Shep Rose is leaving his hard-partying life behind… at least a little bit.
ET visited the Southern Charm star at his new beachside home, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
“I needed to get out of downtown,” Shep confesses. “The good times were killing me.”
“I've always wanted to live on the beach,” he adds. “I'm from Hilton Head Island, I'm just a chill guy. I'm not a chill guy -- but I'm trying to be … the bars close here at 11:00 p.m.! So, it’s just nice.”
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Shep purchased the home earlier this year -- his co-star, Cameran Eubanks, actually served as his realtor. The three-bedroom pad doesn’t scream “Shep,” though. All the furniture and accessories were left by the previous owners.
“Look, they left their robe!” Shep points out, still hanging by a hook on his bedroom wall. “It’s kind of gross, right?”
Still, the house has everything a bachelor like Shep needs, plenty of space to hang out inside -- and out. His deck overlooks an impressive backyard, which apparently is the perfect chill-out space. Shep’s new Southern Charm co-star, Austen Kroll, was lounging on the deck during our visit.
“Kato Kaelin,” Shep jokes. “He never leaves.”
“We're two peas in a pod,” Shep says of Austen. “From 1,000 yards you'd be like, who's that? Shep or Austen? The problem with me and Austen is, we both like the same girls … You know, we're both geniuses.”
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Austen, in some ways, steps in for Craig Conover, whose friendship with Shep is tested this season.
“He's in a relationship,” Shep notes. “He's like an old man now. That's why Austen is my new running mate.”
Shep and Craig will go head-to-head in the coming weeks, as previewed in the show’s teaser.
“I think you'll see this season that Shep really has to come to terms with his lifestyle,” Craig tells ET. “He's got this inner turmoil of what he's supposed to accomplish, or where he should be in life ... he's always been happy, but now all these people around him are starting to do good things, and I think it's making him really reflect on his life.”
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“He can't avoid facing the consequences of his life anymore,” he adds. “People have always suspected that I was kind of a scapegoat for him. This year, I think you'll see that it's blatantly Shep yelling at himself while he's yelling at me.”
“I have my faults, and I kinda just face them this year,” Shep admits.
Shep says season four is “death by a thousand paper cuts,” meaning a lot of small actions will have some big impact by the time these episodes wrap up.
Southern Charm airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. Check out our exclusive tour of Craig and his girlfriend, Naomie Olindo’s, home in the video below.