Even before she was cast on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I knew Erika Jayne from her fabulous performances. I had seen her perform in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and she commands the stage. You know someone is a true diva when she has beautiful/godlike dancers behind her and you can’t take your eyes off her. Therefore you know I was fangirling out a bit right before the interview, but as soon as she picked up the phone she said “Hi Scott and Happy Thanksgiving (it was the day before Thanksgiving),” and I knew she was as wonderful a person as I anticipated. By the way, at the end of the interview, she wished me Happy Thanksgiving once again! It was a pleasure to speak with Erika Jayne for this exclusive Hotspots interview just a couple weeks before her Pretty Mess tours stops in Fort Lauderdale at Revolution Live on Sunday, December 9.
Were you always a performer, even as a child?
I have been entertaining since I was 3 years old.
When did singing/performing become a real interest?
Around the age of 14 when I went to performing arts high school. At that point I knew this was it!
You are a diva for the gay community. Did that happen immediately or when did the gay community find you?
My family, my mentors and a lot friends are members of the LGBTQ community, and thank god the gay community embraced Erika Jayne and the music I produce.
Where do you find your sexy back up dancers from?
They are hand-picked for me.
You have a great sense of fashion. Did that come naturally?
I have always enjoyed fashion since I was a little kid. I get it from my mom and grandma. We always loved to express ourselves creatively.
How did you pick your Glam Squad? And tell me more about them as I feel you treat them like family?
I work with a very close group of hair and makeup people. We spend so much time together that they really become your family. They are my family!
How did you get cast on RHOBH?
I was sitting on Yolanda’s couch and we were chatting, and she said you ought to be on the show. She texted her boss, set up an interview for me, and I got the job.
After so many seasons, are you still enjoying it?
I think it has done a lot for me and I am grateful!
Other than in Florida, do you have a favorite city/venue/event to perform in or at?
I would have to say I had a really great experience in Chicago recently, but I love so many places that I performed at, it’s impossible to pick a favorite!
I have to ask about your memoir, Pretty Mess, how did that come about, and was it a cathartic experience?
I don’t think it was cathartic, as I didn’t find myself healing old wounds. I was just telling my story, and it was a great experience. I am so glad that it was well received.
What should the Florida audiences expect form The Pretty Mess Tour?
Glitz, glamour, fun and a good time. Me in fabulous costumes, singing fabulous songs with hot guys behind me…come to the show!
Catch Erika Jayne in her Pretty Mess Tour performing Sunday, Dec 9, at 9pm at Revolution Live (100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale) with tickets starting at only $40.