Get ready for a whole new batch of 'Wives. The series premiere of The Real Housewives of Potomac arrives January 17, and with it comes six new additions to The Real Housewives family, including Charrisse Jackson Jordan.
Charrisse is a prominent member of the Potomac community, partly because she has a high-profile husband. However, RHOP should finally give Charrisse the spotlight she so greatly deserves. Get to know the new 'Wife below, and you'll soon see why that's been a long time coming.
1. She Has a High-Profile Hubby
Charrisse has been married to Eddie Jordan for more than 18 years. Eddie played seven seasons in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, and was a member of the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers championship team. Eddie then turned his attention to coaching, most notably serving as head coach of the Washington Wizards before returning to his alma mater to serve as head coach of Rutgers University's men's basketball team. That means for the past three years, Eddie has lived in New Jersey while Charrisse and their two children have remained in Potomac. But somehow, living apart seems to keep this couple close.
2. She Has Two Teens
Charrisse currently has the wonderful job of raising two teenagers: a 17-year-old son named Jackson and a 15-year-old daughter named Skylar. But really, one look at that above family photo, and it's hard to imagine this isn't a tight-knit bunch.
3. She Gives Back
Charrisse may live a #blessed life, but she also uses her wealth and status for good. She has worked with many non-profit organizations in the past, including Knock Out Abuse, Men Against Breast Cancer, and N Street Village, which supports homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. Her biggest philanthropic role to date has been as president of Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association. For four years, Charrisse led the organization made up of current and retired NBA players' significant others to help them work together to raise money for charities and support one another as they take on the challenging role of being a basketball wife. Since Charrisse has been married for nearly two decades, who better to have led an organization like that?
4. She's Originally From the Garden State
In another life, perhaps Charrisse could have been on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. That's because Charrisse is not originally from Potomac but from Somerset, New Jersey, according to her Facebook profile. After receiving an undergraduate degree in telecommunications from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Charrisse made her way back to the Garden State where she worked as a teacher and a site facilitator for after school programming in New Brunswick. But Charrisse is most definitely a true Potomac resident now.
5. She's 50, and She Owns It
Charrisse celebrated her 50th birthday in September, and she wasn't shy about her age. The RHOP mom flaunted turning half a century old with the ginormous cake you see above. And when you look that fabulous at 50, why shouldn't you let the world know?
6. She Can Dance
We're starting to think that there's very little Charrisse can't do, and that includes busting a move. Charrisse won the DC's Dancing Stars competition for charity in 2014. It totally wouldn't surprise us if Charrisse decided to become the next 'wife to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars.
7. She's Friends with a Real Housewives of D.C. Alum
Charrisse is friends with Paul Wharton, a TV personality and style expert, who also appeared as a friend to some of the ladies on The Real Housewives of D.C. Yes, Andy Cohen recently made it clear that RHOP is not just another RHODC, but the two shows do share this strong connection.
8. She's a Great Baker
Charrisse keeps busy outside of the home, but she can also be a domestic goddess when she wants to. She has tweeted out a few pics of some tasty-looking treats over the years, and her baking skills could certainly come in handy if she ever needs to get on a fellow RHOP lady's good side.
So who will Charrisse share the spotlight with on RHOP? Tune in on January 17 at 9/8c to find out.