with Kyle Richards
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS
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.