Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills says that casting Alicia Silverstone in the lead role as her mother was a big piece of the puzzle that is a “slam dunk” for the new series on TV Land called American Woman.
Kyle admits that she’s little hesitant about sharing details of her childhood. “I don’t know if I’m always excited about it. Sometimes I go, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ I think, in sharing the stories about my life growing up… I was a child actor my whole life,” the 47-year-old explained of her childhood. “My mom let me drive myself to work everyday at the studio from 13 years old. I had no license. She doctored my birth certificate to say I was a year older, so I was emancipated when I was 13, not 14.”
Kyle explains that her upbringing with sisters Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton was not the norm, especially back then, but that her mother was “a very strong woman.”
Kyle, who also serves as the executive producer on American Woman, knew as soon as she met with Alicia Silverstone, she and the producers knew she was the one, and it was a “slam dunk.”
“We met with her, all of us. The producers and myself are all being fans of Alicia and she has a big fanbase obviously,” Richards recalled. “And when we met with her, she came in and I started sharing the stories of my life and my mom, and you [could] see that she just started taking it on.”
Kyle has been busy with promotion of Celebrity Apprentice, the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and her upcoming sitcom, but she’s still finding time to run her boutiques and to take fabulous vacations. Kyle just returned from a holiday ski trip with her family, where she even ran into her old friend, RHONY’s Bethenny Frankel.
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