A professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Fox News political commentator, Wendy Osefo was understandably hesitant to wade into unfamiliar waters and put her life and family on screen when she was approached to join “The Real Housewives of Potomac.” But her kids’ attitude about having TV cameras in their home changed her mind.
“I was nervous at first. I was fearful, also, but I really credit my kids,” the 36-year-old native of Nigeria says. “I have two little boys and a little girl. But my 7-year-old and my 5 year-old, they were just themselves. They didn’t care about the cameras and I took the lead from them. And so it was really interesting, they were the parents in that regard. They were just like, ‘Mom, just do you.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ And I just did me.”
In the hourlong unscripted series now in its fifth season Sundays on Bravo (and Slice in Canada), Osefo is the lone newcomer to a returning cast of Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett, all strong women with strong personalities. As a triple threat with careers in television, academics and business, Osefo is no shrinking violet herself and she says the other women recognized that from the outset.
“I think when you come into a group of strong personalities, they want to know how would you fit in,” Osefo says. “Like are you strong or what’s your position on things? And I came in just being who I was. I didn’t sweat it. I didn’t try to necessarily make good impressions for people. I was just who I was and I think that they saw that and they respected that, that I would love to be friends with everyone but I’m also OK standing on my own. And that way of thinking, they embraced it and my uniqueness is, I think, what made them say, ‘OK, she’s an independent thinker.’ ”
Name: Wendy Osefo (nee Ozuzu)
Birth date: May 21, 1984
Family ties: With husband Edward, a lawyer, has two sons and a daughter
Education: B.A. in political science from Temple University; M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins University; M.Sc. in Public Affairs from Rutgers University; Ph.D. in Public Affairs-Community Development from Rutgers
Business interests: Founder and CEO of the 1954 Equity Project, which helps underrepresented minorities thrive in higher education
Other TV credits include: “The Story With Martha MacCallum,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Watters’ World,” “Fox and Friends”
Print credit: Osefo is a contributor to the news website The Hill.