Listen, if you know me then you know that I am reality TV obsessed. So when it was announced that Hayu, a reality TV-focused streaming platform, was going to be launching in Canada, I was all over that.
Each and every week, as I lay on my couch endlessly watching Netflix, I just wish I could stream to my heart’s content Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives. And now, that time has come. The platform includes 6,000 episodes of reality TV from over 200 different shows, offering a variety of complete series for only $5.99. Now if you’re like me and like to watch an entire series episode by episode as they are released, don’t worry: the service has got you.
Recently, when they had their official Hayu Canada launch at the Love Child Social Club in Toronto, they announced that the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey would be streaming and Housewife Dolores Catania was there to celebrate.
I had the chance to catch up with Dolores, who is just as sweet as you can imagine, to talk about what it’s like to be a housewife, what the deal is with her relationship with Frank and finally, if she watches reality TV herself.
Edit Seven: So what’s it really like to film on the Real Housewives?
Dolores Catania: I have to be honest with you, it always felt very natural to me. Like, the new girl (this upcoming season), I’m not going to say which one, is like, “Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m a Housewife”. In my head, I’m like “Oh my god, you’re so corny”. But to me, it’s just my every day, sharing my life with people. I’ve always been around a lot of people. I’m from a really big family, so it doesn’t feel very different to me, I think because of that.
E7: Do you have to share your entire schedule or calendar of events with the production staff? How does it work?
DC: You have to share everything. When you sign on for this, you know what is expected of you and, if you don’t share something in your life, then it’s frowned upon.
E7: That makes sense, so do you think that’s why there was such an uproar when Kenya Moore got married during the Housewives of Atlanta?
DC: If you hide things, they don’t like it, and it’s not fair to the public either. But here is the thing with that (Kenya). That’s a grey area and I’ll tell you why. Because, when you get into a relationship with someone, they’re not under contract, they’re not on the payroll. You know, it’s up to them if they want to share their life. If they’re not, it’s not their job to share their life. Or in some cases, their job doesn’t allow it, which is in the case with mine. My boyfriend is a doctor, and the hospital that he works for doesn’t want him filming.
E7: So I know that last season your relationship with Teresa Giudice seemed a little bit strained at points, but you always kind of had Siggy Flicker there to fall back on. But now this season, Siggy’s gone, have things between you and Teresa got any better?
DC: People who’ve been friends as long as we have, and who’ve been through as much together as we have, we always checked in on each other, we always stayed close. I filmed with her a few times. So, we had some discourse last year but there was never a separation at all. The thing with Siggy, I felt it was right to stand by Siggy, I felt Teresa was wrong to side with somebody who she knew not too long (Margaret Josephs), so you’ll see how everything falls into place this season.
E7: I was also going to ask, do you really believe the relationship that’s transpired between Teresa and Danielle – is that real, or is that really complicated, or do we have to wait until this season?
DC: Jersey is a lot of ‘what you see is what you get’. I’m not just saying it because it’s my franchise, I’m being honest with you. Teresa really does like Danielle. I don’t see them chumming up every day and going out, but yeah, they have mended fences and they have come to a place where they have found peace. I have a saying in this business, “Peace is like the sun, you have to catch it while it’s shining.”
E7: I really like that advice!
DC: It’s the truth because you don’t know when it’s going to last, you don’t know when somebody’s going to say something, when something’s going to be distorted, you just never know. So if you’re going to get along with someone, you get along with them while you can.
E7: OK, so you probably get asked this question a million time: but what’s the deal with you and Frank?
DC: (laughs) I just got off the phone with Frank. He was on his way home from a date and he told me, “I just feel like I’m just looking for love. I’m mad at you right now. Like why did you have to throw me out?” Frank and I do everything married couples do like I’ve said. We’ll always stay close. But Frank’s not meant to be with one person, maybe. You know what, if I took Frank back he’d probably be decent. And if he screwed around with someone I could care less at this age as long as I’m treated very good. But, you know, we don’t look at each other like that. Frank’s not my type anymore. Not that he’s not good looking, I think Frank’s gorgeous, but I like older men.
E7: So he’s just your best friend and there’s nothing more to it?
DC: Totally, Danielle says she has a few choice words for me about the fact that I’m friends with all my exes. Like my ex-fiance calls me constantly, my ex-boyfriends call me constantly. I don’t mind. If you break up amicably and everyone does the right thing, then there’s no reason not to be close. If I could break up with someone and I could handle them being with somebody else, that means I’m really, truly over them so now we can be friends.
E7: Well I think it’s important to maintain those relationships and keep healthy friendships with people who were once super important in your life.
DC: I think it says a lot about both people, agreed.
E7: I saw that you’re recently up for the Real Housewives Award for Miss Congeniality!
DC: I don’t know if they’ve picked yet. But the clips that they show of me, if you don’t know me, you would be like, “Oh, she’s not the most congenial.” But no, everyone else got definitely a better clip.
E7: Oh really? If you lose will you feel bad?
DC: I never expect to win everything, so I never get disappointed. Don’t worry. If I do win, it’s more like: “Wow! It’s like a gift” and then you’re more excited about it.
E7: I think that’s the best way to look at it, tbh.
DC: Do you know what? I can tell you this: this season does portray me – the “me” you don’t know. No one’s really ever really got the chance to get to know me, until this season. Last season I was Siggy’s friend, I was her loyal friend, I was there for her, I was picking her up off the floor, literally.
E7: Siggy needed someone in her corner last season, but I am excited to see Dolores rise from all of it. Okay, so I have one final question since you were in town for the launch of Hayu, what reality television do you watch (if any)?
DC: I don’t have a lot of time to watch, but when I do I watch New York once in a while, and I watch Dallas because they have my very good friends. It’s really cool when you know the people and the backstory of what’s going on.
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(Story by Contributing Editor, Ama Scriver)
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