It has been a full year since we had the best commenting session ever about the finale of last season. If you missed my recap that is fine, but if you missed the comments in the episode I called Avoiding the Death Position, you need to go now. With all the crap going on in the world today, you one thing you can do is avoid sleeping in the death position!
I am super excited for season ten of Flipping Out to begin tonight. Can you believe it is the tenth season? I just added it to the black bar at the top of every page today. In case you don’t know, you can click on all of those titles and go directly to all the posts for that show! I do have a problem though. This show airs at the same time as the Big Brother live eviction show. To make matters worse, it is double eviction night. I know how ridiculous this sounds, even the Big Brother folks hanging with me in recaps hate the show. But I have THE CRAZY and apparently part of that is loving the show that I have watched without missing an episode for the past NINETEEN seasons. I was like 21 when I started watching. Shut up.
So my point, and I do have on is that because the second HOH comp tonight will probably be an endurance comp shown live on the feeds, that is where I will be tonight. The good news is that I have something much better for you than one of my boring recaps tonight. My new BFF, Shira Weiss (which I pronounce in my head in the Rocky Horror Picture Show way, don’t tell her that.) Has two great interviews with Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos that I am stealing bits from. Then we can talk about the show here. So, YAY for great solutions to time management problems!Let’s start with excerpts from Jeff’s Interview.
We start off the new season with you right before Monroe’s birth and it is HECTIC. Can you tell me the ways in which fatherhood has allayed some of your anxieties? Conversely, how has being a parent made you more anxious?
There’s a lot of stuff – as you know. I find myself running ragged at the weekend. I’ve never seen so much laundry connected to one person. It’s really overwhelming so even though we have help, I’m doing laundry, cleaning, picking up toys and organizing. I can’t have this turn into a day care center. I can’t do it. I can’t live that way! (Laughs) I think I am a little traumatized by my brother because his kids completely take over his house, so I’m trying so hard not to have my house be my brother’s house that I’m working double-time!
There’s this balance we are all trying to strike. When to react, how to tone down reactions and when to just let things go.
What about when you tell people 17 times not to do something and then they do it? So, yesterday I lost it. There’s this brand new house we just spent a fortune framing. I told the contractors not to cut a single hole…Sure enough, holes are cut after saying multiple times not to cut anything. So now they’re afraid of me. Unfortunately, there are times you have to be feared and I absolutely HATE being that person. I’d rather say something once and have people follow those directions. (laughs) Even now, I’m getting upset thinking about that.
We see you working on Lea Black’s new Hollywood Hills residence. How did you meet the former RHOM cast member?
As I’m talking to you, I’m actually staring right at her house because she lives across from me. There’s no stress for me working with Lea. We have dinner, drinks and go out. She’s become a good friend to me. I met her because Jenni invited me to one of her epic summer parties and we totally clicked. She’s very friendly and welcoming and we’ve hung out a lot this summer.
How has Gage been dealing with his moods? There were jokes last season about how he handled his emotions when things got difficult.
Gage is one of the most amazing hands-on dads I’ve ever witnessed. He’s so nurturing and the primary caregiver. I take his lead and he tells me ‘get this,’ ‘get that,’ ‘do this.’ He’s so confident and comfortable that I just let him make most decisions. For major decisions, we consult each other, but really he’s a natural. I fumble and question things. I think he’s a lot better with moods. I’m from a loud family and I’m used to screaming and yelling. He, on the other hand, gets stressed while I’m more lax because kids are going to cry and scream! It took us a solid 7-8 months to adjust to fatherhood and how it’s changed our lives and we did have a little trouble with it in the beginning. I was not properly warned by friends!
During the first 6 months I thought I was failing and took it very personally when I couldn’t make Monroe happy or stop crying. Seeing your kid happy is all you want as a parent and now that she’s happy, I feel like we’re succeeding!
As much as I wanted to steal this entire interview, Shira Weiss (Weissssssssssssssssssss) would not be my friend anymore if I did that. So I must INSIST that you click here read the rest of the interview. I learned how to get a great hotel room upgrade, how he is dealing with Zoila’s retirement, what happened with him and Bethenny Frankel after WWHL, the growing pains he is experiencing as a father, and a lot more. Seriously, you do not want to miss this interview!
But wait! There’s more! And it’s better than doubling your Ginzo knife order or free shipping. Shira Weiss (Weisssssss) also interviewed Jenni Polus and it is super fantastic too!
At the beginning of this upcoming season, we see that Jeff and Gage (his partner) are very stressed out, about to become dads as Baby Monroe is due (via surrogate) in mere weeks. What was going through your mind at that hectic time during filming?
You see in the first episode that they are frantically trying to get the house done to a point where it would be good for Monroe. Life changes as a parent and you’re not number one anymore, so they’re realizing that to work out of the home where there will be a baby, certain things have to be in place. There is a lot of tension, but I understand it – even the second time around (as a mom of two). Those weeks leading up to delivery, you just want everything to go well. If you have the tendency to worry, which I do as well, you handle things in a certain way. Jeff handles things by going ahead with construction and knocking the house down! Gage deals with emotions more internally. You will see when the baby comes how their whole lives change and it’s so wonderful that it’s caught on this show. In this case, it’s so beautiful that they opened up that part of their lives and it was captured for the show. You literally see a shift in their world.
You’ll also see that a lot of things happen that were not expected. As you’re watching, you’re thinking ‘can one more thing possibly happen?’ Then something else occurs…and that’s life. The viewers will be on pins and needles saying I can’t believe this.’ Our show is very authentic so you’re going to get the most heightened moments for sure.
Those keeping up with the blogs and listening to Radio Andy know that Zoila Chavez (Jeff’s beloved, adored and funny housekeeper) has retired. However, in the first episode we aren’t given an indication about this. I don’t know when this will be revealed, or if it will be revealed during this season. Do we get to see any major changes in Zoila’s role? Also, what is her relationship like with Baby Monroe?
Zoila is very much there for Monroe and you’ll see that. There is a lot that evolves this season. Jeff’s mom died when he was young and there’s a real love there with Zoila. You’ll see things will change and she’s still very much a part of his life, but it’s emotional. There is a theme of rebirth and things changing. This is the richest season we’ve ever had because of real life changes. So many things are shown that people can relate to in all aspects. We see thing like how work dynamics change as we become parents and this is a season that really is all encompassing. You’ll also see some moments that are difficult. If you left the show for a year or even more, you can come back. This is the year.
Jenni opens up to Shira Weiss (Weissssssssssssssss) about how she REALLY felt about going through all her fertility issues on camera, her flourishing rap career, and what she does when Jeff goes off on his employees like he does on Vanina this season. Be sure to read the entire interview with Jenni here.
A huge thanks to Shira Weiss for sharing these fantastic interviews with my readers!