If you caught the recently-released Season 9 trailer, you know there are some new faces among The Real Housewives of Orange County this year. (And, since these are Housewives we’re talking about, there are some new old faces as well!) After Season 9 wrapped, Bravo gave Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino their walking papers. Then, last year’s popular new addition, Lydia McLaughlin, opted out of returning to the cast. However you feel about those losses, the bright side is that we get to meet some new ladies this season and we’ll get to see a brand new group dynamic unfold. Even for the returning Housewives, life has brought big changes since we left off with them last year. So, let’s get to know our RHOC newbies and find out what the veterans have been up too!
The “OG of the OC,” Vicki Gunvalson has appeared on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” since season one. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Vicki currently lives in the gated community of Coto de Caza. Recently, her daughter, Briana, son-in-law Ryan, and grandson, Troy moved out of her house and into a nearby condo. Briana is happily pregnant again and after a recent tour in Afghanistan, Ryan has been told by the Marines that he will likely be stationed at a base in Oklahoma. Vicki is forced to deal with the very real possibility that Briana and her family will have to move far away. Meanwhile, Vicki and Brooks have both gone to counselors and are working on their relationship. Although Vicki has forgiven Brooks for his actions over the past year, their relationship continues to be a source of conflict between her and Brianna.
I’m not sure if Vicki got more work done but she’s looking pretty slammin’ in this photo, don’t you think? I’d credit the editor’s photoshop skills but she actually looks just as great in some behind the scenes pics that Tamra shared on Facebook earlier this week. Hair, dress, earrings…it’s all working for ya, girl!
Tamra Judge, formerly Tamra Barney, is a Southern California native from Glendora, CA, who joined the cast in season three. She has four children, 27-year-old Ryan, and three children with her ex-husband. Since getting married to the love of her life, Eddie Judge, last summer, the two spend most of their time together running their boutique workout facility, CUT Fitness, which opened last summer. The two are so busy with its day-to-day operations that they haven’t had time for a honeymoon. Talking about the possibility of having another baby, either through adoption or surrogacy, Tamra wonders how they will be able to handle the demands of their new business with a new addition to the family.
Tamra and Eddie got married in the off season so we’ll be picking up with them as a married couple for the first time. I have to say I was pretty surprised to hear that they are thinking about a baby. Can’t wait to see how that unfolds this season! Tamra is, of course, in tip top shape these days after all those early morning workouts at CUT Fitness.
Heather Dubrow is a working actress and stay-at-home mother of four who joined the cast in season seven. Married to prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Terry Dubrow, they have four children, 10-year-old twins Nicholas and Maximillia, 7-year-old Katarina, and 3-year-old, Collette. Heather and Terry recently sold their home and are living in a rental house for two years while their new bigger and better dream house is built. Heather’s acting career is moving forward and a recent guest appearance on “Hawaii Five-O” has kept her busy as she designs their new home. She and Terry continue to work hard on juggling their career ambitions while maintaining a happy, healthy and balanced family life.
The biggest change for Heather this season seems to be that she’s clashing with several of the other women in the cast. Being the “fancy pants” of the group may have caught up with her as she’s being accused of snobbery. Here’s hoping Heather can work through these issues and be her funny and fabulous self. But, hey, it wouldn’t be The Real Housewives without a little drama anyways, right?
Born and raised in Southern California, Shannon Beador joins the cast this season bringing her unflinching honesty and unconventional ways. She adheres to a holistic lifestyle, keeping her house a toxic free zone with a hospital grade air filtration system and no wi-fi. Her three daughters, 12-year-old Sophie and 9-year-old twins, Stella and Adeline have never eaten cheddar cheese because of the orange dyes. Shannon spends her free time with her energy specialist and a Feng Shui advisor trying to rid herself of any built up anger and resentment. Her 13-year marriage has recently hit a rough patch as she and her husband David struggle to find balance between work, the kids and each other.
Shannon was the first newbie we heard about this season after Tamra outed her via social media. I can’t wait to learn more about her…especially her “unconventional ways”! Quirky Housewives are always the most entertaining and often the most endearing but here’s hoping her quirks are more of the fairy dust sort (a la Lydia’s mom) and not so much the spells and magic crystals type (I’m lookin’ at you crazy Carlton).
Living blocks away from Tamra in Ladera Ranch, Lizzie Rovsek brings her captivating combination of charm, sex appeal and intelligence to Orange County. A former Miss Kentucky, Lizzie is a beauty pageant judge and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting. Now she is busy raising two boys under the age of four while juggling her husband, Christian, and her career as the owner and designer of Sun Kitten Swimwear. Lizzie is from a large family and is contemplating having a third child, hopefully a girl, but is torn between her career aspirations and growing her family.
I have to say, I am blown away by this gorgeous new addition to the Housewives family. Obviously she looks beautiful in this cast photo but do a quick Google image search and you’ll see that she is an absolute stunner. Let’s just hope her interior matches her exterior and that she’s as nice to listen to as look at. Can’t wait to learn more about Lizzie!
Danielle Gregorio – Friend of the Housewives
The newest friend of the housewives, Danielle Gregorio, moved to Orange County 10 years ago and lives in Villa Park. She has two kids, ages 7 and 5, with her husband Joe, who she has known since childhood, and a 15-year-old son from a previous relationship. She is a co-founding member of the charity Heels2Heal-OC, helping underprivileged, critically-ill, abused women and children. Danielle holds her opinions close to her vest, but when she speaks out, she’s brash and brutally honest.
So, we’d heard rumors that Danielle would be a full-fledged Housewife but for whatever reason she didn’t end up making the final cast cut. Could it be this awful dress that did her in? I wouldn’t wish this getup on a 16-year-old prom date. Poor taste in fashion aside, guess we’ll see what Season 9 has in store for Danielle.