The high life

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“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

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