Approximately 42 percent of the people in Dallas identity as Hispanic. So, Guadalajara, Mexico-born, Dallas residing, Kary Brittingham joined The Real Housewives of Dallas in their fourth season on Bravo TV. It is a long time coming. She was already a good friend of Housewife Cary Deuber. So Brittingham was well versed in how they interacted and was aware of their histories when she decided to take the leap into the world of reality television.
While sometimes the feedback reality television fans provide on social media can prove to be toxic for the subject, this Mexican-American stunner’s “like me or don’t like me, but you’re going to get the real me” attitude is refreshing. It will serve her well as she goes head to head this season with someone who has become a force of nature in the stratosphere of the Real Housewives, LeeAnne Locken.
I managed to grab some time to chat with Brittingham about what made her join the Bravo smash hit, what ladies she has hit it off with—and hasn’t, and how suddenly being a favorite of the LGBT community will be for her.
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Kary Brittingham: Thank you so much! It is definitely very interesting, that I will tell you. I am loving every minute of it; it’s definitely in stages though. First I filmed the show, then I get to do all of the interviews, and then finally I will get to watch all of the craziness when the show airs.
KB: I originally moved to Dallas to go to SMU 19 years ago. I ended up getting married for the first time in Dallas, and then I had three children with my first husband. I divorced and married my second husband, and ended up staying in Dallas after having kids. I have actually been friends with Cary Deuber since before she was cast on the show. She has been telling me about it since the beginning and had actually been encouraging me to try out for the show. I wanted to wait and just watch it, and watch her a bit first. Finally this last year, I was talking to her and mentioned that I had a jewelry line as a hobby. She suggested I try out for the show again. I said, “you know what, why not?” I tried out, and here I am!
With every new Real Housewife, they sometimes end up knee-deep in some of the complex relationships with the other ladies on the show, depending on how deep some of the relationships are. Some of the relationships on The Real Housewives of Dallas have solidified, while others have definitely fallen apart.
KB: I was very lucky, I know D’Andra Simmons a little while longer actually; we live close to each other. She is the other person, besides Cary Deuber, that I really had been talking to. When Cary Deuber did not do the show full-time this year, D’Andra was really a great friend of mine. We went to a girl’s night out, and I love my girl’s nights out! D’Andra came, and I met Stephanie (Hollman) and Brandi (Redmond) at that dinner. And I automatically became great friends with them. Stephanie and I speak every day, we are very close. I am very close to Kameron (Westcott) too. And Brandi and I are definitely very similar. We love to have a good time, and we both are Cancers, so we both have a lot in common As for LeeAnne, it was very hard throughout the whole season to really get along with her.
KB: You know, it was not that hard. The hardest thing for me was filming at home with my 19-year-old daughter because you never really know what is going to come out of a 19-year-old’s mouth! (laughs). What are you going to say? Anything involving kids is definitely challenging. I came in and I honestly said what was real, and just be me. If they ask me anything, I told myself that I was going to be real, and say exactly how I feel; I put my life out there. And I said to myself that if I am going to do a show like this; I am going to be real and be exactly who I am.
KB: I absolutely love that. My absolute favorite nights when I go out are when I go to all of the gay clubs with my gay friends; they are when I have the most fun. They are a blast, and I definitely love to have fun. I am so excited for that part of the experience. They like to have fun, and that is exactly what I like to do. Dance drink and have fun!
Looking back on the entire experience, what do you think you are the proudest of during the whole experience?
KB: That I am real. That I am going to share a lot of my personal life, and there are parts that I think a lot of people would not talk about. I am proud that I am real. And above all, I always stay true to myself.