Monday, July 12, 2010

Kim Granatell Admits To Wanting Fulltime Role On 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Kim Granatell, who plays a pivotal if unpaid role on “Real Housewives of New Jersey” this season and aspires to full-time status next year, lives in a 13,000-square-foot (yes, we asked) home just a few mansions away from Jacqueline Laurita, one of the titular housewives. She offers a tour (yes, we accepted) before settling in to dish about the season. Granatell shows off an enormous mural of Capri over the twin staircases in the double-height entryway, a newly redecorated dining room with a vast table and inlaid stone floors, a sprawling kitchen, five bedrooms (or perhaps more — we lost count), private patios, the Bentley and the Ferrari in the garage and a mud room the size of a hotel lobby (and almost as richly appointed). And it’s all paid for, Granatell says, a not-so-subtle dig at fellow housewife Teresa Giudice’s financial straits.

Not bad for a girl who grew up in the distinctly working-class town of Haverstraw, in Rockland County, N.Y. She married well — her husband, from whom she has been amiably separated for years, runs a chemical manufacturing firm, and they have three children, a daughter in high school and two sons in college.

A beautiful home, a lovely family, at least a modicum of mental health: What would propel Granatell to throw in her chips with made-for-TV personalities like former stripper Danielle Staub and the table-flippin’ Giudice?

“It’s not like I’m bored,” she says defensively. “It’s fun.”
Granted the two Kim's (who knew they were sister-in-laws?) provide for plenty of drama on RHONJ, but I think Bravo's best to leave them where they are--as co-stars as opposed to stars.