Following each episode, a cast member of The Real Housewives of Vancouver will blog about their experience on the show for Dose.ca. For the third episode, Jody Claman discusses why she prefers natural remedies instead of plastic surgery, what she really thinks of Christina and how her lifestyle differs from that of the other housewives.
I love who I am. Plastic surgery is a personal preference. I think that your body is a gift. You’re the one person you’re going to know the best and I don’t want to alter anything. I’m not perfect by any means. My lips are who I am and I don’t want to alter that.
Christina’s lifestyle makes her look older than she really is. She really is 30. She’s very busy. She thinks that sex is fast food. She’s got the golden arches above her bed! She’s serving men!
Ronnie was sensitive in this episode about her drinking. That’s because she’s just come out of rehab. I feel as though Mary should have been a better friend to her. She wasn’t being that supportive because she just kept giving her more booze. It’s a volatile friendship. It’s one that I don’t understand. Some people do have those types of friendships – I can’t judge it. I don’t have friends like that. I do have some friends that think I have issues with chocolate and I appreciate it when they’ll tell me, “Don’t eat that chocolate – it’s not a good idea.” Friends do have to babysit each other at times.
My life is a really busy, active life. I’m an incredible mom. I cook dinner, we travel a ton and belong to all sorts of private clubs. My kids go to private schools. We just have a very different lifestyle than that of Mary, Reiko and Christina. Those are all lifestyles that I can’t even relate to – but I can’t judge it, right?
When I’m not mucking around as a mother and wife, I’m full time in my shops. I put in probably a 15-hour day of working. I get up and I have to drive one of my daughters to private school across town and that takes me an hour each way – but it’s an education choice. She comes back and then I have to take her to Mandarin lessons – we’re busy!
My eldest daughter Mia and I are very very close. She has a big personality like me and we both over-talk each other, which gets us very frustrated. It’s a normal tumultuous mother/daughter relationship. It’s trying at times because we do work together – and we work long hours. She’s comes from a different generation. I’m quite proper in my thought process while she believes that she shouldn’t have to work as hard because I’ve paved the road – which frustrates me.
Regarding Christina saying things against Mia, I really don’t know where that came from. Nobody else’s children were discussed on the show and I don’t know why Mia was targeted by Christina. I don’t like it when other people judge my children.
I would never socialize with people like this outside of the show. I just wouldn’t. I’m not being cruel – I’m really busy and by the time my day at work ends, I want to spend the rest of my time with my family or my very few good friends. People like Christina, who made income by two divorces – that’s just not my cup of tea. Do I dislike her? No. But would I associate myself with her outside the show? No, I wouldn’t.
There’s also a huge age difference. I’m 50, she’s 30. She attracts much different things in her life that I do. I’m very spiritual. I love to read, write and work. We’re just very different people. Would I like to guide her? For sure.
I didn’t want to go to her birthday party but I was forced to go. I knew that they would drink copious amounts of alcohol and get nude! I knew it! It always happens. I don’t want to be a part of that. But do I care that they do it? No. People can do what they want.
I’ve never been in situations like this. If I have a dirty secret, it’s something that I’ll take with me to the grave. But the girls want to talk about it – and when you give them your opinion, they’re offended by it.
I don’t even get why Christina says that I’m bullying her. She’s bullying me! She’s telling me things that I’ve never heard of in my life and doing things that I’ve never seen before.
I don’t regret doing the show. I’m heavily edited and I don’t care.
I have values. I think that once you become a mom, you really have to change your life. You have to be an example to your children who are going to be there in a time where you’re not. I want them to represent me and my family.
Apart from Mia, you’ll also see little snippets of Hannah. My husband didn’t want to appear. The legitimacy of the cast was really concerning for him. I’m a bit shocked that no one else belongs to country clubs. No one belongs to any private schools. Ronnie is the only other legitimate person in the group.
We had originally thought that we were going on the show with a group of prestigious people because that’s what the brand is supposed to be – and I had only seen the Beverly Hills show. So, I thought I was going to be inculcated with lovely women…it was a bit difficult, but we’ve survived it! It’s been a lovely experience.
This is great exposure for my charity, Larry Lunch Bucket. We feed the homeless, mentally ill and impoverished in Downtown Eastside’s Oppenheimer Park. It really stretches your soul. We’re waiting for the government to give us our PAC number so we can start taking donations. So far, I’ve donated all the proceeds, about $50-60,000 in the past nine months. There are so many people that are hungry. About 3,9000 are homeless in that area. I come from one of the wealthiest postal codes and I want to feed these people.
The Real Housewives of Vancouver airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Slice.
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