Bravo’s reality franchise known as the Real Housewives has been incredibly successful over the past ten years, and it’s all due to the cast of women who keep us reeled in for more drama and more drama. As with all reality shows, the Real Housewives has a revolving door of cast who come and go throughout the years, but there’s a few who’ve stuck around through thick and thin. So what does it take to be a ‘real housewife?’ This list takes a look at how Bravo picks the lucky women who are cast for the show!
A transcript of an interview with a former producer for The Real Housewives of New Jersey was released with exclusive behind the scenes details that only an insider could know! One of the things the producer said was that all of the housewives have to audition for their role on the show. We know some are selected because they are friends of current housewives, but even if they aren’t auditioning, there is always a ‘trial period’ when they begin filming to see if their personality will work well on camera. When asked about Melissa Gorga being invited on RHNJ, the producer said she wasn’t just given a golden ticket in, she had to go through the process. “They auditioned, as does everyone. Look, it’s not like just because she is Teresa’s sister-in-law we instantly cast her because we had heard of bad blood between them. Teresa’s brother and Melissa were filmed for a short period and that was edited into a small compilation to see if they were interesting enough to be on television. This happens on every single show.”