Yahoo! TV Q&A: Marysol Patton of ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ on the ‘roller-coaster’ of Season 2
Marysol at home in Miami.
As the second season got underway, though, Patton revealed that she'd separated from her husband. Going through relationship negotiations on-camera, integrating new Housewives like Karent Sierra and Ana Quincoces, and still trying to get some work done could have turned into a nightmare — even with Patton's mother, Mama Elsa, standing by with second-sight wisdom.
But when Yahoo! TV spoke to Patton last week, she seemed upbeat about all the changes. For more about Patton's audition process, the ups and downs of ending a relationship during filming, and the unexpected kindness of strangers, read on.
Do you have people coming up to you and talking about things that just aired, and you feel like it's ages ago? How do you feel about that time lag — is that kind of strange?
No, I understand it. I haven't had too much on there; usually people are coming up to me to say, "Oh, your mother was so funny, that she did that." They don't really talk to me about all the other drama everybody else had. I think they probably talk to the girls about their drama; I usually get stopped about my mom's funny things.
Do you watch the shows as they air?
I haven't been able to because actually the last four weeks, I've been working every Thursday night, 'cause I do events and PR so I've got to work every night. And I'm working again tonight so I won't be able to watch it. But once I get home around midnight, I catch the rerun.
During filming, was the second season any different, or any easier, in terms of knowing what to expect — what they were probably going show, or protecting certain parts of your life?
It was completely different, because the first time around we were more protected, and this time around everything is out there.
And it began as Miami Social [a show about a group of friends in Miami], and then it sort of morphed into Housewives?
Well, no, we didn't have a name. I got a call at my office for recommendations of, you know, women in business and philanthropy who might be interested in doing the show — a high-end show about the elegant women in Miami, blah blah blah. I gave them a few names, and I thought, you know…it wouldn't be bad for business if I got women in business and philanthropy…maybe I'll try out.
In my job, never ever did I have any kind of, you know, speaking on camera, acting, [that] had never been anything that ever crossed my mind that I would do. And I saw a lot of girls I knew going in and out of the casting for it, and I thought, "Oh, they're never gonna pick me, I don't live in a big mansion, and they're so gorgeous," and I just kept getting calls: "Oh, we're down to fifteen; we're down to twelve," and "Oh, you were picked," and I thought, "Oh, okay!"