The Reader Interview: Bethenny Frankel

May 31, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

Every month an LHJ reader will get the chance to interview one of their favorite celebrities. This month, super-fan Jeannie Crofts of Chicago quizzes reality star and businesswoman Bethenny Frankel about her new talk show (Bethenny), married life and sky-high heels.

How will your new show stand out?
I like to speak honestly to the audience. The show is about discussing what women talk about when they’re out having cocktails with friends. We’re going to talk about sex, money, religion, family, shopping, and so much more. I’m not a big fan of the teleprompter or cue cards.

What’s it been like working with your producer, Ellen DeGeneres?
Ellen appreciates me for who I am and for how different we are. She knows I’m like a mustang and you just have to let me run! She likes that you never know what’s going to come out of my mouth. I’ve been on almost every talk show there is and I’ve been interviewed by the best, but the god’s honest truth is that no one listens like she does. No one else reacts truthfully and off the cuff like Ellen, and there isn’t anyone on this planet whose stamp of approval means more in this space.

You’re always so great about bringing your personal life and experiences to your shows. Will you be as open with this talk show?
As long as I am committed to being on television connecting to an audience, I will be honest about every area of my life. My fans have inspired me and given me the success that people only dream of. I have a responsibility to them even if it means exposing my personal life and mistakes.

Your life has changed tremendously in a fairly short amount of time. How do you stay so grounded?
I really haven’t changed because I don’t comprehend the success the way others do. I just do what I do every day to the best of my ability. Good enough simply isn’t good enough. I’m also lucky to have such interactive fans. They keep me grounded because they are very much so.

Just like your husband Jason [Hoppy], my husband Mike is a good-looking man who gets a lot of attention from women. How do you deal?
I’m not a jealous person. I don’t even know if Jason gets attention from women—I don’t really see it and he doesn’t tell me. Looks are the least interesting thing about Jason to me, so that isn’t on my radar.

Your shoes are gorgeous. What’s the secret to walking around in such high heels without falling over?
I love them so I just suck it up! What’s funny is that I have a very defined arch in my feet, so wearing flats is more uncomfortable for me at times.