On this episode of Straight Up With Stassi, Naomie Olindo of Southern Charm joins Stassi to chat about her biggest fears, how her hair always looks so good, and the realities of Reality TV.
“You’re not gonna end up in a tent under the 405.”
“So Khaleesis, Naomie is scared of everything,” Stassi says. “Like when I say legit everything scares her, everything scares her. Why is this?”
“Okay, so, here’s the thing,” Naomie says, “I am scared of everything, this is true, but because I’m scared of everything, I have to be really brave and face all my fears, so it ends up helping me be more confident than I would normally be because I have to literally make myself. I don’t know. I’m just a worry-wart, that’s who I am. My mom is the same way. I’ll stress about anything.”
“What is your absolute worst fear?” Stassi asks.
“Um… without getting too dark… My worst, worst fear is losing my parents,” Naomie says.
“Okay, that’s a pretty legit one,” Stassi says. “But you can get as dark as you want. Do you know who you’re talking to right now?”
“Right? Maybe we’ll talk about death in a minute,” Naomie laughs. “This sounds horrible but I’m really scared of being poor.”
“That’s such a good answer too, I’ve never heard anybody actually say that,” Stassi says.
“It sounds so shallow but it’s not, I’m not coming from a shallow place, it’s just…”
“No, I completely relate to this,” Stassi says. “I was at rock bottom like two summers ago, living in a suitcase, all my stuff was in storage, and I had bad credit so it was so hard for me to get an apartment. I was like, ‘What am I doing? This is the worst. It is the worst to feel like you’re not settled.’ It’s a very weird feeling and that’s why I can relate because I’m scared I’ll end up under a freeway pass.”
“Somebody said the other day, ‘How do homeless people end up homeless? How do you not have one friend to lean on?’ I’m like, ‘That could be me one day, who knows.’ That’s scary as shit,” Naomie says.
“Let’s be honest, Naomie,” Stassi says. “You’re one of the best people I know and you are so worldly and smart and kind and you have such a good family and support system that I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna end up in a tent under the 405.”
“Wait, what’s your worst fear?” Naomie asks.
“Being raped and murdered,” Stassi says.
“Oh God, yeah, that’s up there too,” Naomie says.
“Or,” Stassi says, “being buried alive.”
“It’s a weird social experiment, isn’t it?”
“I dread the [Vanderpump Rules] reunion day every single year because you’re having a sit-down with a group of people, and you’ve already put these issues to bed, and then you have to bring them up again and be mean about it and fight,” Stassi says. “It’s awful. This was the easiest reunion I ever had, but it was still the worst day of the year because it doesn’t matter how easy it is on someone, you’re still having to fight. At this point I’m like, ‘I don’t care. If you have a problem with me, that’s on you.’ It’s just hard watching everyone get upset.”
“It’s almost like it stings twice as bad,” Naomie says. “Obviously, I get along with everyone, I don’t really have anything going on, I just am kind of there with Craig mostly. But watching him and Shep six or seven months ago fighting, that being filmed, and then they made up between when we stopped filming and when the show airs in April. Then, a few months later, you watch what they said while you all thought you were good friends and had made up.”
“That, I’m used to now,” Stassi says. “I get that that’s what we have to do, otherwise there wouldn’t be a show, so I get that in our interviews we have to poke fun at each other and express opinions that normally we’d be too polite to say out loud. That’s what reality TV really is. It’s saying what your inner thoughts are and not minding to be rude. In normal life, you wouldn’t say these things, you’d just keep them to yourself.”
“Exactly, like a normal human being,” Naomie agrees.
“I remember in the beginning, it was hard,” Stassi says.
“It’s a weird social experiment, isn’t it?” Naomie asks.
“It is! It is,” Stassi agrees. “It’s the most fucked up job you can have. I always tell people this. It’s not easy, even though it looks like we’re all just filming partying. Like, ‘You get to drink and have fun for a living.’ Like, not really.”
“No, it’s very psycologically taxing,” Naomie says. “It’s hard. Not for me but for ya’ll, I could imagine.”
“Well that’s because everybody loves you,” Stassi says.
“I don’t really have any opinions,” Naomie responds. “I kind of just stay out of it, do my thing in the corner and am nice and that’s about it. Your interviews are hilarious to me, I laugh out loud. But when I sit down for an interview, Stassi, I am sweating like a man, I’m so nervous, I’m so tense and uptight.”
“Wait, that’s so weird because you’re so not like that in person, you’re so funny and normal and chill,” Stassi says. “But maybe that’s also cause you’re a scaredy cat so when you sit down for something that you’re nervous about, it’s harder. Whenever people ask me for advice about interviews, I’m like, ‘You just sit there and pretend there’s not a camera on you. Don’t even try and suck in. Just, like, chill. Just fucking chill and be yourself.”