Housewives:

The Real Housewives of Syd­ney has the char­ac­ters in place to match the suc­cess of the Mel­bourne fran­chise, writes ANNA BRAIN

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Keep it real

IT takes all types to cast the right mix on a re­al­ity show, and The Real Housewives of

Syd­ney co-stars Melissa Tkautz and Lisa Old­field are an ex­cel­lent case in point.

Tkautz, a mild-man­nered pop singer and mother of two, keeps her hus­band off-lim­its and is on her best be­hav­iour (at least for now).

Old­field, also a mother of two, is an out­spo­ken, di­vi­sive char­ac­ter who has flung open her home to the cam­eras – and if you don’t like what you see, she doesn’t care.

Wel­come to the sec­ond edi­tion of the Aussie se­ries, fol­low­ing the wildly suc­cess­ful Mel­bourne fran­chise.

Drink-fling­ing and name­call­ing abound as seven larger-than-life per­son­al­i­ties give us a glimpse into their up­mar­ket lives in the glam­orous har­bour city.

Old­field, a busi­ness­woman who is mar­ried to One Na­tion founder David, says she takes a gung-ho ap­proach to be­ing on the small screen.

“I’m Lisa Old­field, warts and all,” she says. “I don’t pre­tend to be some­thing I’m not. I don’t dis­guise how I feel. I’d rather ask for for­give­ness than per­mis­sion.”

It’s hard to be­lieve she was in hos­pi­tal, re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous spinal surgery, un­til a week be­fore film­ing started.

“I don’t want to be too melo­dra­matic, but if I hadn’t done some­thing sooner rather than later, I would’ve been a quad­ri­plegic,” she says.

With painkillers on board (“I don’t rec­om­mend En­done with Bollinger chasers – es­pe­cially when you’re go­ing on cam­era,” Old­field quips), she jumped into the drama head­first.

Prop­erty princess Krissy Marsh is the first to fall foul of Old­field’s scathing tongue, mak­ing for some awk­ward mo­ments when the group got to­gether for a screen­ing of the first episodes.

Old­field sets the scene: “I’m sit­ting next to Krissy’s hus­band as I’m [on air] say­ing she gives [sex­ual favours] be­hind the bike shed. He’s a great guy, he thought it was hi­lar­i­ous. Krissy, maybe not so much,” she says.

“With some­one like Krissy, she’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent off-cam­era than she was on­cam­era. I don’t know whether she was de­lib­er­ately try­ing to play a bimbo, or a mean girl. I don’t un­der­stand ar­ti­fice.”

Mean­while, Read My Lips singer Tkautz has firm ideas on what bound­aries need to be kept.

She says her fi­nancier hus­band, whom she mar­ried in 2009, will not ap­pear on the show, as “this is my world, and he has his world”.

In the first episodes, she also stays on the side­lines dur­ing some heated ar­gu­ments. “I will stick up for my­self, but I won’t in­sert my­self into some­thing that’s noth­ing to do with me,” she says.

What you will see from this group – which also in­cludes beauty queen Ni­cole O’Neil, en­tre­pre­neur Vic­to­ria Rees and artist Athena X Levendi – is cock­tails, par­ties, shop­ping and beauty treat­ments.

Matty Sa­maei, a plas­tic surgery en­thu­si­ast who de­scribes her­self as “very self-made … and beau­ti­ful”, owns a Dou­ble Bay Medispa clinic which dou­bles as a con­fes­sional for her friends and cus­tomers – in­clud­ing Old­field, who is open about her fa­cial treat­ments,

sug­gest­ing she used the ex­cess fat from li­po­suc­tion to make soaps for gifts.

Tkautz is sim­i­larly adamant that women should feel free to do what makes them feel good. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t mat­ter how much work you’ve had done,” she says.

“I like to work out and eat well be­cause it makes me feel good about my­self. Do I have fa­cials and lasers and bo­tox? Sure. What­ever I need to do to make my­self feel good.”

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SYD­NEY

SUN­DAY, 8.30PM, ARENA

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