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Did Actress Connie Britton Know About Vicki Gunvalson’s Romantic Past When Filming Dirty John?!

Everyone is talking about Dirty John and Bravo viewers especially, can’t help but see the similarities between the hit new show and The Real Housewives of Orange County star, Vicki Gunvalson, and the toxic relationship she went through. Even Vicki herself admitted at the RHOC reunion that she saw the similarities!

Dirty John‘s story revolves around Debra Newell and she disregards her daughters warnings and falls in love with a man named John Meehan, who’s not quite as he seems. This is quite like what Vicki went through with her daughter, Briana Culberson, who did not like her mother’s relationship with Brooks Ayers. The series is based on a true story chronicled in The Los Angeles Times and a podcast of the same name. The show even takes place in Orange County, so it hits close to home!

Vicki said she “100 percent” sees the similarities between Dirty John and her relationship with Brooks. Vicki said, “This is totally my daughter adamant that this guy was a bad guy, and I was like, ‘He wants to make love with me four times a day. He’s filling me up, my love tank. When you’re in it, you can’t listen to other people, because he was chirping in my ear, ‘They’re the enemy. Your daughter just doesn’t want you happy.’ Like all this mixture of just chaos.”

So was Connie Britton, the actress who stars as Debra in Dirty John, aware of Vicki’s situation? It turns out, not right away.

She wasn’t aware of it when she filmed the series, according to Andy Cohen. However; she shared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that what drew her to the project was the relatable nature of it. She said, “I was really interested in this because I think it’s really about the stories we tell ourselves as women. In Debra’s case, she’s super successful. She’s self-made, she’s a great mom, she’s got this incredible business that she created herself. And yet, she felt inferior without a man. She told herself that story. And so she was really longing for that. She felt this huge void in her life. So yeah, I think that’s a big deal.”

Watch her discussing in this video:

So crazy! I totally see the similarities between the two situations/stories. I’m relieved that Vicki is out of that bad situation and can see everything clearly now. I’m already hooked on this new series. Connie Britton is an amazing actress!

Are you watching Dirty John? What did you think of Connie’s performance and what she had to say on WWHL? Thoughts on the similarities between the show and Vicki’s situation? Sound off below!

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