NEWCASTLE reality star Jackie Gillies has plans to launch her own TV show outside of The Real Housewives Of Melbourne.
Gillies and her husband, Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies, were back in Newcastle this week to receive the key to the city from Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Fort Scratchley.
The bizarre civic ceremony was filmed for the upcoming season four of The Real Housewives Of Melbourne. The reality TV show has given the professional psychic a mainstream profile since its launch in 2014.
Several of the other Real Housewives cast members - most notably barrister turned-actress Gina Liano – have developed their own brands beyond the Foxtel series.
Gillies, 37, already has a successful psychic reading business and a pre-mixed cocktail brand (with her husband), but she has grander designs.
Last week Gillies launched Shine It Up, a motivational speaking event at Docklands in Melbourne, which was filmed for Real Housewives.
“Shine It Up with Jackie is where I talk about how I’ve manifested the life I have,” the gregarious Gillies tells Weekender. “I’m a visualiser, I believe your thoughts create your reality and I’m just trying to empower men and women.
“I did my first show in Melbourne with 300 people there and a lot of people came from Newcastle to come and see.
“I gave psychic vibes and my next step is to create my own show and go around Australia and empower men and women. I’ll also look at creating my own show outside of Real Housewives.”
I’m a visualiser, I believe your thoughts create your reality.Jackie Gillies
Gillies is one of four original cast members of Real Housewives, alongside Liano, Janet Roach and her arch nemesis Lydia Schiavello. Season three ended in explosive fashion, when Gillies accused Schiavello of spreading gossip and cheating on her husband Andrew Norbury at the Logies.
Lawyer Venus Behbahani-Clark and businesswoman Sally Bloomfield have joined the cast for season four and Gillies said tensions have dissipated since last year’s fiery finale.
“I’m getting along well with the new ladies and they’ve really shaken up the cast well,” she says. “I will tell you, season four is a pisser.”
Gillies’ local fans will be particularly interested to see how Newcastle is portrayed on the show. And you can rest assured that Gillies’ lethal tongue will lash any of the other women if they dare criticise the city.
“I’m really protective and as the seasons go if anybody ever says anything about Newcastle, I’m coming back at you,” she says.
“I said to the producers, ‘that Newcastle is such a beautiful town’ and some of the production guys haven’t been here, so when they did they said ‘Oh my god it’s so magical and beautiful, everyone is so down to earth.’
“We walk around in shirts and thongs and that’s who I am. I really wanted Newcastle to be showcased on the Real Housewives of Melbourne, for four years now, and we finally got here.”