The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Margaret Josephs, RHONJ

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Margaret Josephs virtually stepped into the highlight on The Actual Housewives of New Jersey an entire lot earlier within the Bravo hit’s run than its present eighth season.

A fan of the present since its inception, partially, as a result of it was highlighting ladies from her neck of the woods, the franchise’s latest addition informed E! Information that she was contacted by producers about becoming a member of the fray method again when Caroline Manzo was spinning off onto her personal collection after season 5. “[They] truly approached me in 2013, we have been discussing it final night time at dinner, and I could not do it that yr,” she revealed. “It simply wasn’t nice timing.” Contemplating that was the yr she divorced first husband Jan Josephs for present hubby Joe Benigno, the hesitation is comprehensible. In any case, permitting Bravo’s cameras to seize your life, warts and all, for the world to see is one heck of a dedication. 

However 2017 felt like the right time for the pigtail fanatic to persuade her household to let her doc her life on nationwide tv, she informed us. “Nicely, A. I’ve led many lives by the age of fifty, and, at 50, I assumed it was an amazing turning level. I’ve already had a enterprise for a very long time, all my youngsters are up and out of the home, and I assumed this is able to simply be a fantastic alternative to do one thing totally different,” she defined. “The reality is, my entire life has been a actuality collection since start, legit. You’ve got seen Marge Sr. I assumed it was simply the subsequent step in my profession. I assumed it might be enjoyable. I assumed it was nice to point out individuals that ladies could possibly be entrepreneurial. I did not come from the Fortunate Sperm Membership. I pulled myself up by the boot straps, I’ve taken a whole lot of hits, so I assumed I used to be additionally very relatable. And Jersey might undoubtedly use a blonde, so I assumed it was a good suggestion.”

Together with her thoughts made up, it was time to get her household on board, one thing she wasn’t capable of do with everybody in her life. “As a result of I am so on the market, they usually name me TMI Marge, my entire household is aware of all the things’s on the market. My husband Joe could be very humorous. Everyone simply acts like themselves, the women in my workplace, Marge Sr. They have been tremendous excited. In fact, my youngsters, who will not be on the present, weren’t excited,” she stated. (Margaret has one son, in addition to three step-youngsters whom she helped increase, from her first marriage.)

“They have been like, ‘Um, individuals know sufficient about us already. Do you actually need to blast it throughout TV?’ I imply, I obtained a lecture from my son. ‘Who talks about their vagina on TV the primary episode?'” she continued. “So my youngsters are extraordinarily personal individuals. I do not talk about their names, I do not talk about their business. So I’ve to maintain my youngsters off, however I’ve so many different relations, together with my ex-husband, who’re prepared to be supportive and go on the present with me, it is advantageous.”

As cameras started rolling on season eight, life shortly started to vary for Margaret. Specifically, getting used to a scarcity of spare time. “The adjustment is I run round like a hen with my head reduce off as a result of I additionally nonetheless run my enterprise,” she defined. I did not have as a lot time for myself. You’d assume I’ve all this time for magnificence routines. I do not. That is how my life has modified. I am truly extra harassed, much less time, much less time to buy, much less time to do something. However I am having fun with it. It is an awesome experience.”

In fact, then got here being concerned in her first massive Housewives battle, which occurred on the prime of the season when the women traveled to Boca Raton and Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga‘s cake struggle set Siggy Flicker off in a critical approach. “To begin with, I discovered the primary half entertaining. I assumed Melissa and Teresa have been hilarious. Once I noticed Siggy actually having a breakdown about it and crying, as a result of that was actually occurring, I used to be in shock,” she admitted. “That is why I used to be like, ‘Take it down a notch.’ I imply, are you kidding me? Who cries over a freaking cake? I couldn’t consider grown ladies get upset about issues like this, so I used to be like, ‘Wow, this has by no means occurred with my buddies and myself. I’ve by no means had this type of dynamic.'”

Launched to viewers as a pal of Siggy’s, Margaret shortly aligned herself with Teresa, Melissa and Danielle Staub after the surprising flip of occasions in Boca, placing her at odds with Siggy and her BFF Dolores Catania ever since. In fact, referring to her newfound nemesis as “Soggy Flicker” did not assist issues, although she asserts she by no means meant any precise hurt by the nickname. 

