So, um, Peacock surprise-dropped the first three episodes of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip last night (!!!). That’s right—a full two days ahead of the scheduled premiere. Yes, we’re freaking out too.
If you’ve somehow missed the lead-up to this much-anticipated series, here’s the TL;DR: Bravo and Peacock sent seven of the most beloved fan-favorite Housewives—Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice (New Jersey), Cynthia Bailey-Hill and Kenya Moore (Atlanta), Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer (New York), and Kyle Richards (Beverly Hills)—to a villa in Turks and Caicos for a weeklong vacay and, obviously, filmed the entire thing. And it was about as wild as you’d expect.
We sat down with Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga right before the early premiere to get all the behind-the-scenes deets on what it was *actually* like to be
stranded vacationing on an island with this wild crew. Read on for what went down before the trip even started, advice for why it’s time to stop putting off that trip with your girlfriends, and her take on all the social chatter about the “OG” Housewives.
So, is this show going to be totally wild, or what? What can viewers expect?
This is definitely something that the fans have been begging for for over a decade, just for Bravo to put us all on an island together and see what happens. It’s like a love letter to the fans. And it’s just so different. I mean, cameras were with us 24/7. When we film Real Housewives of New Jersey, you get a break and the cameraman leaves and you have the rest of your night. But this was seven full days with the cameras in the walls and audio in the walls. There was no escaping.
How quickly after you got to the house did the drama start?
Like, instantly. Before we even got to the island, there was drama on the plane. On the plane! And before that. You know what, better than that, there was drama when we were still in our own cities and just talking about the trip.
Was there anybody that you were nervous to spend a full week with going into it?
Well, I can honestly say I had a relationship with every one of the women, and I had spent time with every single one of them. I was just curious to see, like, how everyone was going to mesh together. It made me nervous, because I’m always friends with everyone and then it puts me in a weird position when they argue.
You’ll definitely see some moments between Teresa and I that go back to, like, me getting on this show. There are moments between all the Housewives with the other girls from their cities. Kyle lucked out because she got to come by herself.
Any favorite memories from the trip?
One of the nights I host a sleepover party where we’re all in matching pajamas and we do some wild things. I mean, we pretty much pretend we’re back in high school, and it’s just so much fun and such a great girls’ night.
Tell me about the confessional booth room—you could go in at any time and just talk straight to the cameras, right?
That was honestly my favorite part. I would run in there as much as I could and push the little red button. I had more fun with that on-the-fly interview booth than anyone, I think. We would get a little tipsy and then just run in there together and start talking. I was like, “I’m living my dream of being on Real World, this is amazing.” Sometimes when you’d walk out there would be people waiting outside the door because they wanted to get in.
Okay, I have to ask: What do you make of all this talk on Instagram and Twitter of the “OG Housewives” and how the others on this trip were all OGs?
I mean, it’s just…it’s a thing, I guess. I guess there’s, like, a couple OG-OG’s out there that have been there since day one. And they like to hold their crowns high. And yeah, it’s just…it’s one of those things. Like, I don’t know where this started, the OG thing. But I guess if you’re like the last standing on the franchise, that means you can hold the crazy for that long. I guess you’re that good at holding the crazy, you know, so my hat goes off. I came a season and a half later, so I don’t get the official OG status, whatever.
After this trip and all the drama it entailed, do you have any advice for readers when it comes to traveling with a group of girls?
Just to do it. I’m always the first one out of my girlfriends who’s hesitant, because it just sounds like a lot. And with me, it’s leaving the kids, leaving my husband, it’s easier to stay home. But you definitely need to do it. You cannot let too much time pass without having a girls’ trip. You can’t. It’s really so amazing to bond with women and just have that girl time. Sometimes as a wife and as a mother, you forget what it’s like to just go be silly and be with other girls and, like, let go of all your other hats for a minute. So I am all about a girls’ trip.
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