Exclusive: Real Housewives of Salt Lake City's Meredith Marks on show's diversity

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Meredith Marks has spoken exclusively to Digital Spy about how the brand new show is unique from other cities in the global franchise.

Bravo and Hayu have actively promoted RHOSLC as a peek behind the curtain at a city where there are many misconceptions because of its close connections with the LDS Church.

While some members of the cast are current or former LDS, Marks herself is Jewish and a transplant from Chicago while Mary Cosby is Pentecostal Christian and viewers will follow Jen Shah as she converts to Islam. This amount of religious diversity within a cast is rare for the Housewives franchise.

When we recently chatted with Meredith all about the season premiere of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, she spoke about how the series will hopefully demystify the SLC community.

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Photo credit: Bravo

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"Salt Lake City, it's viewed basically as the hub for the Mormon community and that's a fair statement, but there's a lot more to Salt Lake City than just being the center for Mormons," she explained. "Obviously, the Mormon lifestyle does play a big role. There are these [incorrect] views that everyone is just a polygamist and doesn't drink. That's just not true.

"Salt Lake actually does have a level of diversity there. You will see we have ethnic diversity, religious diversity on the show. We are all very different from one another, just in terms of personality and internal wiring. We're all very different."

Meredith acknowledged that the LDS Church – and religion in general – plays a significant role in the lives of many of the cast members, with much on that front to unfurl over the course of the season.

Photo credit: Bravo
Photo credit: Bravo

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"Religion plays a big role in Utah – it does," she acknowledged. "It would be like saying religion can play a role in Jerusalem. It plays a big role in Utah. It is part of it. You'll see how it all unfolds."

All seasons and every episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will be available to stream and download in the UK and Ireland on hayu and hayu on NOWTV from next Thursday (November 12), following its premiere on Bravo on Wednesday (November 11).

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