Dr. Drew Pinksy’s new VH1 reality show, Rehab with Dr. Drew, just got a dose of star power. It was just revealed that Jennifer Gimenez will be joining the cast! As Drew explained to Wetpaint Entertainment earlier this year, the new show will tackle helping regular, non-famous people overcome their addictions.
Reality TV fans will remember Jennifer, a former patient of Dr. Drew who’s now six years sober, from both Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. She also appeared in several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last season alongside her BFF, cast member Brandi Glanville.
Recently, Jennifer’s also returned to her acting roots and will appear in two indie films, Chastity Bites and Grooms Cake, which will be released late fall.
None of these opportunities, however, would have been possible without her sobriety, which Jennifer is quick to point out.
“I’ve grown so much through the years in my own recovery and it’s only because of sobriety that I’ve been able to do other things,” Jennifer exclusively tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “I’m so grateful to for the opportunity to do this show, which will hopefully help save lives. I’m excited and honored to be working with Drew and the team again.”
She does, however, have her work cut out for her.
“Things are going to be much harder than they were with Celebrity Rehab,” she explains. “These are people who have never been in the spotlight before. They don’t have an image coming in, they don’t have anything to protect.”
“They’re coming to us because they simply have no other options. They’re here 100 percent to save themselves. For most of them, it’s their last opportunity. They’re going to be in for the fight of their lives.”
Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferGimenez