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“Housewife” Phaedra Parks on the Georgia Grammy red carpet

Phaedra Parks and husband Apollo Nida on the red carpet.

Phaedra Parks and husband Apollo Nida on the red carpet.

“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.

Phaedra Parks with WXIA's Evelyn Mims

Phaedra Parks with WXIA's Evelyn Mims

“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.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Orlando

January 25th, 2012
9:28 am

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speakinmymind

January 25th, 2012
10:29 am

i looooove phaedra! and she is definitely the most funny of all the RHOA cast.

S2C

January 25th, 2012
11:19 am

I, too, love Phaedra. She and Apollo add a ‘certain flavor’ that this show needs. She IS a southern belle – as only a southern belle can “tell you off” in the nicest way! :-) Love you Phaedra.

Dr. Gary Jordan

January 25th, 2012
11:35 am

Phaedra Parks is a beautiful person inside and out. I met her years ago at a Christmas party given by the late Attorney Maurice Bennett. She was funny then , and she is funny now. I too belive she adds a touch of class to The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.

SamE

January 25th, 2012
11:40 am

Southern Belle’s can kiss my (you know what) soooo over people with their crazy attitudes and high demands calling themselves southern belle’s…in reality your just a southern b*tch.

gee

January 25th, 2012
11:44 am

I went to the event and she is actually a lot prettier in person. Watch out Apollo!

DON

January 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

Very Classy and Pretty Lady!

justin

January 25th, 2012
12:14 pm

I love Phaedra! She is one of the most pleasant characters on the show. Her Husband is fine as hell too!

JESSY

January 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU PRETTY SOUTHERN BEL APOLLO KEEP IT UP BROTHER

Karen

January 25th, 2012
2:22 pm

Mrs.Praks is a mess starter…I don’t care for her at all…I also think that she is on the down low always touching some esles but and talking about it a lot….makes you wonder…

tim

January 25th, 2012
3:33 pm

Isn’t it suppose to be spelled Phathetic Parks?

GaPeachy

January 25th, 2012
4:15 pm

I think Phaedra is hillarious on the show, and like she said folks its TV, for entertainment purposes only. Off the screen she seems to be a pretty intelligent business minded woman so more power to you and your husband! Man he is good looking!

RHOA lover

January 25th, 2012
5:55 pm

Now Phaedra has class! Too bad loud-mouthed NeNe doesn’t!

sunshine

January 25th, 2012
6:56 pm

I LOVE PHAEDRA SHE MY FAVORITE RHOA (PRETTY GIRLS ROCK) !!!!!

Slim

January 25th, 2012
9:04 pm

Thank you Phaedra for “keeping it real”. Please do NOT ever stoop to Nene’s or Sherri’s level who to me are both FAKE! Nene can’t go out the
house unless she is wearing designer threads. Sherri is walking around carrying $12,000 handbags and renting an apt. Has her ex in court for child support, what a FAKE! I wonder if NeNe ever considered
playing for the Hawks or the Falcons, she’s BIG enough! Afetr watching the Falcons this year, I’m sure they could use a line-backer.

Mareea

January 25th, 2012
9:55 pm

She is my favorite Atlanta housewife, she has class, intelligence,style and she is not trying to impress anyone, she is just being herself. She is real.

KimZ'sPackage

January 26th, 2012
12:22 am

Shawn

January 26th, 2012
4:06 am

Temperance and grace! Love you Phaedra!

Nurlman from Accountemps

January 26th, 2012
7:26 am

Just a noisy bleeping _____. Typical_____.

yvette

January 26th, 2012
10:03 am

people,people, this is a tv show while yall seting around talking about these people,which thay don’t even know you,these people are making money,the network is payin them well,the more their rateing go up the more money thay make,everything thay do on HWOA is stage for tv,wake up and smell the coffee, I wish I was on there……

liberalefty

January 28th, 2012
10:20 am

why did she marry an ex con

MissChou

January 29th, 2012
6:55 am

Phaedra ihas the right to marry anyone she choses.

liberalefty

January 29th, 2012
10:31 am

@misschou

duh i didnt know that, but thanks for reminding me…lol…now why would she marry a jailbird excon?..i guess the black men with money dont want her, so she chose a broke guy…

liberalefty

January 29th, 2012
11:22 am

IF APOLLO HAD ANY MONEY HE WOULDNT HAVE MARRIED PHAEDRA…hes using her and its so plain to see….