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
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.