Fans have been waiting over a year for the second season of The Real Housewives of Dallas, and it’s finally just around the corner.
LAGoss.com caught up with star Stephanie Hollman to chat about the new season, and she also divulged how she makes her marriage work and why she regrets going under the knife.
The gorgeous philanthropist promised plenty of drama when her hit Bravo show returns later this summer, and not just from costar LeeAnne Locken.
“I think it’s going to be a very different season. In my opinion it’s more personal. It’s still light-hearted, still a lot of drama, but I feel like it’s different sides of pretty much everybody on the cast,” she told us.
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“Everyone was really honest with their feelings, so you do get some people going head-to-head all season. In LeAnne’s defence, I feel like you will see a softer side of her as well – somebody who is really trying, and recognises she needs to make a difference, so I’m going to give her that.”
D’Andra Simmons and Kameron Westcott are joining the show, and Tiffany Hendra will just be returning as a “friend” of the Housewives. And Stephanie promises the new cast will be a hit with fans.
“I think whenever you throw new people in the mix it always makes for an interesting dynamic, and I believe this season the cast is incredible,” she told us.
Stephanie joined the show because she wanted to do something for herself after spending years focusing on raising her two boys, and she’s happy that fans have seen the real her.
“It’s very scary to put yourself out there, with editing and everything. I see an episode two days before the general public so you really don’t know it’s going to look like, and it’s just a lot of prayer and faith,” she said.
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“But It was easy for me to sign on for season two because I felt like they did a good job of staying true to who I am. I think I’ll continue doing it until I hit that moment where it’s not good for my family, or I feel like I need to do something else or take a step back.”
Stephanie – who spends her free time volunteering for Big Brother, Big Sister and working on the Women’s Auxiliary Board for domestic violence agency The Family Place – isn’t going to turn the drama up a notch just for the sake of good television.
“I’m not a dramatic person. I’ve never been one to really raise my voice at anyone, including my husband. And I’m a mom, so I don’t want my children to grow up in a family where we are screaming at each other and it’s volatile,” she told us.
“I really try to not do that in my life and I don’t want to change to fit into a cookie cutter image of what the franchise should be. This season I felt more comfortable talking about real issues, and things that were important to me or things that I was struggling with. The fan base is amazing and I felt OK to let them see my troubles and things that keep me up at night.”
Stephanie’s candour extends outside of the show too, and she is happy to discuss how therapy has helped her – and her marriage – through some difficult times.
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“I do therapy with my husband, I’ve done individual therapy, I deal with depression. I’m a normal girl,” she shared. “I think people don’t see that even if somebody can mask it with a smile or with a bubbly personality, everyone hurts and has insecurities they deal with.
“I hope that I’m somebody that people can look at and see that I’m not trying to hide my flaws. I embrace getting better and working on yourself. Mental health is something people don’t talk about because it’s not pretty. It’s something that people look at as flaws but it’s what makes us human and what makes us beautiful. Our struggles are what make us better.’
Stephanie said therapy is “a big secret” when it comes to her happy marriage to husband of nine years Travis, adding that relationships are “a lot of work”.
“Marriage is hard. At the end of the day, I can look at my husband and everyday is a choice to be married, and everyday I choose him and he chooses me,” she said. “And that is the success.”
The charitable mother-of-two brings her same refreshing honesty to discussing how she learned to love her body – and why she regrets having plastic surgery.
“I’ve always struggled with my weight. I’ve always fluctuated. I’m curvy and I just decided one day that you have to embrace your body and what God gave you,” she said. “I don’t weigh myself because I feel like it can get really unhealthy, but I love to run and I run one half marathon a year.
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“I like to work out four to five times a week and I eat healthy. On Saturdays I eat whatever I want and I call that my ‘Faturday’. Because I feel like if you don’t give yourself the indulgence, then it becomes a punishment.”
Stephanie added: “There are always things that people want to change or don’t like about themselves. But we only have one body in our lifetime, and why not just embrace it? Instead of having so much self-hate and self-criticism.”
The reality star would “possibly” consider going under the knife in future, but wants to “preserve” what she has now, and wishes she hadn’t got breast implants in her early 20s.
“That’s something I regret,” she confessed. “I was young and insecure, and honestly wish I wouldn’t have done it because it’s something I’m going to have to keep up with for the rest of my life.”
Stephanie added: “My advice to any girl is wait to do anything like that until you have children, because everything is going to change. I was doing it to try to fit in and be one of the hot girls because I was young. I think I wanted to feel beautiful and I did it for the wrong reasons.”
The Real Housewives of Dallas returns to Bravo for a second season later this year. Check out Stephanie’s lifestyle blog HERE.