Why do you think The Simple Life had such a lasting effect?
I think because we were the original and the first [show] of its kind, and the show is just so timeless and funny and iconic, just two best friends going and doing all these funny jobs and having fun with it. I feel like most reality shows today are just so scripted and so fake, but it was just us having fun and being characters, and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
Nowadays, you're a successful businesswoman in your own right – do you think The Simple Life made that easier or harder to achieve?
I feel very lucky that I did that show because I built a platform where I can create all these brands and products, and build my entire brand and empire, so I owe a lot to The Simple Life for that. But yeah, I think there have definitely been a lot of misconceptions about me, especially as a businesswoman, [people] watch The Simple Life and assume that’s who I really was in real life — a ditzy blonde and not the businesswoman that I really am.
So I think in that way, but now I know that people realise I was playing a character and having fun with it and laughing at myself doing it, so now I think people realise that I was actually not a ‘dumb blonde’, I was just pretending to be.
What’s the one fashion trend from the Simple Life era that you wish you still wore or had more of? Anything like Von Dutch or Dior 'Saddle' bags?
Not Von Dutch. I think what I mostly wore on the show was Juicy Couture, which I am obsessed with — that’s literally been my quarantine uniform. I think I basically have worn Juicy Couture every single day — thank god that I have thousands of them in every single colour, which makes it fun and interesting to put on new Juicy every day.
I’m so happy the brand is back, and they’ve been sending me tonnes of the new designs so, yeah, I’ve just been rocking my Juicy. I’m happy that I wore it on The Simple Life and I’m happy that it’s back again. It’s perfect for quarantine.
Do you think that anybody has misconceptions about you from the show?
I think if people who haven’t met me before don’t know me and have only seen The Simple Life they are most likely going to assume that I am like that character, which is the ‘ditzy blonde’ airhead character. I think if people don’t know me then they’ll assume that I’m like that, but as soon as someone meets me they’re like, "You’re totally different to how I thought you’d be, I thought you’d be so stupid or spoiled and you're the total opposite".
I love when people have misconceptions about me because I always like to prove people wrong.
Is there any possibility of a reunion? Is that something you’d be interested in?
They’ve approached me about doing it but I’m just so busy with work and with travel when this goes back to normal — I feel like that show is hard to recreate, it was just comedy gold.
Now life is so different with Instagram and all these social media platforms — when we were doing it there was none of that. It’s not a ‘Simple Life’ any more, it’s a complicated life. I’m more focused on my business and my brand and working, reality TV is not something that interests me any more. [Still] I love re-watching the show.
Do you think doing the show impacted the career you chose?
I definitely think The Simple Life shaped my whole life and career and everything I did. Before I did that show I loved animals so I wanted to be a veterinarian and that’s what I thought I was going to be. [My life now is] a lot different from being a veterinarian! But I’m so happy I did it and was able to create my entire empire from it.
How are you filling your days in quarantine?
I’m so used to being on a plane and travelling and never home and just literally working 24/7, so I’m just enjoying my time off and being at home. This is the longest I’ve ever been at home in my entire life, and I’m in an incredible relationship — I’m quarantining with my boyfriend and we’re going between my house and his house in Malibu on the weekends.
We’re just spending 24/7 together, cooking, watching movies, spending time with the puppies and just really enjoying spending quality time together. I can’t imagine being single and being alone at this time, it must be so hard for people, so I feel so grateful and blessed to have him.
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