Isn’t this the dream? Reality star Dina Manzo, best known for hosting HGTV’s Dina’s Party and starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, will be moving into scripted television with a show called Tainted Dreams.
Most reality stars probably have dreams of becoming an actual “real actor.” Even though you can make money and become ‘famous’, the prestige, the attention, and majority of the fame, especially from inside the entertainment industry, is reserved for actual actors.
Anyway, Dina’s managed to do what the likes of Kim Kardashian has been trying to do for years: get an acting career. Dina will be starring in Tainted Dreams in a major supporting role.
The cast includes award-winning actors such as Colleen Zack, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Michael Lowry, Tonja Walker, Natalie Livingston, Emmy award winner Anthony Wilkinson, and practically every other star from All My Children and Days of Our Lives.
Anthony Wilkinson spoke about Dina’s casting decision, explaining, “I met Dina when I was a production assistant at ABC’s ‘One Life to Live,’ and we became fast-friends. She has been one of my strongest supporters over the years. Dina is a strong advocate for gay rights, and she served as a producer of my long-running Off-Broadway play, ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding’ years before anyone ever dreamed marriage equality was possible. Dina is a beautiful, loyal person inside and out. Dina is a long-time soap fan, and I believe Dina’s always secretly dreamed of being a ‘soap star.’ I think this role in ‘Tainted Dreams’ has come at a perfect, transitional time for Dina, and I can’t wait to see her tackle scripted drama. I know Dina will be fantastic.”
The show will explore the drama behind the filming and making of a five day a week televised soap opera, which is poetic since they’ve cast so many real life soap opera actors to play the lead roles. A premiere date and distribution details haven’t been finalized, but we will keep you updated.