Submitted/Shaw Media Ronnie Negus, from left, Robin Reichman, Jody Claman, Amanda Hanson, Mary Zilba, and Ioulia Reynolds make up the six cast members in the second season of The Real Housewives of Vancouver.

Metro talks to the Real Housewives of Vancouver about why they’d want to expose their families and their lives to the public through a reality TV show.

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen, mother of three and recovering alcoholic

“I’ve been staying at home with my kids for 11 years. I was just looking for something new and I was going through a divorce. I kind of thought it was going to be something exciting and open up some new doors for me.”

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Ioulia Reynolds

Ioulia Reynolds, Russian-born beauty and art dealer

“I was actually chosen to be in the first season, but I didn’t do it because of work schedule and I was becoming a stock broker. The second season came around and the opportunity came my way. I thought it was a great chance to go out there and explore a different area of work. I wasn’t really happy with finance work. It’s great and interesting, but my passion lies with art and being more creative. I thought the show would be an amazing platform, plus to be in a reality TV show of such caliber it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Robin Reichman

Robin Reichman, a southern belle who calls it like it is

“I was going through a huge transitioning in my life. My 17-year marriage blindsided me with a divorce. I also had just given birth to twins and one of them didn’t make it … so I was going through a dark time, spiraling down into depression at the time … I needed something to distract me from the real reality of what I felt. I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to make things worse or better, but I was willing to take the risk. I love challenges and it sounded adventurous. To be a part of a show that showcases British Columbia and that will take my mind out of my own hell, I’ll take that risk.”

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Jody Claman

Jody Claman, self-made businesswoman and the “queen of mean”

“When you start a project, you have to finish it. The platform was very large and it just showed a small segment of who I was. I’m extremely strong, corporate and raised by a very independent mother who taught me very good values.”

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Mary Zilba

Mary Zilba, recording artist and anti-bullying supporter

“It was a tough decision. I think I see the good of what can come out from a show like this. Professionally, it’s been great for me. I’ve got music back out. I’ve been able to raise awareness for my charity and I have a beauty line coming out. But the main reason is because I have been able to really raise social awareness on a lot of issues. I’ve been out doing the anti-bullying campaign a lot. If ever there’s a reason I’m down or question why I’m doing this show, in my heart of hearts I know that God gave me this show because I’ve been able to gather people together and help our community.”

Real Housewives of Vancouver: Ronnie Negus

Ronnie Negus, self-described domestic goddess and international jetsetter

“I wanted to come back and didn’t want it a recapitulation of last year. I think that the viewers would be able to see a more honest side of who I really am and the mother in me. I think they will get to see that nurturing, vulnerable side and a side of me that struggles.”

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