All too often, every scene on reality TV seems to be about glamorous red carpet moments and fabulous, over-the-top trips. One of the latest additions to the cast of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York (catch the season five premiere on Monday), Aviva Drescher, will tell you that life can get messy. In fact, when we caught up with her, she was trying to manage a couple sick kids, all while doing phone interviews from her busy apartment.
Drescher knows how to overcome hard times: she lost her leg in a farming accident at age six. But hasn’t let the amputation define the way she lives and the experience hasn’t slowed her down one bit! Keep reading to learn more about how Drescher stays healthy and how she feels about the reality TV trend.
What has surprised you the most about taping a reality show?
It’s 10 times more work than I had anticipated. I filmed 180 scenes, and 85 percent of that doesn’t get used. It’s not just going to lunch—filming is actually a really hard job! I don’t want to roll out of bed in sweats since millions of people are potentially watching, so planning all of the outfits takes some time. Plus, Bravo doesn’t provide hair and makeup. You’re on your own with that.
The crew is really nice. There are so many people involved to make a great show—it’s not just [executive producer] Andy Cohen and a camera!