Erika Girardi Talks ‘Real Housewives’ and Yolanda Foster’s Lyme Disease Battle
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ newest star is opening up about her fellow castmates.
Celebuzz recently got a chance to speak to Erika Girardi — or Erika Jayne, if you following her music career — about everything from her friendship with Yolanda Foster to tips on landing your dream man.
What can we expect from the reality star? The answer might surprise you.
Which of the other housewives have you grown closed to since joining the show?
I think that we’re all friends and I talk, text, and visit all of them.
How is Yolanda’s health these days? You seem as if you’ve been an excellent support system for her.
She’s having her good days and not so good days. I think there are more good days than bad days though. I think she’s doing better now than when we shot the show, but she’s certainly not out of the woods yet.
Why do you think you two “click?”
I think Yolanda and I are just compatible, loving people that just kind of like the same things. When you find that kind of connection, you keep it.
The Bethenny Frankel confrontation had to be somewhat uncomfortable for you. What has been the most uncomfortable situation for you on the show so far?
The most uncomfortable situation hasn’t been aired yet. I’m not going to give it away.
Is there anything that you’ve regretted saying or doing on the show?
Not that I’m aware of. Obviously, there are moments where people butt heads or have differences of opinions. Sometimes, that can get a little hurtful but that’s really it.
You’ve mentioned your son on the show a few times, who is a police officer, will he be making an appearance on the show?
No. I’m not going to speak for my son. He’s an adult and I’m not going to speak for him.
What gave you the confidence to become the performer Erika Jayne?
I’ve been performing all my life since I was a child. I think that when I created Erika Jayne, I just said the things that I wanted to say and did the things that I wanted to do that, perhaps, other might find aggressive. But, for me, it was something that I felt compelled to do — to be honest, get out there, and express fantasy, love, and escape.
What advice would you give to someone who is struggling being comfortable with who they are and expressing themselves?
I think that it’s a lot of time and development. Confidence is gained through strength and skill. Never give up and make sure you’re always on top of your craft.
What made you decide to move to Los Angeles in the first place?
I think I moved to L.A. for the same reasons that everyone moves to L.A. This is an incredible town with incredible opportunity and incredible weather, and sometimes incredible people.
How long had you lived here before you met your husband?
Any tips on how to meet the man of your dreams?
Make sure you spend time or date or marry somebody you truly are friends with and someone that you truly do like. Beyond all of the romance and the passion, make sure you really do like this person. And a tip that I could give? Be comfortable in your own skin. Nothing is sexier than confidence. You will attract the perfect mate if you are comfortable in your own skin.
What’s next for Erika Girardi/Erika Jayne?
I’m recording new music. I just shot a video in December and we’re doing shows. You never know, I may be performing in your town!
This interview has been condensed and edit for clarity and length. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” airs Tuesdays at 9 PM on Bravo!