Q& A

with Kyle Richards

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - BEAU MATTHEWS


Kyle Richards is a for­mer child star who first ap­peared in the TV show Lit­tle House on the Prairie. Richards is now in Real Housewives of

Bev­erly Hills. The cast in­cludes Richards’ sis­ter Kim, and Camille Gram­mer, ex-wife of Kelsey Gram­mer. Richards has four daugh­ters to real es­tate mogul Mauri­cio Uman­sky but is best known as the aunt of Paris and Nicky Hil­ton. Richards had a re­cur­ring role as Nurse Dori in ER.

Housewives Q. What made of you Bev­erly de­cide Hills? to be on Real

A. I knew be­fore go­ing on the show that it would be chal­leng­ing but I saw it as a great op­por­tu­nity. I thought it would be a won­der­ful ad­ven­ture – lit­tle did I know. Q. How did you cope with be­ing on the same show with your sis­ter, Kim? A. There was a lot of un­der­ly­ing ten­sion be­tween me

and my sis­ter. On Bev­erly Hills, we were put in each other’s faces in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. It was dif­fi­cult on my fam­ily, my other sis­ter Cathy and my kids too. Q. Some of the ladies on the show are real es­tate clients of your hus­band. How did he feel about you ap­pear­ing? A. In the be­gin­ning he wasn’t con­cerned about busi­ness but more about our lives chang­ing in any way. We have a very nor­mal life, a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship with each other and also our chil­dren. We were more con­cerned about that. Q. I can tell you and Camille don’t get along . . . A. We clash a lot. We have very dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, and she didn’t un­der­stand me at all. Q. You seem like some­body who calls a spade a spade. What feed­back have you had from view­ers?

A. For the most part, I have re­ceived pos­i­tive re­ac­tions from view­ers. Peo­ple re­spect me for speak­ing my mind and young girls say that they hope they can learn to speak their mind. When sign­ing on to a show like this, you re­ally have to be will­ing to be your­self, other­wise you might as well have an acting job with

a script. Q. A lot of peo­ple fan­ta­sise about liv­ing in Bev­erly Hills. What do you think peo­ple don’t re­alise about that life­style? Is there a down­side?

A. I think that view­ers of the show will see that no mat­ter where you live and no mat­ter what your job is, at the end of the day we all have the same prob­lems in our lives and our re­la­tion­ships. Q. You’ve ob­vi­ously done a lot of suc­cess­ful acting in the past. Has there been any acting of­fer as a re­sult of the show? A. There has been. That is def­i­nitely an up­side. Q. What is it like be­ing the aunty of Paris and Nicky Hil­ton? A. To me they’re just Paris and Nicky. I’m very close with them. I was only 11 when Paris was born, so she’s like the lit­tle sis­ter I never had.

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