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Garcelle Beauvais Jokes 'It's About Time' A Black Woman Joined 'The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills'

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Source: Courtesy Garcelle Beauvais Instagram

Feb. 8 2020, Published 4:57 p.m. ET

Garcelle Beauvais is one of the two newest cast members to join the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside Sutton Stracke in the upcoming season. The actress recently got candid about what it's like to be the first black star of the long running Bravo series.

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Garcelle, 53, spoke to E! News about filming the show and how she's excited to be in the spotlight. The NYPD Blue star revealed "feeling great" about her season 10 debut. "It's about time," she quipped about her casting. "I mean, we're in every zip code, are we not? So, hello!"

She also admitted that she is a big fan of the series since its premiere in 2010. However, she confessed she couldn't have expected the amount of intensity that comes with appearing on the show. "I've always watched the show, but to be in it and see all the crazy all around me?" she said. "So fun. So fun." Garcelle added that costar Lisa Rinna "warned" her about filming the always-dramatic reunions. Garcelle also said she hopes to stay on the show for more than one season and that she's "scared to death" about filming the reunion.

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When asked what fans can expect from her arrival, the Haitian-American actress assured the outlet that they will get to see a new side of her as she ventures into reality TV. "I think the world is ready to see me in a different light," she said. "As an actor, you're always putting on a character. But this is me, it's my boys, it's my ex, it's my new boo, it's everything."

In August 2019, Bravo announced that Sutton and Garcelle would be added to RHOBH's season 10 lineup. The Jamie Foxx Show alum said in a statement at time, "I am excited and proud to be joining the cast of such a wildly popular and beloved show like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As a working actor who has been in the industry for some time, it’s exhilarating to have the opportunity to delve into a new chapter in the entertainment spectrum."

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She continued, "As the first African-American Housewife in the Beverly Hills franchise, I am honored and humbled by this awesome opportunity to exemplify the fact that Black Girl Magic lives and thrives in every zip code! Already being intimately familiar with the spotlight of Hollywood, my journey of successes and trials has already been chronicled and shared with my many loyal supporters around the world. The continual encouragement, support and yes, even at times, criticism, have helped make me the dynamic woman I am today."

Garcelle dished to HollywoodLife.com on February 7 the tips that Lisa, 56, gave her about dealing with the RHOBH drama. "I’m going to try to get tough skin. Lisa Rinna gave me a good tip. She goes, ‘You know, it’s one thing to film the show. But then when it airs and the world gets to weigh in, it’s a whole other thing.’ So I’m trying to get tough skin. I may not read comments on Instagram and Twitter. That’s what I’m going to try to do," Garcelle revealed to the outlet.

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