Teresa vs. Melissa? Do you have favorites?
TB: “Unfortunately No, I have been so busy with CUT Fitness that I don’t have time to watch TV. I have caught up on a few episodes on the plane lately, but not enough to know everything that is going on.”
Are you working on any other projects you’d like to share?
TB: “The fitness studio is taking up a lot of my time. However I am still part of Wines by Wives and I have recently partnered with a company called CUCA FRESCA. It is an organic spirit and we focus on doing cocktails with natural fresh ingredients. So, it really fits my lifestyle.”
Thank you so much, Tamra, and I can’t wait for the Season premiere. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
TB: “Tune in April 1st. It is going to be a great season.”
Check out these exclusive photos Tamra shared with us from the opening of CUT Fitness!
Photo Credit: Bravo