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It’s a show that re­lies on cat­fights, boozy lunches and gos­sip to sur­vive, but Ni­cole O’Neill, a Bond busi­ness grad­u­ate, is adamant the show can be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on women.

“All seven of us are strong, in­de­pen­dent women and although we’ve mar­ried suc­cess­ful men we’re very suc­cess­ful in our own right,” she says.

“And suc­cess is not just mea­sured in fi­nan­cial terms; there are so many other el­e­ments.

“This show al­lows us to show that and I think even though we love beauty and glam­our and get­ting dressed up we’re all in­tel­li­gent women who have done things with our lives.

“That’s what I want to show young women, to say you know what? You can have both sides of it.”

For­mer Gold Coast girl Krissy Marsh holds a sim­i­lar stance in that she re­fused to com­pro­mise her morals or em­bel­lish her char­ac­ter.

“The pro­duc­ers would try to get me to say some­thing or do some­thing and if it’s not some­thing I’d do in real life, I wouldn’t do it,” she says.

“They wanted me to com­pare the housewives’ dress style, ‘Who do you think dresses the worst?’ I will not do that.

“Or ‘Tell me who you think is the wealth­i­est?’

“Of course you’ve got an opin­ion – you see some­one walk­ing down the street, you might not like what they’re wear­ing but you don’t blurt it out and say it.”

From what the women de­scribe, the pro­duc­ers play a mam­moth role in the mak­ing of the show, guid­ing the plot and spark­ing con­flict, to the point where there was ac­tu­ally too much con­flict.

“They haven’t shown a lot of the con­flict on the show it was that bad – so that’s say­ing some­thing,” Krissy laughs.

“At one point Lisa Old­field posted a pic­ture (on so­cial me­dia) of Amy Wine­house with the cap­tion ‘Five years sober’ be­cause she’d been dead for five years and I got re­ally up­set with that.

The girls were like ‘just un­fol­low her’ but I didn’t think I should have to do that, I wanted to have my say.

“I’ll stand up for what I be­lieve in.”

Both women agree that there is a lot of con­flict in the show – and let’s be hon­est, that’s what many peo­ple are tun­ing in for – but they’re also cer­tain au­di­ence’s will recog­nise plenty of Aussie wit.

“I think it def­i­nitely has that Aus­tralian hu­mour in it and peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate that around the world,” Ni­cole says.

“There’s some­thing about an Aussie girl who can laugh at her­self, who knows how to have a good time.

“Life’s just too short to not make the most of it, I think that ethos, which is all in­grained in us as Aussies, comes out a lot in the show.”

With sea­son two con­firmed, the peo­ple be­hind the cam­eras must be con­fi­dent au­di­ences will like what they see, and Krissy says it wouldn’t sur­prise her if the Gold Coast was next.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to Real Housewives of the Gold Coast – god they call us plas­tic I’m like you haven’t been to the Gold Coast,” she laughs.

“But also here, like Syd­ney, you’ve got beau­ti­ful vis­tas – I think that’s what Syd­ney has as op­posed to Mel­bourne.

“Yeah I’m pre­dict­ing a Gold Coast show, I think it’d be fan­tas­tic.”

The Real Housewives of Syd­ney pre­mieres on Arena Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 at 7.30pm (Qld time).


Krissy Marsh and Ni­cole O'Neil have been on the Gold Coast pro­mot­ing The Real Housewives of Syd­ney ahead of the pre­miere show.

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