RHOC: 8 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets
Bravo’s reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County has grown so much in popularity within the past decade, it has spawned a number of spin offs based in New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, Potomac, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Miami, Vancouver and Beverly Hills. As the original show that started it all back in 2006, RHOC has gone through a lot of changes over the past 11 years. The show is much different than what it was in the first season! In honor of the upcoming 11th season of the show, here’s a look back at 8 behind-the-scenes secrets of The Real Housewives of Orange County:
8. Behind the Gates
The Real Housewives of Orange County was almost called Behind the Gates and it was supposed to follow more of a documentary format. The angle of the show was supposed to portray the lives of families who live in the gated community of Coto de Gaza, Orange County. It’s evident while watching the first season of RHOC that the show has really changed it’s focus within the past few years. The tag lines for the women used to be clips from filming and the credits opened up with the following statement, “7 million families live in gated communities.” It very much had a documentary feel to it. The show also really focused more on the women’s family life whereas now the show revolves around the women’s relationships with one another because that creates more drama.
7. Getting on the Show
Slade Smiley paid $2,500 at an auction to be a part of an unnamed reality show. This is how Jo de la Rosa ended up on the show as one of the original housewives. At the time she wasn’t married or technically a “housewife.” She was only 23-years-old, a recent college graduate who was engaged to Slade Smiley. When asked about why she did it, she said: “I did it for love. I kind of [wanted] to look at it as an amazing experience we could do together as a couple, having no idea what it would become.” In hindsight, she was way too young to take on such a life-changing experience. “I didn’t even know who I was at 23. I was literally growing up in front of America,” she said. Jo received a lot of criticism about her portrayal on the show and it was extremely hard on her, but it was merely a matter of being too young. “If I’m honest with myself, absolutely, 100% [the critics] were right. One: I wasn’t ready for marriage, and two: Slade didn’t deserve that. They’re right. But I was being 23, and I was finding myself.”