If you are a “Real Housewives of New York City” fan, you may have noticed a familiar face on the new season of the reality tv show, especially if you are from the Farmington Valley area or attended St. Paul’s High School in the ‘90s. The newest “housewife” is Farmington native Kristin Carroll Taekman, a model who got her start at John Casablancas of CT and has become the latest lady to put it all out there on the popular Bravo station media franchise. The married mother of two who lives in New York City with husband, businessman Josh Taekman, has already shaken things up with fellow wives Ramona, Sonja, LuAnn, Aviva, Carole and Heather, as they tangle, tryst, throw wine and water at each other and put their lives and relationships out there for your viewing pleasure. Taekman, who also has a couple of businesses including a new space and time-friendly JCore fitness DVD and program, had just sent the kids off to school when she Spilled the Beans with Java.
A: I have a good girl friend, Brandi, who is on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and when she would come to New York I would go to some press things with her. I met Andy Cohen and he asked if I would be interested in auditioning and I did. I auditioned again with my husband and got the call that I was hired and that we would start filming in three weeks.
Q: Did you ever think twice about putting your life and your marriage out there for public viewing?
A: I had watched Brandi’s show because she was in it so I knew what it was all about. And my husband, Josh, and Heather from the New York show used to work together. I did think about it before saying ‘yes’ but it was a no-brainer to join the show. My husband owns his own business and I am a freelance model so we don’t have conventional jobs. And I don’t feel like we have anything to hide. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose, it was a great opportunity and I don’t know why, but it doesn’t bother me to have my life in front of the cameras.
Q: But don’t you ever look back at an episode and say, eewww, ‘that is not so good,’ especially when it comes to the bickering with your husband and some of the back talk that goes on between all of you on the show?
A: I don’t know why but it doesn’t bother me. I think the great thing is I am what you see, just a normal person. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. My husband and I have been together for 12 years, married almost 10. Sometimes I wish there were a script but it’s just what it is. There was one episode where Josh was a little harsh with me. But you couldn’t do this show unless you are willing to just be yourself and not worry about hiding anything. And as far as my kids watching it someday, I’m not embarrassed by it.
Q: Ramona seems to be the thorn in your side. Will you ever be friends?
A: I think you have to tune in to see.
Q: What would a “Real Wives of Farmington, CT” reality TV show look like.
A: Wow, these questions are hard. The wives would probably all be from Devonwood.
Q: How did your life in Farmington prepare you for a career that now is not only about being a model and a businesswoman, but a TV star as well?
A: I think I had a great foundation growing up in Farmington. I graduated from St. Paul’s High School and still have friends in Connecticut. I have a strong family bond. My parents are still married to each other and still live in Farmington in the same house. When you have all that growing up it gives you the strength to do anything.
Q: Do you think “housewives” will have you back for another season?
A: I wouldn’t mind doing a couple more seasons but we’ll take it day by day. I have started a fashion blog based on the TV role. People on social media keep asking me what makeup I wear, where did I get certain clothes, how do I do my hair so I started lastnightslook.com and answer all the questions. I’m an H&M, Zara’s, Topshop shopper. Something anyone could do.
Q: Give me five adjectives that describe you on and off the show.
A: Silly, witty, fun, clever, and smarter than the average housewife.
Q: You took some heat for a quote you made about not being the ‘sharpest tool in the shed’ but being pretty. Do you wish you could take it back, given you do have a daughter and there is so much controversy now about body image playing too much of a role in young girls’ lives?
A: Not at all, and the whole comment was really a joke about who I am. It is a silly, quirky thing and it’s me talking about myself, no one else.