“I used to be shocked that she was delicate. Often, robust ladies have thicker pores and skin,” she informed us. “We have been acquaintances, we weren’t good buddies. We solely knew one another from city and issues like that. I have been round a really very long time in my space, I do know lots of people. I get together with principally everyone, I make enjoyable of everyone. So nobody ever has taken me that critically. I feel she really took it to coronary heart the fallacious approach. I apologized. The apology clearly did not go the best way she needed it to. She needed me to comply with a sure script. I do not know what it was. Kiss her toes, braid her hair? I assume I did not comply with it appropriately, so yeah, I used to be just a little stunned it went that method. However we clearly are two totally different individuals who do not see eye to eye.”

In fact, the second life-altering expertise as a novice Actual Housewife begins when the season begins airing, inviting remark from the farthest corners of the web. “I feel I’ve had a tremendous, constructive response, which is nice. Individuals are writing to me that they relate to sure conditions,” Margaret admitted. “I’ve additionally had some petty responses. Individuals might be so obsessive about pigtails. I all the time thought it was regular. I by no means knew I used to be such a loopy, little oddity, which I feel is so humorous.”

Round her city of Englewood, NJ, Margaret stated that response from her neighbors has been overwhelmingly constructive, as properly. “I’ve lived there since 1991, I actually know everyone. Individuals are very tremendous-excited, all my buddies are excited. Everyone loves it. Everybody’s like, ‘Marge, I noticed you on TV. Oh my God, you and Joe!’ The humorous half is we’ve not modified our on a regular basis routine. I eat at Jackson Gap diner in Englewood three time every week for breakfast as a result of my oven’s nonetheless not working, I simply need you to know that. We eat in all of our similar eating places, individuals are tremendous candy and constructive. They’re saying probably the most superb issues to us. They are saying, ‘The best way you’re in actual life is the best way you’re on TV,’ and I really like to listen to that as a result of that is the best way I act each day.”

Whereas her tenure on the collection hasn’t generated any type of wild endorsement gives simply but—”I am ready for the pigtail extension factor to return out,” she stated, laughing. “I am simply ready for that line. A blow-up doll of Marge or one thing creepy will in all probability come out”—she has seen a constructive affect on her enterprise, the Macbeth Assortment. “Christmas orders have improved, individuals reaching out,” Margaret stated. “‘The place can we get your merchandise?’ However we actually promote to the mid-tier and the mass. So gross sales are beginning to decide up and we’re getting new offers daily.”

Together with the seeing the general public’s response to her presence on RHONJ now that the season has been airing, Margaret’s additionally needed to relive each awkward second, together with her weird diner scene with Siggy the place every lady staked their declare because the present’s resident Joan Rivers. (“OK and clearly all of us do know who it’s,” she stated, laughing.) However to date, she has no regrets about her previous conduct. 

“It is virtually like an out-of-physique expertise,” she stated of watching herself again, months later. “You possibly can actually virtually have the identical emotion and you do not understand till you watch it again what precisely everyone appears like, however I am not embarrassed by something I’ve finished. I solely often remorse what I have never executed. So it’s extremely fascinating to observe it again. I nonetheless discover it entertaining. I am loving this season. We’re right here to entertain with the great, dangerous and the ugly and nothing we do is absolutely that critical, so I assumed that diner scene was basic. I liked it.”

There’s nonetheless lots extra to return this season, together with tonight’s showdown on the Posche trend present, a visit to Milan—”We suck the life out of Italy,” she promised—and her “tremendous-glam” fiftieth party, however Margaret was already busying herself, looking forward to her first reunion.

“That is the Tremendous Bowl of Housewives. That is what I name it. That is what I’ve labeled it. So you must put together for the Tremendous Bowl,” she defined. “So I have been mentally getting ready, I have been taking my notes. I take a look at the episodes, what’s poignant. Sure, I’m very ready for the Tremendous Bowl. I am stepping into very robust. I’ve my dressed picked out. My hair, I do not assume I am going to put on it in pigtails, spoiler alert. I do not know if I will be MVP popping out because the rookie, however perhaps Rookie of the Yr.”

[Ed. Note: Margaret and her co-stars sat down for the season eight reunion days after this interview took place.]

As she appeared again on her expertise so far, she summed it up for us as such: “It is very fascinating. I really feel like I am in highschool. You by no means get out of highschool, that is the underside line.”

The Actual Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

(E! and Bravo are each a part of the NBCUniversal household.)

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