Here's What Would Make Stassi Schroeder Actually Quit VPR
Here we are: The final two episodes of the three-part Vanderpump Rules Season 5 reunion. So far, we've seen Katie Maloney shockingly apologize to Lala Kent.
James Kennedy made an appearance and actually made the rest of the group laugh with him (not at him, for once) — joking about Stassi Schroeder "crawling back" to the show.
And Tom Sandoval kept talking.
(But in his defense, it's not like he was wrong about any of it.)
And we're sure tonight's ep will be just as juicy. How can it not? It's Vander-fucking-pump Rules.
Lucky for you (and us because we're obsessed), we had the chance to ask Schroeder (via email) a few pressing questions about this season, and of course, her podcast Straight Up with Stassi.
SheKnows: First off, regarding your podcast, which I love…
Stassi Schroeder: So honored to be doing this, and I really have to express how much I love the way these questions were worded. I feel like I wrote them, lol. So thank you for that.
SK: Who has been your favorite guest and why? What was one thing revealed on your podcast that surprised you?
SS: Ahhh, that is incredibly tough. It’s like a mother choosing her favorite amongst her own children. But I’ve always said that I’ll probably be that mother who shamelessly admits she prefers one of her children over the other (lol). I mean, you love them the same, but it’s human nature to have favorites, right? I say this to make myself feel better about judging my future children.
So with that I will say my favorite guest will always be Rachel Zoe. I remember a year or two after I moved to Los Angeles, her show on Bravo debuted and I became completely enthralled by her. She became an inspiration. I have a huge love for style & aesthetics. Nothing makes me happier than putting together an outfit or decorating my apartment. And I became obsessed with how she made "style" accessible to anyone. She made fashion fun, and she brought humor to it with her wit & personality. So to be in her office and have her on my podcast… It was a very special day for me
SK: For those not already listening, why should they start now?
SS: I’ve been trying to spread the word about podcasts for a long time. I’ve always been a fan of talk radio. It’s the most intimate form of entertainment. When you listen to someone on the radio, it’s like you’re becoming best friends with that radio host. When I started my podcast, I set out to make women feel like they’re sitting around with their best girlfriends, drinking wine, talking about things they never say in public. And I hate that I alienate men in that because I love that men listen as well! That has just been a bonus for me! So if I were to try and convince someone to listen, I would say: When you’re doing your makeup, when you’re in your car, on the subway, bored at your desk, doing the dishes, making dinner, etc. — do you want to make it fun? Because you’ll laugh a lot and feel like you’re at "girls' night," if you give it a listen.
SK: Who’s your dream guest that hasn’t already been on your podcast? What would you like to find out from him/her?
SS: Well, aside from Joan Rivers (because she was everything I look up to and want to emulate), it’s easy... Kate Hudson. I really love open, honest, laid back, funny women. I like when women put their whole selves out there. And I’ve always felt she was someone who is just so incredibly herself. I really like what she represents. I don’t know that I would have anything I want to find out from her; I kind of just want to sit, stare and listen to her speak... and then attempt to soak that all in. lol.
SK: In what ways does your podcast break boundaries? What makes it stand apart from the rest (aside from it being hosted by you)?
SS: I feel really lucky to have gotten into podcasting at the perfect time. When I started, there were quite a few other reality people doing it, but I didn’t hear any that were similar to what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to rely on a producer to write me an outline, or have a sterile studio, or use celebrity guests as clickbait. I wanted my podcast to be an audio version of someone’s real life experiences. I wanted it to be raw and real. I make it a point to not edit anything out, and I don’t censor myself (something that has gotten me in trouble A LOT). But I’m doing something different, and I’m very proud of the community of listeners I brought together. Podcasting is an experience for me. It’s not just some branding extension to help my image. I love it and it’s made me finally feel fulfilled. Joan Rivers changed broadcasting, in my opinion. She ripped the blinds off the "politically correct" type of talk. She never set out to hurt anyone, but she said what she wanted because she found the humor in every situation. I want to be like that, and I hope that’s what I’m doing. I don’t want to live in a world where you’re scared to even be you because you have to worry about offending someone.
SK: Now about Vanderpump Rules… VPR has been a bit all over the place when it comes to portraying you as specific character types. At different times you've been a princess-type, a bitch-type, a ride-or-die BFF-type. Does watching these various sides to you affect you at all? Do you think it’s fair that women get slotted into these roles more frequently on TV than the men? Jax is arguably the only guy on the show who's been through a similar journey in terms of being portrayed in explicit stereotypes/character types.
