You know Lisa Wu Hartwell as the spunky, energetic, half Asian wife of Ed “sometimes 6th housewife” Hartwell on Bravo’s hit reality series Atlanta “Real Housewives”. There has been much more drama since the first season and Lisa is still her happy-go-lucky self. I chatted with Lisa as she was boarding a plane on her way out of Los Angeles.You know Lisa Wu Hartwell as the spunky, energetic, half Asian wife of Ed “sometimes 6th housewife” Hartwell on Bravo’s hit reality series Atlanta “Real Housewives”. There has been much more drama since the first season and Lisa is still her happy-go-lucky self. I chatted with Lisa as she was boarding a plane on her way out of Los Angeles. Read our first interview with Lisa Wu Hartwell along with her family pictures.
ASIANCE: Tell us about your clothing line that you started!
Lisa: It’s called Closet Freak. Yeah it’s a provocative name. It’s a name and attention grabber. Everyone is like what does that mean? My husband and myself, we created the line to instill confidence in women worldwide that women feel they don’t need to dress provocatively to get attention and to really instill confidence. Sometimes you see these girls on the street and they’re pouring out of their clothes and they have so much more to offer than exposing themselves. There are some things that simply should be left for the bedroom. That’s why we came up with name, Closet Freak.
ASIANCE: Any celebrities that you would love to dress?
Lisa: It’s flirty, sexy but also very sophisticated. Any woman that fits that description, who likes a little bit of sexiness to it but at the same time, they’re sophisticated and classy. It doesn’t have to be just celebrities. It’s for the everyday woman. It really is. We have pieces that can transcend from day time to evening.
Hhmmmm..If you must ask me.
I love Cameron Diaz. I love her style. I love Rihanna. I think she’s a trend setter. Beyonce. The list goes on and on. I’d be honored for any of them to want to wear Closet Freak. Part of the proceeds goes to the Big Heart Foundation. It is all for a good cause.
ASIANCE: Are you and Ed still trying to have another baby?
Lisa: Well we’re having fun trying! (laughs) I’m not pregnant y et but it’s funny, I get that question on the street all the time, “Are you pregnant yet?” We’re having fun trying but whenever God blesses us with a child. We would like a little girl but as long as the child is healthy that is all that matters.
ASIANCE: Did you pick out names for a girl?
Lisa: No. I would just be besides myself because I have 3 boys. Every time they were like, “It’s a boy!” so if I had a girl, I don’t know. I’ll probably buy all kinds of books. I’m not sure.
I’m giving you a compliment and you attack me? What is that? Are there some types of insecurity issues?
ASIANCE: EJ is so cute his season.
Lisa: He is so funny. He’s a smart kid. Last year he was a baby, so when people see him now you can see his expressions. Right now, he’s in full effect. He’s very physical and strong for his age.
ASIANCE: Is Ed going to put him in football?
Lisa: One day he woke up and said, “Football, football, football.” He gets into the positions and like he’s catching in the background. He’s very animated and I think he just got it from his father. It’s genetics. If he wants to play football, he can play football. I’m going to try to get him into baseball, basketball, football, soccer.
He’s too funny. Everyone loves EJ. They want more EJ.
ASIANCE: Who is your favorite Housewife?
Lisa: Of course myself! (laughs) I like Jill from New York. I think Bethenny is cool. I like Kelly. I’ve met them so they see pretty cool to me. I like Caroline from Jersey. She seems pretty cool even though I haven’t had a chance to meet her. I even go for the underdog. I like Danielle. I felt sorry for her. Sometimes things happen in your past that you have no control over. The fact that you have to deal with it and people keep bringing it back up…my heart went out to her. Danielle seems pretty cool.
For Orange County, Gretchen seems like a riot. Tamara was very cool when we first met her.
ASIANCE: Is Ed getting back into football?
Lisa: I don’t want to give any story lines away but I will say that he is transitioning. He’s trying out and I don’t want to give any story lines away. You have to keep watching
ASIANCE: Is the drama going to get even better?
Lisa: You have not seen anything yet. Hold onto the edge of your seats. It’s going to continue.
ASIANCE: Have you and Kim made up yet?
Lisa: Um No..(laughs). There is a lot going on. There are a lot of interviews and a lot of press that we do together. There a lot of things that happens behind the scenes. So what you are seeing on television is very realistic. A lot of people think there is staged drama but it really isn’t. You have 5 females who are very opinionated and vocal about how they feel. So of course we’re going to butt heads sometimes.
ASIANCE: Do you keep in touch with Deshawn (Snow)at all?
Lisa: Deshawn was actually Nene’s friend. She was never actually any of the other girls’ friends. She never reached out to any of us. We have been invited to a few functions of hers but we were never really close.
I’ve met Michael Vick a few times and I’ve met his fiancé. I believe everyone deserves a second chance.
ASIANCE: Are you and Nene getting along with Tania?
Lisa: I don’t really have a problem with her but she came off a little hard..I’m giving you a compliment and you attack me? What is that? Are there some types of insecurity issues? I walk in giving you compliments and you attack me. That is the only issue I’ve had with her. It’s not like an ongoing issue. I’ve seen her since then and we are fine. I just don’t think that is necessary when someone is trying to compliment you.
ASIANCE: What do you think of the Michael Vick situation?
Lisa: I’ve met Michael Vick a few times and I’ve met his fiancé. I believe everyone deserves a second chance. We all make mistakes. It just so happens that we’re living our lives in front of so many people that we just don’t have the liberty to take it back because the media gets hold of it and you’re this horrible person. Everyday there are things that people do everyday which they would love to apologize for. So I believe everyone deserves a second chance.
ASIANCE: Thanks again Lisa! Always great to catch up with you.
Lisa: Thanks for having me.