April 26, 2012 9:47am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding' Star Kim Zolciak Talks Going Wigless, Babies and Kroy's Money
Much has changed with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak since its first season. She isn’t in the middle of the Housewives drama like she used to be. Now, more attention gets paid to her new marriage to Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann, a new baby and another on the way. And clearly, Bravo has taken notice.
Zolciak’s new series, Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding, captures a woman in transition and Zolciak promises viewers will see more of what they love about her along with some new things we’ve never seen.
“Well, you get to see my real hair,” Zolciak tells The Hollywood Reporter about what to expect from the spinoff. “People are going to get to see Kroy’s family and they’re going to get to see some drama between my mother and myself, between my best friend of 12 years and myself, and just the stress and excitement of planning a wedding in a short amount of time and then the actual event -- which was just amazing -- with a little bit of drama.”
THR spoke to Zolciak about the new series, her second baby with Biermann, the marriage-related controversies and why she decided to finally go wigless on TV.
The Hollywood Reporter: You literally just got back from an ultrasound to confirm your baby’s gender. Will you give THR the scoop?
Kim Zolciak: No, I’m not going to give you the scoop on that, but he’s so friggin’ cute. I mean, it’s adorable, like I just can’t believe that I’m pregnant again, I’m going through it again. I can’t believe it. He, she, I call it a "he" just because of [my first son] KJ I think, but you know, she whatever it is, that baby’s healthy and adorable so I’m so excited.
THR: Yeah, fans were also surprised that you got pregnant again so quickly.
Zolciak: Planned though, planned. Once we got married, we just said we’re going to try. There’s a lot of speculation about whether it’s a he or she. We did want to make sure that it was the correct gender before we went out and told people, so we literally just left. I had not had a chance to talk to Kroy on how we’re going to tell people, but I know there’s a lot of speculation.
THR: Speaking of Kroy, how do you feel about Marlo Hampton casting doubt on his finances during the reunion?
Zolciak: Let’s be honest, Marlo is known for being an escort, like she’s known for that… It’s common knowledge in Atlanta. If you want to spread your legs and make money, then so be it, but don’t comment on somebody that had a full on four-and-a-half year relationship with somebody, and is now married, expecting a second child with her husband, and bring up some nonsense, or ever imply that my husband would use Big Poppa’s ring to purchase this one. I was on Twitter this morning going off on people saying Kroy makes $550,000 dollars or whatever, whether Kroy made that or not is really irrelevant. Kroy made a hell of lot more than that, but that’s nobody’s business. Kroy designed my ring, spent a ton of money on my ring. It was really important to Kroy that I have a beautiful ring, and I was surprised by my ring. But to ever insult Kroy like that, it’s just gross. She’s just gross.
THR: There was some talk among fans after your wedding invitation leaked online that you were too big for your britches. Will that play out on the new show at all?
Zolciak: It will play out a little bit. I called a friend of mine, Perez Hilton, and was just like, “I need some advice.” And I don’t think I’m too big for my britches, I just know how Twitter works and I wanted the event to be private. I wanted to just enjoy my day, not worry about the cameras, not worry about anything going wrong. I just wanted it to be a personal day. We could have had 500 people, but we didn’t. We just had a little over 200 I think total, and those were people that had been very supportive of Kroy and I, very supportive of me. With Twitter and Facebooking, details get out in two seconds, and we didn’t want that. So, we did ask that were no cameras, no phones, etcetera.
THR: Let’s go back to your hair. You have been very protective of always being shot with the wig during Real Housewives. Why would you show your hair now?
Zolciak: Right, well, I think it’s time. Bravo doesn’t ask you to do anything, they just capture your real life, and I had [my hairstylists] say to me one day, “You know you really should do your real hair for the wedding.” I have beautiful hair -- it’s just not as long as my wig, same color. I dye it the same color and they had this great idea that I wear my real hair, and I was like, “No, like I don’t want to wear my real hair, that’s not the look I’m going for. This is not a day that you change your whole look," you know, blah, blah, blah. And so they just kind of irritated me, and I was like, “Well, the hell with it, here’s my hair.” That’s basically what happened. It was just like, “OK, you know what you guys? Here’s my hair, and I’m not, not going to wear a wig on my wedding day.” With this wig, I thee wed.
THR: With this spinoff, do you see it going for more seasons like Bethenny Ever After?
Zolciak: I would love to, I really had a lot of fun doing the spinoff. It was really a totally different spiel. I think people get to really see me for me. I share the 45 minutes that Housewives is on every week with five other people, so that three minutes or five minutes that you see of me or maybe sometimes 10, 15 minutes, you don’t get to see the real me. You can make an assumption off of what you see, but I think with the spinoff, you get the chance to kind of see me in a different light. You see my girls, Kroy’s family, and I really had a lot of fun doing it, even though it was very stressful planning a wedding in a short amount of time, and also having cameras there to capture it. I would love to, though.
THR: Have you thought about how many more seasons of reality shows you have in you, or is there a point where you would like to step away from that?
Zolciak: Yeah, I mean let’s be honest, this isn’t going to last forever, but I’m going to ride it as long as I can.
Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on Bravo. Watch a preview below.
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