Jill Zarin, resident villain and feisty redhead, is bringing out the big guns-her mouth-and defending herself once again for all the drama she caused this season on-screen and off.
Her biggest offenses: She had a massive falling out with Bethenny Frankel, Tweeted the birth of Bethenny’s baby incorrectly and before the new mom had a chance to, has been fighting with Alex McCord, and instead of waiting for Kelly Bensimon to arriveat the airport in St. John to drive her someplace to pick up a straight jacket, and showed up on the island uninvited and unwanted. She caused drama, but she admittedly made the show much more watchable.
But the public backlash has been fierce and she’s even reportedly been receiving threats via snail mail. How does she feel about this season? Let’s take a look back through the eyes of Jill.
Does she have any regrets about her behavior? “Yeah, but it doesn’t matter. I think anybody living a normal, average life is going to have regrets. But I try to look forward and be a better person and a better friend. I wake up everyday saying, “What can I do better today?” she tells People.
And like all of us with regrets, there are some things she would like to take back and do over if given the chance. She says of the St. Johns fiasco, “If I could take it back I would. My intentions were honestly good. I was going there to make peace. I couldn’t have anticipated the Kelly situation.”
Except, hold up. Ramona Singer called her and explained the situation and told her to pick Kelly up from the airport. Plus, she spoke to Kelly on the phone! Kelly, in Jill’s own words, was “definitely having a hard time.” So sorry, I’m not buying it. It was more screen time vs being there for someone off camera. She made the choice.
As for what is going to happen on the reunion, there have been plenty of clips released that show the ladies fighting with each other. It’s gonna be brutal. Jill says that filming it “was like having a bad root canal.”
Jill has not yet been asked back by producers, but she adds the drama to the show, so she is probably a safe bet for the next season. It will give her a chance to clear up any misconceptions about her personality and character, but she’ll have to work hard and really prove herself. Who is she really?
“People who know me know that it all comes from a place of good. I’m not a bad person. I’m not a mean girl. Just because someone says it, or just because it’s written, doesn’t make it true. I’ve learned a lot from the show and watching myself and not seeing things at the time the way they were. I’ve become a better listener and [will try] not holding a grudge. That I can do. That I can change. But I can’t change who I am.”