I had a chance to chat with Cat from The Real Housewives of DC the other day. She is a funny woman who speaks her mind and doesn’t hold back. We spoke about her new book, her life, the show, her cast mates, and what she really thinks about The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
I know this blog is mostly sarcastic and I make things up a lot for comedy’s sake, so just incase there is any confusion: this actually is a real interview. (Although now that I think about it… making fake interviews with Housewives could be pretty funny.)
RCH: What have you been up to since the show ended? You finally finished your book. Are you happy to have it completed?
Cat: Well since the publishers had wanted to make my book into something it wasn’t, and somebody else’s voice, I decided to do it alone and self publish. It was one of the hardest, longest projects of my life! Sitting day after day, alone at my desk, for months with the worst back ache possible, was miserable but necessary! And I did it, and I’m really proud to have achieved that goal and the majority of the reviews prior to the hardbacks coming out are great, which makes it all worth the hard work I put in! But it took my mind off what a hideous, toxic, relationship I’d managed to escape from.
Any new love interests? From what I’ve read, you’ve dated/married some pretty interesting people. Do you think you could be happy dating a guy with a normal 9-5 life or do you need something more exciting than that?
Yes I could do a 9-5 man as long as he could take a lot of holidays!!
What was the most surreal scene you filmed throughout the season?
Sitting at Stacie’s at 2am when the Salami’s arrived for a piece of my mind in the final episode. That was super surreal esp as they were the last people on the planet I wanted to see! (but someone had to do it!)
Was there anything edited out of the show you wish wasn’t?
Yes! Tons! Especially when at the reunion when I said to Miss Plastic that how dare she call Jason a liar when she had even had botox done at Ted Gibson salon and walked out and never paid!!
I’m not a big fan of Stacie. She made you look bad on the show by implying that you were racist. Do you forgive her for that? And do you think that maybe she was a little prejudice herself? A lot of things came out of her mouth that, had they been said by a white person, would have been completely unacceptable.
Absolutely. Can you imagine me saying “Are we really taking those black folks to Paris”? I would be impaled on a stake on Pennsylvania ave within hours. I had to leave DC for a couple of weeks as I was getting such grief on the streets after she implied that. It was not a fun time..The only person who bought up color almost every episode was Stacie and yes I was disappointed that she back stabbed me so much but hey, we are friends now.
How is your relationship with Erika now? My theory is that she didn’t like you because she wanted to be a Housewife and felt that as a native DC-er she deserved to be on the show more than you did. What do you think?
There is no relationship whatsoever, nor will there be. I have enough friends here thanks!
Someone recently left a comment on my blog that said:
“OBAMA = One Big Ass Mistake America.”
Funny, huh? What do you think Stacie would say about that?
Depends what color the person who said it was! ha ha ha
Tell the truth: is Lynda a total pot head? And do you think marijuana should be legalized, decriminalized, or should it stay illegal and why?
Of course she is! Lynda and I sit in her basement where we grow it and smoke it and then roll around laughing!!! (kidding). I don’t know about legalizing it. I’m so paranoid about my girls in the future, as it seems pot is often the first stepping stone before harder drugs. Think there should be more research to determine that.
The Salahi’s watched the Super Bowl from the owners box. And they were actually invited. How the hell do they do it? Any ideas?
They make me so sick to my stomach that I don’t even like hearing their names! Wish they would crawl back under the bin they came out from under -forever.
Like Camille Grammer, your marriage was also ending while the show was taping. She blamed her divorce for a lot of the things she said and did this season. Do you buy that, or do you think she’s just using her divorce as an excuse for her naturally bad behavior?
My pain showed on my face, with my “Ukrainian washer woman look, after a hard Slovak winter” (comment from a fan of the show) and I was bloody miserable, but it didn’t affect how I was on the show other than the ‘Aunt Francis dinner’, where I was going home to hell on earth. I have nothing in common with Camille, from what I’ve seen on the show. Period.
Camille also claimed at the reunion that getting divorced was one of the reasons she considered herself to be 30% busier than all the other women. Does getting divorced in fact make you busier, or is that just another excuse?
Bollocks! That was the most ludicrous thing that came out of her mouth…!! I couldn’t see her doing anything. Suppose it’s because I do all cooking, cleaning, washing, and working full time that I can’t relate to that kind of lifestyle..
Taylor’s face: Plastic or fantastic?
Plastic. She is furious with me for saying that she should have put that $65k into an account for therapy for her daughter, having watched her withdrawn, overwhelmed behavior at her party, which I shouldn’t have aired (where is my filter when I need it??!!) So don’t think we’ll ever be friends!
I totally believed Cedric’s story, but you were suspicious of him from early on. What was it about him that made you think he was full of it?
Because he behaved like a ‘taker’ and anyone with a history like his I would have imagined ‘giving’ a whole lot more. Plus you can never trust a guy who wears budgie smugglers. (speedo’s)
Lisa Vanderpump owed several night clubs in London including Jewel, Shadow Lounge, Bar Blanca, Bar Soho and a “Cheers” themed bar on Regent Street (funny, since she’s now friends with Fraiser’s wife). Have you ever been to any of them? She also used to be the door girl at Cork Bar. Do you think you’ve ever run into her in the past while clubbing?
Yes, I’ve been to a few of them over the years, but don’t think we’ve met. I’m sure she and I have several mutual friends..
Both you and Lisa have a “call it like it is” attitude. Is that a British thing, or just a coincidence?
I think it’s a Brit thing. We just don’t beat around the bush!
What do you think of the ring Price William gave to Kate. A little disappointing for a future princess, no?
I’d have preferred a new one, for sure, but I guess that’s his way of keeping his mother close.
You and Prince Harry have mutual friends in common. Even if you don’t get an invitation to the Royal wedding do you think you might attend as someone’s Plus One?
You have to be kidding!! The Queen happy to have me there, a divorced mother having kissed her grandson? I don’t think so! LOL
Where do you live now and where do you see yourself living in the future?
I live on 14th street which I love as its so much more me rather than Chevy Bloody Chase. Its hip, its eclectic and far more buzzing. No idea about the future, since I came here to marry the man of my dreams??!! (or rather nightmares). Ideally I’d like a base here in DC or maybe NYC, and in London.
Do you cook dinner at home or go out to eat more often? What is your favorite recipe to make?
I cook all the time. I LOVE cooking. I like having lots of friends over for Sunday traditional lunches..ie a stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, thousands of roast potatoes and at least a case of wine!
What is you favorite book and why?
My favorite book is “The Journey from Lost to Found” by Susan Jeffers. I was given it when I was going through the toughest time of my life, and it really gave me so much hope. I kept it in my handbag for months (its small and blue) and when ever I needed a little reassurance that life could be OK I would open it at a random page! I bought it for many friends who also loved it!
Have you seen Sarah Palin’s new reality show, and if so, has it changed your opinion of her at all?
I haven’t and I’d rather watch paint dry really slowly, or even rearrange my sock drawer?
Do you think Sarah Palin should join The Real Housewives of DC if there is a second season? I think that would be awesome.
Now that’s a great idea, but isn’t she planning on running the country? Dear god, please no. I need to earn enough money to move to a remote island if that tragedy ever happens. (sorry to all her fans)
Having experienced both, which is better, driving on the right or left side of the road?
I’ve lived in UK, Spain and USA so I’m used to jumping in and out both sides.
Have you ever accidentally gotten in the wrong side of the car, like come out of the super market and then jumped into the passenger seat?
No, but who would have guessed that a ‘real housewife’ drives around in a 1992, old school Ford Bronco, which was our ‘dog truck’ (ie stinks of wet dogs) where the windows don’t go up, has no water/brake fluid, or engine oil, with a HUGE, orange ‘final violation’ sticker across the windscreen? Now that’s what I call keeping a low profile!! LOL!!
The “teaser” I read from your book ends right before you’re about to cheat on your husband who you live with in a mansion on an island in Spain. Did everything in the book really happen or did you take some creative license?
Yes, it all happened. Good, bad and the ugly. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” (George Bernard Shaw).
What exactly are “green wellied bores”?
Women who do nothing but talk about their children, the cost of school fees and horses. (real bores)
Where does the book end, does it cover your time with Charles and The Real Housewives? And do you plan on writing a Part 2?
You better read it…I’m already halfway through part two, which is going to make everyone’s heads spin even more than part one. ‘You aint seen nothing yet!’
“Who would have guessed that my girls and I had to hitch hike to escape, in the worst snow storm in DC in years….”
It will show everyone that anything is possible, and you can never judge a book by its cover, or a woman you think you know having seen her on a reality TV show..when you have no idea what is happening in her life behind the scenes. I think it will give hope to everyone who reads it, that anything is possible if you dare to believe in your dreams and not give up, no matter how bad the situation is you can find yourself in.
The Kindle version of the book is already available on Amazon. When will the actual book be coming out?
I’m so excited to be launching ‘Inbox Full’ in NYC on the 3rd of March and the following week (10th) here in DC with all my fellow cast mates and Bravo, plus my parents are flying out, which will be fantastic!
I’m extremely lucky to have so many great people, and some big names who are supporting the launch, so stay tuned!
A preview of Cat’s book:
Her life was supposed to be perfect, having swapped the English countryside for a manor house in the Mediterranean sun. Complete with husband, kids and animals she lived the paradise dream – until a chance meeting with a beautiful married Swiss banker was to suddenly turn her heart inside out and challenge everything she held dear. She crossed the line of her gilded cage to rendezvous across the world to be with him, leading to explosive consequences that were impossible to predict. She could never go home.
Being a single mother, reinventing herself in the most expensive city in the world was not the plan but she didn’t ‘do’ compromise.
From private jets, super yachts and playboys to school fees and parking tickets. Penniless suicidal nights in ER to being hounded by the world press – This is an extraordinary true story of choices and where they can lead you. Fear and loneliness, painful lessons and lots of hilarious escapades, a rollercoaster ride from spiritual adventures in Peru to all night parties in Ibiza. Her incredible journey of climbing mountains to follow her dream led to arriving in New York for a date with what she believed was destiny…. He was very late.
You can read the book reviews here. There is already some drama going on in the comments between fans of the show and people who claim to have known Cat in the past.