‘Southern Charm’: Shep Rose Misses the Early Days of the Show Amid the Madison LeCroy and Alex Rodriguez Drama
Southern Charm and cast member Madison LeCroy was once again thrust into the spotlight, despite the series being on hiatus. Her link to Alex Rodriguez, which surfaced during the reunion, bubbled up in the press. Rumored reports from unnamed sources indicated Rodriguez and fiancé Jennifer Lopez had split. A few sources insisted the reason was LeCroy’s connection to Rodriguez. Since then Rodriguez and Lopez denied they broke up and Rose has mixed feelings about the entire situation.
Shep Rose misses the old days of ‘Southern Charm’
“I had, literally, one hundred people, friends, and acquaintances texting me like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy.’ And it is crazy,” Rose said on Sirius XM’s Radio Andy. “I was in an article with US Magazine that drifted into this territory, I said I had mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, hey, our show is on the cover of magazines.”
But Rose can’t help but long for the show’s original days. “I sort of missed the early days, maybe I’m nostalgic about the seven of us or how many there was in the beginning when we were just a bunch of random people from Charleston. This was inconceivable back then,” he remarked.
Shep Rose has mixed emotions about the Madison LeCroy drama
Rumors that Rodriguez and Lopez split came on the heels of Rose’s comment to US Weekly. “I know that there was, like, an NDA signed, which doesn’t seem to mean anything anymore, not worth the price of the paper they’re printed on,” Rose said.
Rose also reflected and compared the show’s trajectory, recalling how the series originally followed unknown young people living and working in Charleston, South Carolina.
“It’s crazy and, you know, mixed emotions about it because I think our show started as fairly normal, humble people … your average small-town, Southern people,” Rose added. “And now it’s like, you know, DMing baseball stars and stuff and it’s all good. It’s not anybody’s fault, but it’s turned into something a little more cheesy than I would’ve liked, but that was bound to happen.”
‘Southern Charm’ was originally going to be about Thomas Ravenel
During his Sirius XM discussion, Rose credited Whitney Sudler-Smith for creating and developing the show. Sudler-Smith told Urban Daddy the original idea for the series came from his interest in Thomas Ravenel. “I’d become friends with Thomas Ravenel, who lived in Charleston, I think he’d just gotten out of prison,” he said during a 2018 interview.
“I felt he’d be this really compelling character,” he recalled. “And I figured he’d make interesting subject matter for a documentary and/or TV show. I did this pilot thinking it was going to be a documentary kind of exploring the myth of the Old South and reconstruction and all this bullsh*t. And my agent said at the time, ‘No, no, no, this should be a TV show, these characters are all compelling,’ and we just kind of built it out from there.”
“Thomas himself is kind of a Shakespearean character, with this momentous rise and fall—just a really compelling, great story,” he said. “So the initial idea was just to explore that. But the show took off and it took a lot of different avenues. Funnily enough, the hardest character to convince was Craig [Conover]. As if he had something to hold onto…”