With Season 17 of The Real Housewives of Orange County coming to a close, Gina Kirschenheiter isn’t settling for a quiet offseason. No, she’s turning her off time into on time in the entertainment world. Earlier this year, the 39-year-old RHOC star launched a podcast, “Orange Country,” teaming up with Shane McAnally, a country singer-songwriter renowned for collaborations with Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini. The podcast is a fresh platform for Gina, extending her influence beyond the realm of reality TV.
The dynamic duo crossed paths through country singer Walker Hayes and quickly realized they had an electrifying chemistry. “[Shane] is just a very interesting, talented, amazing person,” Gina gushed in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly. Their podcast’s scope isn’t limited to just reality TV or country music; they aim to explore various themes, from the challenges of parenting to the intricate workings of the country music industry. With guest appearances that include RHOC’s Emily Simpson, Real Housewives of New York City’s Leah McSweeney, and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, this podcast offers a diverse range of insights and entertainments.
RHOC: From Reality Star to Beauty Entrepreneur
Aside from her new audio venture, Gina Kirschenheiter is expanding her brand in other directions—specifically, towards the beauty and skincare industry. In late 2021, she launched her skincare line, CaraGala. If the name has you puzzled, here’s a clue: it combines ‘Cara Cara’ oranges to honor her adopted Orange County home and ‘Gala’ apples as a tribute to her native New York City. But the brand is more than a clever name; it’s a reflection of Gina’s attention to practicality. Every product comes in a two-bottle package. Why? Because Gina believes that for a skincare routine to be effective, it needs to be accessible—whether you’re at the sink or in the shower. “You’re purchasing this regimen, and in order for it to work, you have to use it,” Gina noted.
While fans might miss her face on Bravo after the Season 17 reunion airs on October 11th, they can take solace in the fact that Gina will be gracing the BravoCon stage next month in Las Vegas. “I had the best time last year,” she said, adding that the event “is really, truly about the fans.”
Gina Kirschenheiter is proving to be a jack of all trades: from reality TV star to podcast co-host and beauty entrepreneur. What’s clear is that whether she’s on or off the RHOC screen, Gina is someone to keep your eyes and ears on. So, don’t touch that dial—because this Housewife is just getting started.
Don’t forget to tune in to part 2 of The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion airing on Bravo this Wednesday, October 11, at 8 p.m. ET.