Q&A with Dorothy Wang

Though Dorothy Want lives the lavish life, she also saves and looks to make the lifestyle she leads more affordable. We talked to her about her show The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, her reality-show life, and her favorite things.

--Adam Downer

GGM: The third season of Rich Kids is premiering soon. What can fans expect this time around?

DW: The show this season is an hour, so I think everything kind of goes a little bit deeper. It’s a more extended view of our lives, relationships, friendships, everything we’re all going through. I think everyone kind of comes into their own a little bit more. Friendships are tested, and for me it’s frustrating because I feel like I want to focus on my businesses and brand. It’s frustrating because we’re stuck fighting about things that don’t really matter, you know? We’re all friends, all dramatic, and over the top, but at the end of the day we all love each other.

There’s a lot of fights this season that are a little deeper than years before. A lot of stuff from our past comes up. Roxy and Taylor-Anne have drama form high school that rears its ugly head. Roxy and Morgan have their own friendship problems. But there are a lot of good things. We go on a lot of great trips. Brendan and Morgan get engaged. I think everyone is working and trying to be independent and follow in our parent’s footsteps.

GGM: The season is themed “The Rich Get Real.” What does that mean?

DW: I think it’s because the bullshit gets called out. That’s what that means. Everyone hangs out with each other all the time and things build. Things build to an extent where they can’t be glossed over and things bubble to the surface in a big way all season long. Things are getting real. The engagement is a big, real transition.

GGM: I’ve read you describe yourself as “funemployed.” What does that mean?

DW: Okay, so there’s a bit of a misconception of what “funemployed” means. It doesn’t mean you’re unemployed and just have fun. I always think of “funemployed” meaning you love what you do and you’re passionate about it. For me, the best thing my parents gave me was the opportunity to do things I wanted to do and not have to do things out of necessity. I really get to have all these opportunities to do what I want to do, and for me, that means building a luxury lifestyle brand at an affordable price.

First I came out with my necklace line, and those go between 28 and 32 dollars. When the show came out, it’s called Rich Kids, and it focuses on the lavish parts of our lives. I would get a lot of comments like “I really love your style, but I can’t afford it.” I think that’s a misconception about me, that I always spend a lot of money. I like to mix high and low end things, and I don’t think everything needs to be expensive. I save money where I can, and I think with jewelry, that can be affordable. Why not? In June I have a champagne line coming out called Rich and Bubbly that will be 20-70 dollars.

GGM: When you started doing reality television, it sounds like it wasn’t much of a change for you. Is that true?

DW: It really isn’t a change. I just get my hair and makeup done and people care more about what I have to say. I’ve always said it, but now people care a little bit more. I feel like with the fame, only the world around me is a little different, but sharing my life and opinions is something I’ve always done. I’ve always been very open, even on my Twitter. There are some people who really value their privacy, but I never really did. Everyone always knew what I was up to, everything about my life. It was a really easy transition to go from sharing my life on social media to sharing it on television.

GGM: What shows do you watch when you’re not filming?

DW: I love Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Top Chef, and obviously all the Real Housewives. Those are my go-tos.

GGM: What are some of your favorite accessories or outfits?

DW: Right now, I really like light wash and ripped jeans. I like to follow trends, but it’s important to see what fits with you and not be too concerned about what everyone else is wearing. I have fun with fashion. I want to wear something different every day, like I’m playing dress-up. Depending on where I’m going, I match my outfit to what I’m doing that day.

GGM: So say you’re going to a premiere or a fancy event, is there a specific dress or outfit you’ll go with?

DW: Right now I’m really into suits. One blazer jacket, matching slacks or pants. For the longest time I hated pants, but now I’m into wide pants.

GGM: What are some of your favorite movies?

DW: I like the Iron Man series and Mission Impossible. I like thrillers, like Taken. The thing is, I’ll see movies and forget I’ve seen them! Like people will ask me, “oh, what’s your favorite part?” and I don’t remember.

GGM: What’s on your playlist right now?

DW: I really like Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck.” I like all the Nick Jonas songs, and I like rap and hip hop so Drake and Big Sean. And Fetty Wap! In my Snapchats, “Trap Queen” is always playing in the background.

GGM: What’s your favorite restaurant in Beverly Hills?

DW: For Italian, I love Angelini Osteria. It’s a small, cozy Italian place. I like Mexican a lot. Don Antonio’s for Mexican. I really like food, so I love a lot of different places and cuisines.

GGM: I saw that you wanted to be in the WNBA as a kid.

DW: I was a tomboy when I was younger! I loved playing sports. I went to UCLA basketball and volleyball camp. I just never got the height. I used to watch all the NBA and Sparks games.

GGM: Can you still play?

DW: I haven’t in a while actually! My nails are too long. They’re not “athletic short.” You can see my basketball skills this season when I go on a date to Dave & Buster’s, but I haven’t played for a while. 

#RichKids of Beverly Hills airs Sundays at 10 pm on E!

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