Just a few episodes into her Bravo journey, Tiffany Moon is already one of the most well-received first-season Real Housewives in recent memory.
The anesthesiologist, 36, joined “The Real Housewives of Dallas” for its fifth season, which premiered at the start of the year, and her impact is undeniable. Moon kicked off her time on the show by having a frank, emotional and important conversation with co-star Brandi Redmond about an ignorant video that resurfaced from Brandi’s past in which she made fun of Asian people. As Moon explained through tears, the clip triggered painful memories from her childhood growing up as a first generation Asian-American.
For the latest episode of In The Know’s pop culture podcast We Should Talk, Tiffany Moon opened up about that momentous conversation and why she decided to join “Real Housewives” in the first place.
“I thought, ‘Maybe if I can come on this cast and share with these women my personal story of immigrating to the United States when I was six years old, learning English, dealing with racism, it would be a real issue with them,'” Moon told ITK. “I really embraced this opportunity to come on a predominantly white cast hopefully to just bring a little bit diversity and share my story with the ladies and with America.”
She also talked about balancing her full-time career with filming, who from the “RHOD” cast she has the most tension with, the confessional comment that hurt her feelings and why she isn’t sure she’d want to return for a second season of “The Real Housewives of Dallas.”
Listen to Tiffany Moon’s full episode of We Should Talk below, and keep reading for highlights from the interview:
Tiffany Moon on her conversation with Brandi Redmond in the season premiere: “Brandi had dealt with this backlash that I didn’t even know about. She was suffering so much mentally from the distress of the backlash that she got that she was suicidal. I had no idea. When it was time for me to talk to her, which I felt was my obligation and responsibility to do, I did not think that if I came at her and was like, ‘You’re a racist! You suck!’ that that would’ve helped her. One, I don’t think she’s a racist. Two, I never thought that she was a racist. Three, I do not think that the video she originally posted and later resurfaced was ever meant to hurt anyone maliciously. I know Brandi now, and she is just a goofball. It was in poor taste, and it was ignorant and we’ve all made mistakes, but she does not need to die on the cross for that.”
Tiffany Moon on what it’s like watching the show back: “It’s a really different mindset to transport yourself back to something that happened almost six months ago and then hear your cast mates’ opinions about it. Sometimes their opinions are not always so positive, and it hurts my feelings. I’m like, ‘Why didn’t you just tell me that at the time?’ Then they say it in an interview and I hear about it now. Truth be told, it does hurt my feelings when people say negative things about me because I’m a human. I want to be liked. I want to be a part of this new group of women that I’ve started hanging out with. There have been some hurtful moments.”
Tiffany Moon on why she’s unsure about returning for another season of “The Real Housewives of Dallas”: “There were a lot of fun moments, there was a lot of introspection, there were also a lot of tears and a lot of fighting. Right now, I don’t think I can answer that question. I think I have to finish the season and also talk to my family. It did take a lot of time away from my family and, mind you, I’m still working a full-time job as an anesthesiologist right now. […] So, I feel a little pressed for time, and I’m not sure that I have a capacity to sign on for a second season, unless I back off on something else. […] So, second season? Maybe no.”
Tiffany Moon on bringing diversity to “The Real Housewives of Dallas”: “I thought, ‘Maybe if I can come on this cast and share with these women my personal story of immigrating to the United States when I was six years old, learning English, dealing with racism, it would be a real issue with them. As opposed to, ‘Yeah, there’s racism and of course we don’t like racism.’ Until they meet a person and hear their story, when they can be like, ‘Oh, my gosh, that must’ve been so hard for you as a child.’ Then I think it really hits home with them. […] I really embraced this opportunity to come on a predominantly white cast hopefully to just bring a little bit diversity and share my story with the ladies and with America.”
If you enjoyed this interview, check out another recent episode of We Should Talk featuring Real Housewives of Potomac’s Wendy Osefo:
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