Lisa Vanderpump came to fame as one of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which led to headlining her own show, Vanderpump Rules, now midway through its fourth season. The show follows the drama behind the scenes of her popular West Hollywood restaurant, SUR, where her staff have become much like surrogate children. Vanderpump kindly connected for a chat on how the show came to be, how her dog and husband feel about not starring in it, and what we can expect in the rest of the season.
How did Vanderpump Rules come about? Did the network come to you or did you pitch the idea?
Bravo suggested that maybe we do a spinoff around my professional life. They suggested Villa Blanca [another Vanderpump-owned restaurant] and I suggested not being in it. I think Doug Ross was quoted as saying I was the only Housewife that ever wanted a spin off, but to not be in it.
I felt the group of people that eventually became the cast would make an interesting show and because West Hollywood is such an avant-garde and vibrant community, I felt it would make a good reality subject. Also, the dynamic between the characters and myself was incredibly convoluted and that would bring great entertainment.
How is filming Vanderpump Rules different from filming The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Do the two shows share any of the same crew?
Sometimes the crew crosses over, but rarely. Vanderpump Rules is very different because I’m the boss and I’m chastising everyone else. In Vanderpump Rules, I’m the pigeon, in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I’m the statue.
There is a lot of drama when the cameras are rolling. Is SUR always so action packed, even when the cameras are gone?
Yes, SUR has been a vibrant part of West Hollywood for years and the cameras capture it accurately.
How do Ken and your dog Giggy feel about not being on this show as much?
Ken is fine but Giggy’s little nose is out of joint, but he does make it into the titles. Let’s be honest though, when Giggy’s on the screen, no one looks at anyone else.
The Rules cast often treats you like a surrogate mother. Do you likewise feel motherly toward them?
Yes, I think when youngsters are floundering and often making unwise decisions, and they work for you for many years it’s only natural that I’ll be motherly. However, I’m also their boss and try not to forget that, though sometimes I do.
We’ve seen a lot so far this season-breakups, hook-ups, and addiction issues… What can we expect from the rest of the season?
Well, we’re just getting started and of course my not so favorite person enters at some point and the dynamic changes again. I’ve always learned in reality TV to expect the unexpected and that comes up this season of Vanderpump Rules.