Dorinda Medley Shares The Vacation Destinations For ‘RHONY’ Season 8 & Teases The Drama They’ll Bring
It feels like all is right in the world now that Real Housewives of New York City is back on the air. We are only one episode into the season and I can already tell that it's going to be a good one. I just want to know more about what's about to go down. I love seeing the Real Housewives in their natural habitat, going to their usual bars and restaurants to stir things up, but I really live for the trips because that's where all of the best drama goes down. Thankfully, during a Season 8 premiere party hosted by Dorinda Medley and newbie Jules Wainstein, Dorinda gives me the scoop on the RHONY vacations this season. So get excited, it sounds like we're in for quite a ride.
As per usual, the ladies will venture to the Berkshires, which all fans know is Ramona Singer's least favorite vacation spot. And the trip sounds like an eventful one. "We went back to the Berkshires. We brought Ramona. There was a total showdown there, which I think you saw a little bit of in the teaser with Bethenny," she says.
A "total showdown" probably doesn't surprise anyone who watches RHONY since the episodes in the Berkshires never disappoint, but there is actually another standout trip that the ladies take this season. "I think Miami was the trip to watch," Dorinda says. "Let's put it this way: I swear to god, we all came home, we came off the plane silent, we all went to our corners and didn't speak for almost, like, three days."
Needless to say, I cannot wait for that one to air. Dorinda adds, "I said to someone 'People are going to think this was scripted.' I think that this trip was one of the most emotionally charged ones. I think there's going to be a lot of [makes gasp sound]."
When Dorinda runs out of words at the end of a sentence, you know that something is truly indescribable. It sounds like Miami is going to be another iconic vacation in Real Housewives history.
And it sounds like the reality star really has gotten the hang of this whole Housewives thing. Dorinda definitely knew how to hold her own during her first year on the show, but she has quickly turned into a seasoned veteran. She explains, "It's much easier coming into a second season because there are no 'what if?' questions or 'what do I expect?' You're ready. You know how to handle it. It's like preparing for battle." I've never described hanging out with my friends as a "battle," but I can see why she has to in this instance. This is not your standard clique, that's for sure.
I have no idea how any of the women can go through all of the drama, live through it again on TV, and then rehash it a million times after, but it seems like Dorinda has learned a lot since her first round of filming. She says,
You get a thicker skin about it. If you choose to do it again a second season, you have to go into it with different sets of eyes. You have to let it go once you leave it. The minute the scene wrapped I was like "OK, that's done. It's gone from the universe. There's nothing I can do about it." Whereas last year, I'd go home and call my mom and ask what she thinks.
It can be pretty daunting putting your whole life out there on national television. Aside from sharing things that used to be public, these cast members are also opening themselves up to a lot of criticism. Dorinda admits that she is not perfect and that becoming comfortable as a reality star takes time:
Last year, I wasn't sure how people were going to respond to me. It wasn't about liking me, but I think what people realized is that I'm human. I cry, I love, I lose, I bleed. I'm not perfect. I somehow manage to get drunk and screw up and the next day look in the mirror and say "OK, I'm starting over."
Dorinda is not afraid to mess up and emphasizes that it is important to learn from your mistakes. She rolls with the punches, says what's on her mind, and is not afraid to admit it when she's wrong, so it is not at all surprising that she is navigating this Real Housewives lifestyle with success and is able to make it through all of the drama, as well as the explosive trips. When it comes down to it, she can find something positive in every single situation while still keeping it real and that's why we all love watching her.
As she says,
I'm just trying to find a little bit of happiness. Life is tough. Life isn't easy. It is especially hard when you are sort of middle aged and lost someone you love and you've got to pick up the pieces again. I'm proud of my successes as much as my mistakes and I'm OK putting it all out there.