Blood, Sweat & Heels star Brie Bythewood chats with Life & Style all about the crazy first season!
Check out our Q&A with the Bravo beauty below:
What really happened in the Hamptons that viewers didn't see?
What viewers didn't have the opportunity to experience with me, Demetria [Lucas] and Geneva [Thomas], were the two hours we spent waiting for Mica Hughes to arrive without any prior knowledge of her father passing. We were moments away from leaving for our lunch reservation without her when she finally arrived - and we all wondered "Is Mica drunk?" What viewers really didn't see is how Mica's behavior affected more than just us. A couple of my neighbors called 9-1-1 because they were disturbed by yelling and aggressive behavior on display at the house. Other neighbors attempted to enter the yard but were comforted by the sight of cameras because they thought it was just a movie being filmed. No one believed the scene Mica was causing could be real. But, it absolutely was. It was an emotionally jarring scene for everyone that witnessed it.
Seems like viewers only saw you as a socialite on the show. Tell us what you really do?
It's unfortunate that viewers were unable to experience my daily work life to better understand what it is that I do professionally. Contrary to what people think, I actually have two jobs: I have worked for the last six years for La Cite Development and recently obtained my real estate license in New York, and am currently working at Douglas Elliman, the nation's fourth largest real estate firm.
I'm also very heavily involved in charity work, which was demonstrated on the show. My passion is to raise awareness on a larger platform about anti-poverty campaigns and childhood sicknesses. I hope my involvement and dedication inspires others to become more involved.
Are there any scenes that viewers didn't get a chance to see?
Yes! One of my favorite scenes was driving with my brother in a Ferrari 430 Challenge Car up to Monticello Motor Club for a day on the track. Once we arrived, I was given the opportunity to drive a Jaguar X Type around the track with an instructor at speeds exceeding 100 mph. It was amazing; a true adrenaline rush.
Another scene was of me playing chef in the kitchen, attempting to make steak for the first time. Since I don't eat meat, this was quite an adventure. Thankfully, it was a huge success and no one was sent to the emergency room with food poisoning.
Rumor has it, you're really a jock in high heels. What do you have to say about that?
Well, as a girl that's been working hard at mastering the art of throwing a perfect spiral, I guess I'm not in a position to deny that accusation. From football to Formula One, I'm definitely a loyal and die-hard fan. During the season, I don't answer my phone on Sundays unless the call is from my family or someone calling to comment on a football game. And my alarm clock is often set to wake me up before the sun rises just to catch Formula One as it airs live. I enjoy hockey and basketball too, but I've never attempted my own hand at either sport...yet!
We know you held back quite a bit in Season 1. What would you reveal about Brie Bythewood, if there were a Season 2?
I really hope that the success of Season 1 and the fact that I filmed and survived will give more people in my life an increased level of comfort to appear on the show with me. I understand and respect the many reservations about reality TV but I've got my fingers crossed that if there is a Season 2, I'll have the opportunity to share the professional and personal life I'm so proud of.
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