Lisa Rinna: Thank God for Michael Bolton!
From Melrose Place to Dancing with the Stars, Lisa Rinna – and her amazing bikini body – have had a lasting place in the Hollywood spotlight. Celebuzz caught up with the actress, author and mom of two about her upcoming reality show, her Dancing with the Stars predictions, and how new contestant Michael Bolton helped lead her to Harry Hamlin, her hubby of 13 years.
You’re a seasoned Dancing with the Stars alum and expert – who is the frontrunner in season eleven?
I think Jennifer Grey is going to be one of the most fantastic people to watch this season. I know her, she’s a friend of mine and I can’t wait to see her.
We can’t wait to see her either – but won’t people say, “It’s not fair, she’s got moves from Dirty Dancing?”
She probably will get a little bit of that but she’s 50 years old now and that movie was 23 years ago. Unless you’re a professional ballroom dancer, you’re gonna have a hard time – I don’t care who you are. Dancing with the Stars is hard!
Like The Situation, you’re known for having some very fine abs —
Thanks to Dancing with the Stars! Dancing with the Stars is the best workout, nothing else even compares. People should do it just for that reason.
How will the Sitch do as a dancer?
From what I’ve heard, he hasn’t been able to practice as much as the other contestants so it might be at a little bit of a disadvantage. I know that you really need every minute you can get. He’s got the fan base, though, so he should be around for a while.
You have quite the personal connection to contestant Michael Bolton… He dated Nicolette Sheridan, who is your husband’s ex-wife!
Well I’ve been saying this for a while now but I should really send Michael Bolton some flowers. Eighteen years ago, Harry and Nicolette were married and they had only been married for 11 months when she went to a Michael Bolton concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Harry never saw her again! So it was a tough time for Harry but looking back, if not for Michael Bolton, I would never have had this wonderful man and marriage and my two beautiful children! So it’s very funny that Michael is now doing the show after Harry and I have both done it.
Now Nicolette just needs to do it.
She’ll probably be on next season!
Is this the first time you and Harry are talking about this sort of love triangle or ‘love square?’
Harry has never talked about it publicly and actually, neither of us has talked about it but it’s been 18 years so we think it’s okay to address it at this point. It came up while we were filming our show, so…
Speaking of which, your reality show Harry Loves Lisa premieres on TV Land October 6th. What made you do a reality show?
Well it was 2 years ago that we came up with it and it was the recession and I thought, ‘I’m not going to sit around waiting for the phone to ring,’ and Harry said, ‘Okay.’ We decided we wanted to do a sort of homage to I Love Lucy so we found the producers and TV Land was interested and here we are.
We have to ask if you’re worried about the “reality show curse?” Putting a relationship on TV has been the death of a lot of couples.
Well you have to remember that Harry and I are actors. We’re not just people they picked up off the street, so to speak, like a Jon and Kate Gosselin. We are in control of our show. We conceived it and we are behind it. As for this curse that people talk about, if we didn’t know our relationship was strong, we wouldn’t be doing it. If we had had any kind of issues or whatever, a reality show is not going to be the thing to bring us down.
You have one of the great enduring marriages in Hollywood!
We’ve been married 13 years and together 18 – that’s like 150 in Hollywood years!
So what’s the secret?
Honestly, for me it is the fact that I am just so attracted to him. I have always been just hot for Harry and we’ve been incredibly attracted to each other over the years and I think if you don’t have that, it can be easier for some people to walk away when things get hard. And things do get hard! You know, you can sort of talk yourself into being with people but it’s never been like that with Harry. I am just so, I guess, turned on by him! I also have the sort of respect for Harry that I didn’t really have for anyone else.
Both of you are releasing books on the same day – October 5th. Will there be a book sales battle at the Rinna-Hamlin house?
Well I’m very competitive and Harry’s very competitive, so… yeah! There probably will be. But mine is fiction and Harry’s is non-fiction so we won’t be on the same lists. Mine (Starlit) is a roman a clef, so it is fiction but it’s inspired by real events and real people. Harry’s (Full Frontal Nudity) is about the first 24 years of his life, which is interesting because most people don’t tend to focus just on those younger years. His book is so well-written, it really reads like fiction. It’s incredible.
How do you think you did as a first-time fiction writer?
Well I think I did well but I had to clean some stuff up. It was getting a little dirty and when I was going back through and reading it, I was getting embarrassed!
Which young stars do you think are good role models for your daughters? (Delilah, 12, and Amelia, 9)
Oh, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, for sure and Taylor Swift is great. They’re talented and they’re not out partying!
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