Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen were gracious and surprisingly
down-to-Earth from moment one.
They arrived at their rented Lakeview apartment after an all-day
book tour here in Chicago and when I asked if they wanted a break
before we started shooting, they declined and with tired boys in
tow casually welcomed me on in.
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We spent about 10 minutes at the front door unable to get the
key working during which they remained completely calm and
unruffled, but sounding just like my husband and I would sound in a
situation like that.
Simon:"Are you SURE that's the right key?
Alex: "YES, absolutely, I used it this morning, I am absolutely
Simon: "Okay how about we have the babysitter jump the fence and
try and jimmy the back door?"
I must admit I was slightly nervous as I pulled up in front of
their apartment wondering if the two of them would be snobby or
tight-lipped or if Simon might just be as kooky as he appears on
TV. But from the big-smiled wave they bestowed when they pulled up
behind me in their car, to Alex hoisting a lawn chair into the
backyard in 4 inch black strappy stilettos, they were the picture
of cool and easy.
I had planned on a 30 minute
interview, sticking mainly to their newly released book "Little
Kids, Big City", and avoiding any hot topics or touchy Real
Housewives moments. But all that went right out the window once we
We spent over an hour chatting about everything from parenting
under the reality TV microscope, to Kelly's nervous breakdown, to
whether or not any of them really are friends IRL. Trust me, this
is only the beginning.
In part 2, and possibly part 3 of my interview with Alex Mccord
and Simon Van Kempen, you'll be privi to what really went down the
past 3 seasons of the show, and how these two navigate reality TV
life as a couple and as parents to two small boys. Francois and
Johan were the picture of polite during our interview and thanked
me ever so mannerly for the Tech Deck skateboards I had taken them.
But I guess that doesn't make for very dramatic TV now does it.
Be sure to watch the always dramatic Real Housewives Reunion
specials at 8pm CST. on Bravo. And then stay on to see Bethanny's
brand new show "Bethanny Getting Married?"
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Simon and Alex's book. "Little Kids, BIg City".
And be super-sure to stop back on Monday, when I'll have part 2
of my interview.
The part where Simon and Alex give it up about the "REAL", Real
Housewives of NYC.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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