Originally published November 30th, 2012
Exclusive Interview with Heather Thomson of the Real Housewives of New York by NoMoreDrama
Heather Thomson joined the Real Housewives of New York in Season Five of the show.
I really enjoyed interacting with Heather on twitter throughout the latter half of the season (when I finally got on twitter). She seems like a down to earth, fun person both on-screen and off-screen, and quickly became one of my favorite housewives.
I was delighted when she agreed to the interview for Lynn’s Place since I know we’re all such avid viewers and fans of the Real Housewives of New York.
BB (our Real Housewives of New York blogger) and I came up with some questions for Heather. Our interview with Heather is below:
NMD: You’re a successful businesswoman in New York. I’m sure you did your research before agreeing to be on the show. I’m curious about why you agreed to be on the show and what you hoped to get out of the experience.
Heather: Well at first I was somewhat hesitant about joining the cast, and my first reaction was that it was likely not a good fit for me. I spoke with the casting director about my concerns, but after talking thru the “why not’s”, he explained that I was part of a shift the show was interested in making and I was in fact the woman they were looking for to help achieve it. I soon realized this was an exceptional opportunity before me, and that I was being presented with a rare and one off chance to speak about my business, Yummie by Heather Thomson and my brand message of uplifting women, and to bring awareness to the charity causes (pediatric liver disease and most pointedly organ donation) that are dear to me. Furthermore, it was a very unique opportunity to shed light on and to represent a very different type of female New Yorker. Talking with the casting director gave me confidence that I could potentially achieve these goals and convinced me to throw my hat in the ring.
NMD. You came in after four cast New York cast members were fired in a very public manner, and after the Russell Armstrong suicide in Beverly Hills. Did any of that give you second thoughts?
Heather: I really thought about every aspect of the show while making my decision, but in the end, the positives outweighed the negatives.
BB. Do you get much grief from the public for saying your tagline “Holla?”
Heather: At first people either loved it or hated it. Some people didn’t know what it meant. So as the weeks starting rolling, and they learned more about me and my personality I think a large percentage started to really have fun with it. I wrote a blog post and gave a breakdown of what it meant and how you would use it. I received lots of fan appreciation and paraphernalia mailed to my office with “Holla” on it that will always remind me of my first season on the show.
NMD: At the beginning of the season you hosted an “away” trip to London where you invited everyone but Ramona Singer. Under normal situations that would be understandable as you and Ramona were not getting along. But this is Housewives and you’re all filming a show together, so you received a lot of negative feedback. In hindsight, do you wish you had invited her but just kept business and fun separate?
Heather: Ramona and I had a rocky start, and I decided that I didn’t want to carry our baggage on my trip. The trip was primarily about business so I couldn’t risk something happening with Ramona while I was there; I needed to keep a clear head because I was in and out of meetings the whole time. I had a great time with the girls during my free time, and I truly didn’t mean to make Ramona feel bad about it, I just needed to be focused.
NMD: You helped Sonja Morgan with her toaster oven box branding. I really thought you got the short end of the stick on that one. She seemed to expect you to read her mind, and instead of being pleased about all the free advertising she got for that darned toaster oven, continued to slam you – even through the reunion. How is your relationship with Sonja now? What did you learn from that experience?
Heather: That was definitely a frustrating experience because I didn’t feel that I was getting the credit the team and I deserved. I signed on to the project with the mindset that I was a friend helping out another friend and offering my own professional advice. But Sonja wasn’t on the same page. I get it, this project was her baby, and I’ve been there having started my own business as well. But I think there was a bit of entitlement, miscommunication and misunderstanding on her part.
NMD: St. Barths. Where to start? How satisfying was it to push Ramona in the pool? How is your relationship with her now?
Heather: Ramona and I were in a great place on the trip (finally!), so pushing her in the pool was all in good fun! And we’re still in a good place.
NMD: You seemed to be the witness to some of the main Pirate Action with both LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan. What is your opinion of the Pirate? Hot? or Greasy? Was he a prize or consolation prize?
Heather: Well he isn’t exactly my type, but I get what the girls saw in him. They were on vacation and wanted to escape and have a little fun.
BB: Other than Carole, do you keep in touch with any of the New York housewives outside of filming?
Heather: Yes, I keep in touch with the ladies. We all chat and see each other occasionally. I do see Carole the most, as we have similar personalities and it’s just so easy to be around her.
BB: Hindsight being 20/20, would you change anything you said or did last season?
Heather: No, I don’t waste time with regrets. I feel that I left the season on a good note with all the girls. I always say, “It’s only a mistake if you make it twice.”
BB: What are you looking forward to most if you return next season?
Heather: Seeing everything that unfolds! It’s all so unpredictable.
NMD & BB: Are you working on any business endeavors other than Yummie Tummie? What’s next for Heather Thomson?
Heather: Right now I’m putting my focus on Yummie Tummie, as we’re constantly evolving the collection and developing new and innovative classifications. I’m also putting a lot of energy into my charitable causes, specifically pediatric liver disease and organ donation. Having personally experienced the effects of these organizations, it’s something that I’m very passionate about.
Thank you Heather! – NMD
(PS – I did ask Heather some questions about how she felt about what JZ said about her on WWHL – and she chose not to answer them. I thought I’d give it a shot 🙂 NMD )