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iRealHousewives Exclusive Interview with RHODC's Cat Ommanney

iRealHousewives Exclusive Interview with "Real Housewives of DC" star and author Cat Ommanney

iRH: How were you approached to be part of “The Real Housewives of DC”?

Cat: My husband's boss rang me and asked me if she could put my name forward to the production company. I hadn't heard of the show, nor do I watch much TV but I said why not? Then producers approached me, explained what is was about and I said no thank you, but they didn't give up and 4 months later they twisted arm :)

iRH: Can you describe your experience being on the show?

Cat: It was wild, unpredictable, exhausting, wonderful, god awful at times, but over all a lot of good times were had and I would never regret the experience.

iRH: Were you satisfied how you were portrayed on the show?

Cat: Yeah, I think so over all. Totally screwed for the first few episodes but I think by the end people could see with me that what you see is what you get! ;)

iRH: How’s life after being on “The Real Housewives of DC”?

Cat: At the time when the show aired I was going through 'hell on earth' in my private life, heartbroken, homeless, penniless (laughs) but I'm a survivor and like I said at our reunion - I will never be a victim. It was such a shame after all our investment of our time over 5months of filming that we never got the chance to reap what we sowed with a second season - oh and be paid too, as I think all the ladies would agree the amount we were compensated just about covered our costs. Bang goes the theory that we all made money! (laughs)

Now, two years later my life is fabulous and I'm the happiest and most fulfilled I have been since my babies were babies ( ie 10 years ago! )

iRH: Do you still keep in touch with any of the ladies from the show (Including Michaele)?

Cat: Yes Lynda and I talk every few days and always have our banter on twitter. Mary and I keep in touch too and I really enjoy Stacies energy when we get to see each other. Our friendship grew over the time of filming and I had a lot of respect her, until I saw all the shit she had been saying behind my back on national TV (laughs), but life's too short to bare a grudge. She wasn't used to people like me :) and the only person who ever bought up the subject or had any issues on race was Stacie! Now that was ironic whilst I was being given all the crap! But I do like her.

iRH: What are your thoughts on Michaele leaving Tareq?

Cat: Haven't set eyes on Michaele since the reunion, but if I saw her now I would put the past in the past. Even her foul mouth and the evil things she said to me but then I gave her as good as I got. Good on her for having the courage to ditch the turd of a husband she had. I hope she's happy now. Would still like to hear her admit one day that she was N.F.I to the White House and apologize for all the shit that put us as a group through at that time, but I wont hold my breath.

iRH: Last time we saw you on the RHODC reunion, you stated you were now single? Is that still the case or are you dating anyone?

Cat: I have been living with my boyfriend Rick for nearly a year now. We have the most wonderful home together in Spain. He travels quite a lot with work so we never get sick of each other - its pretty romantic and I'm a very happy lady! I think he's keeping me young as he's 10 years younger. I like that :)

iRH: Before joining the show, were you a fan of the “The Real Housewives” franchise?

Cat: Never heard of the show...

iRH: Congratulations on the success on your book “Inbox Full”, are there any plans of a sequel? (I know the answer is yes however some people don’t know this, I know cause I follow you on Twitter)

Cat: Thank you - even though I rushed to get it out for Christmas and the editing was pretty shite, I'm so happy that so many people have enjoyed it! I get messages all the time and that make me feel great! The sequel is coming this summer

iRH: Do you have an idea by when will the sequel to Inbox Full will be released?

Cat: Hoping for the end of August beginning of September. Very exciting as I think its tons better than the first so I'm hoping everyone else agrees too!

iRH: Would you ever consider writing a non fiction novel like former RHONY Bethenny did?

Cat: Yes, I'd love to. I really enjoy writing and immersing myself in being creative, so maybe one day!

iRH: For those who don’t know you’ve been a successful international interior designer for over 20 years. Can you tell my readers where that passion and business began?

Cat: I went to Art college and got into interior design by my my early twenties. Buying property and renovating entirely, right down to the furniture so the buyer buys the entire package. I love creating - period.

iRH: Can you give my readers an update on on you’re daughters? What have they been up too since we last saw them?

Cat: Jade and Ruby are on cracking form, growing into such beautiful young ladies that I'm incredibly proud of. The love their boarding school and all their friends there. Us Brits are big on the boarding thing - I went, their father went and we wanted the same for them. We have all the long holidays together and as many weekend as they fit me in for as they have some many plans with their 'mates' now they are 'teenagers' (well Rubys nearly there).

iRH: Is there any specific charity you work for and support?

Cat: The Humane Society in DC - I just auctioned my wedding dress of for them too. They do great work!

iRH: Any thoughts of releasing a cookbook of your favorite dishes in the near future?

Cat: Love to, and have been thinking about it but I think it would be better filmed and more fun, we'll see...

iRH: Looking back to RHODC, is there any cringing moment for you?

Cat: So many I lose count! Probably the worst when I was talking about George Bush and President Obama. I came across like a total stuck up biatch

iRH: What are your thoughts of Tareq Salashi running for governor of the state of Virginia?

Cat: Is that joke still going around?

iRH: If you have the opportunity of doing reality TV again, would you do it again?

Cat: I have had, and said no to a couple of shows but I may do if it was on my terms and something that I was proud of.

iRH: Out of all the “Real Housewives” who’s your favorite and least favorite housewife and why?

Cat: Lynda would be my first choice because I love her for so many reasons and Taylor being my least favorite because she is so insufferable to watch and listen to.

iRH: Are you friends with any of the “Real Housewives” besides your DC cast?

Cat: Yes. I talk to Lisa VP, Lea Black, and the odd emails with Sonja. I met Bethanny but she turned her nose up at me ;)

iRH: What is your favorite movie?

Cat: Terms of Endearment / Thelma and Louise. Green many I wouldn't know where to start. I'm a real sucker for the old romantic ones. I love most movie that Jack Nicholson's been in

iRH: Who is your Celebrity Crush and why?

Cat: Leanardo De Caprio. So hot and love his acting.

iRH: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Cat: I have some BIG news which I am sharing very soon, so join me on Facebook and on twitter @catommanney to keep updated on what's happening!

iRH: Anything you would like to say to your fans?

Cat: Yes! I value every single one of you and dedicate a part of my book to sharing my thoughts on how much support and love from my fans carried me through the roughest time in my life. So many great people, so many laughs and the odd tears too. People all over the world that have come into my life through the expereinec of the show and through my book, by drawing out all kinds of emotions in readers. I know I'm very blessed and never take that for granted.

I know I'm biast but I do have THE coolest, funniest, smartest fans of all the housewives I think!! :) Even if I don't have 10's of 1000's because I wasn't on FB or twitter when our show aired. And you better all buy the sequel to my book because you will LOVE it plus some of you are in it!

I would like to thank Cat for taking the time for allowing me to interview her. After reading her responses and making me laugh, this is why "us" the fans fell in love with her in the first place. Love the fact that she keeps it real, she’s charming, beautiful and full of personality. All I have to say to Cat is thank you darling. xoxo

You can Follow Cat on Twitter: @catommanney

Purchase her book "Inbox Full" on Amazon here

Photo Credit: @CatOmmanney

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