“I feel like, ‘Why not?’ I wanted to do something outside of the box — it is sort of like my midlife crisis,” she said with a laugh. “Instead of buying a Corvette or doing something crazy, I joined the Housewives.”
And Beauvais, 53, has already learned some valuable lessons from the cast, including that she “can’t let guard down.”
“Because one minute they are laughing with you, and the next minute they are throwing you under the bus,” she said. “I’m like, ‘We were just cracking up!'”
“It is really interesting for me, because as an actor you are a character, so it’s really weird to show up and just be me,” she added. “So I’m just going along for the ride and seeing how it goes.”
The Haitian-American actress and former fashion model, who said she’s longtime friends with costars Denise Richards and Lisa Rinna, has also found out that she’s “a lot more sensitive than I thought I was.”
“I put up this tough exterior all of the time, I do my thing, I’m an independent woman. And I find myself… I got emotional on the show a few times,” she admitted. “I was surprised that could happen so quickly for me.”
Beauvais, best known for her roles on TV shows The Jamie Foxx Show and NYPD Blue, is the first black Housewife in a predominantly white cast.