Meet Stephanie Hollman, Star of Bravo’s ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas’
Hollman is a passionate philanthropist and worked as a social worker before joining the Real Housewives cast. Her big heart and quirky sense of humor set her apart from her cast mates this season.
Stephanie opened up to Celebuzz! about how her life has changed since the beginning of the show’s filming to now.
Celebuzz!: You’re originally from Oklahoma. What brought you to Texas in the first place?
Stephanie Hollman: I met my husband, and we dated for six months where either I would go to Dallas or he would come to Oklahoma. He proposed six months after we met, and then after that I made the move.
CB: How did you and your husband meet?
SH: We met through a mutual friend over dinner and a lot of Jesus juice, a lot of wine (laughs). I think in the show I called it “drunk love at first sight”. You drink, you kiss, the next day it’s a little awkward, then you drink again and it’s not so awkward; it was fun. He would just show up and surprise me at a restaurant when I thought I was meeting a girl friend in the middle of the week, it was sweet. I have emails that are so sweet from him and I’m like, “Why don’t you write this anymore?!”
CB: Were you a Housewives fan before you became involved with the show?
SH: I’ve been watching since Orange County first season. I love the franchise. I feel like there’s something for every woman because everyone’s so different and every city is so different. It’s almost like you get to go on vacation to the different cities. I love it, and when Brandi [Redmond] and I were asked to be a part of the franchise it was such cool honor just because I’ve admired and looked up to the women that I’ve been watching for seven years.
CB: How did you first get involved with the show?
SH: A girl friend of mine recommended myself and my best friend Brandi. She was like, “They’re goofy, they’re a lot of fun, I think they’ll be good.” It was a really fast process.
CB: Do you have a favorite city or season that you like to watch?
SH: There’s something really dreamy about Beverly Hills because the weather is so pretty and everyone lives in these huge houses so I love the fantasy in that. And I like the New York women because they’re so witty and really fast and I kind of like that.
CB: It’s a big change going from living your life to inviting a camera crew and America into your home, how did you and your family handle that?
SH: It’s so funny because when I decided to do the show I was first of all worried about my children. I have a four- and six-year-old and I never wanted them to think I chose a career over being a stay-at-home mom, and this is perfect because I can do both. They worked around the kids’ school schedule with filming. Also, throughout the season my husband and I went to therapy, which sounds so weird, but we saw a therapist once a week because I was afraid that if we didn’t communicate things would change. I just never wanted him to be upset with me or me be overwhelmed and not have that communication.
CB: Did you have to change any part of your daily routine?
SH: Sometimes you would have to accommodate if there’s something in the evening they have to film – with kids it can get tricky – but my husband is really sweet and his entire company would help us out. It took a village and I was very lucky to have that because a lot of people don’t. I never had to bring them to a drop-in day care at night because I had the help, they were always at home tucked in bed. I feel like that normalcy is very important.
CB: How do you think Dallas is different than the other cities?
SH: Dallas is kind of like the sixth housewife. It’s a cool city, it has a southern flare to it. Women in Dallas are really interesting because they’re not like super aggressive to your face, but it’s like the nice-nasties like “bless your heart”, or they give your a compliment and it’s actually a little slap in the face. I feel like it’s such a different city.
“There are a lot of misrepresentations of Dallas; people think it’s all country music, cowboy boots and barbecue but it’s not just that.”
CB: How did you and your best friend Brandi meet?
SH: Our husbands are best friends. When I met Travis, our first double date was with Brandi and her husband. I met her and I 100% fell in love with her before I was in love with Travis. Like, if she were a guy I would so marry her! We have a better friendship than most marriages, we don’t ever fight and we’re very supportive. We also really love to annoy people and you’ll see that on the show.
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CB: Is there anyone else in the cast you would consider yourself close with?
SH: Cary Deuber is also on the show and she and I started hanging out a little bit before everything aired through the charity world. We actually share a trainer on Tuesdays and talk quite a bit. I didn’t really know Tiffany [Bolton] beforehand and LeeAnne [Locken] I just kind of knew at first she was an very loud presence, whenever she walked into a room you knew because the walls would shake!
CB: Do you identify with anyone who’s not in your cast, from another city?
SH: I think I’m different than a lot of the other Housewives. I’m very not filtered in a weird way, like I’ll say things that are kind of self-deprecating or what I probably shouldn’t say. I hope to be a mother like Yolanda Foster, because I think the relationship she has with her children is so wonderful. I’d like to be as witty as Bethenny, there are things that I would like to be that I admire in them.
CB: Do you have any fun behind-the-scenes stories or drama you can share with us?
SH: Whenever we weren’t with each other, besides with Brandi, we needed a break. But I will say that there were a couple Twitter instances. Like we’ll kind of push each other a push boundaries.
CB: What are you most excited for the viewers to see?
SH: It’s weird, because I’m kind of excited for viewers to see obviously the good times with Brandi and my family, but I’m a mom. I struggle. It’s hard being a parent and having the cameras right there. I hope that women can look at me and see that I don’t take myself too seriously, I try really hard but I’m not perfect and you have to embrace that side of yourself. Hopefully people will see me and realize that it’s ok to not have it together. Women especially are very hard on themselves.
In addition to being a cast member on the show, Stephanie throws herself into charity work every chance that she gets. She mentions that she has two big passions, Big Brother/Big Sister where she’s served as a Big for nine years, and domestic-violence related charities.
CB: Was there anything in particular that drew you to these organizations?
SH: When I was a social worker, I worked with mostly women and children and I had a lot of women that would come who dealt with domestic violence. Especially with Madonna House, a lot of these women were homeless because they were kicked out or running away from their spouses. There’s something really gratifying to not only experience their pregnancy with them, but to help them get housing and get help.
CB: Do you have any events coming up for these organizations?
SH: My husband and I chaired The Family Place a few years ago and tripled the number of funds we got in. This year on October 28 I’m chairing the Big Brother/Big Sister black tie gala in Dallas.
Watch The Real Housewives of Dallas on Monday nights at 10/9c. You can also follow Stephanie on Twitter at @stephhollman or on Instagram @stephhollman. Click here to check out some of Stephanie’s best Instagram pictures!