When I first started watching Real Housewives of Miami I was curious to see how the new ladies would fare on the screen. I was also looking out for who I liked and who I was on the fence with. Right off the bat, I liked Ana Quincoces because of her great relationship with her daughters, how real she was, and being a first-generation Hispanic-American, I was personally intrigued because of her embodiment of success in the US. Ana is not perfect but she does pretty well as a lawyer, chef, cookbook author, mother, and now reality TV star.
I recently had the chance to ask Ana a few questions about her experience on the show, her personal life, and of course the juicy drama that unfolds on any Housewives show. Ana was very well-spoken, direct, short and to the point about what she had to say.
Ana revealed that she sees some of herself in Joanna Krupa, talked about the drama with Thomas Kramer at the dinner party from hell and some comments Lea had to make regarding that, and admitted that Karent’s douchey, shady ex-boyfriend Rodolfo still tried texting her even after he broke up with Karent! Check out what Ana told AllAboutTRH below:
AllAboutTRH: Has being a Housewife been different from what you anticipated? What has been the greatest learning experience?
Ana: I embarked up on this journey with a bit of apprehension. Luckily, being a “housewife” has been a very positive experience for me so far. They say that in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. For some reason, I have always felt like the one-eyed man. Under the circumstances, it’s a good thing.
Did you watch any Real Housewives shows before you joined? Do you have any favorite Housewives from other franchises?
Yes, I am a fan and like many professional women, reality TV has become something of a guilty pleasure. It’s like watching a train wreck; you don’t want to see it, but you can’t look away. I have many favorites. My favorite housewife of all time is Bethenny Frankel. In fact, I fancy myself something of a Latin Bethenny. She raised the bar and since then we have seen an influx of super sharp housewives. A few faves are Carole Radzwill, Heather Thompson, and Heather DuBrow from O.C.
Besides your friends from years back, Alexia and Marysol, who have you become close with from the cast?
I really like Joanna, her unbridled passion is both endearing and infuriating. I suppose that is why she is so appealing. I see a little of myself in her. My maternal instincts just want to take her under my wing and spare her some of the heartache that she is sure to experience if she does not control the emotional extremes that she allows herself to experience. I also enjoy spending time with Lisa. There is an ingénue quality about her that I love. I also believe she has a pure heart.
You were a little upset with Marysol and you felt she needed to stand up for herself against Elaine. Why do you think she seemed scared of Elaine? Was she scared of Elaine herself, or is she scared of conflict in general?
Yes, yes, and yes. Most people do not like conflict. Marysol in particular avoids conflict at all costs because she believes such conflict damages her business reputation which she has spent years building. I believe that she is afraid of Elaine for no other reason than the fact that Elaine is a 6 foot plus male and Marysol is well…not.
At the RHOM “dinner party from hell”, Thomas Kramer said some really insulting things to you. A lot of viewers were proud that you stood your ground and did not follow suit and suck up to him like everyone seems to do. Do you think you were being rude talking to Thomas in a defensive manner in his own home, or did that not matter at that point after the way he was treating you and Joanna?
I don’t believe standing my ground was a choice. At least it wasn’t for me. Inviting someone to your home does not give them license to insult you. Accepting an invitation is not a waiver of your values. My dignity is not for sale.
Lea Black wrote in her blog that you shouldn’t have gotten offended by what Thomas was saying to the women because of the sex-natured jokes you make with your daughters and your ex on the season premiere dinner you shared at your home. What do you have to say regarding that?
The comparison is nonsensical. Perhaps Lea needs to sit with her husband to determine what makes an effective argument. My private conversations with my children and their father are just that, private. They are not intended to offend or objectify women, and everyone involved was a willing participant. Addressing her rambling nonsensical blog is an exercise in futility.
We also saw a vulnerable side to you when you moved out of the practice you shared with your ex. How are you two doing now, and has your relationship remained friendly even after you guys stopped working in the same office space?
Moving out of my office after 20 years was very difficult. It was the end of so many things and my future that had been so clearly defined for decades suddenly became uncertain. Robert and I will always be friends.
Karent recently revealed she and Rodolfo are no longer dating. Does this come as a shock you? Has he tried contacting you again ever since the show wrapped?
No, it does not, and yes he has.
A lot of viewers have complimented you for being an intelligent Housewife and for being an inspiration to them. Do you view yourself in that way, being a self-made Hispanic success story in America?
It is wonderful to receive so many tweets and emails from women and men all over the country. I am terribly flattered that people actually take the time to write me and express their support. This has been the absolute greatest part of this whole experience. I have been true to myself this entire season. I have shown my tough side, my vulnerable side, my acidic tongue, and my unconventional family. I have allowed my life to unfold for the world to see and many times felt completely naked doing it. To my surprise, I have received nothing but encouragement, support, and outright praise and I am truly humbled because of it. I can honestly say that this experience has made me a better person, because the viewers have held me to a higher standard and I don’t want to let them down.
Well, season two of RHOM has sure had tons of drama. Were you looking forward to your first reunion taping?
I don’t think the reunion is something anyone looks forward to. Other reunions have demonstrated just how ugly things can get and how quickly. I do understand that it is a necessary evil, an opportunity to discuss things that were disclosed to us for the first time upon watching the episodes.
What did you expect to go down at the RHOM reunion?
I had no expectations. I plan to go with the flow. Fortunately I have been blessed with the ability to think on my feet. And when you are dealing with the truth, confrontations become very winnable.
Can you update your fans on what is next for you? Any other cookbooks in the works or new ventures?
I just submitted the manuscript of my third cookbook for the famed Versailles Cuban Restaurant in Miami. I am about to launch my “Million Dollar Marinade” in December. It is what I like to call cooking for dummies in a bottle. Cooking and serving a delicious meal does not have to be rocket science. There aren’t enough one step products out there to make cooking with confidence a reality for most people. Until now… 😉
Ana is a very respectable lady and she makes very valid points. I hope we get to see more of her on the next season, though. What did you think of what Ana had to say?