NW - - The Big Turn On -

The Real House­wives Of Bev­erly Hills ladies are back in full swing on our screens, and new gal Denise Richards is hold­ing her own with the sassy set of stars. “Hon­estly, the women have been so wel­com­ing of me, and I right away re­ally liked all of them,” says Denise, who ad­mits she’s hav­ing a great time, de­spite all the bitch­ing, back­stab­bing and big drama. Here she spills on be­ing the new­bie, shar­ing her mar­riage to Aaron Phy­pers on screen and what else we can ex­pect from Sea­son Nine...

Why did you agree to sign up to the se­ries? I just thought it would be fun and I’ve been a fan of the show and I never thought I would ac­tu­ally go on, be­cause I thought, “I don’t know if I want to get in­volved in some of the drama and stuff like that – but I love that they’re a strong group of women.” I just think the tim­ing was right. If I’m gonna do a show like this, I would want to be my true au­then­tic self. And I’m in a great place to do that. I’ve been through so much over the last few years and I’ve been re­ally pri­vate about a lot of things. I just thought it would be a nice way to let peo­ple see where I’m at now and be part of that ride.

How are you find­ing the ladies? Lisa Rinna dragged my ass to be a House­wife. I frickin’ love her to pieces. Lisa Van­der­pump, I love her pas­sion for an­i­mals. She adopted her son, I adopted my daugh­ter – we have a lot in com­mon. She’s a re­ally cool woman. Erika Jayne is a liv­ing Bar­bie doll! My kids think she’s the most gor­geous thing ever, as do I. Teddi [Mel­len­camp], she’s cool, she’s a good mum – love her hus­band. I think at the end of the day, no mat­ter what goes on be­tween all of them, they are there for each other and sup­port each other, and I think that is re­ally won­der­ful.

What’s your sto­ry­line this sea­son? I’m work­ing a lot as an ac­tress. [The cam­eras] fol­low me on lo­ca­tion. They see me with my chil­dren. They see me nav­i­gate jug­gling teenagers, and my youngest daugh­ter also has spe­cial needs. They’ll see an ex-boyfriend of mine, whom I’m very close to. He’s a big part of my life. He’s on the show a bit. It’s every­day slice-of-life and me also in­te­grat­ing with the other women. Are you com­fort­able hav­ing your daugh­ters on the show? I told them, “If you want to, you can.” There’s no pres­sure. Our el­dest daugh­ter was just hop­ing I don’t em­bar­rass her be­cause she’s start­ing high school! How are things be­tween you and your ex Char­lie Sheen

these days? Any­one that’s gone through a di­vorce or has a part­ner they’re no longer with, and there’s a lot of emo­tions... I think peo­ple will be able to re­late. He and I are in a good place to­day. I al­ways fo­cus on that, and fo­cus on the girls. They don’t need to be privy to any dis­cord... I want them to see things to be pos­i­tive. Do you worry about shar­ing your new mar­riage on screen? I don’t think the show will make or break a re­la­tion­ship. I think if a re­la­tion­ship fails, it will fail re­gard­less. This is a fun show and it’s very also en­ter­tain­ing and we’re all pretty open. That’s why I chose to even film my wed­ding. We didn’t set out to film the wed­ding. We weren’t sure when we were go­ing to get mar­ried and we both said, my hus­band and I, if we’re film­ing the show we would do it be­cause oth­er­wise, how could I say that I’m do­ing a re­al­ity show if I’m not go­ing to show cer­tain parts of my life? So I’m pretty open on it. Drops Wed­nes­days on hayu and screens 1.30pm (en­core at 8.30pm) Wed­nes­days on Arena

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