‘RHOBH’: Garcelle Beauvais Says Erika Jayne Surprised Her the Most This Season

Garcelle Beauvais from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently shared that forming a connection with Erika Jayne (Girardi) is one of the many surprises for her this season.

She said that not only did they have a real connection, but they also kept in touch after filming wrapped. “Erika surprised me in a lot of ways,” she said on Reality Life with Kate Casey. “Watching the show, she’s this tough exterior. Some people call her cold. I just think she has her defenses up or walls up.”

Garcelle Beauvais from 'RHOBH'
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“But what surprised me with her, is that she’s so vulnerable now,” Beauvais revealed. “I felt like when her and I had breakfast that day and she talked about Tom and how he sort of took her and her son in, because she was a single mom. And that I could relate to because when you’re a single parent, you want whoever to come into your life to embrace your kids as much as they embrace you.”

They had an ‘immediate connection’

“I connected to that,” Beauvais said. “And the fact she got so emotional too. I was like, ‘Wow! That’s really cool to see!’ So I really enjoyed that.”

Host Kate Casey shared that she too viewed the moment as being authentic. “It was a definite, immediate connection,” Beauvais said. “Woman to woman. It was really, really nice.”

But what really surprised her about doing the show?

Some surprises she encountered include getting used to being in the non-scripted television space. Beauvais insists the show is real and the only time producers “set up” any scenes is to film lunches or encounters with other cast members.

She also said dealing with reactions on social media is new for her. Unlike her scripted work, she’s now seeing people lash out at her personally on social media, which took some getting used to at first.

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“Really how social media takes over,” she says. “Lisa Rinna had told me, she goes, ‘It’s one thing to shoot the show. It’s another thing to watch the show.’ Because then you get to see what the women have been saying behind your back because we only get the episodes two days before you guys see it.”

Beauvais dished about the big ‘threesome’ moment too

But then when social media lights up, it becomes an entirely different animal. “And then [Rinna] goes, ‘The world weighs in.’ So there are so many different layers to being on the show, which I’m finding to be really interesting. ”

She touched on the moment where Denise Richards’ daughters were present during a conversation the women had about threesomes. “First of all, the kids weren’t that close,” Beauvais says, adding that she thinks the public made a bigger deal about it than it really was. “They just looked like they were super close to us. I’m surprised that the women felt like she was being a hypocrite because she’s free with her sexuality and she was married to Charlie Sheen. We all get that one, right?”

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“But at the same time, you don’t have the same conversations you have when your kids are around and you’re talking to your girlfriend,” she said. “To me, that’s just like so clear. That I didn’t’ know why everyone was making such a big deal about it.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns on July 8 at 9/8c on Bravo.