It has been a crazy year for ‘Ladies Of London’ star Marissa Hermer, from giving birth to writing a cookbook. Here, she answers 5 key questions about her addictive Bravo TV show that followed her life-threatening pregnancy.
1) What was it like being on Ladies Of London while going through your life-threatening pregnancy?
Marissa Hermer: It was definitely the most physically challenging, emotional and scary time of my life, and it just happened to be while we are filming. There wasn’t a moment that Matt and I ever considered not filming because I couldn’t get out of my contract. What we were going through was so uncomfortable and unfamiliar that actually the only thing we were familiar with was filming. So, it almost gave us something to hold onto that was tangible that we knew. Everything else was scary and was the unknown. The cameramen, the producers, after three seasons working together, have become our friends and they were rooting for us. So, when I was in the hospital they were with Matt holding his hand. It helped.
Shortly after finding out she was pregnant with her third child, doctors diagnosed Marissa with placenta accreta, which but she and her baby at major risk. Still, she went through the pregnancy and safely gave birth to her daughter Sadie on April 21, 2016.
2) Who out of the cast did you find to be the most supportive throughout that time?
Marissa: Julie Montague and Sophie Stanbury were incredibly supportive. They called me almost every day they came to visit me and Matt when I was in the hospital. What you didn’t see was that I was in and out of the hospital for the months leading up to the delivery, and there were some scary times then. Still, they came to visit me, they would bring me sushi, we would have parties in my hospital room. They were incredible.
3) Was there anyone on the cast that wasn’t supportive or you didn’t hear from much when you were going through that difficult time?
Marissa: It surprised me, which it shouldn’t have surprised me because at this point I should know what to expect from some people, but it was hurtful when some of my “friends” didn’t support me. Granted, they might not have known everything that I was going through, although I don’t really believe that because every day was pretty common knowledge that it was a pretty scary thing going on. That being said, everybody has a different experience about what they’re going through. People judge for different reasons, so initially when I heard some of the things that were being said and when I watched the show, I was shocked and I was bummed out. It didn’t last very long, though, because ultimately I know what I’m doing is right for me and it’s good for my family and I’m doing the best that I can.
4) You recently moved back to your home state of California. How is that going?
Marissa: It’s crazy. I do miss London. I’m not a lady of London, I’m a lady of Los Angeles. It’s a real change and we’ve only been in LA for a month now, so we’re still finding our feet even though it’s a bit ridiculous because I grew up in Newport Beach, and I’m a born and bred Southern California girl. I’ve been in Europe and London for 10 years. It’s a bit of a culture shock to go back. Everything is different, we moved to Pacific Palisades which is beautiful in LA, but is also suburbia compared to the city of London. We’re getting used to it, the children are really happy, my husband is so excited about all these new opportunities for him here. We’ve had a lot of rain in LA but I think once the sun creeps out, we’ll love it.
5) What do you think was the most shocking thing that happened this season on Ladies of London?
Marissa: There’s never one moment where someone’s not trying to stir the pot, which I find unbelievable. We don’t have a hard time getting along one on one. Even Juliet, who, unfortunately, I had a falling out with, but sometimes we get along and then when you add other people to the mix, it unravels. Obviously, I’ve seen a lot of that this season. The absolute craziest thing was Juliet talking about my parenting skills. I had heard from a few people that she was talking shit about my parenting skills while wanting to come over to my house and celebrate my motherhood and bring me a present for Sadie. I found that hard to rectify. We don’t speak a lot. We usually don’t have a problem with each other but then the show comes out everyone sees what we’re saying about each other and it ruins everything. It’s sad because we lived all this 5-6 months ago and then it comes out.
HollywoodLifers, make sure you pick up Marissa’s new cookbook, An American Girl In London, out on April 4, 2017!