House­wife su­per­star

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ALOT of women would be in­sulted to be told they are a real-life des­per­ate house­wife, but not for­mer ac­tor and mother-of-two Alex McCord.

McCord is one of the five glam­orous women who have al­lowed cam­eras into their New York apart­ments for the new Fox­tel re­al­ity se­ries The Real Housewives of New York City.

As with the se­ries that spawned it — The Real Housewives of Or­ange County, a se­ries about women with too much money and very lit­tle sense — this show fol­lows New York so­cialites as they ne­go­ti­ate ca­reers, so­cial and fam­ily lives.

‘‘I was an ac­tor for more than 10 years and I have a lot of friends who are pro­duc­ers, writ­ers and ac­tors who have done re­al­ity TV,’’ McCord says.

‘‘I heard this was com­ing up and my hus­band and I thought it would be fun and an op­por­tu­nity to have a video al­bum of our fam­ily.

‘‘Back then it still had noth­ing to do with the Real House­wife fran­chise; it was go­ing to be about par­ents who have de­cided to raise their kids in New York as op­posed to the sub­urbs. A lot of peo­ple told me I would be per­fect for it.’’ The Real Housewives of New York City Arena, 9.30pm, Mon­day Re­al­ity se­ries Du­ra­tion: 30 min­utes

McCord says even when the slant of the se­ries changed, she had no hes­i­ta­tion in do­ing it. She says she un­der­stood the se­ries would be edited to cre­ate drama and that she would not al­ways nec­es­sar­ily be pre­sented in the most flat­ter­ing light as a re­sult.

McCord says she is happy with the re­sults so far and has signed on to make a sec­ond se­ries.

She says the show has turned her and the other women into semicelebri­ties.

‘‘It’s now at the point that if I go out for lunch I usu­ally get recog­nised by two or three peo­ple,’’ she says.

‘‘Al­most uni­ver­sally, the peo­ple that take the time to speak to me— 99 out of 100 — want to say some­thing that’s pos­i­tive.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple have said we (McCord and hus­band Si­mon) re­newed their faith in mar­riage.’’

McCord met her Bris­bane-born hote­lier hus­band Si­mon on an in­ter­net dat­ing site al­most 10 years ago. She posted her pro­file as a bit of fun, never dream­ing she would meet her soul­mate.

‘‘Be­fore I met Si­mon I was anti-mar­riage and anti-chil­dren,’’ she says.

‘‘But when you meet the right one, that changes.

‘‘Peo­ple ask me what the se­cret is. Well all I can say is, it will hap­pen when you’re not looking.

‘‘I know it sounds like a cliche, but some­times things are a cliche for a rea­son.’’

Real deal:

Alex McCord didn’t worry about Real Housewives’ new slant.

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