The high life
“And the roller- coaster began,” she smiled.
Roach admits she was going through some tough times when her Real Housewives experience began.
“My 17- year marriage ended in a minute and something I thought was going to be for the rest of my life collapsed in front of me,” she said.
At the same time, Roach was financially independent and found herself in a position where “I didn’t have to make any compromises”. So she was able to start fresh in many ways, something she describes
Janet Roach ( second from right) with her as “both frightening and fabulous”.
For Roach, it involved enjoying new- found freedom in her personal life while continuing to thrive professionally. And it also meant spending a lot of time with a collection of new friends under the gaze of the camera, something she found both exhilarating and exhausting.
Roach only knew one other Melbourne Housewife before
“But it sounded like fun, and I have nothing to hide, so why not give it a go?”
joining the show, and she diplomatically describes her relationship with forthright barrister Liano, stretching back 25 years, as “strong”.
“I met these girls, all of whom have strong opinions, great jobs and so much happening in their lives, and I love them all ... well, except Gina,” she smiled.
“Now I do love Gina. She makes me laugh. But Gina’s line is, ‘ I’m a barrister, I deal in facts’. And I think Gina maybe manipulates the facts, and therein lies the problem. She continually puts her spin or her slant on the facts, and
cohorts. we’re continually calling her on it.”
Among such powerful people it’s bound to be the case that a few sparks are bound to fly, and Roach confesses to feeling a little concerned how the interactions and encounters between the stars of the show might be presented.
“They filmed hundreds of hours of footage of us and we had no idea how we may come across,” she said.
However, her first look at an episode of The Real Housewives of Melbourne put her fears to rest. No wigpulling here, it seems.
“You could have heard a pin drop when it first started,” she laughed.
“There’s a lot more humour in this version as well – I think the Australian girls can take the mickey out of themselves a bit more.
“There are a lot of arguments between us, but I don’t think they’re spiteful. In the end, we just agree to disagree and have a drink. It’s a very Australian thing to do!”
The Real Housewives of Melbourne, premieres Sunday, Arena ( pay- TV), 8.30pm