June 02, 2014 12:00 PM

>Kristen Taekman

You just joined the show, and already you’ve clashed with costars like Ramona Singer, who threw a wine glass at you and cut your face.

I was nervous to meet her at first. She’s intimidating with her arms flailing all over the place, and you’re either on her good side or her bad. We went through a lot, but it’s come full circle.

Were you a fan of the show?

Brandi Glanville [from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills] is one of my best girlfriends, so I watched for her. She gave me advice on managing everything with two kids [Cash, 5, and Kingsley, 2].

Has that been hard?

It was, but it was also funny. I’d drop my son at camp in sweat-pants, then pick him up all glammed out in hair and makeup. I’m sure the counselors were like, “What the heck does your mommy do for a living?”

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