'Real Housewives of Potomac' star Karen Huger felt 'betrayed' by this castmate going into season 3

You gotta make millions to owe millions! That is, according to "Real Housewives of Potomac" star Karen Huger.

The self-described Grand Dame of Potomac's world was rocked last summer when The Washington Post reported that her husband, Ray Huger, owed millions in back taxes. It's a story that will take center stage on the new third season of the hit Bravo series, and it's a revelation that Karen claims to have known nothing about -- despite doubts from her fellow cast mates.

Nearly a year later, Huger -- sporting a newly-cropped blonde 'do -- told AOL Entertainment during a sit-down interview ahead of Sunday's premiere that her family's financial woes were "in our rearview mirror" and explained that she was "disappointed" in her co-stars' lack of support.

Check our out full conversation with Karen Huger below, where we talked about that Washington Post story, her relationships with her fellow Real Housewives and whether or not she regrets that infamous "Black Bill Gates" comment.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Karen Huger attends the launch of Urban Skin RX on January 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Karen Huger attends The discovery continues with Karen Huger The Grande Dame of Potomac as she meets her inspiration, QVC's Tova Borgnine, at her fragrance house Symrise at Symrise on December 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Boalch Darby, Candiace Dillard -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:3 -- Pictured: Karen Huger -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: TV personality Karen Huger attends Every Hue Beauty Pop-Up at The Showroom on October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Karen Huger attends 47th Annual Legislative Conference at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: Karen Huger attends WE tv's Exclusive Premiere of Million Dollar Matchmaker Season 2 at the Whitby Hotel on August 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv )
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Karen Huger -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Karen Huger and Monique Samuels -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Karen and Raymond Huger of 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' attend the Season 4 premiere of the STARZ series, 'Power', at The Newseum on June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Karen Huger attends the 2017 NBCUniversal summer press day The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 20, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Karen Huger (L) and Gizelle Bryant (R) attends 'Unforgettable' Screening at AMC Mazza Gallerie 14 on April 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Portrait Studio, March 2017 -- Pictured: Monique Samuels, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' -- on March 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NUP_177600 (Photo by Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - DECEMBER 08: Raymond Huger (L) and Karen Huger attend the MGM National Harbor Grand Opening Gala on December 8, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for MGM National Harbor)
STUDIO CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Real Housewife Karen Huger attends Bowling To Feed Families For Thanksgiving at PINZ Bowling & Entertainment Center on November 11, 2016 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Desiree Stone/Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT - OCTOBER 15: Karen Huger walks the red carpet before the Ballroom After Party with Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J for Mohegan Sun�s 20th Anniversary at Mohegan Sun on October 15, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mohegan Sun)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Karen Huger attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Karen Huger attends the OK! Magazine Runway Ready Party at Dream Downtown on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Dowling/WireImage)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Boalch Darby, Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Charrisse Jackson Jordan -- (Photo by: Larry French/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: 'Real Housewives of Potomac' star Karen Huger attends the Champagne for Change Gala at The Ritz Carlton on June 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Karen Huger and Kenya Moore -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Karen Huger -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Karen Huger of NBCUniversal/Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2016 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portraits)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Karen Huger, Charisse Jackson Jordan, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby and Robyn Dixon arrives for the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Karen Huger -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Ashley Boalch Darby -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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How are you feeling going into this third season? There's a lot of focus on you and your husband's financial situation this season.

I feel good! Honestly, Ray and I are in a great place. This was [filmed] a year ago, so the question you probably want to ask me is, "Was I shocked about the girls going in [on me]?" No, but I was disappointed. I would expect them to rally around me with such a serious issue and not do what they always do. But that’s okay, we’re a year down the road. I’ll handle it -- I always do.

This season picks up just a month after last season's reunion, where there was already discussion about your living situation after you moved from Potomac to Great Falls. The premiere starts with the story from The Washington Post that revealed your husband's financial woes, and the immediate discussion about it from the cast. Are you nervous for what's to come? 

No, not at all, because every day I put two shoes on the same way -- and that’s called Karen Huger left and right. I put two feet into being me every day. That’s a big task, and bad things happen to good people. It’s not whether it’s going to happen to you or not, it’s how you deal with it when it does. And I think it’s going to make Ray and I stronger. I know it’s made our family much closer, and he came out on top -- but you don’t know that yet. [Laughs] It’s behind us. It’s in our rearview mirror, and I’m so proud of him.

Is this a storyline we're going to focus on all season long?

I would hope not! I would hope other people have lives, but it’s an interesting topic. My life is interesting -- it really is! So, I don’t blame people for looking at it and seeing how we navigate it. But take our truth. Don’t take the fabrication or someone else finishing our story. Hear it from us. I was disappointed that the girls were going off on the same old rag, calling me a liar. You know, the word “liar” is a defamation of character, and the only liars are the people who are completing my sentences without knowing the answers. It’s called boundaries. I set boundaries, so please respect them. I don’t go around counting people’s coins!

It seems as though this season, the other women are going to struggle with trying to support you while also not necessarily believing your story. 

They’re struggling. I am such a force to be reckoned with. In my life, every which way I turn, I have a story -- be it good, bad, death, life, challenges in business -- it’s my life. I’m like the shiny object in the room for many reasons, and I was very disappointed for the initial conversation that I saw. I was hoping for more growth, but since then we have done a lot of growing.

Is there healing to come?

There’s a lot of healing, but I’ve done that, so I suggest everybody get on the healing train, because my life is moving forward. I’m doing great things now. That was a year ago. Not only did I have challenges with my husband, but I also had challenges with my mother. My life is huge, and I know that. So it will be talked about. This is the platform that I’m on.

And you knew that going into the show initially.

And I knew that coming in. I knew it wasn’t always going to be favorable, but I always expected to be truthful and not blowing smoke up people’s a--. 

Were any of your cast mates fully supportive of you while you and Ray were figuring it out this season? 

Not initially, but Monique Samuels came around. I expected her to, though, because she’s a class act. If enough people are serving you cold tea -- and it’s supposed to be piping hot -- you’re going to be looking for that hot tea. So she came straight to the source. She came to the well, which was me -- the walking truth. We’ve grown from that.

Candiace has also been fully supportive, and I’m good with Ashley, too. Honestly, I’m good with everybody, because honestly -- with my life -- I didn’t have time to pick up their issues with me. 

All of the other drama must feel so small in comparison when you're dealing with such a big issue.

Absolutely. It was extremely small to me, and I couldn’t pick it up. Let them deal and grow from that.

Right before the story came out in the Post, you and Robyn had a long phone call, which we hear about but don't get to see, and it sounds like she really helped you. But, in the premiere, you guys have an explosive conversation about your situation. Were you surprised that her position on your troubles had changed?

First of all, I didn’t call Robyn first. She was the one that picked up. I called Gizelle, and she was on vacay with the girls. God works in mysterious ways, and I felt comfortable talking to Robyn. She’s my friend. We may not agree on everything, but I knew I could trust her. She was instrumental and said some very positive things, and she was there for me. No matter what comes of this, I appreciate that. But when she went and told all the girls at the party the next day, I felt betrayed. 

I had said to Robyn that I didn’t know [about Ray owing money], and she went and repeated that. And that started the whole thing with the "L" word, which is so dangerous. If you turn the mirror on yourself, they’ll see that they’re the liars because they are making up my journey. You can’t push that down America’s throat! What you’re wishing for or hoping for my end will actually be my beginning.

This interest in your housing and finances is nothing new -- it's been a conversation in both of the previous seasons. What's the deal?

It’s three years and viewers are tired of seeing it. Who counts someone’s coins? I don’t care. I don’t know your housing situation, nor do I care. I’m going to do me. 

It seems as though some of this conversation started, though, when you referred to your husband as the "Black Bill Gates," and that comment has been used against you at times. Do you regret referring to Ray in that way?

I actually didn’t make [the comment] initially. It was a term of endearment in a beauty salon, okay? Ray has always hated it. I’m immune to it, but either you like it or you don’t. He’s not the Black Bill Gates; he’s my baby. But, you know, we never ever said we had the same money as Mr. Gates. I’ve always walked in my truth. It’s a term of endearment for a man who employed 300 people at an IT company. And he was black. Let's keep it real. 

Charisse is a "friend" this season -- not a full-blown Housewife -- this season. What can you tell me about that?

I really can’t. I was as shocked as you are. I don’t know any more than you know. I was surprised to see her go, and she was part of the core four. She’s headed to bigger and greater things, so I wish her well.

You and Gizelle have your ups and downs, but you two go way back and seem to ultimately have respect for one another. Talk to me about your relationship. Is there a mutual understanding there?

That's the key to Gizelle and I: I don’t need to be the duo or the team mate for the Green-Eyed Bandit. I don’t want to be that close to her, because we do have our real moments. But what we realized is that friendship is very important, and you have to forgive. I’m in a good place with her. There’s a point in the season where I had written her off, but we’ve come a long way since that. We’re both phenomenal moms, but she’s not a loyal friend all the time. As grown women, we will agree that our opinions are what they are, but that our friendship is important enough to keep it moving along. I think Gizelle and I are good TV. [Laughs]

