AMBITIOUS: Jackie Gillies has plans to take her Shine It Up events around the country and create her own TV show. Picture: Simone De PeakNEWCASTLE 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 Newcastlethis week to receive the key to the city from Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Fort Scratchley.
Thebizarre civic ceremony was filmed for the upcoming season four of TheReal Housewives Of Melbourne. The reality TV showhas giventhe professional psychic a mainstream profile since itslaunchin 2014.
Several of the other Real Housewives cast members -most notably barrister turned-actressGina 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 weekGillies launched Shine It Up, a motivational speaking eventat 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 with300 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 and empower men and women.I’ll also look at creating my own show outside of Real Housewives.”
Jackie GilliesReal Housewives, alongsideLiano,Janet Roach and herarch nemesisLydia Schiavello.Season three ended in explosive fashion, when Gillies accusedSchiavello of spreading gossip andcheating on her husband Andrew Norbury at the Logies.
Lawyer Venus Behbahani-Clark and businesswoman Sally Bloomfield have joinedthecast 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’ localfans will be particularly interested to see how Newcastle is portrayed on the show. And you can rest assured that Gillies’ lethal tongue will lashany of the other women if they dare criticise the city.
“I’m really protectiveand 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.”