Season 4 of "The Real Housewives of Dallas" just kicked off, and it sounds like things will go in unexpected directions on the Bravo hit this year.
While last season's biggest storyline proved to be the implosion of LeeAnne Locken's friendship with D'Andra Simmons, co-star Stephanie Hollman recently told AOL's Gibson Johns that their relationship won't be the only focus of their show's fourth season.
"People are going to expect everything from D’Andra and LeeAnne, but there’s drama from other people that isn’t going to be so expected," she teased during a recent interview. "It’s not all focused on last season, which is a good thing. We don’t want to just relive the same thing."
According to Stephanie, there's no better evidence for this season's surprising nature than what happens in the season finale (which, admittedly, is a long way away).
"This is the first year where, in the finale, I was expecting one thing and then it was so dramatic out of nowhere. I’ve never had that where I didn’t know what I was walking into," she revealed. "The finale surprised me. I thought it was going to be about one thing, but then it was about drama. Something extremely different happened out of nowhere with people I did not expect. The audience will be very interested in that."
As for her thoughts on longtime friends LeeAnne and D'Andra's inability to reconcile, Stephanie expressed her disappointment and said that, if this were her friendship to fix, she would rather let bygones be bygones in order to get her friend back.
"I’d rather have peace than resolution, so sometimes I’d rather have peace and my friend back than to be right. For them, they both want something from each other that they’re not willing to give," Stephanie explained. "D’Andra isn’t willing to say what LeeAnne wants her to say, which is, ‘I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have done that. I was spreading a rumor that I didn’t have the facts for.’ LeeAnne wants her to almost make up for it and court her and make a huge effort, but for D’Andra, she wants LeeAnne to let go of the past because it’s always brought up."
When it comes to what could ultimately repair LeeAnne and D'Andra's friendship, the only thing that could seemingly help them do that is for one of them to "be the biggest person." But Stephanie doesn't see that happening.
"It would take one of them to just be the bigger person and say, ‘Let’s move on. I’ll do anything you need,'" she went on. "But they’re also both strong-willed women, and so much time has passed, that it’s gotten to be about more than just that main issue. It’s so much more than that now."
What gives Stephanie such great perspective on LeeAnne and D'Andra's situation is the fact that she went through a major rough patch with BFF Brandi Redmond several seasons ago. The difference, of course, is that Stephanie and Brandi were able to find a resolution for their issues and, now, they've never been better.
In fact, the fun-loving pair now co-host a podcast, "Weekly Dose of BS," which gives them ample opportunity to address their problems right away -- before things get out of hand.
"Whenever we have a hiccup or things feel a little off, we talk about it right away. The other day I said that something feels off, so when she came over to record a podcast, I was like, 'Let’s talk about how something feels off,'" Stephanie explained. "We’re like a married couple that went through a lot of therapy, and we talk about things right away. The show can make things complicated, so we’re very upfront about our feelings and we’re in a very great place. If I did this without her, I don’t think I would have as much fun."
"The Real Housewives of Dallas" airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST