Gina Kirschenheiter is teasing juicy new details about what’s in store for the ladies of The O.C. ahead of season 17 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. She’s revealing that returning co-star Tamra Judge came back with a “feisty” vengeance and a thirst for a cocktail … or three.
After a two-season hiatus, many fans were excited to hear that Tamra was returning to the OG franchise. This included Gina, who said Tamra is “made for” reality television and a “really good cast member.”
“If nothing else, she’s Tamra, and she’s feisty as f–k,” Gina told Page Six while attending the premiere of Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge this past weekend. She added that liquid courage may have had something to do with the CUT Fitness co-owner’s fiery attitude, saying, “Tamra was very lit a lot [of the time.]”
Newcomer Jennifer Pedranti, who attended the event alongside Gina, interjected and said, “There were parts that I was like, ‘Sit down, have a bite, have a drink of water, girlfriend.’”
Gina agreed, saying Tamra was in desperate need of a “time out and carbs” quite a few times throughout filming.
Season 17 of RHOC will also see Vicki Gunvalson making a few comeback cameos. This was a scenario that Gina was wary of at first, but she ultimately ended up enjoying it, commenting that Vicki seemed much more “at peace” and “comfortable” while filming than she has in the past.
“When she first came back, I was like, ‘I don’t know how I feel about this.’ But honestly, Vicki was so fun. She’s so funny. It was a joy to have her back,” Gina told the outlet.
Jennifer agreed, adding, “She was a girl’s girl! She would pull me aside, and she kind of wanted to love up and give me advice.”
Last season of RHOC saw Gina strike up a friendship with co-star Heather Dubrow, but Gina confessed that this season, the two “really go through it.”
“I’m not gonna lie, this season, Heather and I went through it. We definitely did,” she admitted. “It really was up and down for Heather and me this season. It got real.”
Gina has previously spoken about how she was much more vocal with her thoughts and feelings this season, and she gave up drinking so she could be in a clearer frame of mind. She divulged to the outlet that boundaries were an issue for her this go-round.
“When I get offended or somebody crosses a line — I don’t care who you are, how much money you have — I have boundaries. And when you cross those boundaries, that’s not OK with me,” Gina said, adding that she was “very vocal when things were bothering” her.
Newbie Jennifer, who was brought into the group by Tamra, said that her inaugural season of RHOC was “shocking.” She was taken aback by Tamra’s behavior toward her as she’s only known her as her “girlfriend” and not as a Housewife.
“So, to come into this part of Tamra’s life and our friendship, there were parts for me where I was like, ‘Holy s–t, what is happening right now?’” she said.
Season 17 of The Real Housewives of Orange County premieres Wednesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.
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