Pour a dirty Grey Goose martini — Dorinda Medley is officially joining the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York.”
A leg up: Dorinda Medley wants to be “the fun one.”Photo: Mathieu Young/Bravo
The blond socialite — long rumored to be the newest addition to the franchise — will be bringing her “Mad Men”-inspired drink of choice to the gaggle of polished reality stars when the new “Housewives” season premieres April 7 on Bravo.
“I live on the Upper East Side, and it’s a small fishbowl up here. I am not going to be that ball of yarn that came out of nowhere,” says Medley, 50, a mother of one (daughter Hannah is 21).
“I know these girls. I know their world. I’ve even done a few cameos,” she says. “So I thought, why not give it a try and see if it is something that suits me?”
After all, it’s just another — albeit more public — chapter in the Massachusetts native’s rather eventful life.
In the late ’80s, Medley worked in the Garment District and married a Scotsman before moving to London, where she started a cashmere company that counted Princess Diana as a devotee.
Ramona Singer with pal Dorinda Medley at a party in 2014.Photo: PatrickMcMullan.com
“It was 1989. I got Princess Diana to be one of my clients, and project [the company] forward with the British classes,” says Medley — who, after 10 years, divorced and moved back to the Big Apple.
The single mother became a real estate broker and met Richard Medley, a hedge fund adviser and former partner to George Soros, while showing him an Upper East Side townhouse.
Seven months after he bought the pad, he asked her out on a date. The pair married in 2005.
“If I had known I was going to be living there, I would have gotten the bigger townhouse,” she jokes.
After Richard passed away in 2011, Medley took time to focus on herself.
“I’ve been presented with a lot of different challenges and that’s why I wasn’t afraid to be on the ‘Housewives.’ The whole point is to keep going foward and try again,” says Medley, adding that if life was “Sex and the City,” she’d be a hybrid of Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Hobbes.
“I think I’m creative, and I consider myself a smart woman,” she says — but admits that she’s nervous to see the finished project and came prepared with a spirited attitude to deal with the drama.
“I like to see a good argument between two people. I think you learn when you argue,” she says. “It’s just an expression of your opinion.”
Medley is currently dating John Mahdessian, the owner of Madame Paulette — a renowned restorer of couture — and says she wants to be the fun one.
“I want to be the woman at 80 cracking jokes and picking up a man,” she says. “I want to be the life of the party until my last breath.”
March 2, 2015 | 12:01am