Very few people who drunkenly squeal “Our lives should be a reality TV show!!!” actually get to see that happen, but Hannah Berner and Paige Desorbo did. The two 20-somethings formerly worked together at a women’s media website making #content, but now they’re the new breakout stars of Bravo’s Summer House, season three of which ended Monday night. Hannah has entertained with hilarious one-liners (her Instagram is full of them) all season, while DeSorbo’s Dating-101 advice for her lovesick puppy suitor Carl has hit home. Viewers want to be them, relate to them, or at least laugh at the rest of the cast with them.
We caught up with the duo while they lunched at Soho House—Berner covered the bill while DeSorbo promised to Venmo her—to talk Summer House secrets. The two spilled some tea, talked most cringe-worthy moments, and explained that what you see on TV is what you actually get in real life: two besties who talk shit on their enemies/roommates. Below, Berner and DeSorbo’s thoughts on their first season of the hit Bravo TV show.
Paige and Hannah became best friends through the show.
“We weren’t super close before, but it literally took us no time at all,” explains DeSorbo. “The first time I met Hannah, it was like when you see your friend from high school that you haven’t seen in a while, it was just so natural.”
Berner shares the same sentiment about meeting Paige for the first time. “Paige is one of those people who I’d met and immediately hit it off with, but never put in the effort to actually get to know,” says Berner. “We learned that deep down we have so many similarities and I think there’s so many potential female friendships that can be made as an adult, that I wouldn’t have even been able to expect.”
The duo’s best tip for adult female friendship:
Paige only regrets her posture and Hannah only regrets her wedgie picking.
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, put your fucking shoulders back.’ That was probably the only thing watching it, I hate it, but other than that it was fun,” explains Desorbo.
“I was picking my wedgie in the last episode,” says Berner. “I was talking to the girls just picking my wedgie for a good minute and there were hidden cameras there.” Berner, of course, has a positive take on #wedgiegate, adding: “We need to be more socially acceptable, because everyone gets them and you have to pull at them, unless you’re a psychopath.”
Bravo cut all of Hannah and Paige’s morning shit talk.
“That’s something that I wish that they kept in more of,” says Desorbo. “Hannah and I have a lot of morning banter, just when we wake up just to recap what happened the night before and I feel like we would just talk shit about everyone and they didn’t keep that in, which I wish they did because it really shows the evolution of our friendship.” Desorbo understands the secret to any strong kinship: “We hated the same people.”
“It’s such a beautiful love story,” adds Berner.
Paige and Hannah are genuinely being themselves on TV.
The audience this season seemed to gravitate towards the two newbies because they were so “real” on reality TV and authentically themselves. Berner spoke to the authenticity the two tried to portray:
I feel like people have connected with us on the show because a lot of reality TV people, it makes it seem like they’re acting or trying to get attention and Paige and I really, we’re just trying to be ourselves. Paige didn’t go on TV to just go hook up with guys to get attention. She was being herself and showing that you don’t have to hook up with a guy just because he gave you a tiny bit of attention. And I was showing that just because I’m funny and seem very confident, I do deal with mental health anxiety and depression some time. And I hope that we can continue to have that platform to be ourselves and connect with people.
Paige was into Carl’s white pants.
“I am a sucker for a guy in white jeans,” says DeSorbo. “I think that more guys should rock white jeans and Carl could go up a size for sure, but I always say that outfits are whatever makes you feel good.”
Pantry makeouts are now sacred for Carl and Paige
“So, I feel like pantry make outs are now sacred to Carl and I don’t know if there’s another pantry that I could ever make out in without thinking about Carl, so,” explains DeSorbo.
Hannah got Dave deported (just kidding).
A note to all single men reading ELLE.com: Berner’s type is a tall foreign man. The two are currently not together but are on talking terms with Dave headed back to London.
Hannah, Paige and Amanda group chat after tough episodes.
The trio started a support group to help Amanda Batula during tough Summer House episodes. “When we talk to each other, especially Amanda, we kind of focus on things outside of what she’s already moved past,” explains DeSorbo. “We focus on who else could look so good crying in a bathing suit like her tears were literally glistening.”
Carl Radke named the Summer House zebra and he still lives with him.
“There was this crazy antique shop in the Hamptons that literally everyone drives by and says, ‘Who the heck would stop there?,’ explains Desboro. “Oh, well Carl would.” Carl allegedly locked eyes with that zebra and never looked back. The zebra, Wesley Stripes, currently lives in Radke’s home.
Jordan Verroi continues to baffle the cast.
“Jordan could be an alien at this point for all I know,” explains DeSorbo. Berner did not believe the erection issues Verroi claimed to have during the season. “Unless you’re a sixty-year-old guy, I don’t think…” says Berner. “I just care for him and he’s a really amazing person and I want him to feel comfortable in his own skin.”