‘Vanderpump Rules’: Who Are the Newest Cast Members?

Vanderpump Rules season 8 introduces viewers to a slew of new faces. While staple cast members like Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, and Kristen Doute remain, viewers will meet five new cast members.

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Two new official cast members that viewers already know are Raquel Leviss and Beau Clark. Clark is Schroeder’s fiance and Leviss is dating James Kennedy. Leviss also now works at SUR. Missing from the cast this year is Billie Lee. Lee was the transgender hostess who clashed with cast members last year. She ultimately quit working at SUR.

So who are the new cast members? All five newbies work at SUR and TomTom, but not all are SURvers. One cast member works alongside SUR manager Peter Madrigal. The other new cast member is helping to run TomTom.

Management is staffing up

Until now, viewers have met owners Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd and Guillermo and Nathalie Zapata. The only on-screen manager is Madrigal. But season 8 introduces viewers to SUR assistant manager, Danica Dow, and TomTom general manager Max Boyens.

Boyens’ bio reflects a close friendship with bosses Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. “As TomTom’s charming general manager, Max Boyens is living his best life. He shares a close friendship with bosses Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval and enjoys the hard-earned trust of owner Lisa Vanderpump. He also has a wildly active dating life that is governed by only one rule: never date an employee. That is until Dayna Kathan arrives. When Max decides to break his rule for the beautiful, whip-smart hostess, the SUR rumor mill dredges up secrets from his past that threaten his reputation.”

Dow is SUR’s youngest ever assistant manager. “As the youngest assistant manager in SUR history, Danica Dow finds it difficult to separate her personal life from her work life—especially since she works with all of her friends and ex-boyfriend. She’s also the only woman who sees past the charms of Max Boyens, TomTom’s general manager and resident playboy. When Max starts dating Dayna Kathan, Danica divulges information from his past that threatens his new relationship and puts Lisa’s two managers at odds.”

These cast members are heating up SUR

SURvers Dayna Kathan, Brett Caprioni, and Charli Burnett are likely going to be fueling a significant amount of drama. SURver Scheana Shay refers to Burnett as her “mini-me” but she may end up “on the opposite end of Scheana’s jealous streak.”

Caprioni becomes interested in Kathan, but that may be problematic since Kathan and Boyens have a romantic entanglement. “A sassy aspiring stand-up comedian, Dayna Kathan is SUR’s newest waitress-in-training. But everything changes when she falls for Max Boyens, TomTom’s general manager and Scheana’s ex-love interest. When the rumor mill swirls about Max’s extracurricular activities, Dayna must decide whether to give him a chance or move onto greener pastures with her close friend and SURver, Brett Caprioni.”

Caprioni also may be Shay’s next love interest that she insists is just a friend. “Brett immediately catches the eye of the flirtatious Scheana Shay, whose insistence that their relationship remain platonic fools absolutely no one. Brett considers Max one of his closest friends in LA, but that’s but that’s all put on the line when he expresses interest in Max’s former fling, Dayna.”

Vanderpump Rules season 8 premiers on January 7 at 9/8 central only on Bravo.