A power career, a controversial husband, challenging children—Lisa Oldfield is the first person to admit she did not hold much back as cameras filmed for The Real Housewives of Sydney’s first season. “Look,” she tells WHO during an exclusive visit to her home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, “I polarise people. I will have people who are so incredibly faithful to me, and others who cannot stand me. And you’ll see that on the show.”
For Oldfield, trying to be friends—or, in some cases, frenemies—with six other women was stressful. “I’m not used to be friends with women in groups,” she says. “All this posturing, it’s like they’re trying to figure out where they stand in the pecking order.” In the premiere episode, Oldfield spars with former model Krissy Marsh, and even today, the two remain on frosty terms.
“She got on my case about my Instagram,” reveals Oldfield. “You know, unfollow me then! Some of the things she says disgust me; I’m offended by the way she carries on sometimes. There’s no button to get her out of my life.”
“Intellectually, doing this show was very hard,” adds Oldfield. “You have no idea how hard it is to attack someone who doesn’t understand what you’re saying. I found myself having to dumb myself down, and at times it felt a little dirty. I shouldn’t have to bring a dictionary along every time I want to insult you… unless it’s to hit you over the head with it.”
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