I love seeing female camaraderie support and love and I even love seeing the drama and troubles that comes along with having close girlfriends. In a sea of reality TV, it is real easy to fall into the high ratings rathet TV niche, enter Love and Hip Hop, but instead of going that route Oxygen Network has decided to put a different play on the Bad Girl and give us GREAT reality TV with the docu-series Girlfriend Confidential LA. Starring Eva Marcille and her close friends Dencye Lawton, Kelly Marie Dunn and Nikki Chu.
On How They Met
Eva Marcille: You tell the story.
Denyce Lawton: Long story short, Eva did a film many, many, many years ago with my ex-fiancé and I happened to later on be on a show co-starring with her former fiancé. But even before she had started dating Lance, I saw Eva out a lot, you know, every event that my ex Wesley and I went to, Eva was there. And because they had that history of working together, they were cordial and every time I met Eva, she acted like she didn’t know me and I started getting offended. So it was just – I think it was Fashion Week, I had just finished watching her walk, I was such a fan and so she finally comes up again and she kind of – she didn’t snub me but she was kind of was just like all right, nice to meet you again. And I’m like, well what’s going on. So something had snapped and I was like, look chick, this the last time you going to act like you don’t know me. And she was like, I’m sorry, have we met. And so my – so Wesley had to let her know that you see us out all the time, she was like first of all, you look different every time I see you. And she said, let’s keep it real. When I met him, he was single and he was doing his thing and every time I turned around he had a different chic on his arm. So I just thought you were a different chick.
Eva Marcille: And now we’ve been friends forever, but that is literally how we met…
Denyce Lawton: So…
Eva Marcille: …through exes.
On the cattiness that is usually the stigma of female friendships as well as competition amongst each other in the entertainment industry
Eva Marcille: Well, I have a motto that I live by. I know my girls are so tired of hearing it, especially Denyce. But I always say that as big as the sky is and how many stars can fit in the sky, that’s how many stars can fit on this earth. So I don’t think that there is a limited amount of space for an entertainer, for a singer, for a dancer, for a model, for an actor. Denyce being one of my best friends, we’re both actresses, we both work all the time and we never have to deal with competition from that level. What’s destined for her that God made for her was written for before she was here. So, I – my job as a friend is to merely support her in her endeavors, and what’s meant for me is made for me. And I don’t think that there is a need to compete against each other because there’s enough room for all of us to shine. All of us our light could shine extremely bright and it could be absolutely beautiful. No one has to be bigger or outshine anyone else or – it’s not about that and I think once we get to a place of unity, because there’s strength in numbers, and you start uplifting your friends and not putting your friends down, then you’ll find a lot more happiness in your own life. But I’m overjoyed when I hear Denyce got a new film or she just booked something, it’s like I feel like I booked it because when people see her they think of me anyway. So it makes me feel good.
Denyce Lawton: Yes, no big deal. Like, I feel like the – someone asked the question earlier, so it kind of ties in but, basically one of the things that I learned mostly from being on the show is, you have to – and to be in this business and to be anywhere behind the camera, in front of the camera, you have to have a strong sense of self because if you don’t have your own identity, you’ll fall into those folds of trying to be what everyone things you should be. And so, when you try to live up to those expectations, you end up failing yourself because then you weren’t true to yourself or you’re trying to be politically correct all the time and you’re trying to make sure that everybody is happy with the results of whatever it is that you say and do. And, I think that one of the greatest things about meeting Eva – you know, people have their comments and people will have their perception on a lot of the editing and the dialogue and I think even Kelly at one point felt like, you know, there’s a lot of competition between me and Eva because we’re actresses. But what they don’t know about our friendship is that there actually isn’t, at least not internally. Is there competition when we go into an audition room, of course. Does she want to get the role, of course. Do I want to get the role, of course. We rarely audition for the same roles but if we do, of course, we want to on our own get that project. But if we end up not getting it to the other person, if Eva gets the role instead of me, I don’t begrudge her, I’m excited for her. And what she normally does is what I would do is say hey, okay, is there another role for my girl Denyce. And if not, keep…
Eva Marcille: Exactly.
Denyce Lawton: …her in mind for the next project.
To Eva, on what made her sign on as the shows producer
Eva Marcille: Well, what interest me about this show – when developing the show, Denyce Lawton, which is one of my best friends, is someone that I talk to about the show a lot. And this business of Hollywood really isn’t easy and I think a lot of times you get an idea of what you think Hollywood is from produced shows, but it really doesn’t tell the real life struggle of people like Denyce Lawton and myself and Kelly Marie Dunn and Nikki Chu. So we thought it absolutely amazing to show the real life struggle of working actors, actresses, interior designers, managers, in this business. And not the glamourized part but, you know, the nitty gritty, the real. And so, when these kids have aspirations to go into the business, they have a more clear view of what it is they’re getting into.
To Denyce, on whether any parts of her life were off limits to the cameras
Denyce Lawton: For the most part, just me in general in life, I’m pretty much an open book. But I think that there were certain aspects of my brother’s murder trial and the intimate details of my breakup that I felt were a little too sensitive and a little too soon to discuss out in public because it’s not just me that’s affected, you know, by the breakup or by my brother’s death, you know. There’re a lot of other people who didn’t volunteer to be a part of reality that still wanted to be protected.
To Eva, on her current relationship status
Eva Marcille: Well, what I can let you know is that since my breakup with my ex-fiancé, I know the world is wondering what happened there and who I’m dating, so you get a little bit of an inside look about who I’m dating and where my love life and how sensitive it is. I know Denyce could definitely attest to the fact that having a relationship in the public eye is not easy. And so kind of seeing me try to protect that to a certain degree but still live my life. So the struggle of dating in the business is definitely on the show.
To Eva, on Tyra Banks new season of Top Model and their relationship
Eva Marcille: Well, first of all, I can say to the contestants, lucky, lucky, you because that new judge is drop dead gorgeous. Oh my God, where was the man candy when I was on Top Model? They are all..So, delicious. Second of all, Tyra Banks used to manage me. She managed me for a few years alongside Benny Medina and still have a really good relationship with anybody that I ever had on my team. And so Tyra and I are still good friends. She always encourages me when it comes to my business and what I do today is definitely because of Tyra, she’s one of my biggest mentors when it comes to being a businesswoman and putting your business hat on first, then your model lipstick. So I look up to her on a whole nother level.
Check out Girlfriend Confidentialwhen it premiers Monday September 3rd on Oxygen at 11pm.