New 'Summer House' stars on what to expect from season 2: 'Definitely a little lust, maybe a little love'
Fresh meat coming through!
The second season of Bravo’s “Summer House,” which premieres on Monday, features three new cast members in lieu of the three people not returning as series regulars after season one.
Allow us to introduce Amanda Batula, Danielle Olivera and Amit Neuman, who join this season’s “Summer House” in the Hamptons. Viewers of the show will recognize Amanda as Kyle’s on-again off-again love interest from season one, and this summer she returns as both Kyle’s full-on girlfriend and a cast member in her own right. Both Danielle and Amit join the house with a connection through Carl — Danielle and Carl had a months-long fling, while Amit and Carl hit it off at Coachella last year.
The new “Summer House” stars stopped by AOL Entertainment recently to discuss their first full season on the Bravo hit, establishing their own voices in the house, being single in the Hamptons and who’s really the one who steps up and cleans up after their house parties.
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Check out our full conversation with the new “Summer House” stars below:
What are your feelings before the season starts? Are you nervous? Anything you may have forgotten about?
Danielle: When I was watching some of the clips, there were things that I totally forgot about! I was like, ‘Great line!’
Amanda: I forget what I ate for breakfast or dinner, so there are a lot of things I don’t remember -- not because I was drunk, just because I have no idea. It’s nerves - excited nerves!
Danielle: It’s kind of like the feeling you had walking into the house for the first time. You’re nervous-excited, but you also want to sh-t your pants a little bit.
Amit: Definitely a combination of both. Excitement, anxiety…
Amanda, you were on last season, obviously, and you and Kyle had some pretty emotional moments. Was it hard for you to watch those when their aired?
Amanda: It was almost therapeutic, but it was definitely tough to watch. I told him straight-up, “You better tell me everything that happened, because I’m going to see it all. You better not hold anything back from me.” So, he was very honest with me, and we watched every episode together, which was important to me. I wanted to watch with him and not by myself, so if I felt a certain way I could look at him and react. It was therapeutic: I lived through it, I witnessed it and then the chapter was closed and it was onto the next thing. So, watching that was so hard -- I cried a lot and got really angry all over again -- but then I was able to get over it and put it in the past and, weirdly, I feel like our relationship got stronger because of it.
And did it feel like the natural next step for you to join the show?
Amanda: Yeah, it did. I spend all my weekends with Kyle, and I knew his friends before they even started filming. It felt natural, like, why would we even spend the summer apart? We spend so much time together already, so why not do a share house?
Amit and Danielle, did you guys watch the first season? What did you think?
Danielle: Coming from share houses in Montauk before, I thought it all made sense. The fighting, the making up, the awkward moments and tip-toeing around each other. That all happens, and I’ve lived through that for the past five years in Montauk. So, I wasn’t surprised. It’s kind of weird seeing someone you dated be with someone else on camera [Laughs], though. That was very surreal, but more surreal is joining that house the next summer.
Amit: I didn’t watch.
Amanda: You knew a little bit! Your sister would tell you about it.
Amit: I knew a little bit, but I felt as though, with the nature of reality TV, I wanted to come into the summer fresh and be able to form my own opinion. I equate it to going into the SATs without studying. [Laughs] Probably not the best idea, and in general I hadn’t been a large reality TV viewer in the past, but by week five or six I thought I should’ve done my homework.
Amanda, I'm curious what this summer was like for you, because you were simultaneously coming in as Kyle's girlfriend, but also as a cast member in your own right. How was it navigating that?
Amanda: It’s tough! These people are Kyle’s friends, and we were with each other for eight months without a label on it, so I was always kind of brought around as “This girl Kyle’s with.” But I think it’s a lot in my own head, where I feel like an outsider, and I just wanted to be included. The girls in the house have so much history together, also, so in my head it can feel difficult to weasel ymy way in. I wanted to make the effort to be Amanda and be heard. But at the same time, I am Kyle’s girlfriend. It’s a weird balance! Everyone was very inclusive, though.
Danielle and Amit, you both came in knowing Carl, but in very different capacities. Talk to me about how you each met him and how that parlayed to you eventually joining the show.
Danielle: Two summers ago in Montauk, we were at The Surf Lodge and -- I had known him socially in the City -- that led to making out and starting to see each other that fall and winter, and then it crashed and burned. It was really hard after that in the City, because we all end up at the same bars. It was awkward at first, because he started seeing Lauren, and we went to the same Halloween party and were on party bus together, with Lauren and Carl making out at the end.
After some time, though, you get over it and become friends with everyone. I’m not an awkward person, and I’m friends with kind of a lot of people that I used to date. The City’s too small not to, so it was organic to join the show. I wanted to [establish that we were platonic], because there’s always that sense of, if you’re drunk, maybe you’ll make out. But at the end of the day, we’re friends.
Amit: For me, it was way different. [Laughs] We have not made out yet, but you can watch the season to see what happens. I’ve been doing Coachella with the same core group for about four years, and one of them was friends with Carl, and last minute there was an extra ticket and he showed up in our house. Carl does this test when he first meets a guy where he goes, "Who’s taller?" So, right away we did the back-to-back, and my hair helped me out a little bit. Him being very machismo turned into us running around the Coachella fields together as single guys partying and having a good time. This summer gave us an opportunity to build a deeper friendship.
You are also both single this summer. What can we expect from your love lives this season?
Amit: A lot, but we can’t give away too much!
Danielle: I definitely had my share of fun. That’s how I like my life in the Hamptons -- you go out there to have fun and let loose.
Amanda: If I were single in the Hamptons, I would be doing the same thing. Last summer, I was single and staying over at Kyle’s all the time. That’s the best place to be single. Everyone is looking for a little fun.
Amit: Definitely a little lust, maybe a little love.
Did you get any tips from the original cast members on joining the show?
Danielle: To be honest -- and this is a direct quote -- I looked to Lauren and I was like, “What should I bring?” and she just goes, “You’ll figure it out.” And then I did.
Amanda: It’s kind of true! Kyle tells me absolutely nothing, so even last summer I had no idea what to expect, but I think the most important thing you realize it just to be yourself. Once you relax, everything is fine. If you’re trying too hard, everyone’s like, "What are you doing?" It’s important to be yourself all year round and try to be as natural as you can.
Amit: That translates to everything in real life, too. If you do things as yourself, then you never have to look back and ask, “Why did I do this?” You don’t have to worry as much. I only knew Carl, so I met everyone else when I got to the house. You can give me your opinion if he’s the best person to get advice from… [Laughs], but he told me it was going to be intense, and that can be construed in many different ways.
Amanda: I liked going into it not knowing what to expect.
Danielle: Me too.
It looks like you guys are going to have some massive house parties this summer. Do you like that better than going out in the Hamptons?
Danielle: They’re my favorite! They’re a little bit looser, because you’re home already. So, if anything happens, you can just pass out somewhere and figure it out later. T
Amanda: I feel indifferent. They’re a lot of fun, but as someone who played a large role in the cooking and cleaning after these house parties, they’re not my favorite. A lot of the times nobody else would do it if someone didn’t get started on it. They’re fun in the moment, but in the aftermath I’m like, "I need bacon, and I can’t cook in this kitchen right now!" [Laughs]
Amit: I think everyone thinks they played a larger role in the cleaning than they probably did...
Amanda: Let’s rewind the tapes! I clean up every morning.
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