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New O.C. Housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter Struggled to Adjust to This Part of Filming

We asked The Real Housewives of Orange County newbies Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter to spill the tea. 

By Jenny Berg
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As a newcomer to Orange County, there's a lot to take in — starting with the way its residents eat. Just ask Gina Kirschenheiter, who was shocked when she first relocated to California from Long Island. "All they eat is goddamn kale!," she recently told The Feast. (Touche.)

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But just as soon as she'd (presumably) become used to so many leafy greens everywhere, Gina had to adapt again to a whole new way of eating: that is, eating on camera. 

The Feast recently caught up with the newly single mom, and asked her to spill the tea: Did she avoid biting into anything (even a nice kale salad) while The Real Housewives of Orange County cameras were rolling? "Sadly, no," Gina told us. "I honestly feel like all I did this whole season was eat, and I know for sure that there is always a moment where we have the group meetings... around the table and... I’m just at the table and you’ll just see me shoving food in my mouth or guzzling my drink or whatever and I’m like I’ve had enough, Gina’s done for the night and that’s it. You know?" 

We also spoke to fellow new O.C. wife Emily Simpson, and lobbed the same question her way. Tell us: How does it feel to chow down knowing that video footage of your meal can and will be broadcast into living rooms nationwide? Did she avoid this situation? 

"No, apparently not, but I was told later that you should [avoid eating] because [the cameras will] zoom in on you and I didn’t know that," Emily told us.

She also issued this disclaimer: "There will be lots of scenes of me [in which] everyone else will be talking and I’ll just be eating. I remember going to dinner at Shannon’s house and everybody puts little tiny amounts of food on their plate and then I sat down with the whole plate filled and I was like I don’t get it, are we not supposed to eat? Like, I didn’t get the memo on eating. I actually lost weight at the beginning of the season because there would be dinners but nobody was eating! So I don’t know. I just starved."  

—Reporting by Alesandra Dubin

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