Georgia Grobler from Below Deck Sailing Yacht seems to finally be hitting her stride. She struggled during the first few charters, being brought to tears at one point after feeling diminished by chef Adam Glick.
Grobler also had a strained relationship with chief stew Jenna MacGillivray. She confided in MacGillivray about Glick but became exasperated with MacGillivray when she broke her confidence. MacGillivray told Glick that Grobler was struggling to help, but it seemed to do more damage to their relationship.
Although they got off to a rocky start, Grobler seems to be more confident and happier in her job. But what does she think about MacGillivray? Plus, what did MacGillivray tell Showbiz Cheat Sheet about why she laughed when Grobler was crying?
Grobler respects her
Despite the tension, Grobler said she has respect for MacGillivray. “I still have a respect for Jenna, I mean, I even have respect for Adam,” Grobler told Decider. “You’re my bosses, you can do whatever you want and say whatever you want, that is the nature of the business. I’m a third stew, I’m literally at the bottom of the hierarchy, so it’s cool.”
Grobler also likes MacGillivray socially. “Jenna in a different context, when you take out the boss element or you take out the Adam/Jenna gossip circle thing, when you take all of that out, I like Jenna,” she shared. “She and I chat a hell of a lot. Social media’s laid into Jenna recently and I’m one of the people that if I wanted to I could be all whiney about mine and Jenna’s dynamic but I feel sorry for the way people are attacking her because she’s a strong cup of tea.”
But what about when MacGillivray wanted to give Grobler a hug when she was crying? “Um…I’ve got physical boundaries and I’ve got very serious physical trust. I really have to trust you. We have to be close for us to hug or do this and that,” she shared about why she rejected a hug from MacGillivray.
The feeling is mutual
MacGillivray also has compassion for Grobler and likes her. “I have empathy for Georgia,” she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “And, you know, being new and not having worked for somebody, and that was really difficult. Honestly, Georgia, one on one was really cool we had some really good conversations. And she’d be somebody who I would totally go out with and have fun with and enjoy.”
She added that she typically has time to train green stews, but that wasn’t in the cards this season. “When I hire students, I typically have a couple of months to prepare them for charter,” she said. “I feel [badly] for green stews to come into something like that and don’t know what’s going on or what to expect. That’s super hard, I totally get that.”
MacGillivray also clarified what happened when she was caught laughing while Grobler was in tears. “I never laughed at Georgia crying. In that moment I did laugh. I did. But I was laughing at the absurdity of it. Like if you asked your kid to clean up his room and he was like, ‘No!’ and started crying. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, I made him cry!’ It was like that. It wasn’t like I was like, ‘F**k her.’ I was never my intent.”
Below Deck Sailing Yacht airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo.