“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks was the very last to stroll the red carpet Tuesday night at the Georgia Grammy nominee party, held at the downtown W hotel. Once she got there, she enjoyed herself.
“Hey!” she squealed as she and husband Apollo Nida arrived. (Fellow cast member Kim Zolciak and new husband, Falcons player Kroy Biermann, were also supposed to be there. They didn’t show up, and also didn’t bother telling organizers, who had to learn second-hand, from a text Kim sent a friend, that they’d decided to skip it.)
Parks wasn’t able to drop any details about future shows, but did talk a little bit about why she joined the Bravo crew.
“The show came at a good time,” she said. “It was a great opportunity.”
She had previously enjoyed success as an entertainment lawyer and said most people who knew her privately knew the more serious, businesslike side of her.
“It is TV,” she said of her colorful personality on-screen. “It is for entertainment. You’re peeking at moments between friends that happen to be taped for television.”
Nida said participating in the show was overwhelming at first.
“I’ve embraced it,” he said. “The first year was a little difficult.”
Although Parks said she doesn’t consider herself a comic, Nida said his wife is as funny off-camera as on.
“I never consider myself funny,” said Parks, who cracks up viewers with comments like the one she made regarding the funeral home business. (”I love the dead. They’re so quiet.”)
“I just think of myself as down home,” Parks said. “I’m just being me.”
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