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Joanna Talks Role Playing

Joanna reveals how she felt playing Natalia the Russian ballerina.

After my trip back from LA, I thought a lot about what my mom said and also about the fact that Romain made amends with Frederic. That got me thinking and that is why I deiced to have a sit down lunch meeting with Adriana and try to work out our issues and past harassments. I hate having the horrible knot in my stomach every time I know I am going to see her. I wanted once and for all to sit down and move forward from this, since I am focused on my career and wedding and don't have the time nor the energy to keep going back in circles over the same thing over and over again.

I won’t lie, I was super nervous how the lunch would turn out and if she would understand why I feel the way I do and if she would sincerely apologize to me. I was on the fence, since I thought her apology in Bimini was sincere and turned out not to be. I don't have time in my life for hate and bad energy, and I only try to surround myself with good people, but I do believe in second chances and that is why I want to give that opportunity to her. I am not planning on being her best friend, but I want to move forward from this and focus on the important things in my life.

I thought it was quite rude for Adriana and Frederic to be late over an hour to the lunch, because I took time from my busy schedule and I made it on time… Since they were so late, I was worried this lunch was going to end up badly or they wouldn’t show up at all. I was utterly surprised how the lunch meeting went, and for once we got everything off our chest without having a screaming match. I think a lot had to do with the fact that both of our men were there and kept us calm. Probably means we should always have them around when we are together to make sure nothing gets out of hand, haha!
Finally Romain made it to the sex therapy session, and I though it went quite well. I loved the idea of role playing to spice up our love life a bit, but I was also worried how I was going to pull this off, so I decided to totally revamp and change my look and take this acting assignment quite seriously.

The night of the role playing I had major anxiety and was having second thoughts about this role playing assignment. But I am the type of person that sticks to a commitment and doesn't give up easily, so I knew I had to get myself together to make this work. And also have fun with it, because it was my Romain after all… I wanted to look the opposite of how I normally look, so I got a short dark wig and did my makeup super dark, which is the opposite of what I normally do. I really wanted to get into the whole character I was going to play -- Natalia the Russian ballerina. I came up with Natalia, because I felt it seemed exotic, plus Russian girls are super hot and maybe that would get Romain excited LOL!

On my way to the Four Seasons bar I already had a few shots of vodka at home, since I was super nervous and felt uncomfortable because it wasn't Halloween and I felt out of my comfort zone. But I had to go on with it as I went this far to get ready and change my look, but didn't want to give up now. When I sat down at the bar and saw Romain, it was hard for me to keep a straight face without blowing up in laughter, because this was so different from how we are, but at that point I was feeling good since the alcohol had kicked, and I started feeling much more confident in my character. As the conversation went on, I couldn't believe the things Romain was saying, so I was playing along and decided that Natalia wasn't going to be a sweet little girl like the sex therapist would like her to be and I made her a tough chick – an exaggerated version of myself LOL! As we went up to the room things just went downhill from there, and I ended up taking off my wig and giving up on the whole role playing thing, but I will say I had so much fun playing someone else for a few hours, and that is what I love about Romain. We are so goofy together! He is not an uptight guy and he’s open to doing whatever he needs to make our relationship strong. We are a dream team, even though we are crazy, but one thing no one can deny is that we are REAL!

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Hoping to Move Forward with Lea

Marysol shares what she hopes will come out of the reunion.

For me the reunion is a forum to hash things out and engage in verbal mud wrestling and hopefully come out cleansed from the tension and disagreements. I would like to make it clear that I do not hate anyone; I am not a person that likes to live in anger as it only makes you miserable and takes away from the precious moments of our lives. It is no secret that I have spent a couple of years being accused of lying by Lea when we do not see eye to eye on something. It is very frustrating to have issues with someone and always end up at the same place of “her word against mine.”

Unfortunately, my father this year has also had a rapid decline in his health and has spent the better part of the past few months in and out of the hospital. While dad was in the hospital with nothing else to do besides sleep, read, and watch TV he watched every episode of RHOM. He was very upset when he saw Lea saying I was lying when I said she didn’t call, write, or send flowers to mom for 8 weeks. He called me and said to figure out a way to video tape me and put it on that show of yours because I’ve had enough of the lies. My father was by mother’s side every day from the moment she went into the hospital to the day she came home (2 months later). He saw everyone who passed by, saw every flower and card that was sent etc. I truly was uncomfortable videotaping him in a hospital setting, but I was leaving for the reunion and he called relentlessly several times a day insisting I let him speak his mind for the cameras. If you thought Mama Elsa was tough, guess who she learned it from, that’s right, her husband of 52 years, Donald Patton. You never met anyone more ornery, stubborn, or tough, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

I have said my peace, which is what I went to the reunion to do. I have moved forward and forgive those who have hurt me and I forgive myself for those I may have hurt. I truly want to move forward to a better place with Lea to the best of our ability. We may never be best friends, but I’d like to think we can at least be in the same room, be cordial, and maybe even share a laugh someday.

It has been a fun season with the ladies and it provided a great distraction from the personal emotional struggles I was going through with my parents’ declining health.  I hope you enjoyed the season, thank you for all of your support and best wishes for my mother as that has been the greatest gift the show has brought us.

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