WWD: When you are in New York, what strikes you about the differences between L.A.?
A.M.: With the weather in L.A., obviously there is sunshine most of the time, and color is very common. On the show, they want us to wear a lot of color because it pops. I’ve never worn so much color. But I love black and I prefer earth tones. Everyone loves to be tan because it is that healthy California look. It’s very casual, laid back. You very rarely see men in suits, unfortunately. And shockingly enough, some of the A-list celebrities you see on television don’t look quite put together in person.
WWD: There were 2.2 million viewers who tuned in for the season premiere. Did you imagine the show would take off as it has?
A.M.: I knew Beverly Hills would because anywhere around the world people want to know about Beverly Hills. They may not know about Atlanta or Washington, D.C., but they know Beverly Hills. I think it’s “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” — oh boy I don’t know if I should say this — with a little “Mean Girls.” It’s relatable. I think they believe that because you live in Beverly Hills and there’s the glitz and the glamour and the association with celebrities that your life is going to be pie in the sky. But when they see we have the same issues, we become relatable....Overall as a cast, we have the same issues as most people. It might just be a different set of problems but it’s still very real. You couldn’t get much more real than what happened this season.
WWD: In hindsight, does it seem as though there were more warning signs of [Taylor Armstrong’s husband] Russell’s struggles [who killed himself in August]?
A.M.: No, I promise you there were absolutely no signs. No, no, he was quiet and he was a little reserved but to assume he would do this? No.
WWD: How are Taylor and her daughter coping?
A.M.: Actually, I just saw Taylor a week ago. She looks great. She looks fantastic. Her daughter is resilient. At that age, I think you can overcome tragedy a little bit easier than you would if you were older. So they’re doing quite well.
WWD: What would people be surprised to learn about the cast?
A.M.: We’re all very hands-on Moms. My children come first ahead of everything. We don’t ship our kids off to boarding schools. We’re with them all the time.
WWD: Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller were married in your house. How are they holding up? It’s been quite a year.
A.M.: They used to live next-door. They live down the street. Brooke is going through a little bit of a difficult time right now. She’s had her struggles obviously, but I think she’ll pull through this. She has an amazing support group. I feel that’s really what you need and you need the will to want to work through this. You know, you have to keep trying. It may be the third or fourth or fifth time, but as long as you are willing to keep trying to make yourself healthy and whole, that’s what important. I have not spoken to Charlie in a while. I do not know how he is doing.
WWD: Is there anything you hope to get for the holidays?
A.M.: Honestly, I love giving gifts. For me, the joy is seeing my children open presents and I will probably have to get something to spice up my husband’s wardrobe. You know, he’s a doctor, so they don’t have time to really get into fashion. It’s better now than when I first met him. He couldn’t get out of that college thing. There were lots of hoodie sweatshirts, sweatpants and scrubs. I met him through a mutual friend. No, it wasn’t from doing Botox. I know people say that. You’d be surprised how many people have asked that. That’s a L.A. question.