As a result of their ongoing roles on the hit Bravo reality series, The Real Housewives of New York City, the ladies have been afforded numerous opportunities in the worlds of product marketing, public appearances, and entertainment. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps stepped out of her comfort zone for a recent guest appearance on the long-running hit series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
We spoke briefly with the busy Countess about her time on the set and whether she'd be open to follow Bethenny Frankel's lead and do a reality show like Skating with the Stars where Ms. Frankel placed second for the season. Countess de Lesseps said that she could relate to the subject matter of bullying in the episode in which she appeared because there were times in her past when she was bullied.
(l-r): Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni with guest star
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps on the February 23 episode, "Bully."
USTOWNHALL SPEAKS TO COUNTESS LUANN de LESSEPS OF THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY:
USTH: Were you nervous on the set of Law & Order SVU, and did any of the cast members or actors give you any advice, or did you learn anything just by observing them?
COUNTESS LUANN de LESSEPS: Of course I was nervous. I was a bit nervous. I mean, these actors are such pros and they've been at it for a long time. They were very helpful and very supportive of me, and that made me feel really good, and it created a very positive place for me to try my hand at acting. And I must say I got into it. I got into it.
But, you know, it's kind of scary standing in front of Mariska Hargitay, having these lines – she's a pretty amazing, powerful lady. And so, it was a challenge, but it was an interesting challenge and fun for me and I'd like to do more of it.
You know, "what doesn't scare you...", right? It's good to do things that scare you, I think. That's what makes you more interesting.
USTH: . Have you seen your Real Housewives of New York City co-star Bethenny Frankel on Skating with the Stars, and would you ever do a show like Skating with the Stars or Dancing with the Stars?
COUNTESS LUANN de LESSEPS: I did see Bethenny once or twice on Skating with the Stars, and I thought she did great. She did a good job. I mean, she is very sportive. I don't know if I could do skating. I might try dancing though because I'm a pretty good dancer, I must say.
USTH: Our thanks to Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for speaking with us today. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Wednesday nights on NBC.