Lisa Rinna Suggests She’s Playing a Role on RHOBH, Admits Backlash Gets to Her From “Time to Time,” and Talks Keeping Daughters Grounded Plus Losing Mom

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Lisa Rinna on Doing Things On 'RHOBH' She'd "Never Do" in Real Life, Harry Hamlin's Dislike of a Red Lip, and Going Through Mom's Death and COVID Amid Season 12

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Lisa Rinna says, “You see my name, you kinda know what you’re going to get,” and she’s right. For years, she’s become a pro at stirring the pot on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But in a new interview, the soap actress turned reality star and beauty maven is admitting that when it comes to her on-screen antics, they’re aren’t exactly something fans would see from her during her life away from the cameras.

After sharing her mindset at 58, Lisa explained the reason her husband, Harry Hamlin, doesn’t like red lipstick, dished on her makeup line, and admitted to facing hardships as she coped with her mother Lois Rinna‘s death and a COVID-19 diagnosis amid filming on season 12.

“Right now, in my life, I’m really very free. I’m not self-conscious, I’ll do anything. And that makes it easy,” Lisa said during an Alexa shoot, via New York Post. “I don’t know how I got to this point, all I know is it’s really nice. I don’t care if I look silly, and it’s super freeing.”

“The person that’s on the show is a version of me for when people are, like, throwing sh-t at me,” she continued. “I do things on the show that I would never do in real life. My real life is very lovely and calm.”

In addition to securing her role on RHOBH in recent years, Lisa has also parlayed into beauty with her new makeup line, Rinna Beauty, which was launched in November 2020 with a collection of lip products.

“It’s not just about having big lips — it’s about having big, healthy, moist lips,” Lisa said of her selection, which, unlike other products, does not have capsaicin, a chili pepper-derived ingredient. “It took off like bonkers.”

“We use something that has mint in it. It’s an enjoyable experience, as opposed to, ‘Oh my god, my lips are really irritated,’” she explained.

While Lisa did name one of her colors “Mrs. Hamlin,” Harry, who she married in 1997, isn’t a fan of all lip hues. In fact, he really dislikes red.

“He thinks women become b-tchy when they wear red lipstick. I think his mom wore a red lip. So I’m like, ‘OK, fine, whatever you need, sweetie,'” Lisa noted. “I never wear a red lip when I’m around him.”

Because Harry isn’t nearly as active on social media as his wife or daughters, Amelia Hamlin and Delilah Hamlin, he keeps the ladies grounded, reminding them that what people think of them “is none of [their] business.”

“I just try not to pay attention to [comments], really. I mean, I’m human, so of course, it’s going to get me from time to time. But I think at this point I’ve probably acquired elephant skin,” Lisa joked. “You have to get to a point where you’re like, listen, what I do is for entertainment.”

At the end of last year, as she filmed season 12 with her RHOBH castmates, Lisa was hit with the devastating loss of her mother, Lois, who died at the age of 93 in November.

“I’m trying to just allow myself to feel whatever I feel,” she explained of her grieving. “It’s not just sadness. Grief is a long process. And you’re going to see it play out on the show.”

Fans will also likely see her battle with the coronavirus on the show.

“It was bad — I lost my taste and smell. But it really did allow me to sit and grieve in that moment. They FaceTimed a lot while I had COVID. So I think you’ll be seeing that. It’s not always cute,” she noted.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 premieres Wednesday, May 11, at 8/7c on Bravo.


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