Jessel Taank, the new addition to the Real Housewives of New York Season 14, is making quite the impression. In an exclusive interview with The Wrap, Jessel opened up about her experience on the show and the challenges she faced.
Jessel has been outspoken on the show and has found herself in some controversial situations. From shading Jenna Lyons’ lingerie gift to sharing her IVF journey, she has done it all. However, she admits that she sometimes comes across unaware of the impact of her actions.
One of the concerns Jessel had before joining the show was how it would impact her family. She and her husband had many discussions about it, and ultimately decided to proceed. However, she worried about protecting her loved ones from the negative aspects of reality TV.
Jessel revealed that she was taken aback by the hate and criticism she received after her debut on the show. Her husband sent her fan tweets where people thought she was a bully, and that sent her “into a rabbit hole.” However, she believes that she can control her own narrative through her social media platforms and has been sharing her truth and interacting with her audience.
One aspect of her life that Jessel didn’t originally plan to share on the show was her IVF journey, as it had been a private experience for her and her husband. However, she realized that by sharing her story, she could provide strength and comfort to others going through the same thing.
Jessel also spoke about the cultural pressures she faces as an Indian woman when it comes to marriage and having children. She wants to challenge the status quo and encourage Indian women to share their experiences, even if they are considered taboo in their culture.
Overall, Jessel is determined to share her reality and her truth on the show. She wants to give a voice to those who may be going through similar experiences and hopes to inspire and empower others.
While she has faced some criticism, Jessel is willing to own up to her mistakes. She acknowledges that Jenna was right in calling her out for committing a faux pas by wearing two labels in one look.
It will be interesting to see how Jessel progresses throughout the rest of the season. She certainly has made an impression, both positive and negative, but it seems like she is determined to share her story and make a difference.
Fans can catch Jessel and the rest of the Real Housewives of New York cast every Sunday at 9/8c on Bravo.