Love & Hip-Hop’s Chrissy Talks Regrets, Egos And Spin-Off With Jim Jones (Cover Outtakes)
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On why she signed up for Love & Hip-Hop
They offered Jimmy a show years ago and he wasn’t really interested. It was something that sparked my interest and I can’t even tell you why. It just felt like something fun or something I may be even be good at. There was another opportunity brought to me for a show with some other girls and it didn’t pan out. I came home upset and disappointed and Jimmy’s response was, “Well, if you really wanna do this reality TV thing, since they offered it to me, I’ll put a call in and see if they’re still interested.” That’s what happened. To be honest I didn’t look at it as shine because I had never done it before. I didn’t realize all that came with it. I was a person that did real estate and interior design for so long. I put it on the backburner to support him. So it was like how do I get started again for me and this looked like a great opportunity. I just had no idea it would be so intrusive.
On what she learned most about herself while filming
That I anger easily. I love hard so when I see somebody playing with me or someone that I love, I become an automatic protector. I didn’t know that about myself until I started watching the show. These are girls who I didn’t know that well. I was getting to know them as the cameras were rolling. I picked up on people who didn’t stand up for themselves; I picked up on people who were full of shit; I picked up on people who had good intentions but didn’t stand up for themselves.
On feeling like producers were setting her up
I was easily angered because I signed up for something that was supposed to be about girl power and women embracing each other in this crazy world of hip-hop; I thought it was gonna be more of a support thing instead of Gladiators. It felt like they would always bring somebody to challenge me, I would knock ‘em down, and they would bring somebody else. By the end of season two, I really felt like a Gladiator. They would go as far as telling the new girl: “Chrissy thinks she’s Queen Bee around here so we need you to step up because nobody here has a strong enough personality. So we need you to come in here and shut it down.” So they were feeding people this negative energy from the door. I have no reason to lie. I’ll say it whoever. It’s compromising to your soul because it’s like I didn’t sign up for this, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna allow somebody make a fool of me because the cameras are rolling.
On her spin-off with Jim Jones and branching off from reality TV
I would love to do movies, commercials, hair ads, etcetera. Jimmy and I have our own show now. There’s definitely gonna be drama. We love each other but we don’t always see eye to eye. We respect each other but just like any other relationship, it gets rocky. I really don’t know [the title yet]. I really wanted Me and Mrs. Jones but Kelis and Nas already used that.
On looking back on certain episodes with regret
It’s like why did I let them get me that angry? I feel like I can think circles around half of the situations that I allow myself to get angry at. My wit and my vocabulary is enough to cut somebody down where I don’t have to get physical.
On whether she’s a role model
I guess if somebody is afraid to speak their mind and they look at my personality and wanna stand up for themselves than yes. I want people to realize that they can have whatever they want. It’s just a matter of pursuing it. You can be handled and respected in your relationship exactly the way you want to be. It’s up to you to go get it. Some of the stuff is a little heavy but I also feel like we have parents. You’re not gonna be exposed to crazy situations in life by just watching reality TV. You can go to the corner store and see some crazy shit going on. You can go to school and see some crazy shit. It’s up to your parents to teach you and lead you in the right direction. Kids are overexposed in every aspect of their lives nowadays. So if I can add something fine but don’t put it all on me.