“I’ve been in this business for a long time, so it’s a big deal for me to still be surprised.”
“Surprised” is the only way actress, model, and author Denise Richards can describe her initial baptism into the world of reality TV, when she became one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and discovered the show was in no way scripted.
“It’s not even softly scripted, so that was a surprise to me,” the 48-year-old reality TV star told Mamamia while in Sydney. “I really like that because they keep it all very real. When you put together a group of women who are all strong, things are obviously going to come up where we have different opinions and sometimes things get heated.
“Look, there’s definitely a group chat going on between us all when the new episodes run, so if something comes up then we’ll talk about it.”
The actress is not kidding around when she says she’s a veteran of the entertainment industry. She was launched to stardom in 1997 in the blockbuster film Starship Troopers. She then followed that up with one of the most talked about flicks of the 90’s, Wild Things (I’ll save you a Google, yes, that’s the one where she has a threesome with Neve Campbell) before becoming a Bond Girl in The World Is Not Enough opposite Pierce Brosnan.
After she married her first husband Charlie Sheen, however, and he went through a very public meltdown her name became just as synonymous with tabloid fodder as it did with film credits and her only recourse was just to withdraw from the conversation as much as she could.
"There have been so many stories about me over the years so I don’t read the tabloids now," she told Mamamia. "When I was going through a very public divorce I had to block everything out because I didn’t want any part of it."
Of course, when she was cast in the wildly popular The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills she knew she was further inviting cameras and press into the lives of her daughters, Sam, 14 and Lola, 13, who she shares with Sheen and eight-year-old Eloise, who she adopted as a single parent in 2011.
So much so, that in February of this year she decided to speak for the first time about Eloise's chromosomal disorder, which she said “has caused a lot of developmental delays for her" in an interview with People.
She said she first noticed that Eloise wasn’t reaching typical milestones for babies when she wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time and that she didn’t start walking until she was two years old with the help of psychical therapy.