“I’m a pretty forgiving person,” Marysol says. “But I was very upset about the way they were talking about me. I didn’t sleep for many months.”
What exactly did Marysol do to inspire the on- and off-air venom she has received from Lea, who is one of the stars of Housewives, and Lancaster, a recurring guest who, in her oversized stilettos, towers above all the other designer label-obsessed, social-climbing wives?
According to Lancaster, Marysol didn’t let her strut her stuff on the red carpet outside the Blacks’ charity gala one year.
“I came down from my room at the Fontainebleau and was about to step on the red carpet to go into the event when Marysol and her assistant stopped me because the governor was on his way,” says Lancaster, who, out of drag, goes by the name James Davis. “I was cool with Charlie Crist going on the red carpet before me. But then she started letting a lot of other people go in front of me. I’m not stupid. She was trying to exert her limited power. I don’t have to hear the rattle to know when I’m dealing with a poisonous snake.”
So Lancaster ultimately had to ride a bare floor to get into the ballroom. So what? We’re not talking about the Oscars .
“It was that she disrespected me. I don’t need her to get on a red carpet. My life is a red carpet. I get paid to show up at events. That’s my job,” Lancaster says.
Over lunch Marysol pulls up photos on her iPhone that prove Lancaster indeed posed on the red carpet at the Blacks’ 2011 gala. But Elaine says she misspoke on the show when she said that Marysol got in her way at the gala “last year.” She says it was in 2010 that Marysol played her.
“It wasn’t just me. She also didn’t let Adriana [de Moura, another of the wives] walk the red carpet. She says I’m lying. I’d like to see her produce a photo of me on the red carpet in 2010,” Lancaster says.
Says Lea: “It’s going to get a lot more complicated and interesting than people think this season. TV brings out the best and the worst in people.”
“I guess we’ll just let it play out on the show and see what happens,” Marysol offers.
Red carpet war
But, come on. These women must be putting the viewers on. It can’t be that this red carpet business has risen to the level of a genuine war. Can it?
“The fights become very real and very wild,” Elsa says. “I have never been nasty to anyone on the show, but I’ve never had any reason to be. They have all been very nice to me, maybe because I’m much older. But the younger girls rip each other apart for real.”
At least Elsa retains perspective: “All of those women kill to get on the red carpet. Who wants to be on that dirty rag? It’s a joke. They’re not even fighting about interesting things.”
The show’s ratings have been reportedly slipping this season, but if there’s one episode to tune into, it will be the one featuring a dinner party at the home of Miami Beach developer and notorious bad boy Thomas Kramer. Bravo sources say the lineup has not been finalized yet, so there’s no firm date for Kramer’s appearance.
In a teaser, we see Kramer screaming at Elsa, with whom he goes way back.
“You dare to talk like this to my friends and my neighbors? Sit down and shut up or leave!” he bellows.
“Lea was just being very loud and I told her to please shut up. Well, I didn’t say ‘shut up.’ That’s when he screamed at me that I am nobody to tell his guests how to behave. I stand up slowly — his veins are popping out of his neck like an animal — and he screams, ‘Why don’t you go back to Cuba?’ And I responded, ‘For the same reason that you don’t go back to Germany!’ That’s when Mr. Brown says, ‘Very good answer, Elsa.’ ”
“Mom, it’s Mr. Black, not Mr. Brown,” Marysol interjects.
“Well, I know that it’s a color,” Elsa says and smiles.
But Lea has a soft spot for Mami.
“I don’t think she was disrespectful to me [at Kramer’s]. She didn’t like the tone of the evening, and she was shushing people in general. I like her a lot. I like eccentric people.’’