The Real Housewives of Sydney is without a doubt one of the most dramatic and intense reality shows the small screen has ever seen. Following its successful debut down under, as well on reality TV streaming service hayu in the UK, the show finally got its official Lifetime broadcast premiere in October, and continues every Tuesday on the channel.
We got the chance to chat to one of the show’s most vocal and entertaining characters, Krissy Marsh, to find out why she joined the series, her plans for the future and more.
For those who haven’t yet jumped into The Real Housewives of Sydney, how would you describe the series to prepare new viewers?
Hold on to your hats! It’s one of the craziest rollercoaster rides. It’s an absolute rollercoaster ride. What you think of everyone from the beginning all the way up to the reunion; it completely changes. Even watching after the series ended was crazy for me, understanding what the housewives said about each other behind each other’s backs was very, very interesting.
If the UK was shocked by other Housewives shows, this is more shocking than anything. You couldn’t even script what happens.
Was it a hard decision to jump onto the series and become a cast member?
Not at all. I’d lived in Shanghai for the last two or three years so I was ready to do something new. I’d been modelling on TV since I was two, so being in front of the camera wasn’t completely unfamiliar to me either. When one of my girlfriends stopped me in the middle of Double Bay and asked me if I’d do it, at first my reaction was, ‘as if I’d do something like that…’, but I’ve got a really big family and everyone supported me wholeheartedly.
Filming the show of course has to see you make huge adjustments to your life, such as being followed by cameras as you mentioned! How long did it take you to really relax when filming the show?
Virtually straight away, which was really funny. You’re not totally followed around ALL of the time so it’s pretty easy… I also think it depends on who gets drunk and who says what. Also, I’ve found the person you least expect to be natural in front of the camera turns out to be the one that is the most natural!
My father who’s usually more quiet absolutely stole the show – also after initially doubting me about signing up for it! I felt very comfortable straight away thought. With me, what you see is what you get.
You get into quite a bit of drama in the show; where does your relationship with the other Housewives stand today?
Some of us now are great friends and will be for life… Some I don’t want to see.
What were some of your favourite moments looking back on the series?
We’ve had some really funny moments; we had an absolute blast going to Whitsundays.
I also LOVED the reunion as it was such a bittersweet moment.
I’m also proud of how I came across. That’s a highlight for me; I went in with so much gusto.
How do you think Real Housewives of Sydney stacks up when compared to other branches of the Housewives franchise?
No one in the world has the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, the background, the view, all of it. Everything is outdoors. It’s so stunning, forget us, we’re all crazy. The scenery alone is the reason to watch. The actual backdrop and what you see is so much better than Melbourne. Our city is visually stunning; the lighting, everything.
We’ve heard a lot of conflicting rumours about a second season of the show; can you give us any updates? Will you be returning?
To say I’ve enjoyed being part of the show would be an understatement, and of course, it would be fantastic to be part of a second series. Watch this space!
Who would you like to see make a return to the series if you do make a comeback?
Victoria and Nicole are my really, really close friends; our sons go to school together. Definitely them.
What are some of your other favourite Housewives shows and cast members?
Bethenny Frankel; she’s so real! She’s amazing. I love her. I love all the shows to be fair, what you see is what you get. I love Melbourne too, but I do absolutely love the American shows.
Finally, what should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
I’ve got three children, so that takes up a lot of my time! The Wishing Well, I’ve really been working closely with them and really getting heavily involved in my charity work; it’s one of my biggest passions.
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster and residential care, a range of holistic healing and treatment options not available to them in the mainstream.
It raises funds from sources which include corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and through fund-raising activities at community events.
The Real Housewives of Sydney continues Tuesdays on Lifetime at 9pm.