Peggy Sulahian’s rookie season hasn’t been a catwalk among her Real Housewives of Orange County co-stars.
“[It was] very challenging,” she tells ET. “One percent of the time I enjoyed it. The other 99, I was trying to figure it out. But, it was a good experience, because I met the ladies and they’re nice women — when they’re not in front of the cameras.”
The 44-year-old says the only two Housewives she can lean on are Lydia McLaughlin and Vicki Gunvalson. Peggy feels her other co-stars have been nasty to her, which has led to the misconception that she’s difficult to understand.
“That’s B.S., because I know four languages,” Peggy says. “I know how to read and write Armenian, all my friends went to an Armenian school, all my friends are Armenian, even after high school they are all Armenian. Even in college, when I turned up at UCLA, there’s Americans around me, there’s different cultures, but it was very difficult for me to adapt to.”
“For them to say, ‘We don’t understand you,’ because I’m bilingual — Armenian is my primary language. So, if you want me to say anything in Armenian, I can tell you a lot of idioms, but I won’t insult you because you don’t know it. Just because I’m raised here, I’m still Armenian.”
The Kuwait born English major has admitted on-camera that she’s not familiar with certain American idioms, but her co-stars browbeat her about it in Iceland.
“I set people in place, because I’m not one to shut up,” Peggy teases of the trip. “Go ahead, think you’re going to walk away from me. Go ahead … once you keep touching me, you know, I’ve given you that leeway, it’s not going to happen. And I’ll put you in a position that you don’t even know how to get out of.”
Peggy refers to the intimidation as bullying and claims she was pushed to her “limit” while in Iceland.
“Everybody does it differently, I gotta say,” she claims. “Everybody does it according to their personalities. Kelly [Dodd] was [the biggest].”
In spite of the hostility, Peggy isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet and would consider doing a sophomore season.
“Depends who’s in it,” she says with a laugh. “If they like me, and they want class and not trash, they’ll have me back.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bravo.