Wives of the Party!
LUANN DE LESSEPS
Best-known for: Being bona fide nobility (since marrying Count Alexandre de Lesseps of France) and loving it.
Hidden Talent: Growing up with four brothers, the countess loved sports. "I'm secretly a jock," she says.
Season 2 preview: The Countess goes surfing! "I put on the wetsuit—which was really gross because it smelled," she says. "It's harder than it looks. But I did catch a few waves."
Best-known for: Her love of juicy gossip—and her distinctive raspy voice.
Job Perk: "I can't get enough of [seeing] myself on a billboard," says the marketing director. "I'll admit it's a little narcissistic, but how lucky am I?"
Season 2 preview: Think Extreme Makeover: Housewife style. "A big part is the renovation of my apartment," she says. "It was like a bomb shelter. I got rid of everything."
Best-known for: Her emotional outbursts.
Job Perk: "Doing the show has added spice to my marriage in a healthy way," says the jewelry-line owner.
Season 2 preview: "You're going to see a deeper friendship [between us]," she says. Fortunately, that means drama! "The more friendly you are, the more you can argue." Plus: Daughter Avery, 13, makes Mom nervous. Why? "She's a mini me!"
Best-known for: Her unwed status and sarcastic quips.
Searching for Mr. Right: Single again since her relationship with beau Jason ended after last season, the natural-food chef is looking for "someone who is powerful. I need a guy who can handle me, otherwise I'll run over someone."
Season 2 preview: Catfight alert! "I raise my fur, and claws come out. Audiences should expect a big meow."
Best-known for: Her omnipresent husband, Simon.
Craziest fan encounter: After an episode in which her older son François, 5, was shown attacking someone's meal, "this big-name celebrity pretended to be François," says McCord. "They reenacted him stabbing the burger at the 21 Club."
The downside of fame: "I had jury duty, and a clerk blogged about what I wrote on my juror questionnaire."