'Real Housewives of Potomac' star Gizelle Bryant spills the tea on season two
Gizelle Bryant has become the breakout star of "Real Housewives of Potomac."
The outspoken mother-of-three commands the spotlight from the affluent DC suburb every week with her iconic one-liners, notorious shade and necessary truth-telling. When something is amiss, Gizelle is there to call it out, and viewers love her for it.
Just three episodes into the highly-rated second season currently airing on Bravo Sundays 9 p.m. EST, Gizelle has already found herself in hot water for comments she made on "Watch What Happens Live" before the season started filming about cast member Charrisse Jackson-Jordan's love life. Though it appears as though she has weathered that storm, you can bet that the drama is just getting started.
We recently caught up with "Real Housewives of Potomac" star Gizelle Bryant to talk about the show's second season, where those quick one-liners come from and why she still isn't sold on newcomer Monique.
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Check out our full conversation with Gizelle Bryant below:
We're a few episodes into the second season. How are you holding up?
I'm feeling good! The biggest thing for me these first few episodes has been Charrisse Gate 101, and it stemmed from the reunion from season one, so we have now kumbaya'd.
Seemingly kumbaya'd. We're trying to move past the fireman drama. [Laughs]
It's pretty unusual for such a major storyline to start before the season itself does. Did you expect your comments to be such big deal this season?
No, not at all. Not. At. All. But it actually kind of gave us a starting point for season two. Literally the following week, we started filming. So, I was like, "Holy crap-oly, I didn't time this properly..." because this lady is mad.
And you didn't know she would be that mad?
Until she told me -- until she sent me a cease and desist letter! So, I'm still talking about it. Whatever!
You've had some great moments already this season, with some amazing one-liners. Have those comments always come so naturally and quickly to you? Or do you feel like you come alive on camera?
I think [they always have], but I was never aware of it. When I see them played back I'm like, "Oh, my God! I have one-liners for days and days and days." But my mother is a One-Liner Queen, so I think that's where I get it from.
This season season features most of the same cast we saw in season one, with the exception of Monique replacing Katie. Why isn't Katie on the show as an official Housewife anymore?
I think Katie was a little hesitant -- don't quote me on this ... well, quote me on this -- she was a little hesitant to continue to show her life. Well, her true life. And that doesn't work for reality television. We miss Katie, and we really feel like she added a great level of cuckoo-ness that we loved, so Katie might be back. We don't know.
And what do you think about Monique?
Kind of like I said [on "Watch What Happens Live"], Monique is a talker. She likes to talk a lot, and I don't have the patience to listen to a lot of talking, so that's where we really fall off. And I don't really know her that well. I'm still getting to know her. We're still trying to get to know each other.
I know it's been addressed on and off on the show, but walk us through the connections between the women on the show. How did everyone meet each other?
Charrisse and Robyn met each other a hundred years ago. Charrisse's husband -- ex-husband, or whatever he is -- coached Juan. That's how they met. Charrissee actually introduced me and Robyn. We hit it off immediately and kind of have kindred spirits. In the meantime, Karen and I are in a social group together, so we've known each other for 7 years or so. Karen is consistent -- what you see on TV is the real Karen.
Ashley was just brought to the bunch, and Monique was brought in by Charrisse, so I had to give Monique a little associated shade. If she had come from Robyn, I probably would've immediately embraced her. But, she came from Charrisse, so the wall is up.
Let's circle back to that Charrisse tiff for a second. Was she mad because you accused her or something that wasn't true, or that you said it on live TV for the public to hear?
She will go to the grave saying that what I said was not true. I don't lie, so there's no reason for me to make up anything. I have my truth, and she has hers. It's trouble in the water in the middle, and I do know that she's sensitive about the issue, because she's going through a divorce, so it's good for her to say she's not seeing anyone.
Which is interesting, because you're on a show about your life...
Right. The reality is that the truth will come out. And, regardless, if you don't have a boyfriend, you need to get one. You need to get some! You're a little pent up. Relieve some stress!
Let's talk about your love life a little bit! Where's Herman?!
Oh, gosh. Herman is gone. Herman been gone! He never made it to date four, because he said four was forever, and that was a little scary for me. Herman's gone. Kevin, who you met, is a great guy, and I've known him forever. My mother loves him ... and we'll see what happens with Kevin.
You and Karen had your fair share of arguing early on, but you seem to have settled a bit into your roles as the sort of grand dames of Potomac. Do you agree? Have you made your peace?
YOU AND KAREN HAD YOUR STUFF EARLY ON. SETTLED IN YOUR ROLES. GRAND DAMES. DO YOU AGREE? MADE PEACE?
Karen and I have made peace ever since I told her that wherever I sit is the baddest place. Now, since then, she and I have actually been fine. I'm happy about that, because I've known her forever. That's the beauty of Potomac is that, our relationships are real and, when we get mad, it takes a lot of move past it because of our relationships. Karen is the grand dame, and I'm going to let her have that title.
But you give her a run for her money...
Of course I do! But we're not going to tell Karen that. It's fine. [Laughs]
In the second episode this season we finally saw Katie's charity event, which is something that she and Karen are both competitive about. Why do their events never live up to their own hype?
This was a hot mess. Kudos to Katie, only because she pulled it off. Now, she did fire us all from helping her and it was a hot mess, and what you all couldn't smell was the cheese that was rotting on the cheese plate in the corner, but that's not the point of the story, okay? Okay. Karen, we have yet to see the O-Gala. Remember the O-Gala?
Yes, but she did have that one cocktail party.
Yes, she did have the cocktail party to announce the O-Gala, but I still haven't been invited to the actual gala.
I assume that's not happening in season two?
No. Maybe season five.
How have you dealt with reactions on social media since joining the "Real Housewives" franchise? Surely you get good and bad commentary sent your way.
I've gotten really, like, 90 percent love, which has been great and very humbling. You never know if people are going to think you're an asshole. I've been humbled by the love, but the 10 percent that throws me all kinds of shade is really funny to me. I actually welcome the haters, because I'm like, "Wow, you're very worked up about my shoes." You know? I don't mind it at all. Some people can't take it, but I have real thick skin.
Anything else you can tease for us for this upcoming season?
We do have a trip, of course! It's probably later in the season, and it's a hot place and a whole lot going on. Every Hue Beauty -- my makeup line -- you see me working through that and the kinks of that. It's taken a lot longer than I expected, but it's here! We're excited about that.
Let's talk about your makeup line for a second. What's so great about these shows is that all of the Housewives end up with these side projects and businesses. What's it been like growing your brand?
It's nice, but a little scary. A lot of things come to you that you want no part of, but you really have to be purposeful when you build your brand and stay true to what's important and authentic to you. For me, the makeup was natural because I'm a girly girl. I love makeup, and I've been playing with it since I was 11. There's a niche in the market that I don't think is being met, so I just wanted to fill the need.
So, tell us about the line.
It's for women of color, because it's difficult for women of color to find a moisturizer or tinted moisturizer or foundation that matches our skin tone. A lot of times it looks off -- it looks red, purple or yellow -- so I just wanted to alleviate that process. I was working hard to master the formulation, and we have absolutely nailed it. We shouldn't have that problem anymore. We have 12 different colors, and it should be out this summer.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
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