DOU­BLE THE FUN

The sec­ond sea­son of The Real Housewives of Mel­bourne, which starts Sun­day, has re­ceived a shake-up with the ar­rival of new char­ac­ters

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - ALISON STEPHEN­SON

True to form, Jackie Gil­lies is ready to “shine, shine, shine” for the next se­ries of The Real Housewives of Mel­bourne. In fact, the pro­fes­sional psy­chic was so over­whelmed with the re­ac­tion to her favourite phrase dur­ing sea­son one that she’s work­ing quickly to legally pro­tect it.

“Do you know what’s hi­lar­i­ous, I’ve been say­ing that for the last 12 to 13 years,” she says.

“It’s a ref­er­ence to send­ing pos­i­tive en­ergy back to the uni­verse and not tak­ing on any neg­a­tiv­ity and now I’ve got so many beau­ti­ful peo­ple scream­ing it out to me when I’m at the shop­ping cen­tre and I think it’s beau­ti­ful that they’re send­ing their bless­ings.

“I’m in the process of get­ting it trade­marked.”

Af­ter a break from all the drama and long days of film­ing, which Gil­lies says at times make her feel like she’s been “hit over the head with a base­ball bat”, she can’t wait to see the sec­ond sea­son fi­nally de­but on Fox­tel’s Arena on Sun­day.

But there’s been a few changes to the Housewives cast this time round, with Gil­lies say­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of two new housewives, Gam­ble Breaux and Pet­ti­fleur Berenger and the exit of An­drea Moss cre­ates a whole new dy­namic within the group.

“They’ve (Gam­ble and Pet­ti­fleur) shaken things up a lot, and I don’t think they knew what they were get­ting into! You know, things come out in peo­ple’s past that they don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to come out and fame is a funny thing, you start to see peo­ple change.

“For me it’s re­ally im­por­tant to re­mem­ber where you come from,” the New­cas­tle na­tive added.

“A lot of peo­ple ask me ‘oh my God, what’s it like be­ing on TV and go­ing to red car­pets and glam­orous events’ and I’m like ‘that doesn’t de­fine me’. It’s been in­ter­est­ing to see how that has changed some of the ladies and I’ve been blown away by it to be hon­est.”

Gil­lies, the youngest of the housewives at 34, says the two new women have been well cast and while there is just as much drama, ten­sion and tears in sea­son two, there’s more “res­o­lu­tion” this time round.

“At the end of day you might be all hang­ing out and some­times you get dragged into sit­u­a­tions and con­ver­sa­tions you wouldn’t nor­mally find your­self in and you have to give your opin­ion and it looks like you’re bitch­ing when you’re not.”

So why then did she sign on the dot­ted line for sea­son two?

“At the end of the day I think I’ve been well re­ceived. I’ve had a lot of sup­port and a great fol­low­ing on­line and that fol­low­ing comes from who I am as a per­son, rather than por­tray­ing some­one else. If peo­ple love who I am then I want to keep on inspiring peo­ple. I knew be­ing a psy­chic that I’d be put up for ridicule, it’s not the nor­mal thing, but if I can in­spire peo­ple to be them­selves … then I’m do­ing my job.”

Gil­lies is now work­ing hard on ex­pand­ing her LaMas­cara brand, re­cently branch­ing out into a range of al­co­holic iced teas called High Tea.

As for the juiciest thing we can ex­pect?

“There’s go­ing to be some­thing that comes up where there is a mas­sive, mas­sive blow-up that I think peo­ple will be re­ally sur­prised by,” she said. “I was in shock, I was just sit­ting on chair laugh­ing at the whole sit­u­a­tion, go­ing ‘what the F was that?’”

The Real Housewives of Mel­bourne are (back, from left) Jackie Gil­lies, Chyka Kee­baugh and Ly­dia Schi­avello; and (front, from left) Janet Roach, Pet­ti­fleur Berenger, Gina Liano and Gam­ble Breaux.

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