What Lisa Rinna’s Husband Says About The First Time They Met

Lisa Rinna of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills became a household name when she signed up to join the reality show in 2014. Often bringing humor and tell-it-like-it is honesty to the Bravo hit reality TV series, Rinna is actually one of the more happily wedded housewives of the show, celebrating 22 years of marriage to Harry Hamlin earlier this year.

The two recently spoke of their first meeting and revealed if they have any secrets to a successful relationship.

Harry Hamlin and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lisa Rinna | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Instant attraction

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Hamlin described the first time he set eyes on Rinna over 20 years ago when she was working at a store selling sunglasses.

“We met in a restaurant. She was working at an eyeglass store doing the night shift selling sunglasses,” Hamlin said, according to People. “And I happened to know the owner of the store, I was having dinner with him and she came in to deliver the keys when she closed the store at 10. That’s how I met her.”

The former L.A. Law and Mad Men star shared that their initial introduction was before Rinna became a familiar face in the public eye. He confessed he was immediately taken with the future reality star. “It was sparks right away,” Hamlin said.

Sexy circus?

While speaking to Cagle, Hamlin shared a humorous conversation that took place during his first interaction with Rinna.

“She had just been to the circus the day before and she said, ‘Oh my God, I went to the circus last night and it was so sexy!’” Hamlin recalled. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Wait a minute, here’s this girl. She’s sitting there and the elephants, right, and the clowns and all that.’ Because the only circus I’d ever been to was Ringling Brothers.”

Hamlin revealed he had his circuses mixed up. “But she was talking about Cirque du Soleil, which is very sexy, but I didn’t know that,” he said. “I had not seen Cirque du Soleil at that point, so I thought, ‘If this girl can be turned on by elephant dung and whatever, I’m good with her.’”

Apparently, Rinna’s penchant for circus life had Hamlin smitten. “I was enchanted right away,” he admitted.

Can’t beat being crazy

Rinna and Hamlin have two daughters –  Amelia, 18, and Delilah, 21. Last year, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen asked Rinna if she had any secrets to share on keeping marriage magic alive.

“I really don’t know the answer,” she admitted on Watch What Happens Live. “I think that we are complete opposites. And I mean, we have nothing in common!”

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In a recent appearance on Live with Kelly & Ryan, Hamlin agreed that they don’t share many common interests but gave an idea at what makes their relationship stay alive. “We give each other a really long leash, so she can do whatever she wants, I can do whatever I want… We really respect each other, we listen to each other, we’re great friends, and we really like each other,” he told the co-hosts, adding, “Also, there’s a thing called sex that kind of plays into the whole thing. I highly recommend it for married couples.”

During Rinna’s interview on WWHL, Cohen was able to pinpoint a possible reason for their marital bliss. “You know what you have in common that wildly comes across?” he asked. “You are crazy about each other.”

Rinna agreed with Cohen’s take. “We are,” said Rinna. “We are crazy about each other, and you can’t create that, you can’t make it — it either is, or it isn’t… I think you either really dig somebody, or you don’t. And I’m so blessed, we are so blessed that that happened for us.”