Elizabeth Vargas appeared on an episode of LIT Entertainment News this week, where she addressed her debut season of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and looked back on her decision to come forward with her past ties to a cult.
“I wasn’t a super fan and I’d never watched it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t know what it was about. It just fell in my lap, so it was pretty cool,” Elizabeth told the outlet of the Bravo reality series on January 11.
Elizabeth Vargas Was ‘Excited’ To Join The ‘RHOC’ Cast
After being added to the “Real Housewives of Orange County” cast in early 2020, just before production was set to begin on the series’ currently airing 15th season, Elizabeth felt hopeful about what was to come.
“I was very excited to join the season, to meet all the ladies. You know, ‘strong women on an international television show’ sounds amazing. And I had to get to know the rest of the ladies,” Elizabeth recalled.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted production in March, Elizabeth resumed production with her cast mates months later after doing some self-shooting at home.
Elizabeth Vargas Attempted To Steer Clear Of Drama, At First
While Elizabeth felt like she did a good job steering clear of drama at first, she said the idea became slightly avoidable as she moved forward.
“I can see how throughout the season you get a little bit more, I guess bitter as you go along. Because they’re just trying to beat you up the whole time, trying to discredit you and figure out who you are, and that’s just part of the drama. So I guess by the end of the season I had to get my little girl-balls on and throw some punches! So, it was pretty fun,” she explained.
Elizabeth Vargas Knew Secrets Weren’t An Option For Reality TV
Continuing on to the outlet, Elizabeth admitted that when it came to her past ties to a cult, she believed she may have to be honest with viewers before she was exposed.
“I joined the cast knowing I had a lot of skeletons, and I was nervous if they were to come out. I spoke to my family and said, ‘If they pull up the police reports, if they do all this stuff, which I know the [‘Real Housewives’] love to do, they’re going to find out about my family turmoil, and the trauma that went on,'” Elizabeth shared.
“And I [asked] my mom, “Should I just put it out there eventually?” she continued.
Elizabeth Vargas Was Forced To Make A Tough Decision
Looking back on her decision to come forward, Elizabeth said she knew there would never be a good and comfortable time to discuss her past struggles.
“And it never was the right time to put it out there, just so [it was] out and I [could] just live freely. And I was really, really wanting to live freely and come out of the closet, one might say, with this issue,” she explained.
To see more of Elizabeth and her cast mates, don’t miss new episodes of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” season 15 on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo.