Erika Jayne never watched a single episode of any Housewives show before joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -- but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming the breakout star of season six.
The pop star turned reality star, who also goes by her married name, Girardi, dropped by ETonline for Housewives Happy Hour, and dished some behind-the-scenes dirt from the franchise. First up, how her much talked-about confessional interview outfits and glam come together.
“Well, it’s definitely a thought process,” Erika tells ETonline. “You know, I touched on The Stepford Wives a little bit with the pink [look], and everybody was like, ‘Why is your hair so big?!’ I was like, ‘I’m touching on something ... and then we gave you very pulled-up suit and Cartier diamonds in the hair.”
“It’s very fun to be creative like that,” Erika continues. “I think that your wardrobe, or your costume if you will, lends great weight to who you are. It kinda explains the whole situation.”
There is one look that gave Erika some trouble, though: her super-high pony.
“Can I tell you? That thing gives me, like, a massive headache,” Erika confesses. “It’s terrible. That pony is snatched within a moment of its life. For real, when I was trying to wink, I couldn’t. My head was snatched back so far.”
A ponytail-induced headache isn’t exactly ideal when you’re stuck in those grueling confessionals all day, every three weeks. Erika says her last taping went from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and involved a lot of digging by producers.
“It’s like a taped deposition,” Erika reveals. “And you’re expected to engage and deliver your truth.”
That digging led to a hilarious comment Erika never expected to make it on the show: “I don't have my own tour bus, because most of the time it's not feasible to have a tour bus. Just fly... on my plane!" (She and her husband do, in fact, own two planes).
“Can I be totally honest?” Erika explains. “The producer, who shall remain nameless, was picking at me, and that’s when I was like, ‘On my plane…’ So, that was really more for him, and then they used it, and it was great. It just makes me look like a brat.”
Erika says her sometimes outrageous observations have gotten her in a little trouble with Real Housewives fans, but it’s all in good fun.
“I was quite surprised at how invested the fans really are in each of their women,” she admits. “Taking up for them, fighting for them, explaining. I’ve had, you know, line by line of what I said read back to me at a certain time. I’m like, wait, were you there? ... Sometimes people get a little invested.”
The on-camera comments from her co-stars also surprise Erika from time to time.
“What I’ve noticed in this gig is that sometimes I think sh*t is OK when it ain’t,” Erika says. “I’m like, ‘What’s going on?! Everything was fine five minutes ago! And now it’s like, completely blown to hell. And I don’t know what’s going on’ … I’m not gonna say who, but there was a moment where I went, ‘This b**ch!’ What the f**k did she just do to me?!’”
Still, Erika says she’s on great terms with all the women -- and all the drama has totally been worth it.
“It’s been great,” she says. “You know, the best part about Housewives is that it took Erika Jayne out of the clubs and into people’s living rooms, so it’s been possible for me to reach all kinds of people.”
If you need more Erika Jayne/Giradi in your life, check out all the videos from our chat above -- then watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills every Tuesday night on Bravo at 9 p.m. ET. You can also see Erika in-person when she headlines White Party Palm Springs this April.