She is likely to reprise her role as a hotheaded athletic coach on “Glee” this season. Mr. Murphy offered her the part on “New Normal” via text message. She’s currently working on the show in Los Angeles with a “Real Housewives” crew in tow. She convinced Mr. Murphy to tape an appearance for the show recently, but keeps the cameras confined to her dressing room on the “New Normal” set. “If [fellow actors] see me walking around with a reality-show camera, they won’t take me seriously,” says Ms. Leakes. As an actor she stays in character on set, and has asked to be addressed as “Rocky” even when she’s not doing a scene. She wanted to change her signature platinum-blonde coiffure for the role, but the producers nixed the idea.
So the RHOA production crew is confirmed to be on the set of The New Normal. Ryan Murphy really does have a hard-on for Nene! She’s essentially getting paid for RHOA while getting paid for The New Normal. The girl is good.
AND… Nene is doing it all without a true talent agent! According to the WSJ:
She doesn’t have a traditional talent agent, and she only recently asked a friend to help her hire an assistant in Los Angeles. She says, “You have to bring home a lot of money if you have a lot of those people around. I wanted to be able to see my money.”
A year and a half ago, she took on a new manager, Steven Grossman of the Collective, a Los Angeles-based firm whose clients range from film stars to YouTube sensations. To boost her crossover appeal, he says, they set out to shift the perception of her from “bitchy and mean” to “sassy and confident.”
The sassy and confident makeover seems to be working. When the WSJ asked how her transition to acting sits with her “Real Housewives” co-stars, she keeps the coals stoked. “They have all said ‘congratulations’ and ‘we’re proud of you.’ Do I feel it from everybody? That’s another story.” That’s miles ahead of the old “they are all haters because I’m a rich bitch” Nene.
I’ve got it hand it to her. She’s doing something right. The Wall Street Journal. I’ll be damned. Thoughts?