Season 9 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey will bring about some changes, which include the addition of two new 'Wives. One of the new RHONJ ladies is Jennifer Aydin, who will bring an entirely new vibe to the group. Jennifer comes from a traditional Turkish background and she's revealed that she was even in the process of having an arranged marriage to another man set up when she happened to meet her plastic surgeon husband. Safe to say, Jennifer isn't your average Jersey girl. And now she's revealing even more about herself in the video above.
Jennifer shared that grew up in the jewelry business and opened her own jewelry store after college, but closed it after she got married. However, her interests don't end with jewelry — and RHONJ isn't even her first time on camera. She revealed that she used to have her own Turkish cooking show, which is now available on YouTube (see below). And in other interesting career news, she shared that she always wanted to be an actress growing up.
"When I was 16, I convinced my mom to take my on an audition," Jennifer recalled. "She didn't think I would get it so she took me kind of just to shut me up, more or less, and then when I ended up getting the gig, she was so nervous. She wouldn't let me do it and she said, you know, if you do this and you're an actress, you're never going to get married, you're never going to have kids ... it's going to be shame and she blocked it, right then and there."
Although she didn't ultimately become an actress, it sounds like Jennifer's entertainment career was preordained; she revealed her mother named her after a character in the 1970 film Love Story.
Now Jennifer is a homemaker, wife, and mother to five. And she shared that she had an unusual reason for having a fifth child, which you can check out in the video above.
Get to know Jennifer and see what the rest of the Garden State ladies are up to when RHONJ returns for Season 9 on Wednesday, November 7, at 9/8c. Watch a preview of the new season below.