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Gizelle Bryant attends the Dan Liu fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Dan Liu)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: TV Personality Gizelle Bryant attends the Fashion Hong Kong front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Fashion Hong Kong )
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Gizelle Bryant attends YouTube brings the BOOM BAP BACK to New York City With Lyor Cohen, Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Q-Tip, Chuck D and Fab 5 Freddy on January 26, 2018 at Industria in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for YouTube)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Gizelle Bryant attends La La Anthony's Pre-Grammy Party Presented by Howard University on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Howard Univerity)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Erika Jayne, Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Robyn Dixon, Monique Samuels, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Boalch Darby, Candiace Dillard -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:3 -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Andre Wells and Gizelle Bryant attend Every Hue Beauty Pop-Up at The Showroom on October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Ashley Darby, (L), TV Personality, Real Housewives of Potomac, and Gizelle Bryant, TV Personality, Real Housewives of Potomac attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 30th Anniversary Awards Gala on October 23, 2017 in Washington D.C.. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: TV personality Gizelle Bryant attends Day 2 of the '2017 Ubiquitous Beauty, Hair & Health Expo' at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashley Boalch Darby, Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger -- (Photo by: Larry French/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 11: Gizelle Bryant attends 'Cupcakes With Sheree DC' Meet & Greet Affair and book signing for 'Wives, Fiancees and Side-Chicks of Hotlanta' at Stonefish Grill on August 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gizelle Bryant attend the Jill Zarin's 5th Annual Luxury Luncheon on July 29, 2017 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 15: Gizelle Bryant attends 'Midnight At The Oasis' Annual Art For Life Benefit hosted by Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation at Fairview Farms on July 15, 2017 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes and Gizelle Bryant attend EveryHue Pop-Up Shop at Swagg Boutique on July 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): La La Anthony and Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 21: Gizelle Bryant attends Debra Lee Pre-BET awards Dinner at The London West Hollywood on June 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: (L-R) Everyhue Beauty Founding Partner Gizelle Bryant and reality TV personality Robyn Dixon attend the EveryHue Girls Night Out Pop Up Launch Party on June 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: TV personality Gizelle Bryant attends the STARZ Original series 'Power' Season Four Premiere at The Newseum on June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Starz)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Gizelle Bryant attends 'Unstoppable' Screening at AMC Mazza Gallerie 14 on April 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Sheree Whitfield and Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Gizelle Bryant (L), Robyn Dixon (C), Monique Samuels (C), and Charrisse Jackson Jordan (R), attends D.C. Emancipation Day at Freedom Plaza on April 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31: Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon attend RHOP's Robyn Dixon's birthday at Rosebar DC on March 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Gizelle Bryant attends the 2017 NBCUniversal summer press day The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 20, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- 2017 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day -- Cocktail Reception -- Pictured: (l-r) Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Monique Samuels, Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Erika Liles and Gizelle Bryant attend the 300 Second Year Anniversary at Diamond Horseshoe on September 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Pictured: (l-r) Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Karen Huger, Monique Samuels, Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Larry French/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Pictured: (l-r) Robyn Dixon, Gizelle Bryant, Charrisse Jackson Jordan -- (Photo by: Larry French/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Mike Shouhed, Gizelle Bryant and Damien Lemon -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Television personality Gizelle Bryant attends the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Television personality Gizelle Bryant is interview during the BET Honors 2016 at Warner Theatre on March 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Gizelle Bryant and Marlon Wayans -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? On Saturday, March 5 at the Warner Theater, Gizelle Bryant ex-wife of Pastor Jamal Bryant and one of the stars of the TV show "Real Housewives of Potomac", on the red carpet for BET Honors. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Gizelle Bryant of NBCUniversal/Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2016 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portraits)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, January 2016 -- NBCUniversal Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Ashley Darby, 'The Real Housewives of Potomac' -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charrisse Jackson Jordan, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Ashley Boalch Darby -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Karen Huger, Charisse Jackson Jordan, Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby and Robyn Dixon arrives for the 2016 Winter TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC -- Pictured: (l-r) Robyn Dixon Gizelle Bryant -- (Photo by: Larry French/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Kenny Moore and Gizelle Bryant attend the 2015 Annual Garden Brunch at the Beall-Washington House on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
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What do fans say to you online or when they see you in person?

People are shocked by how nice I am. I’m a very nice person, but I see how people see me the way that they do. I’m very direct, and that’s part of my persona. I do believe that this season you get the full Karen. You see a woman who cares for her man and is very family-oriented. I pushed hard for viewers to get a better view of me.

Do you feel as though you're someone that viewers can look up to as an aspirational black woman? Talk to me about what it's like being part of this cast of powerful, strong, black women in 2018, when representation on television is continually getting better but it's where it should be.

Youth walk up to me a lot. My demographic is anywhere from 19 to 65. I take it very seriously, which is why I take issue with the word “Liar.” You have to be careful! When I do something, I try to keep in mind that the youth are impacted by me. They call me Miss Karen, they jump in my arms and I am one of the friendlier [cast members] in person. I try to give a hug, because you never know who you’re touching. 

This interview has been edited and condensed.

"Real Housewives of Potomac" season 3 will air Sundays on Bravo at 10 p.m. EST

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