THE WIFE LIFE
WHY REAL HOUSEWIVES THINK THE GC SHOULD BE NEXT
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.