Bravo: Do established actors and actresses fit on Real Housewives?

Erika Jayne, Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Erika Jayne, Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images) /

Sometimes the actress makes Bravo, and sometimes Bravo makes the actress, but it seems the latter has less of a success rate.

Bravo stars are a mixed bag.  Some are stars already, some become stars after being on Bravo, some just don’t cut it for either.  But when an already established actor or actress joins the cast of a show, does it work?  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills probably has the most actresses on the cast at any given time.

Eileen Davidson has held many roles on shows such as Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and she’s still on The Bold and the Beautiful.  Kim Richards was a child star, and Denise Richards is still on The Bold and the Beautiful.  She’s held roles in full-length movies too.  Lisa Rinna has also done her fair share of acting.  Kyle Richards has been in a few movies but doesn’t really count.  Erika Girardi plays her own character, Erika Jayne, on stage.

Kenya Moore from The Real Housewives of Atlanta was the lead role in Dolls of Voodoo and The Confidant, while she was also Jazmin in I Know Who Killed Me alongside Lindsay Lohan.  Can’t forget her role in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, either.  All of the women have held their own on their respective franchises, though they sometimes seem to play “the game” a little better.

Then you have characters like Lala Kent on Vanderpump Rules who thinks she is an oscar-winning actress when in reality she’s just embarrassing.  Nene Leakes on RHOA thought she could be an actress and even went to LA for a bit, but upon her return just seemed far too arrogant.  Luann de Lesseps from RHONY was even recently in a Lifetime movie called Maternal Instincts which wasn’t bad!  She had approximately three lines but they were excellent lines.

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On the other hand, sometimes a breakout housewife with no skills is highly entertaining.  Someone call Sonja Morgan and her toaster oven because she is a gift.

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