Garcelle Beauvais on Being the First Black ‘RHOBH’ Star

Garcelle Beauvais is opening up ahead of her first season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, specifically about being the first person of color in that particular franchise’s history.

“Did I feel the pressure of being the first black woman on [RHOBH]? Yes, I definitely felt pressure that people wanted me to come in and do a certain thing or have a chip on my shoulder,” she said on the podcast Reality Life with Kate Casey.

“I really didn’t want to be labeled an angry black woman, because that’s not who I am,” she continued. “I just wanted to stay true to who I am, and I think that’s what people have been able to see so far.”

“I was not prepared for how social media takes over,” she added. “Lisa Rinna told me that it is one thing to shoot the show. It’s another to see it and what the others have said about you. Then the whole world weighs in. There are many layers to being on the show.”

“I worry there are still mics on in my car. I don’t trust they are gone,” she quipped.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns on July 8! Will you be watching?