After a pretty breezy first season, Erika Girardi faced some obstacles during her second round on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. With her third season coming up, Erika (and her alter ego Erika Jayne) knows what she’s in for and how to handle the drama.
Erika’s even opening up a little bit more beyond the catsuits and glam squad. Last season, Erika brought the camera crew home to visit her mother. Now she’s discussing that and sharing her advice for anyone else who wants to be a Real Housewife.
In an amazing interview (and Christmas-themed photo shoot) with Paper Magazine, Erika discussed the Real Housewife life. She explained, “It’s not easy. I think that some things should remain private, and they always will. I don’t think that anyone should be a complete and total open book.”
Erika discussed her reluctance to film at her childhood home: “Let’s just take my mother, for example. I did not want to go home, and I had a long conversation with the producers and I said, ‘Listen, this is a very sensitive part of my story, and I need to trust that you guys will help me out here.’ And they really did. They told the story as is, and I appreciate that.”
When asked if production was respectful when it comes to her boundaries, Erika said, “Well, sure. You can only share what you want to share. At the end of the day, you’re a grown person, and you can say no. You can always quit the show. You either want to do it or you don’t.”
Erika’s first season was a good look for her. Last season, she got into some drama which lead to some great GIF’s and memes, so I’m all for it. She explained, “If you’re living in the moment and you’re passionate, and you say something, perhaps it’s meant one way but it comes across another; well, you’re going to live with that. And maybe only you knew what you meant, but well, f-ck it. Too late now.” If it wasn’t for those passionate moments, last season would have been even worse than it already was. So we thank you, Erika.
At this point, Erika seems to have a pretty good handle on being a Real Housewife and she actually has some valuable advice for anyone else who wants to join the franchise: “Shut the f-ck up about things you weren’t there for. ‘Cause you don’t know anybody.” Is that her genuine advice, or is that some foreshadowing for the season to come? I’m hoping it’s a little bit of both. I need some genuine drama after sitting through two blah seasons of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
After saying that, she wondered, “I’m sorry, is that rude?” She continued, “Believe me, you’re going to have to comment on stuff that happens in front of you, so just wait until that happens. ‘Cause if you go out on a limb, you’re going be the only one out there, honey. And no one’s coming to save you, girl.”
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ERIKA’S ADVICE FOR NEW HOUSEWIVES? ARE YOU HAPPY THAT ERIKA WILL BE BACK FOR A THIRD SEASON?
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