Leah McSweeney was the newbie to Real Housewives of New York last season, but for her second season, the 38-year-old has had a year of sobriety.
The fashion designer sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV’s senior correspondent Alicia Quarles and shared how difficult it was to stay on the wagon during COVID-19.
She also reveals that ‘Hell may be frozen’ in Season 13 of RHONY since she and Ramona Singer are finally in a ‘good place’.
Big Apple: Leah McSweeney sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV senior correspondent Alicia Quarles to talk about season 13 of the Real Housewives of New York
After hitting the scene last year as a RHONY fan favorite and entering her second season, Leah said she was wondering, ‘Is it all going downhill after this?’
“Sometimes I’m sure some people, being on TV changes them, you know? And sometimes it’s not really for the better. Me personally? I don’t think I’m any different, ”she reflected.
Maybe McSweeney is the same at her core, but unlike her first season, the reality star was sober during filming this time.
‘It was difficult. I’m not going to lie, ”she explained. ‘Of course I had a point of reference, because I haven’t been drinking for nine years. So it certainly wasn’t nearly as difficult as the first time I quit drinking. But it was still tough because who really wants to be there when you’re in a lockdown during a pandemic? ‘
‘It was difficult. I’m not going to lie, ”Leah said, staying sober. ‘Of course I had a point of reference, because I haven’t been drinking for nine years. So it certainly wasn’t nearly as difficult as the first time I quit drinking. But it was still tough because who really wants to be there when you’re in a lockdown during a pandemic? ‘
In the end, Leah learned that filming was more fun when she wasn’t feeling groggy or hungover, but she admits she was missing some of her more wild moments this year – despite donning crystal patties at a party in one episode.
“Obviously, there were some great TV moments where I was throwing ravioli and having a total exorcism in Rhode Island and throwing the tiki torches,” Leah said. “That was great and I’m glad it worked out.”
Add, “But for me and my health and my life, and for me and my daughter, this is definitely a better choice for me.”
Do it for her: Leah eventually found out that not feeling groggy or a hangover made filming more fun, but she admits that this year was missing some of her more wild moments – despite donning crystal patties at a party all in one delivery
As a veteran this year, Leah knew what to expect when it came to her close-knit co-stars, particularly Luann, Sonja and Ramona.
And Leah revealed to DailyMailTV that after a strained relationship with a particular housewife notorious for ruffling feathers, things are finally going smoothly.
‘Me and Ramona are in a good place right now. I like that, ”she said with a laugh. “Yes, and hell may be frozen, I don’t know.”
‘I think there were so many conflicts around us in the world. I’m like, “oh my god, it can’t be me – gotta make this work”. I need to have some sort of interface, ”Leah continued, adding,“ And we made it happen. ‘
‘Me and Ramona are in a good place right now. I love that, ”Leah said with a laugh. “Yes, and hell may be frozen, I don’t know.”
McSweeney also has a built-in ally this year, new housewife Eboni K. Williams, who was her good friend before the show.
Leah was a strong alpha woman herself and said Eboni didn’t need much guidance to find her balance, but she was there to offer some encouragement.
“I think when there were times they were like,” Ugh, oh my god girl. This is a lot “I’m like,” Yeah, but it’ll be worth it, “Leah said. And I … I told her to be herself. That was the main thing. Stay yourself.’
The Real Housewives of New York City season 13 premieres Tuesday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on Bravo.
Tune in: The Real Housewives of New York City season 13 premieres Tuesday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on Bravo