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The Daily Dish Winter House

Tom Schwartz Reveals What It Was Really Like to Film Winter House Season 3 Amid VPR Season 10 Drama

The Vanderpump Rules cast member also revealed if he got mad at Aesha for interrupting his bathroom moment with Katie Flood.

By Shannon Raphael

All of the Winter House-mates jumped at the opportunity to take an epic two-week vacation in picturesque Steamboat Springs, Colorado for Season 3, but for Tom Schwartz, the ski trip could not have come at a better time. 

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The vacation took place in March 2023 — which Bravo fans may remember as the time when news first broke that Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval had broken up after about nine years of dating. 

Once Schwartz arrived at the house, he struck up a bit of a romance with Below Deck Mediterranean alum Katie Flood. He opened up about why filming Winter House Season 3 was so "therapeutic" on the heels of Vanderpump Rules Season 10, and he revealed new information about his connection with Katie when he appeared on the November 28 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Tom Schwartz Reflects on Filming Winter House Season 3 After Vanderpump Rules Season 10

Though his love life was on major display when he got to Colorado, Schwartz compared the experience of filming Winter House to hitting the "jackpot."

He noted on WWHL that he was "very fragile" when filming began. 

"I was very fragile. Yeah, very fragile, and not just the stuff going on with [the] you-know-what of [it] all, but also my family issues," he said, referring to the effects that Sandoval's breakup had on Schwartz's personal and professional life. "I felt like my whole life was falling apart, and I was a complete basket case, to be completely honest with you."

Once he got the opportunity to spend time with Katie and fellow cast members Brian Benni, Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Jordan Emanuel, Casey Craig, Kory Keefer, Malia White, Danielle Olivera, and Alex Propson, Schwartz felt like he was finally able to exhale.

"I feel like I hit a little mini-life jackpot getting to do Winter House," he added. "It was so therapeutic and warm, and it's like I got [in] the positivity vortex."

Though his friendships with the Vanderpump Rules crew change on a regular basis, Schwartz is still very close with his Winter House pals. 

"We're all tight," he said about the Season 3 cast. "We have a group chat we talk pretty much every day in."

Tom Schwartz and Katie Flood having a conversation in their share house in Steam Boat Springs.

Tom Schwartz Addresses *That* Bathroom Moment with Katie Flood

Schwartz may not have been thrilled that Katie Flood shared the same first and middle name as his ex-wife, Katie Maloney, but that didn't stop the two from sharing an intimate moment together in the bathroom on Season 3, Episode 7. 

The Schwartz & Sandy's co-owner reacted to the hook-up on WWHL

"I mean, you know, what happens at Winter House stays at Winter House, unless it's in the bathroom," he joked about the entanglement. "Things happened."

During said intimate moment, the two received a knock on the door from special guest Aesha Scott, who had to use said bathroom. 

When host Andy Cohen asked Schwartz if he was upset at Aesha for interrupting he said "No."

"It was actually the comedic relief that we needed. It was hilarious," Schwartz said. "We talk about it all the time."

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