BY DARREN DEVLYN
BETHENNY Frankel first stepped in front of a camera in the longforgotten 1994 movie Hollywood Hills 90028.
When she followed up with the turkey Wish Me Luck, the signs were there that acting perhaps wasn’t Frankel’s natural calling.
She attended the National Gourmet Cooking Institute in New York and began a foodproduction empire.
The recent sale of her Skinny Girl Margarita brand put her on the Forbes magazine’s 100 richest celebrities list.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show she joked of the $100 million deal: ‘‘ I just am wiping my behind with dollar bills now.’’
Frankel was runner-up on reality series The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and made a mark on Real Housewives of New York.
The success of the latter led to her reality series Bethenny Ever After. Has the series taken a lot out of you? I foolishly took on another show, Skating with the Stars, at the same time (as Bethenny Ever After). To take on two shows, a new baby, a new marriage, the negotiation to sell my company took a lot out of me. You are so open on the show, but do you sometimes say, ‘‘Turn the camera off, I need a private moment’’? I don’t do that because it would compromise the integrity of the show. Sadly, most reality shows aren’t real at all. I feel a responsibility to be truthful. Allowing your therapy sessions to be filmed would be as personal as you could get? Therapy itself is difficult to do to begin with, but not difficult to have filmed because you forget the camera is there. If I can help other women understand a little better about themselves by seeing me go through therapy, that’s the most enlightening thing about the show. I run to the therapist. It’s valuable, I certainly need it, I’m proud of it. Is it true you went through a time in your childhood where you weren’t secure about your body image? I never had control of my weight. It fluctuated — eat, starve, thin, starve diet, whatever. It was just a vicious cycle. I would starve, then binge. That went into my 30s, for sure. You’re not good if you don’t eat and not bad if you do. Did yourmum force you to go to an obesity clinic when you were eight? She didn’t force me to go, I wanted to go. But there was a lot of psychological noise in my house about food, weight and dieting. You had implants once and had them removed. What would you say to a woman or girl contemplating cosmetic enhancement? It’s case by case. Initially, I wanted my boobs lifted because they were saggy since I was young. It would have made me feel better had they just been lifted. I was self-conscious about dating. Then I got implants, which I didn’t really want. Bethenny Ever After Arena, tonight, 8.30