Lisa Vanderpump shows her tougher side on new show “Vanderpump Rules”
By Cindy Pearlman January 4, 2013 7:50AM
Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie, Tom Sandoval, Lisa Vanderpump, Kristen Doute, Katie Maloney, and Jax Taylor pose for a photograph at the premiere party for "Vanderpump Rules." The show premieres Monday on Bravo. | John Sheare~AP
Updated: January 4, 2013 7:50AM
Cross Lisa Vanderpump and you might get the Beverly Hills boot — albeit a designer one.
“Sometimes the kids push the boundaries and I have to push back,” says Vanderpump, calling from her mansion in Beverly Hills withher little dog Giggy by her side.
She’s not talking about Kim, Kyle, Type A Adrienne or even Brandi Glanville of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” The kids in question are the young hotties who work in her restaurant Sur, the battleground of her new reality series, “Vanderpump Rules.” The show debuts Monday on Bravo.
Why spin off into her own series?
“It actually happened organically. So much of my life is my business. Bravo found that fascinating, but they couldn’t fit my business life into ‘Housewives.’ It’s just too big a story. So, we started developing a new show,” she says.
“The restaurant feels like my home. I want people to sit back, have a glass of wine and relax. The show is a totally different energy than ‘Housewives.’ Thanks to the young staff, it’s often crazier.”
“Mind you, we’re pretty crazy at ‘Housewives’ right now,” she says with a wry British laugh.
Q. You’ve getting your own spinoff show. Are the other Housewives seething with jealousy?
A. There is some competitiveness. Taylor sent me flowers. Brandi is being very supportive. Kyle tweeted she loves “Vanderpump Rules.” I don’t think I’ve had a discussion with Adrienne. I just film my own thing. It’s rare to get a spinoff, but I’m the one who had a restaurant. If Kyle had a restaurant, maybe she would have gotten a spinoff.
Q. We’ve seen you with your family; now describe your management style.
A. I’m very firm with this young staff. I’m their boss and I’m not always motherly, although I do think of this as another family. I do hold my staff to certain standards. My restaurant is located in West Hollywood. Let’s face it. Most of the staff wants to be doing something else. It’s annoying to me that this job is not their priority in life, but that’s the nature of the beast. They want to be actresses, models, dancers and singers. I suppose because of their age that they’re a little precocious. I have to be firm.
Q. Will the Housewives appear on “Vanderpump Rules?”
A. The two planets collide. One of my servers, Sheena, has worked for me for 31/2 years. She works at Sur and Villa Blanca. We have this whole situation where Brandi, whom I’ve become very close to, would be eating at one of my restaurants and Sheena would be there. Just like we saw before, this is the girl who had an affair with Brandi’s [ex-husband Eddie Cibrian] when she was married. People say, ‘Why don’t you fire Sheena?’ The truth is Brandi never asked me to fire her.
Q. Why does Brandi get such a bad rap?
A. I wish you could see more of Brandi because there is so much to her. There is so much to her as a mother. She’s not allowed to use her children in the shoot, so it’s a whole other personality we don’t see. She’s a lovely mother. I’ve spent a lot of time around her and her boys. I don’t know if I’d have the strength to sit down and talk to someone who had an affair with my husband. Brandi even went to therapy with Leann [Rimes] and Eddie when Eddie left her because it was in the best interests of her kids. She wanted to work things out for everyone.
Q. How do you differ personalitywise in your own show vs. “Housewives?”
A. I think I have to be tougher in my show. I don’t show as much lenience to my employees as I do my friends. If I didn’t take authority at work, everything would run amok. Wait, maybe I should change my strategy on “Housewives” and pretend that the housewives work for me.
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