Married To Medicine debuted Sunday night on Bravo and introduced some intriguing new characters. One of the most vivacious new women to captivate reality TV fans is Toya Bush-Harris.
On Sunday’s premiere, viewers met the outspoken mother of two who hails from Detroit. If her behavior was any indication of what’s to come, we’re all in for a doozy. So far, we’ve seen her demand a bigger house from her hubby,Dr. Eugene Harris, watched her antagonize a cast mate about her not so smooth wedding, and kick off the first fight of the season with one sideways glare.
CocoaFab caught up with the straight talking, fun-loving lady to talk about her new show, her crazy cast mates, and just what makes a Medical maven tick.
“At first I thought I would come off like a bitch. I’m really very nice person but I’m not gonna reach out to people and just love on you right away. I’m more skeptical. I want to watch you for a little bit. I’m a protective wife. If you’re loyal to me I’m loyal to you. I’m a little bit of fight, a little over the top and opinionated; but I try to have more tact. It’s hard when you got a bunch of women with a LOT of personalities. It’s very difficult.”
Toya has no hesitations telling it like it is; but she wasn’t always so comfortable in front of the cameras.
“I’m really kind of camera shy, I didn’t wake up until the middle of the season,” she admits. “People introduced me to Mariah and she brought up the idea of the show and I was like, ‘Nah, not interested.’ Really she just kept pursuing me; she joined my workout, had our husbands doing lunch; she was very persistent. I was like, ‘WHY?’ and she said, ‘You would be great!’ Then, when I started looking for school for my sons and it was like $15,000 per kid a year, and I was like “WHAT?! He’s only four!” So I’m like, ‘I’m gonna do this.’”
Once the cameras started rolling, Toya was in for a few surprises.
“Initially I was very nervous because I knew everyone and we were all somewhat tied together; but when the cameras turn on, a whole other person turns on too. My husband turned on! I was like, ‘Who the hell are you!?’
All of the sudden its ‘lights, camera, action’ and everybody was on their toes, and I’m like, ‘I need a drink!’ It got easier and to the point where I said, ‘Toya, just be yourself. It’s enough!’ And it got better. It was real answers, real life situations, and something so new. Going in, I really felt like there was no part of my life that was secret. Everything that I had been through from childhood through adulthood, every situation I put myself in, I truly grew from it. So I was like, ‘Whatever, I’m human.’ If people are gonna judge me, judge the fact that I go through every situation that you do I just handle it different.” I always thought that with reality TV, someone would script you and all that crap but it would be so unnecessary for us. Honestly, we are a bunch of dramatic females! It’s over the top. You put all of us together and it’s just like a freaking tornado!”
Despite the drama that’s bound to unfold this season, Toya says she forged some valuable friendships while filming.
“Me and Jackie bonded to a whole other level. I wasn’t expecting that. I always liked her because she really is a diva. And Kari! I didn’t know how to take Kari initially, but then it was crazy because now we talk every morning and every night and literally give each other pep talks. Simone’s husband and my husband are friends. Everyone had their own bond and I love that. People really genuinely develop relationships so that was awesome.”
While there are plenty of perks to being married to medicine, the role comes with its own set of issues.
“The most unique part is that you are a different person when you’re at events. You turn it on. You have to talk a different way and be in a different mindset and use different words. I have to represent him at all times because there’s not a lot of them. You don’t come across a young physician making a six-figure salary everyday. You have to be supportive to your husband because he’s working 12-hour shifts and he comes home dead tired and you still need him to be there for you. Someone told me they need that hour of downtime.”
Like all the wives, Toya is aware that her husband’s career comes first, always.
“I have to take a backseat. Let me just back off. In the beginning this was very difficult. He thought I had an attitude every time he had an overnight shift and I did. It’s an adjustment. It’s a different lifestyle. You get some doctors’ wives who are really down to earth, and some are not. I’ve had women tell me I was chasing after a doctor, but honestly, that comes up again and again. You really do have to represent and be very strong willed in that or else you’ll just get lost and be like a nanny down there, just having kids.”