Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Real Housewives Countess Is Full of Surprises

Photo by Will Hart/NBC 

The Real Housewives of New York’s Countess Luann de Lesseps is full of surprises. Besides being a star of one of the most successful reality franchises in history, she’s a singer, author and actress. In a recent conference call interview she talked about her pop music follow-up, her first book and her upcoming appearance on Law & Order: SVU.

Thanks to her fan base from Housewives, LuAnn had a hit with the song “Money Can’t Buy You Class,” and her music career continues to evolve. As for the rumored big name pop star that she’s been working with on her follow-up single, the Countess was tight lipped, saying only, “I can’t give away obviously who the artist is but it’s a major artist in the music business.”

When her Bravo series started, the Countess never imagined it would become a pop culture phenomenon. She admitted, “I didn’t know what was coming, when I started The Real Housewives, which was supposed to be called Manhattan Moms it wasn’t even The Real Housewives. Little did I know that the show would become such a huge success.”

Nor did she anticipate becoming an author with the self-help/memoir Class with the Countess. She added, “Never did I think I would write a book about my life and manners and etiquette. My book is really autobiographical about my journey and that’s what I share with people, is my experience and what I learned along the way.”

And she certainly didn’t expect to become a big recording star. She continued, “And then being able to… record and sing ‘Money Can’t Buy You Class.’ I always thought it, and said it in my book, but to actually sing a song about it was really, really fun for me.”

But perhaps the biggest surprise has been her upcoming turn on SVU. The countess confessed, “To think I would be on Law & Order, I would have said no way. And I just feel like it’s my time. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve found somebody who adores me in my life again and I just have a second chance and SVU is a part of that second chance and it’s very exciting.”

The Countess, who went through a very public break-up of her first marriage, has also found new love. While she remained equally evasive about any details that might otherwise unfold on Housewives, she did gush about her new man, CEO of Gabriella Wines Importer and Distributor Jacques Azoulay. “Yes, you will see more of my romance bloom on this coming season. And I feel so fortunate that I got a second chance because it doesn’t happen to everybody and I really feel blessed that I found such an amazing person to share my life with. So you’re going to see some of that coming this season.”

There’s no air date for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York, but you can catch the Countess’ acting debut on February 23 on Law & Order: SVU at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central on NBC.

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