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