Tamra Judge is dishing to Glamour about the new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, especially the three new women that were added to the cast. Shannon Beador, Lizzie Rovsek and Danielle Gregorio. Tamra talks about the new women and how they changed the dynamic of the show, how married life with Eddie is and more.
So, what are we going to see this season?
Tamra: Well, for me personally, I’m newly married, and we opened up Cut Fitness—so last season you saw where I was doing the build up and now we’re actually open for business. I filmed a lot there. [Also in the season,] Eddie and I talk about having a child together, and we get a loaner baby. It’s a robot.
Like what high school kids have for class?
Tamra: Yes, exactly! It was a whole sh-t show. I’m not going to give you too much, but it was an eye opener. You forget what it’s like to have a newborn. I killed it twice. At this age, when you’re sleeping you need to sleep. And when the robot wakes up several times in the middle of the night, you start rationalizing in your head, “It’s a robot. It’s not a real-life baby. I don’t need to wake up.” But then it’s connected to a computer… Eddie [Judge] and I got 47 percent. I think that’s failing. There’s a funny moment where we have to send it back, and you do get attached, and we put it in the box, and it started screaming inside. I was like, “Well, we can’t put it on the front porch—we’ll get arrested!” Little did I know, Eddie was on the computer and you can program a test cry, so every time I would box it up he would test cry it. He was just screwing with me. [Laughs]
So, there are new castmates this season…
We have two new girls. Well, two-and-a-half girls—two housewives and a friend. Now the new girl… Let me just say, I start off being friends with everybody, until they do something stupid. And then that’s when…you know.
When does the cast find out that there are new housewives?
Tamra: We find out when the show officially gets picked up. We really don’t know who’s coming back, until somebody doesn’t get an offer, and then we know somebody’s getting replaced. This year Gretchen [Rossi] and Alexis [Bellino] were not coming back, then Lydia [McLaughlin] fell out at the last minute. So it was difficult on us original girls—the girls that were left—because it’s not that easy to film with people that you don’t know well. We filmed extra long this season, I think, because of that. It takes a while to get to know new people, and let’s face it: Heather [Dubrow], myself, and Vicki [Gunvalson], we ultimately get along.
When the new housewives first join, what are they like?
Tamra: Well, there’s two types. There’s the type that comes on strong. They think they know it all. And that’s how Gretchen came on to the show. We have one like that this year, so I don’t know if I’m going to like her next year. She just came on knowing everything and how to do everything, you would think that she was a pro at it. And she had studied the show.
Do you give them any tips when they start?
Tamra: Yes, this is what I tell everybody: I’m not here to be your friend, I’m here to make a good show. [Laughs] You know what, we are friends—and as much as I like to say the past housewives didn’t really get along, we do so many things together, we have so many experiences together, that it becomes a very dysfunctional family.
Are there any former housewives that you miss?
Tamra: I get asked that question all the time, and there are housewives that are gone that I like, but do I wish they came back? No. I feel like there’s a process to this show, and you want to look forward, you don’t want to look backward. I wish them all well, but I’ll look at you through my review mirror!
How’s it with Vicki this season?
Tamra: Oh, it’s always up and down. I always say Vicki’s like my sister. We can fight and argue and I can speak my mind to her, and then it’s like, “OK, where are we going for lunch today?” It’s always going to be a constant battle, but the two of us together, we’re just like a comedy show.
So what’s the secret to keeping a friendship for so many years, despite the ups and downs?
Tamra: I think we just really care about each other. The whole Brooks thing…I never would have said anything if I didn’t care about her. I had an opinion. She had an opinion when I was married to Simon. That’s what friends do.
And how’s married life?
Tamra: Married life is good! Eddie and I get along really well. We have our little arguments every once in a while, but most of all we love each other, he loves my kids, and we have a business together, so we’re togethera lot.
Is it hard being in business together?
Tamra: It’s not always easy. We have different philosophies when it comes to business, and we rarely agree on anything. In the beginning, I thought, “What did I get myself into?” But now, a year later, he’s got his strong points, and I’ve got mine. So we learned.
What’s his take on filming the show? He seems so comfortable on camera!
Tamra: He does!? It’s not Eddie’s nature to be in a dramatic show like this. He’s usually the peacekeeper, and he’s very calm. I think he comes across like that. He has, however, kind of come out of his shell. I think he told Vicki to suck it this year, which is very… I mean, I’ve never even heard him say that to anybody! I’m like, “Really? You don’t ever say that and you’re going to say it on national TV?” He was like, “Well, she was bugging me!” I’m rubbing off on him, and he’s rubbing off on me.
Sounds like working together is going well—how is the gym?
Tamra: It’s really worked out for us in the sense that Eddie has had one foot in the fitness industry for over 20 years, and he’s an athlete. I’ve always been a fitness enthusiast, but I’ve never been in the industry—other than when I taught aerobics when I was very young. It was something we both have a passion for, so we decided to open up something that’s a little bit unique—it’s a studio, it’s not a big-box gym. There’s no equipment there other than cycling bikes. But we have about 10 different formats, where you can go in and take a cycling class, a Barre class, yoga…we offer 10-12 different types of classes so your body doesn’t get used to training the same way. It’s a lot of work, but we did it.
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