Nene Leakes Talks About ‘Glee,’ Her Moscato Wine & Possibly Joining Beverly Hills Housewives

Rucuss staffJanuary 12, 2012

Linnethia Leakes has her eyes set on more than reality television.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to act outside of reality TV and even branch off into other numerous businesses. She wants to be a brand and she’s ready to take the world by storm. Leakes has an outgoing, loud and in your face type of persona so the sky’s the limit.

Leakes sat down with The Insider and talked about her new role on ‘Glee,’ her business ventures and why she’ll keep her love life private. And will she join Beverly Hills Housewives cast since she’s been a mainstay in California. Check out excerpts from the interview:

On her new role on ‘Glee:’

I play a character called Roz Washington. She’s the synchronized swim coach and she’s nemesis to Sue Sylvester, who is Jane. She’s very strong willed. She’s very straight forward. She’s not afraid of Sue Sylvester and she’s there to take somebody’s job.

On if we will see her in the pool:

I’ve been really worried about the water. The pool is super big. I was just like, “Lord, have mercy!” I’m not that kind of swimmer. I was like, “I’m a black girl, I can’t get my hair wet.” I don’t know yet but I’m sure they’re coming up with a way to put me in the water and I’m just going to die. They haven’t told me yet but I’m walking around the pool and I’m thinking “Lord, have mercy please don’t let anybody push me in this pool.” It ‘s huge! It really is a big pool. It’s from 4ft-10ft so it’s a pretty big pool.

On her acting career:

A lot of people don’t know that we did a show “Before They Were Housewives” and I would come to Los Angeles for pilot seasons every year. One year I bumped into Robi Reed-Humes, who did a lot of casting for Spike Lee at the time. She got really known from doing that. She was casting a film with Cuba Gooding Jr. called “Fighting Temptations” and she cast me in that film and I was able to get my sag card that way. Then I had a small part in “The Parkers” & “Girlfriends.”

Then it kind of phased out for me. I wasn’t getting any auditions anymore, and I really wasn’t coming out here to try. Then I met the producers of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” so I’m saying all that to say I was into acting long before I became a reality star. I would absolutely love to continue to act. Whether or not I leave reality TV, I don’t know. I can say this negativity pulls your energy down.

On if she’ll transition to The Real Housewives of Beverly  Hills:

[Laughs] Stop it. I don’t know if I would transition and work with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. They’ve never done that before [but] that would be interesting if Bravo pulled that off. Right now, I think they like me in Atlanta. I would give them a run for their money.

On who she’s dating:

Myself. You know I will never have a  public relationship again I don’t think. That’s one of the regrets I have is putting my personal relationship out there. Greg and I aren’t totally done. Who  knows what the future holds. I don’t know about putting my relationship out there but do I have secret admirers, of course.

On expanding her brand:

I’m working with a branding licensing company where right now I have a wine out called Miss Moscato. I just opened up my own restaurant, which is called “Famous Famiglia “ in the  Sacramento airport. I plan to open up other restaurants. I’m doing a lounge called the ‘L,’ which is for Linnethia and I hope to do clothes, shoes, lashes and everything that I could possibly do. Make-up and perfume; I would love to do  all of those things.

Check out NeNe’s interview below.


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