Tami Roman On Why She Didn’t Join The ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’
Tami Roman is back for a second season of The Ms. Pat Show and shares that the theme of this season is “healing.”
In an interview with BET.com about the series, the reality star talks about the relationship dynamic between her character and the titular character.
“Pat and Denise are trying to heal and just for clarity, the entire season is about healing in one aspect or another,” she shared.
“Their relationship was fractured at the end of season one and they’re working towards being loving sisters to each other because they actually do love and care for one another. It's just sometimes egos and pride gets in the way and they've got to learn how to navigate through those”, she continued, saying her character Denise always wanted to be like her sister Ms. Pat and yearns for the same success.
“I think Denise is coming from a place of looking out at her sister and knowing that they both were in the trenches together — that they had a lot of trials and tribulations in their upbringing but Pat made it out,” she said.
“When you look at yourself in the mirror and you have to just take accountability that that was not your journey, sometimes it causes your mind to go places that aren't helpful. Denise wants to be like Pat and be as strong as Pat. I never look out at another person and say, I wish I could be why not I — I'm not a covetous individual. I just know my walk and my journey is mine alone —I try to take those steps accordingly.”
During our interview with Roman, she clears the air about a recent comment made about her wanting to join the Real Housewives Of Atlanta in the past.
“Okay, so I was asked a question during an interview on what reality shows I watch and I said Real Housewives of Atlanta and Real Housewives of Potomac,” she expressed.
“The interviewer asked if I would ever join either— I said no. They asked me which one I would choose to be on and I said, Potomac because I really liked them — not that I wanted to join Potomac. Now, when it comes to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives had been off the air for about two years and I loved the franchise. Nene, Kandi, and Phaedra were on it at the time. I said to myself how it's always worked for me in the past, let me call the people and see if I could join their cast. I made that call and I went through the process. A lot of people don't know the process, but you do a casting tape and you get on the phone with the producers and you talk and they send that footage to the powers that be. They had told me no, but the reason they told me no was because I was such an impactful personality on an opposing network that they did not want to cross-mingle or cross-pollinate talent. I never wanted to be on Potomac — I did try to do Atlanta, and was told no, for the reasons I just said.”
You can watch the second season of The Ms. Pat Show now on BET+.
*This interview has been edited for length and clarity
Ty Cole is a New York-based entertainment reporter and writer for BET.com who covers pop culture, music, and lifestyle. Follow his latest musings on Twitter @IamTyCole.