I received an email from the a California P.R. firm asking me if I would be interested in interviewing (the beautiful, well mannered, perfectly groomed impeccably dressed) Heather Dubrow for my blog.
I kept thinking Heather walked onto the wrong set this season...she seemed much better suited to join the Beverly Hills cast, but I guess geography rules...She and husband renown Plastic Surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow live in Orange County, so she joined the cast of the original Housewive's franchise.
What a breath of fresh air!!!
I had heard Heather grew up in Chappaqua, a leafy suburb in Westchester County N.Y., a stones throw from where I live and where the Clinton's currently reside. It made for a nice introduction and starting point for our 2 part interview:
DD:You are a New Yawker! We have something in common. I live very close to where you grew up in Chappaqua. Tell me something you loved about growing up in Westchester?
HD: I was born in the Bronx and then my family moved to Ossining, finally settling in Chappaqua when I was in 4th grade. I had a great childhood and a completely normal upbringing. I have very fond memories of growing up in Westchester.
DD: I know your are an actress. Did you go to California to pursue your career?
HD: I graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in musical theatre. My goal was to work on Broadway, but I had an opportunity to pursue a part in California and decided to take a chance on exploring it. Things worked out professionally and then I met Terry, so the West coast became home.
DD: You and Terry seem great together. Is this both of your first marriage?
HD: Yes! We both married a little later. We dated for several years and that got married when I was 30 and Terry was 40. It's been 16 years of happiness.
DD: And now you are married to a plastic surgeon. Every Girls dream...well certainly mine! ...Honey, can you pick up a quart of milk and bring home a few vials of Botox...
HD: Laughs..Believe me, I hear it all the time and yes, I know I'm lucky!
DD: Do you feel that women scrutinize you trying to figure out what procedures you have had done?
HD: Absolutely and it's a littke frustrating. All my features are my own. When I was younger, I had a very round face. As we age, our faces lose volume, so my cheek bones are more pronounced. I see a lot of scrutiny and speculation on blogs and Twitter about what I've had "done". Do I use Botox and fillers as needed? Yes.
DD: Is there a pressure to look perfect all the time?
HD: As an actress, I would be recognized sometimes. Now, everyone has a camera and video at their fingertips, I do feel more conscious of the fact that people are snapping photos and tweeting, so yes, I do pay a bit more attention to how I'm pulled together.
DD: You are so pretty, polished and thin! How do you manage it with 4 kids under 8?
HD: I try and eat really cleanly. Lots of lean protein and vegetables. I don't get to work out as much as I might want to between the kids busy schedules and filming the RHOC. I'm not great at pushing myself even though we have a home gym. I'm much better with the structure and push of working with a trainer.
When I was pregnant with the twins, I went a bit crazy! As an actress, there is a lot of pressure to stay thin. This was my one time to eat with abandon. I put on 60lbs! That wasn't fun to take off!
DD: Do you have any beauty finds you can share with us? Your makeup always looks flawless?
HD: For the show, we do our own makeup, but work with a fabulous makeup artist when we are attending events. She turned me on to a great inexpensive find; Wet and Wild lip liner 666. I just line my lips, fill them in and finish with a bit of gloss. It's a great universal shade! I'm also a fan of Dior's Black Out Lashes.
DD: I'm a Personal Shopper professionally and I appreciate your elegant taste...I certainly could NOT say that about many "Housewives"! Who are some of your favorite designers?
HD: I do love Chanel, but it has gotten really pricey. I wear a lot of Valentino, and I think their secondary line Valentino Red is terrific. I like to mix and match and feel perfectly comfortable pairing a Gucci pencil skirt with a Zara top.
I recently started working with an amazing stylist, Samara Nahabedian, who has great style. My own taste can be a little too understated, so it's fun working with Samara, who will nudge me to be a bit more adventurous and explore color. She also saves me a ton of time. I recently discovered a new designer at Bloomingdales, called Sandro. it fits my lifestyle to a tee and I bought quite a few pieces.
End of Part 1!
Tune in tomorrow for all the poop on the nitty gritty of being a "Real Housewife".
Heather is completely a Girls Girl and the real deal...don't you agree???