, formally known as Eva Pigford, isn’t new to reality television. The former America’s Next Top Model season 3 winner has already experienced taped drama and is used to the cameras. Her new reality show, Taking Hollywood (working title), however, is a little different. It follows her and three of her closest industry friends. She’s not competing and she’s not looking for fame; she’s established this time around.
In an interview with Humor Mill magazine, Eva says:
“It’s not like the wives clubs of basketball or of sports, but it’s the friendship club of life and I think all women can relate to that no matter what it is that you do … We’re not showing you a script on a screen. I’m showing you what I do when I wake up in the morning and try to go out and try to seek work and sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes it’s an epic failure and my friends help pick me up.”
You’re probably thinking, “If there’s no wild and crazy, non-MF-factor, who-gon’-check-me-boo drama, then what’s the catch?’ Well, keep in mind how Eva got her start. Her come-up might actually make her navigation through Tinseltown quite interesting.
The reality show is set to premiere this summer on Oxygen. Click the next page to find out three reasons you should tune in!
1. Eva Pigford vs. Eva Marcille
We were introduced to Eva Pigford in 2004, but because of the nature of the show, didn’t really get to see her out of her competition mode. We saw her determination, saw her temper and saw her strike a mean pose, but wouldn’t it be cool to see her, well, post-ANTM? The new Eva has become a successful model and budding actress, appearing as a celebrity judge on shows and in movies. The new reality show will surely reveal how Eva has maintained her career thus far.
2. Industry Success
All of these ladies are established. The other cast members are music manager Kelly Dunn, interior designer Nikki Chu and actress Denyce Lawton. Eva says none of these women were handed their success, and Taking Hollywood will document that. It won’t just show them hanging out and drinking, but also handling business and continuing to establish a name for themselves based off a substantial amount of hard work. The show will be a glimpse into what that model, designer, manager and acting life is really like, minus 100 percent glitz and glamour.
Unlike Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, Bad Girls Club and Jersey Shore, the cast of Taking Hollywood are actual friends. There may be disagreements here and there, but we don’t expect any over-the-top hatred. The girls aren’t just meeting for the first time, they aren’t being recruited or friends of friends, they’re really homies. The show has the potential to take on a real-life edition of Girlfriends.