Who is Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jennifer Aydin? She’s just one of the newest cast members to join the upcoming Season 9 of Bravo’s hit reality TV series. In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, Jennifer introduced herself to the show and while she said she gets along well with the rest of the RHONJ ladies, she also comes from a different background so she’s bringing a little bit of a different perspective to the cast.
Jennifer is of Turkish descent and she’s a mom of five kids — two girls and three boys ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years old — so she shares a lot of similarities and differences with her fellow co-stars.
“I’m really just housewife at the end of the day but I’m old-school as far as tradition and I feel like I bring a lot of that to the show,” she exclusively revealed to Life & Style. “I bring back old-school values and when I say old-school values, it’s not something that the audience is familiar with, like Italians, because Turkish culture is a lot different than American Italian but it’s actually similar to old-school Italian where we believe in you know family comes first and always being hospitable and your family name is very important — doing things to ruin that or shame that is also very frowned upon. So we do our best to keep a good name and tradition and culture. That’s really what I bring to the table and I’m funny, I’m funny. I can make you pee in your pants if you have me on the phone long enough.”
Jennifer is married to successful NJ-based plastic surgeon Dr. Bill Aydin, and that’s actually how she met her fellow RHONJ co-star, Dolores Catania. She also knew her other RHONJ co-star Melissa Gorga because they would run into each other frequently while they were out and about in Bergen County.
“I knew Dolores,” Jennifer told Life & Style. “Dolores was a surgical clerk with my husband — small world Bergen County. And I was friends with Melissa, more like good acquaintances because we share the same stylists, and you know in Bergen County, every time we ran into each other it was always like a, ‘Hey, how are you? How are you doing?’ So yeah I definitely knew Dolores and Melissa, were the two that I knew personally.”
And while Jennifer said she always wanted to be on the show, it was her relationships with Dolores and Melissa that eventually led to her joining the cast.
“You know what, I always thought that I was good for that show when it first came on, just only because I’m very opinionated, but I’m also a very rational and reasonable person that likes to talk things through and move on,” she explained. “So sure, I always wanted to be on the show but really Dolores and Melissa were the catalysts of me getting on.”
The new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on November 7th at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
Reporting by Diana Cooper.