The same but different. That’s the vibe for the next season of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, at least judging by what Lala Kent has to say. The 30-year-old reality star just wrapped up filming on the hit series’ delayed ninth season, the first to film since a wave of layoffs and cast departures nearly cut the set in half. The production company and network sidelined original stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute last summer after past racist actions against former co-star Faith Stowers came to light amid the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. New hires Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were also fired due to old and racially insensitive social media posts, and not long after Jax Taylor, his wife, Brittany Cartwright and Dayna Kathan announced they were out as well.
“I think viewers will be amazed,” Lala tells ET about how screen output is handled. “Because even I myself, someone who is part of the show coming in, had my concerns. We lost amazing people on the show who brought a lot of things, and I think what we gave and how it was approached, it was real life. I think that everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised at how the season ended. ”
Lala says she usually describes each season of Rules of the pump like a “shit show” but this time he calls it “real AF”.
“They all brought their own special things that I’ve never seen before,” he jokes. “It’s very interesting when you take people out of a group dynamic, how some people change and do things where you say, ‘I haven’t seen this before. What is this?'”
Lala is likely referring to Katie Maloney-Schwartz with that comment. Previously a third of the “WeHo Witches” alongside Stassi and Kristen, Katie was alone for the first time in season 9 and judging by social media, she became friends with Lala. The cast’s posts on social media over the course of filming (which began in early May) have some viewers concerned, as the group appears to be getting along, which is not exactly good television.
“We are definitely do not get along, “says Lala.” This is a very tough group of people. We are talking about people who have slept with the boyfriends and are still best friends, so even though it may seem like something from the outside, we are a group of passionate people, but we definitely recover. I think that’s why people keep watching the show and it’s like, ‘How does this happen?’ “
“If everyone was such a big mess, they’d be handing out camera equipment to every Tom, Dick, and Harry on the street,” he adds. “From a personal person, from real life, I was obviously disappointed [in castmates] of many ways. But as a spectator, it was like, ‘Bravo! This is gold. ‘ All of that turns me on. “
Lala says the cast is well aware that they are doing a show meant to be entertaining, and they will provide that entertainment no matter what.
“I think it was amazing,” he says of the filming. “I wasn’t really sure what it would look like and I feel like we have returned to our roots. They are friendships that we have had with myself, I have been friends with these people for seven years and they have been friends beyond. I felt it was very real and organic. And that’s what makes us proud with this show, is showing our real lives and the problems we have with each other. It was really a great moment. “
Lala hints that she bonded more with Scheana Shay during the filming of season 9. Both women became new mothers just before production began, with Lala welcoming their daughter, Ocean, in March and Scheana giving birth. her baby, Summer Moon, in April.
“I don’t know how I would have done it if I hadn’t had Scheana, who was getting all those moments like, ‘We have to go film tonight, but I really just want to be with my son. I haven’t seen her all day.” Lala points out. “So she understood that and it was good to have that person to bond with more than being a mother, and also a new mother.”
“When Scheana and I don’t connect, it feels very unnatural,” he adds. “And I don’t want to spoil anything for the viewers, again, we are a tough group, but it makes me happy to see Summer Moon and Ocean together.”
Lala says that Ocean and Summer Moon have become “the cutest little friends” over the course of the past few months, even if their time in front of the camera was limited.
“[Ocean’s] timing is impeccable, I’ll say, “Lala share.” When we filmed Vanderpump, they are only allowed to film for 20 minutes just because of their age, and she could be a terror. The moment she knows she’s in front of the camera, she calms down and then when she’s wrapped up, she screams like crazy again. She is a professional. “
Now that Ocean is almost 5 months old, Lala says that she is developing a personality and is turning into a “little human”.
“I can’t believe I created a brain, that’s so weird,” Lala says. “She’s getting the cute personality where she laughs and recognizes faces. It’s amazing.”
As Ocean grows older, the baby’s fever is already creeping in, but not necessarily from Lala. She says her fiancé, movie producer Randall Emmett, is the one pushing for a second.
“He did this interview and he said, ‘I tell Lala to slow down.’ I say, ‘What planet do you live on? You’re the only one, Ocean, in a month saying you’re ready for another and I tell you slow down, ‘”he recalls. This is like, Don’t project on me. But I am. I’m looking at pictures of his back when he was born and now he’s a baby, and I have to get another one. I have to do it “.
Lala and Randall have postponed their nuptials due to the ever-changing patterns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The wedding is now on hold indefinitely.
“I no longer plan my life around this wedding,” Lala says. “When we get married, we get married. We’re in no rush. I don’t want to plan around COVID, and it looks like it will return, this new variant. I just want my guests to feel safe, so that’s on the back burner. When Ocean turns out one, I’d like to start trying [for a baby] again.”
Meanwhile, the pair focus on their creative partnership. Lala is a frequent performer in the projects Randall produces. His last effort is Out of death, now available on digital platforms.
“It’s an amazing watch,” promises Lala. “If you just want to sit down and have something easy, it’s with Bruce Willis, it’s with yours for real. It’s a fun watch. I definitely recommend it, and let’s remember that on iTunes, I think we’re number 6, which means it’s pretty, pretty good “.
Vanderpump Rules returns to Bravo later this year.