RHOBH’S HOT NEWBIE!
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