It feels like we filmed The Real Housewives of Sydney a lifetime ago now, but in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I'd take a look back at the five things I never expected from my Real Housewives of Sydney adventure!
1. Filming takes a long time.
This isn’t a YouTube video or an Instagram live story – filming days for RHOS were long and tiring – but also a lot of fun. Every trip away felt like schoolies week and every day was filled with laughs and lifelong memories.
It was a full time job – filming from anywhere between 4 to 12 hours a day with interviews and hair, makeup and outfit changes added into the mix. Filming season one took five months from start to finish.
2. I find it really odd to watch myself on TV.
I never really thought too much about what it would be like to see myself on TV.
You know how, when you have a conversation with someone and it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted to or it ends up being really awkward, you end up replaying the conversation over and over in your head with all the things you should have said?
That’s exactly how I feel when watching RHOS. I found myself cringing when something I said comes across the wrong way – or when I see someone saying one thing in their interviews and another thing to me in the moment. Eek!
3. Dessert just never seems to happen.
I definitely have a sweet tooth – and being a Real Housewife of Sydney meant forgoing SO many desserts!
We’d eat dinner, the drama would come out, someone would storm off and there goes my dessert again! In fact, there wasn’t a single meal we had where we got to dessert. So many missed opportunities!
Most of the time, meals looked like messy takeaways eaten wherever we could before filming the next scene!
4. I’d make lifelong friends
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to meet and get to know my fellow housewives and our crew! There are many who I know will be lifelong friends and we really are “real life” friends – texting each other and keeping in contact on a regular basis.
5. It was an emotional rollercoaster
You only have to watch the series to know that each episode brings a whole cacophony of emotions – but being on the other side of the camera was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.