Eboni spoke to Glamour about her budding cast relationships and the importance of bringing more diversity to the cast.
“We started filming a few weeks ago, and we’re absolutely taking every precaution with COVID protocol,” she told the magazine on October 19. “I take that very personally and seriously because I actually had a case of COVID. I was very sick for about six weeks back in April. Thank God I didn’t have to be hospitalized, but I had no sense of taste or smell for about six weeks. I had extreme body aches. It was tough.”
The lawyer/reality TV rookie also declared that she’s an “unapologetic and proud” Bravo fan and has seen every episode of RHONY—which has only fueled her excitement about joining the cast.
“RHONY really was always one of my favorite franchises because it represents boss women. New Yorkers, we have an edge,” she explained. “I’m a Southern transplant to New York, but I’ve been here for about six years now and it’s the tempo, it’s the pace, it’s the direct way in which we communicate with each other and get s–t done. That really attracted me to the franchise and the whole history of the vast majority of women that have held an apple.
Filming season has kicked into high gear, leaving fans wondering how Eboni is gelling with cast members, Leah McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer. Eboni revealed that she and Leah have been spending time together off-camera, because they have “a lot of organic, natural things in common,” but that building relationships with the other ladies will likely take time.
“It’s been interesting so far. [Laughs.] Overall, I would say it’s been positive,” she shared. “[There’s] Luann, who I’ve known casually throughout the years. We kind of found ourselves in similar social circles sometimes, and she’s great. Luann is Luann. That’s been fun hanging out with her in this capacity.”
“I’m just meeting Ramona and Sonja. I call them Frick and Frack. They are a powerhouse duo in their own right. They’ve been at it for 20-plus years in terms of their relationship and their friendship with each other,” Eboni continued. “So sometimes it’s a little hard to get in there when you’re the newbie, and this thing has been a well-oiled machine for long before I got here. Ramona and Sonja, in particular, are very, very close and that’s cool. That’s great. I love best friendships. But does it feel like a third wheel type of thing sometimes? A little bit. They have been very gracious thus far in terms of at least being open to getting to know me. I think that’s a good place to start.”
Rumors have swirled linking Bershan Shaw and Alicia Quarles to the cast, but TMZ confirmed that producers chose to cast Eboni as a full-time cast member, possibly including Bershan in a part-time capacity.
Eboni noted that a more diverse cast was “long overdue” considering that NYC is a city with “a 26% Black populace and almost 30% Hispanic populace.”
“I’m excited to do this and really make season 13 RHONY something very special,” the RHONY newbie said. “I know what it is to show up in all white spaces and having to be mindful of everything you say, everything you do, the way you show up aesthetically. All of it is scrutinized to the highest level. All of it tells a story. All of it represents what will be potential opportunities for all those that come behind you that look like you… Am I going to be the perfect representation of Black womanhood? Absolutely not. But I’m going to give it my damn best try.”
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