Hot off her recent Below Deck appearance, Jackie Siegel steps Behind The Rope. Yes, that Jackie Siegel. Jackie Siegel from the infamous, before its time, Reality Documentary “The Queen of Versailles”. Checking in from her home in Florida, we chat with Jackie about her “rags to riches” story of getting and falling in love with her now husband David. That “rags to riches” story included their decision to build the largest, at that time, private residence house in the United States of America, aptly deemed “Versailles”. What does one do when building the largest private residence? Why, hire a film crew to document the whole event. Duh, obvi. The result was 2012 Sundance Film Festival US Best Directing Award and Critics’ Choice Award Best Documentary Nominee “The Queen of Versailles”. What started out as a film documenting the construction on this residence and the fun lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous Siegels, turned in to somewhat of an expose of extreme wealth in the face of the unexpected economic crisis the country was facing during filming. “Expose” is not an understatement considering husband David’s lawsuit against the finished product. Jackie is forthcoming about all and her early days in the “reality” space. Speaking of reality, Jackie is friends with many a Real Housewife and we discuss some of her friends. We also discuss her desire to join the Real Housewives franchise, her past application to RHONY, her past rejection from RHONY, and her possible involvement in the rumored return of The Real Housewives of Miami to Peacock Streaming. Remember we said she was just on Below Deck aboard My Seanna for a two episode arch? Jackie pulls back the layers of what it is like to be a guest on Below Deck, what our favs of the crew this season are really like, her recent job offer to Chef Rachel to leave a life at sea behind for an official “Chef of Versailles” title, just how relaxing is a luxury yacht vacation when an entire Bravo crew is involved, and the one thing Beck Deck Producers told her was off limits.
On a more serious note, as seen on Below Deck, similar to Captain Lee, Jackie and David lost their daughter Victoria Siegel to a drug overdose in June of 2015. If you or your loved ones need help, the Victoria’s Voice Foundation can help.
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