You’ve met Erika Jayne, now it’s time to get to know Erika Girardi.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star says season seven of the Bravo hit gets way more personal for her than six, giving fans a deeper look beyond her onstage persona.
“I think you get to know me, Erika, a little more intimately,” Erika tells ET over Housewives Happy Hour. “I mean, I'm just a regular person. There's nothing too great. I mean, I get frustrated by my mom, all the usual stuff. Very human things.”
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Viewers met Erika’s mom in the season premiere when she surprised the star at her 45th birthday party, and we’ll see her again when Erika takes a trip home to Georgia.
“While there's still Erika Jayne and all that over-the-top fabulousness, you also get to see where I come from,” she notes.
Getting to know the “Pretty Mess” singer better also means seeing her vulnerable side. The season trailer previews two different moments where Erika bursts into tears, something she admits isn’t easy for her to do.
“I hate crying,” she says. “I was [surprised I cried], actually, and I was driven there out of frustration, and really just nothing else to give, you know? So, yeah, I was kind of shocked that I did that myself.”
Erika won’t reveal what exactly drove her to that place, only sharing that fans will have to “wait a long time” to see the moment. It happens on “one of those legendary trips” near the end of the season.
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“I don't think it's what people think it is,” she teases, confirming it has nothing to do with her home life with husband Tom Girardi. The couple just celebrated 18 years together.
“I’ll drink to that!” she announces, taking a sip of champagne. “I had to drink to get through [those 18 years]. No, I'm just kidding! I'm just joking. Don't take that seriously.”
Erika confesses she is most nervous to see those emotional moments play out on TV, but she’s also not looking forward to watching herself go head to head with new cast member Dorit Kemsley. The season trailer previews a moment where Erika calls Dorit “bulls**t.”
“When you're new to the group and you talk a lot, it takes a moment,” Erika says of Dorit. “People learn at their own pace. When you say things, it can get out of hand very quickly.”
While she didn’t see eye to eye with Dorit, Erika says she did get closer to her other co-stars this season. She admits she misses her “buddy” Yolanda Hadid, but notes Yolanda’s exit from the series forced Erika to form new relationships. She adds that some of the bonds might surprise fans.
“It's possible,” she teases. “For me, I already knew who they were at their core, but I'm sure there's gonna be some people, like, 'Really? You guys get along?' Yeah, we do.”
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“I think you'll see people come together more than you did last year,” she continues. “I think you'll see us getting along more … There are great things about each of these women, even the ones you don't get along with.”
While she might not get along with everyone, the star says, all in all, she had a good season.
“I’m hoping that the good times were really as good as I remember,” she says. “You know, that that shines through, because there were some fun moments.”
Those “good times” include new music from Erika Jayne. Fans will see the whole process of launching her next single, “#XXPEN$iVE.”
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“You get to watch me cast the video, make the video, so great [behind the scenes],” she says. “It's fun. Eileen [Davidson] and [Lisa] Rinna come down and visit me on the set … I think they were really happy to be down there. They stayed down there for, like, a long time … They were watching, and then having their own moments on set. You know, doing their own thing. You gotta wait!”
Check out the video below to learn more about “#XXPEN$iVE,” and make sure to tune into The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.