The thing about reality television is more often than not; you don’t really see all that much reality. Ironic, yeah? Take for instance the blonde-tiara-wearing Houston hopeful, Erica Rose, first seen on ABC’s The Bachelor, desperately wanting to fall in love with and marry a prince. She wore a tiara in every single segment, got into quite a few catfights with the other crazed contestants and came across…how do you say? Rather ditzy.
As a matter of fact, the first time I met the blonde bombshell was on a plane where I definitely put my foot in my mouth, via Twitter. But that’s just one example of many that Erica Rose has thick skin and a compassionate heart. She is that girl you’ve seen on many countless TV shows, but she’s much more than that.
Because Erica Rose is the furthest thing from a ditzy blonde. She doesn’t need a guy–prince or otherwise–to help her along her way. She’s more educated than most (she has her law degree) and a hell of a lot funnier than you’d ever imagine. You’ve had chances to see her on The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad 2 and 3 on ABC and You’re Cut Off on VH1, but you still haven’t seen the Erica Rose that I get to see. So here you go:
MCD: You are a former reality TV star – what’s your day job now?
ER: Right now I’m working at an entertainment law firm in Venice Beach and getting my LLM (Masters of Law) in entertainment law at Southwestern. I’m also the editor of the Biederman blog. Check out my first post. I plan on taking the California Bar in July so I can become a practicing entertainment attorney.
MCD: If you were stranded on an island, and there happened to be a TV and DVD collection, and you could only watch the exact same reality show over and over, what would it be?
ER: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! It’s my fave show and a secret aspiration of mine to one day be a real Housewife of BH. My fav on the show is Kyle because she always stays true to herself and is real and above the drama.
MCD: What would your intro be?
ER: I don’t invite drama into my life; it just seems to follow me everywhere I go.
MCD: In mainstream America, a “birthday suit” refers to being completely naked. For my birthday it’s a tight shirt and a tutu (yes, a tutu), what is your birthday suit?
ER: Sexy lingerie probably from Victoria’s Secret and a tiara from my line T-Erica.
MCD: If we Googled you, what’s the most embarrassing thing we’d see?
Oh definitely this really unflattering pic of me on Google images from August when I went to the Playboy Kandyland party. I was wearing this candy corset and tutu from trashy lingerie, but I was about 15 lbs overweight. Not a cute look. I’ve lost the weight but the pic unfortunately will be there forever.
MCD: Can you touch the tip of your nose with your tongue?
ER: I could before I got a nose job when I was 15.
MCD: Leather should only be worn/used for ____ .
ER: Absolutely everything! I love leather and think it can be used for absolutely everything! Is PETA going to get mad at me now?
MCD: If PETA did get mad, would you stop with the leather?
ER: I will never stop wearing leather or fur! Though I make an effort to only buy vintage furs.
MCD: Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?
ER: My biggest New Year’s resolution was to clean up after myself more. I have a maid that comes once a week but besides that one day my place is a mess! After growing up with maids my entire life, cleaning up after myself is not something that comes naturally to me. I’ve gotten better at it, but it’s still a work in progress.