In September 2012, Barack Obama was weeks away from defeating his GOP rival Mitt Romney to win his historic second term as America’s first black president. The United States of America seemed like a series of trials, complications, and deadly contradictions, along with endless possibility and hope.
Perhaps nowhere was that more obvious than on reality TV, where Bravo’s “Don’t Be Tardy” and E! K’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” was the kind of show that people watched unnecessarily.
Meanwhile, on VH1, Sherry Zampino was about to get her first taste of reality TV fame on “Hollywood Axis,” which was essentially a more grounded version of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which would debut two years later. “Access” starred Zampino – the ex-wives of Zampino – actor Will Smith’s former and NFL player-turned-NFL player Pastor Terrell Fletcher – and other notable figures in Los Angeles, including Nicole Murphy, Andrea Kelly, Mayte Garcia and Jessica Canseco (related ex). Huh. the great comedian Eddie Murphy; Now humiliated and imprisoned R&B star R. Kelly; Dear musical genius Prince; and Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco).
And I was in it. mainly. (And not just because Zampino was married at the time to a fellow St. Louisian who attended school with my eldest sister.)
In addition to being relatable, it was also glamorous. Who hasn’t been hurt or abandoned by an ex like Andrea Kelly, or somewhat hung up on an old, iconic love, like Mayte Garcia? But then there was Nicole Murphy, who made it to the other side and came out on top. She spent most of her screen time hanging out with her beautiful, model-ready daughters and buying things with then-boyfriend Michael Strahan’s black card.
and Zampino, who studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan fashionable There, supporting his friends with funny side-eye and commentary, to deal with his own drama within his soon-to-be faltering marriage.
“Although we don’t talk every day, it’s one of those things where, when we connect, it’s like we start right where we left off,” Zampino now tells of his “Hollywood X” cast. says about. “There’s a true brotherhood, there’s a true bond that I feel is like, you know — it’s a lifetime.”
The VH1 series lasted three seasons and cast Zampino to the sometimes over-the-top world of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. She joined “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” this season as a friend of the show’s first black cast member, fan favorite Garcelle Beauvais.
“The thing that gave me a little bit of security and confidence is because I did ‘Hollywood’ [Exes],'” Zampino said. “I knew it was on a whole other level. I just didn’t understand how. But I went inside just being present.”
“I’m a fan, so I’ve watched it for years and have your opinion and all that,” she continued. “And I understand that with reality [TV]You don’t see everything. They have a story they are trying to tell on the back of the production. So I said, I want to go in and be fair and experience ‘in the moment’ like a real-time experience with these women. And I think that worked for me. It gave me a lot of peace and I was pleasantly surprised.”
We are now far beyond 2012, and the days of “hope and change” of the Obama administration. In our dystopian, disease-ridden present, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has also taken a dark turn, this time with cast member Erica (Girardi) Jane going full-on reality-TV villain on the plight of “widows and orphans.” Huh. Who was allegedly cheated by her estranged husband and his law firm.
But Zampino is enjoying his time on the show. And he has gasps too! Enjoyed some time with the heavily infamous Girardi.
“I was pleasantly surprised by some of the women I didn’t think I’d like, what characters they were, what they were offering, and my opinion based on what I saw as a fan. Erica’s Like, I really thought she was funny. I had a great time with her. I’ve seen her real and I’m from New York,” Zampino said. “So I love people who are genuine and you know where you stand.”
Surprise for him too? Lisa Rinna, soap opera star and wife of actor Harry Hamlin.
“I saw a very cherished side to him that I didn’t really know,” Zampino said. “So yes. I just kept looking.”
As a “Housewives” fan (I mainly use the “Real Housewives of the Potomac” GIF on Twitter because Karen Hugher, Ashley Darby, and Candias Dillard Bassett are GIFs that keep on giving), I have Zumpino’s There were a lot of questions for her, mostly about her thoughts on fashion. Who is bringing it daily among the wives? And who could make the most of his fit-training aid?
