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INTERVIEW: Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise embraces the ladies of Beverly Hills

by Jim on October 14, 2010 · 0 comments

The REAL HOUSEWIVES dinners are always perfect for drama. BEVERLY HILLS is no different. (Lisa, Taylor and Kyle)

Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise shows no sign of stopping and this week six Beverly Hills ladies are letting cameras into their lives and, of course, bring along the laughs, drama and conflict that continues to top itself with each Real Housewives series. As The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is set to air tonight, three of the ladies – Kim Richards, Adrienne Maloof and Lisa VanderPump – recently talked to journalists about the experience of being on the show and just how much conflict the cameras actually captured for the viewers that can’t get enough of these ladies. (The other three ladies are Kyle Richards, Camille Grammer – yes, Kelsey’s ex-wife – and Taylor Armstrong)

Question: How do you think your show differs from the rest of the franchises?

Adrienne Maloof: Well I think you’re going to see a lifestyle that’s a little bit more sophisticated. I mean I think you’re going to see a lot of celebrities involved. And it’s obviously the entertainment capital of the world so you’ll get a little bit of that.

Kim Richards:  You get the Hollywood, the glamour, the drama. We’re all mothers and businesswomen. So I think you’re going to see…

Lisa VanderPump: I think it differs though because Bravo’s being very clever in the fact that each city has its own identity. And Beverly Hills just brings a kind of different level of glamour, sophistication to it. But also I think there’s a lot more humor in this one. And I think the visuals are incredible. I’ve seen the first episode and I loved it

Kim: We all had fun. We – I think – I was really nervous watching the first episode but it was really enjoyable. We laughed. We held our hands over our faces. There were embarrassing moments. But it was a lot of fun.

A Beverly Hills party? Why not! (l-r, Lisa, Taylor, Adrienne and Camille)

Question: Bethenny has diet drinks and all this other stuff. Have you all been approached to do any endorsement yet? Or is there something that you’re already working on that you’re going to let The Housewives show kind of be a platform for?

Kim: I think we all have our own…I have a jewelry line that’s coming out and a water bottle company that goes to charities. Adrienne, you have…

Adrienne: I’m working on a shoe line.

Lisa: I’ve been so busy with my own kind of lifestyle in terms of my restaurants and the wine I’m wholesaling and all my skincare line that was already in existence so in terms of endorsements no but just really keeping busy with what I have already.

Question: One of the hallmarks of The Housewives shows, there tend to be quite a few catfights. Can we expect any of that (unintelligible) Beverly Hills?

Lisa: Just a little bit. You’ll see…

Kim: Expect a little bit of drama…

Lisa: You’ll get plenty of drama.

Adrienne, Taylor and Camille dish at 'Dinner at Camille Grammer's'

Kim: A little bit of conflict. There’s a lot of fun, excitement, you know, a lot of emotion. You know? For me personally I was moving and daughter coming home so there was a, you know, there’s a lot of stuff that happens. But you’ll see the normal drama and conflict of course.

Lisa:  I was surprised actually. I thought the first kind of season would be more introductory and getting all, you know, everybody getting to know each other. But I was surprised how quickly it got intense. And the emotional rollercoaster, I was surprised by that because the amount of time you spend together you tend to invest a lot in all the women because you do spend so much time together. And then when emotions kick off you, you know, it was pretty hard to watch sometimes to be honest.

Adrienne:  I also think it’s very cathartic too because you’re kind of really looking at yourself and kind of just experiencing what these emotions onto such a grand level.

Hat anyone? Yet another party for THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS

Question: Can you each talk about the thought process that went into your decision to actually partake in the show and what was the main motivating factor behind deciding to be part of the show.

Lisa: Well it was an opportunity that doesn’t kind of present itself every day. And I entered into this arena I must say with a little trepidation. But I looked upon it as a challenge. And at times it was that. It was extremely challenging but – in several ways but kind of predominantly emotionally challenging. But it also looked like it was a lot of fun. And it was just something different to do. And I had a very busy life already. And as soon as I knew Kyle Richards was on board then I really wanted to do it because I knew we would have a great time. But of course there were downfalls and pitfalls throughout the show and things – and times when I regretted it. But I did overall have a, you know, an amazing experience.

Kim: For me, I’ve been in retirement for many, many years and raised my four kids. And when I was approached with this it was kind of like Kyle and I were approached and it sounded like something fun to do with my sister and kind of something, you know, my kids are getting older and I thought it might be something fun for me to do to get back to work — I’ve got my jewelry line, I’ve got my water bottles — but, you know, to do something fun like this. And so I sat down with my four kids and we all talked about how they felt about doing it. And everybody was on board. And it – like Lisa said it sounded fun and exciting. And then, you know, once the cameras come in and the mics are on, you know, a lot of conflict, drama, emotion and a lot of stuff erupted that were completely unexpected that I didn’t foresee upon signing up for this.

Adrienne: My husband approached me actually and said there’s an opportunity to do The Real Housewives. And I was, you know, extremely hesitant. But then giving it some thought, you know, I thought it would be a fun experience, a great opportunity to showcase maybe our businesses, my philanthropic work and, you know, something new. And then I just started thinking ‘My gosh, life is an adventure or nothing at all.’ So I just went for it. And you know, it’s ben eye-opening and very cathartic.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premieres tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

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