Gizelle and Robyn on Why Robyn Almost Wasn’t Cast on RHOP


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Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon seemingly have one of the strongest friendships within the Housewives franchise and the duo recently revealed how they met, and explained why Robyn almost wasn’t cast on The Real Housewives of Potomac. Plus, Robyn dishes on her delinquent past.

During an episode of their joint podcast,  the pair discussed the history of their friendship, Gizelle recounted the first time she laid eyes on her bestie after moving to Baltimore, Maryland.


“A hundred years ago I moved to Baltimore, and me and my husband at the time went to the car wash, and who did I see but this beautiful woman,” Gizelle shared on the May 24 episode of their Unreasonably Shady podcast. “And I was, like, oh my gosh, she’s really pretty [and] she kind of looks like me. But I saw her and I thought she was really, really beautiful, and I thought to myself, ‘I wanna know who that is.’ Then, years later, I was at a party, and lo and behold this beautiful woman was introduced to me by our friend Charrisse Jackson Jordan.”

According to Gizelle, prior to meeting the Embellished CEO, she had frequently been asked by people around town if she and Robyn were related.

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“Everybody kept asking me [if] I was related to Robyn Dixon,” she explained. “And I was like, ‘I don’t know no Robyn Dixon, and who the hell is Robyn Dixon, and Robyn Dixon what?’ So then I was like holy sh*t, you’re the girl everybody’s been asking me about! And she’s beautiful so I don’t mind being related to her. We’re not related, but, I mean… [I’ll take that]. So, we instantly become besties and the rest is history.”

Then, the ladies dished on how they were cast on RHOP. Apparently, Gizelle was a shoo-in from the beginning, but the same can’t be said about Robyn as the casting director initially “hated” her after speaking with her over the phone. Fortunately for the mother-of-two, her bestie came to her rescue and convinced the director to contact Robyn a second time.

“I was in. I was good to go and they were like, ‘Do you have any friends,’” Gizelle recalled of her conversation with casting. “And I was like, ‘Yes, her name is Robyn and you’re gonna call her and she’s going to be amazing.’”

“So, they call this person that I had hyped up, like, I was the hype woman and I was like, ‘She’s amazing,’ she continued. “And then, Robyn is on the phone [with the casting director] not giving a sh*t, so the guy immediately called me back and was like, ‘I hate her and she’s out!’ And I was like, ‘Oh hell no. Call her back! Call her back! Call her back!’ So, it took Robyn a minute to be nice to casting, so finally, they obviously loved her and the rest is history.”

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Later in the podcast, Robyn dropped a little nugget about herself that she doesn’t share too often. Though her parents believed she was “the perfect child,” she was actually running the streets with the wrong crowd and began drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana before she even made it to high school.

“I met some people who weren’t the perfect children and I succumbed to peer pressure in like seventh grade,” she spilled. “In seventh grade, I was smoking cigarettes and running the streets, like running the literal streets of my neighborhood. Then we would go and like break the Mercedes emblems off of people’s cars and I was a vandal. I’m sorry if you noticed one day that your Mercedes emblem was gone from the hood of your car, it was me. I was taking cans of soda and pouring it [into mailboxes].”

Thankfully, Robyn’s father eventually found out about her naughty behavior after he found her drunk in the backseat of a car with a much-older boy, and she credits that moment for likely saving the trajectory of her life.

RHOP Live Viewing – This is also the live viewing thread for part III of the Real Housewives of Potomac season six reunion, so feel free to share your thoughts below as the new episode airs at 8/7c on Bravo.

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