(Psst. This is the fashion challenge of the Potomac and “reasonably” shady Giselle Bryant, right? She wanted to say Giselle.)
“You’re so messed up with this question, and one immediately comes to mind,” Zampino said. “I don’t want to say that.”
“Is this Giselle?” I said, obviously messed up.
“I don’t, I don’t want to say that,” she said.
“I forgive you. But in my heart, it’s Giselle,” I said. “I can say that as someone who loves him.”
“Be beautiful,” said Zampino, hopelessly still not naming names. “I can’t say that. I can’t say you’re wrong. I can’t say that, but I can’t say you’re wrong.”
And who are the most fashionable housewives in Beverly Hills? Zampino was deeply in love with Rinna and label addict Dorit Kemsley.
“I’m really digging her style, that’s Rinna. Ah, Rinna I dig. I dig her style because I know my boobs are too big to wear with some of the things she wears, but I love a woman wearing a suit,” Zampino said. “I love that kind of androgynous chic. I love the way she wears her suits, and she’s bold with her color choices. Yes, I like her vibe. I do. I love her style.” And then, of course, Dorit. Dorit has amazing style. Dorit goes to Louis Vuitton and says, ‘I’ll have it all.’ Then she’s going to wear it all at the same time.”
So who does Zampino find most relatable, and who did he mesh with the best outside of Beauvais? They named relative newcomers Krystal Kung Minkoff and Diana Jenkins, who have already become controversial among fans in their first season on the show.
“The crystal is just sweet,” Zampino said. “I think she’s a cute girl. From what you see, she’s a lot more funny than the way she’s portrayed. I think she’s a fun girl. She’s cute. And Diana First of all, I like the way Diana plays, right? She’s doing everything, everything Top, top, top, top row! And she’s real. It’s just unexpectedly his. ,
“I like to know where I stand with people,” she continued. “You don’t have to like me, but don’t tell me you do, and then behind my back – you know what I mean? I like to know where I stand. So this It’s refreshing in this city, in LA, when you meet someone who’s like, ‘It’s me, take it or leave it.’ I like it.”
When it comes to the “shadiest” on the show, Zampino name-checked a particularly weird Sutton Strake, who I’ve found to be an attractive Southerner with chronic foot-in-mouth disease.
most real? His girl, Garcel Beauvais. the funniest? Zampino nominated himself. So rich that they are out of touch with reality? For Zumpino, it’s Jenkins.
“Maybe it’s Diana, because remember, she didn’t know something that was basic,” she said. “I can’t remember, but we’re like, ‘How come you don’t know that?’ It was an outlet. I think someone mentioned an outlet or something.
“Oh, the outlet mall,” I said. “That was Crystal. She was talking about, ‘Have you ever been to an outlet mall?'”
But in a show about very wealthy women who are “at least” rich, Zampino again picks himself up. She said that Beauvais is the one she trusts the most with a secret, and the one she trusts least is… Kyle Richards, often jokingly as an uncredited producer on online shows. is described in.
“Kyle’s gonna like it, she’s gonna tell it!” Zampino said.
“He’s like a producer, practically, to the point,” I said.
“Absolutely. She’s sold out. She’s totally in… all in, all in!” Zampino joked.
The meanest on “RHOBH”? Even though Zampino clearly likes Girardi, he had to say it.
She said, “The most flamboyant I’ve ever seen on the show is Erica.” “Erika is bringing that heat, so let’s say Erica.”
On “Beverly Hills” Erica Is The Only One Other Than You And Garcelle Who I Think Can ‘Live On'[Real Housewives of] Atlanta, ’cause those women are vicious,” I said.
“Lemme tell you something, you couldn’t pay me enough [to be on ‘Atlanta’],” Zampino quipped. “You couldn’t pay me enough. You could not give me, you could have given five diamonds. ‘We’ll give you 10 diamonds!’ no ma’am! no sir. no sir!”
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“I would love to offer a diamond,” she said.
Come on, bravo. Make Zumpino another jewel among the group of diamonds. She has already delivered on reality TV. She could definitely do it again.