SS: I would absolutely be lying if I said that what I see of myself on the show doesn’t bother me, but I can’t be mad at it. All of those things (the princess, bitch, BFF, etc.) are me. No one is making me something that I’m not. I only get frustrated when I see that just one specific aspect of who I am is the only thing shown. But that is also the way reality TV works. There aren’t enough minutes in the episode to show every single person’s whole self. I think that both men and women get slotted into specific roles for entertainment; I don’t feel it’s just females. My "gender issue" with reality TV is that male "villains" are glorified while female "villains" are torn apart. I will never understand that. When Jax has been at his most villainous, he gets high fives from men and direct messages from chicks. When women are at their most villainous, we get tweeted a detailed outline about how we should kill ourselves.
SK: You've been with VPR since Day 1. Where do you stand in terms of wanting to continue with the show? At what point would you call it quits?
SS: I’ve always said that what sets our show apart is that we were a real group of friends before VPR was ever even an idea. Some of these people are my best friends. I love doing the show with my friends. And I hope to keep doing it as long as my life fits into what Vanderpump Rules is about. Obviously, at some point we are all going to go through different life changes, but until then, I’m enjoying it.
SK: On VPR, you strike me as someone who values her female friendships ferociously; and IRL, you're balancing quite a lot of professional and personal commitments. What advice would you give to women when it comes to balancing personal and professional with nurturing/maintaining female friendships?
SS: My female friendships bring so much joy to my life, I can’t boast about it enough. I’m so proud of my girlfriends, and I truly wouldn’t feel like myself without them. I think it’s so important to have positive female energy around you, it’s like getting Vitamin D or something. I’ve never had trouble balancing work & personal commitments with my friends because I make girl-time a priority. This is going to sound so incredibly BASIC but I’m going to do it anyway: I spent my high school years watching Sex & the City. Those girls were what I looked up to in terms of female friendship. And that’s who I try to model myself after as a friend.
SK: OK, so you're stuck on a desert island and you can only be stuck with one of the following castmates: James, Jax, Ariana or Tom Sandoval. Who would you choose and why?
SS: Ariana. I actually like Ariana. I think she’s really hard on me, but despite that, I enjoy her company when I’m around her. I don’t want to be someone who only "likes" a person because I know that person likes me back. I also feel like she might be super capable on a deserted island. Tom Sandoval is a close second, I could see him being MacGyver-ish.
SK: Speaking of, and this is not a question. Please tell me we’re done seeing James. Because I cannot anymore.
SS: LOL — I have zero clue, actually!
SK: What are some things we didn’t see last season that you wish they aired?
SS: When we were in New Orleans, we went on a ghost tour and had an awesome girls dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Brennan’s. The dinner was in a private room that looked like it was straight out Versailles. It was magical!!!! I just love my hometown so much and wanted to see more of it. We filmed all around the French Quarter while we were on the ghost tour. I’m dying to see that!!!
SK: What’s your favorite one-liner from this past season? (Either your own or someone else’s.)
SS: Ohhh, that’s a tough one!!! I may give this one to Kyle from Summer House when he called me Steve Jobs. EPIC. hahahaha.
SK: Let’s end this on a random note: Your obsession with aliens, ghosts, death, etc. — I can totally relate to. I go on ghost hunts all the time and even went to Sedona to try to spot alien activity (seriously, if you haven’t looked into Bradshaw Ranch, do it; it’s worth it). Have you done any "hunting" of your own and what were your favorite spots?
SS: I grew up in New Orleans, one of the most haunted cities in America. So my friends and I were constantly sneaking into cemeteries, going on ghost tours and visiting haunted spots. Lately, I’ve been into looking around the Los Feliz area because that was where most people in the entertainment industry resided back in the day. During the Black Dahlia time, Los Feliz was the place to be, so I’m discovering that there are so many haunted houses and spots there. There is ONE specific place I’m too scared to go to, and am looking for the will to try and go. And that’s the Cecil Hotel. I’m terrified of it. Research the death of Elisa Lam & watch the elevator footage of her... then you’ll totally understand why I’m so scared of it.
SK: What is your favorite alien conspiracy theory and why?
SS: I love hearing channelings from the Blue Avians via Corey Goode, which say the moon isn’t natural & instead serves as a Secret Space Program base for Earthlings and other extra-terrestrials. I mean, you can’t make this shit up. LOL.
Part 2 of the Vanderpump Rules reunion airs tonight on Bravo at 8/7c.