On April 1st, Bravo premiered a new reality series with a title that immediately grabs your attention—Your Husband Is Cheating on Us. Directly following The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the project follows the drama on and off the stage, as well as focus on the urban theater circuit. Producer, director, and actor J.D. Lawrence decides to “implement unorthodox creative methods” towards his new production and its cast by having them stay in a house together during the production of the stage play. #BADIDEA
Recently, Black Talent TV had the pleasure of interviewing one of the stars of the show, Kristen Plati. In addition to being an actress and TV personality, Plati is also a singer/songwriter and model. Check out our interview with Plati where she discusses how she got on Your Husband is Cheating on Us, whether she was reluctant to do reality TV or not, what’s next for her, and more below.
1-Growing up, when did you decide that you wanted to be an entertainer?
To be honest, it was something that was always just a part of who I am. I started singing lessons at 5 years old, and I instantly fell in love, and after that, it was never a question about what I was doing with my future. I was always going to be singing and performing in some capacity. I never studied to be anything else, and I never gave myself anything to fall back on. I graduated high school in Australia and immediately went to school for performing. All my childhood friends and all my friends growing up kind of just associated me with singing. If you took that away from me, I don’t know what I would be doing right now. (haha) I couldn’t imagine wanting anything else.
2-Most people move to LA or NY to fulfill their dreams. What made you decide to move to NYC?
I visited LA and NYC in 2010 for a performance tour, and I actually fell in love with LA. It just seemed so dreamy and magical, and New York seemed so dirty and busy and loud and scary. I went back to Australia planning to move to LA. But strangely, over the following months, I found myself dreaming of New York. All I could think about was moving there and taking all of these classes and working in the industry. I honestly was just flooded with dreams of performing on Broadway. So, I looked into acting and performing classes and found the American Academy of Dramatic Arts here in New York, which I auditioned for and was accepted to. I don’t think I would be who I am today if I hadn’t struggled like I have in New York.
3-If you had a chance to collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Beyonce. She is the epitome of class, grace, hard work and talent. Beyonce has created a brand for herself, one that is based on her talent and not her private life. She manages to keep her life relatively out of the spotlight and has built an empire for herself. Also, obviously, her voice is INCREDIBLE—she has so much control, power and raw passion in her voice. Or Jessie J, because THAT VOICE!
4-You’ve done everything from commercials to off-Broadway shows and now reality TV. Which project has been your favorite to shoot?
The TV show was both my favorite and least favorite thing to shoot. I learned A LOT about myself filming Your Husband Is Cheating on Us, and I learned a lot about the industry. The commercial was so much fun, but it was just one day. The TV show was 8 weeks and allowed a lot of growth on my end. I also got to know the crew, so I got far more comfortable shooting and working with everyone.
5-How did you become part of Your Husband is Cheating on Us(both the play/TV show)?
A few years ago, I did an Off-Broadway show with JD Lawrence, and we kept in contact a little since then. JD also wrote a song that I recorded for him a year or two back also. So when he got a contract with the TV show, he put my name into the ring to audition. I went through a long audition process with Bravo—skype interviews, in person interviews, etc. And they called me and let me know that they had selected me for the show.
6-Were you reluctant to do reality TV?
I was incredibly reluctant to sign on to the show—I actually didn’t want to do it. I am such a private person and I love to have my own space and time to myself, so nothing sounded worse than being followed by cameras 24/7. I don’t like the idea of someone being able to edit me and portray me however they want for whatever storyline they choose—there’s a lot of pressure to always be your best self to make sure that there is nothing that can be used against you. (hahah) But after talking it through with my parents, they assured me that it would be a positive step in my career and it would put me on a national platform. I finally decided that I would just take the plunge and do it, because even if it was going to be the worst experience I went through, it would still be an experience for me.
7-What can fans expect from the rest of the season?
Things get very crazy—we have some cast changes, script changes, some alliances formed and some broken. I don’t know the exact storyline details, but I know that the show goes up—who is in that show? Well I guess the fans will have to watch and see!
8-What is your dream project?
I would LOVE to transition into films and TV. The Marvel universe is definitely my favorite movie world, so I would love to be in one of the Marvel movies—although, I am not sure who I would play as a superhero. (haha)
9-What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career as an entertainer?
You will get 100 no’s for every yes. You will fail 100 times before you succeed, its all a part of the journey. If you don’t fail, you won’t know how to improve to be prepared for the successes coming. All you can do is learn from each failure and trust the process. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on how you should do things and who you should be, but you just need to trust yourself and do what makes you happy. If you know what you want and who you are, no one can steer you wrong. Oh, and don’t let people walk all over you, be strong enough to stand up for yourself – I made that mistake for too long.
10-What is NEXT for Kristen Plati?
I have my first ever show on July 24th, 2018 in New York at the Duplex Cabaret Bar, where I will be debuting some original music. You can buy a ticket by clicking HERE. I am finishing up recording my debut EP for release in the fall and I am working towards touring that music and writing some more. I am open to the opportunities coming my way! Hopefully on to bigger and better things!
If you’re in the NYC area on July 24th, purchase a ticket and listen to some of Kristen Plati’s music by clicking HERE. Until then, check out the season finale of Bravo’s Your Husband is Cheating on Us THIS Sunday(July 15th) at 9:30pm.
VISIT Kristen Plati’s official website for updates & more.
Photo Credit: Kristen Plati’s official website/Nick Suarez/Chris Carroll