Daisy in ‘awkward’ finale

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It is not surprising that Lower deck: sailing yacht Soup boss Daisy Kelleher is a real-life big sister. “I’m big sister! Me. Oh my God… so transparent,” she accepts zooming in. Kelleher often talks about her character as “Mom Daisy,” but it’s her older sister’s energy that drips across the screen. She protects her girls and doesn’t want them to make the same mistakes she did in her early days. And after 10 years in the yachting industry, Kelliher knows a thing or two. “I’m a little bit older and I’ve been there, done it. If I wasn’t going to take care of them, who would?” she says.

There was a lot to nurture this season: Gary’s ways to feminize women, the eruption of feuds between Ashley and Gabriella, new characters coming halfway—not to mention the soup of a few pacts. Kelleher had her hands full, but it paid off. by Season Finalegave Ashley a promotion, made a bank, and explained her relationship with Gary, which she admits is still complicated.

ashley I was very impressed when I upgraded her at the last tip meeting. What are your thoughts on growing it throughout the season?
She was someone I had never met before. It was really strange to witness. Nowadays, there is a lot of autonomy and empowerment of women. I grew up this generation, so it was weird for Ashley to come up with a really old school mentality. You really threw me. So I was determined to make it clear to her that she deserved more. It was a great stew and very enjoyable. She has many other qualities than those she saw herself. So I was totally determined for her to see herself through our eyes.

She was so proud of herself after all!
We had several conversations, and she tells me that people have never recognized her for anything but her looks. From what she told me, I was the only one who recognized her for something more. I believe it too. I guess what she’s saying because her nature definitely gave off this impression that she saw herself as nothing more than a sex symbol. I don’t know what the people in her life were like who gave her that guidance, but in my opinion, that guidance wasn’t very good.

One of my favorite moments from the season was when all the girls played “Fuck, Marry, Kill.” Of course, everyone wanted to marry Colin. He had a girlfriend, so it made sense that no one would go for him, but why wouldn’t anyone make a move for Marcus?
Everyone asks this. It’s like Tinder: what your viewers see is a profile and a face. There is a lot to a person. He’s obviously very handsome and highly skilled, but it’s more than that. He was also twenty years older than some of the girls. And I personally would have thought it was kind of weird, but I guess I’m the only one who seems to think that. I don’t think 40 and 60 is that weird, but I do think that someone who’s 20 and 40…

I didn’t realize he was in his forties!
He is 43 years old! Everyone was really pushing it, and I like, This makes me really uncomfortable. I will lose my shit if my 20-year-old comes home with a 40-year-old. He obviously looks very young and is very handsome, but he doesn’t have much in common with girls. I think he had some personal stuff with a girlfriend who works on and off, as we all do.

Speaking of off-screen romance, what’s the meaning of dating on a yacht? How did you do this at all?
It was not. [Laughs] No, you do. it is very difficult. I couldn’t manage it. I had a few short romantic relationships, but one guy I was dating — my boat was going to New Zealand, and his boat was going to Palma, and that was the end of it, you know? I didn’t see him again for about four years.

Not to echo the final charter guests, but what are your thoughts on marriage?
In the last episode, I all liked, “Maybe there is true love!” I think I got really emotional, because I really don’t like it. I’m not really bothered about marriage. I definitely believe in monogamy, mainly because I’m a really jealous and insecure person. But marriage? I love commitment, and I think marriage is a good way to show commitment to someone, but I definitely wouldn’t spend my money on a big wedding. Better buy a home or invest money for the holidays. So I never see myself getting married in person.

I know you’re talking about you and Gary to the point of nausea, so I don’t want to spend too much time on it, but I need to get your thoughts on the connection that almost happened at the end.
To be honest, that episode was really hard to watch, and I didn’t know anything. The kiss I was most prepared for, because I knew I kissed Gary and the crew told me I kissed Gary. I’ve actually talked to some production staff and obviously I’ve done quite a few green screens, so I was very prepared for that. In fact, we never really talked on my green screens about that last night, so I never knew that was coming. I had no idea what comments Gary was making behind my back for being like, “I want to connect with Daisy.” I had no clue. I had no idea how attractive we were and how close we were to the installation, so it was really hard to watch and very embarrassing for me.

Thank God he was taking his time and I went to bed, because while watching him, I saw that I was thinking about him seriously. I don’t know; I didn’t sleep with him. There are several times during the season the audience does not see where I sleep with Gary and we talk. I talk to the boys and he is very affectionate. He is a very welcoming person. I think I was too close to sleeping with him. I think it was taking so long that my sober mind was going, “Okay, Daisy, it’s bedtime.” And I feel so comfortable inside that I went to bed.

Are you watching every episode in real time?
I do. Obviously, it’s really hard to watch for myself. I cringe. I’m like, “Ah, your ass, go squat.” And my voice, I’m like, “How can anyone listen to me?” But overall, I think the show is funny. It’s weird… I know what you said, but I didn’t know what the other eight people said. So I’ve discovered a lot during this season that I had no idea that would happen.

like what?
Gary was very much like, “Ashley is obsessed with me.” I had a good feeling he’s driving it, and I’ve been told more… but it was like yaH, I was fully involved in that. He’d often throw it under the bus to me, and say “It’s crazy.” Until Sagittarius Day, the first night, he’d say, “You kissed me,” and I’m like, “What? She may have kissed you, but you welcomed her so much with open arms. You happen to leave that very important part.”

What are the plans now for next season? Will we see the core group again?
As I tell everyone, there are several circumstances. I need to be asked to return. I also need to see what’s going on in my life. It’s a big commitment. Maybe I’ll get a friend. [Laughs.] I’m not going to hold your breath on that, but, yeah, we’ll have to see what happens. If the conditions are right for both parties, I’ve had a great two seasons, so yeah, I’ll do it again.

This interview has been edited and condensed.