RE­AL­ITY QUEEN

REAL HOUSE­WIVES OF BEV­ERLY HILLS STAR ERIKA GI­RARDI GIVES HER OPIN­ION ON AUS­TRALIAN RE­AL­ITY TV

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Erika Gi­rardi by day, kinky performer and gay icon Erika Jayne by night, she’s the Real House­wife of Bev­erly Hills who’s got it all – in­clud­ing two pri­vate jets.

So when asked to head Down Un­der to pro­mote re­al­ity stream­ing ser­vice hayu, why would this woman who’s sur­rounded by the best of ev­ery­thing agree?

“They asked and I said yes,” she laughs.

“I’d never been to Aus­tralia and I’ve been a lot of places so, you know what? I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity. I think you should go ev­ery­where in the whole world and I was hon­oured to be asked.”

As it turns out, Erika is not the diva some would as­sume, de­spite her im­pos­si­bly lush golden mane, a team of stylists, make-up artists and friends ti­tled her “glam squad” in tow and those many mil­lions in her bank ac­count.

She’s a re­al­ity star, but in this case the em­pha­sis is on the real.

While Real House­wives is her pri­mary ac­co­lade, she’s also been on Young and the Rest­less (a birth­day present from fel­low RH cast-mem­ber and life­long ac­tress Eileen David­son) and most re­cently, Danc­ing with the Stars.

“I be­lieve in life you should push ev­ery day to the limit and I think that ex­pe­ri­ences are what makes your life rich,” Erika says.

“I en­joy chal­leng­ing my­self, be­ing out of my comfort zone. I push ev­ery­thing a lit­tle too hard and that’s OK.

“You get to know your­self, you get to know other peo­ple and you have great sto­ries to tell. Again that’s what makes life won­der­ful.”

With this in mind, film­ing for Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills sea­son eight has of­fi­cially started.

It fol­lows a tu­mul­tuous sea­son seven for Erika where after re­lent­less tor­ment­ing by a cast mem­ber and her husband, she broke down for the first time.

She hasn’t con­firmed whether she’ll be a part of the up­com­ing sea­son yet, but says she won’t let any­one else ruin her fun.

“If I were to re­turn I think I’d be OK,” she says.

“There’s so many more great things about House­wives than bad things. I’m not go­ing to let two peo­ple ruin my ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m not go­ing to al­low those two peo­ple to ruin my op­por­tu­nity and ruin my fun.

“I’m a grown up, a grown woman and I say bring it, I’m not go­ing to shy away from a chal­lenge.”

WHAT DOES ERIKA THINK ABOUT OUR RE­AL­ITY SHOWS? Mar­ried at First Sight:

Cou­ples meet at the al­tar for the first time and from there are “mar­ried”.

Erika: Ah, hell no, would be my an­swer to that. No thanks. Hon­estly I think mar­riage is a very se­ri­ous com­mit­ment. I wouldn’t make that com­mit­ment not know­ing the per­son. I think you should know the other per­son pretty well first. I think to find your true love it takes a long time. You have to get to know some­one and know that that’s who you want to end up with. I don’t be­lieve in love at first sight. I be­lieve in get­ting to know peo­ple, find­ing out who they are and fall­ing in love with that.

Seven Year Switch: Cou­ples who have been to­gether for seven years whose re­la­tion­ships are in trou­ble switch with other cou­ples in the same predica­ment.

Erika: I think per­haps, I would hope, once you swap you realise that you do have a great part­ner and you need to work things out. It’s not as bad as you think. You al­ways think the grass is greener and that we have so many prob­lems but in re­al­ity your part­ner’s prob­a­bly pretty awe­some. So I would hope that’s what they’d take away from the show.

Last Re­sort: Cou­ples whose re­la­tion­ship is in trou­ble head to an is­land re­sort to­gether where they go through re­la­tion­ship boot­camp.

Erika: Yeah, I don’t think I’d be do­ing that on tele­vi­sion. Sounds like a de­cent idea but not on TV. That makes me sad though, be­cause to get to a place where you’re at a last re­sort, whether it’s an is­land or a place you might think you want to call it quits, that sucks. That al­ways sucks. It’s al­ways hard to say good­bye. All seven sea­sons of Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills are now avail­able to stream on hayu.com

AH, ‘HELL NO,’ WOULD BE MY AN­SWER TO THAT

Pic­ture: JONATHAN CLAY HAR­RIS

Erika Gi­rardi, aka Erika Jayne, is one of the stars of Real House­wives of Bev­erly Hills.

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