A television personality and host, Jessica Rich is best known for her appearances on VH1's Real Chance of Love (nickname: Rabbit), and other television and film spots. She starred in and executive produced the short film Sex, Love, and Lies, and stars in the dramedy An American In Hollywood, which debuted at the Urbanworld Film Festival this week in NYC. Jessica hosted a celebration at XVI Rooftop (251 W. 48th St.) on September 18th, presented by LaChic Media and co-hosted by actor Keith Collins (The Meat Puppet, Stuck in the Middle) and celebrity photographer Steve Mack. In attendance were television personality, elite fashion designer, and stylist Alisa Maria, celebrity publicist MsPenny Saintil, Fuse TV G-Thing castmember Mikey Knuckles, film producer Joyce Borneman (The Great Fight, The Life Zone), and many others.
In an exclusive interview with Jessica, I asked about her current and future projects, and what her dream is.
JESSICA RICH: My dream is to be a host and fashion/image consultant because I'm really good at making people over without spending a lot of money at all. I would love to be on Fashion Police one day-- anything to do with fashion. I would love to be a huge brand like Jessica Simpson, who has her own show and her own line.
Tell me about your jewelry line!
JESSICA RICH: My jewelry line is called Jessica Rich Collection; I launched it last year. I have classic pieces, statement pieces (because I love making a statement wherever I go), these are both my rings and they're $30 bucks [each]. People are like "Oh, you have diamonds on!" and I'm like, "No, it's costume jewelry and it looks good." Don't buy me Tiffany's, invest in the [Jessica Rich Collection]-- give me $500 and I can buy a lot more stuff. It's all about saving your money.
Yes! Tell me about your show, Jessica Rich Live.
JESSICA RICH: Jessica Rich Live is a show we're filming in Beverly Hills. I have different guests on-- I have a chef that comes on once a week, I have a DJ who comes on, I have guests who perform their music.. I will also have Mauricio Umansky [on the show]. He is the husband of Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
It's a hard grind. I've wanted to give up many times. I'm a normal girl; I literally wake up sometimes just crying, [saying] "I can't do this anymore, I'm sick of it." It's not easy. People think it's easy in this business. Not even the biggest stars can stay "on" all the time. You have to continue to fight for your next gig. I've gotten a lot of the things on my resume on my own, no agent.
...People think I'm bougie. People always base [what they think of] me on how I look. I can look pretty high-maintenance and I can be a b****... I'm not going to lie. But, that's if you talk to me wrong. I'm really down-to-earth and I really love helping people. Don't judge a book by its cover.