Tom Schwartz insisted he would “never” go on reality TV Vanderpump Rules Season 1 aired in 2013 trying to stay out of the Bravo spotlight.
At the time, Schwartz was dating SURver Katie Maloney and not working at SUR, Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, which was the focus of the series. But Schwartz recently said his hesitation wasn’t because he doesn’t work at SUR like the rest of the cast, but that he wasn’t ready to be in reality television.
After graduating from Florida State University, Schwartz went to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He joked about them pillow and beer Podcast that he wasn’t good at acting and only landed a few commercials. But he wasn’t ready to go all out with reality TV, either.
“I just never thought I would do reality TV because I used to watch shows like that The hills and I was always like, ‘Man, I would never be on a show like this.’ And then you know, maybe fate has a sense of humor or something,” he said. “Because I ended up on a show with the same showrunner as The hills.“
black Vanderpump Rules Castmates threw themselves into the Bravo show, but it took him time before committing to it.
“I was wary,” Schwartz said of the idea of being on reality TV. “And I had to put myself to the test, because even though I didn’t have any credits, apart from commercials and stuff, I thought I still had a chance to be an actor and pursue art.”
“And the reality back then, like back in 2010 when the show first started, there was still a stigma attached to reality TV,” he added. “At least a bigger stigma than now. It was like if you do that now you’d lose every chance you’ll ever have of being a respected actor. which you know what Let’s just be honest. I almost didn’t have a chance. I’m not a good actor. I’m not good at auditions. Maybe I’m okay with being myself But I was lucky enough to book the few commercials that I did.”
While Maloney and Vanderpump Rules Cast members drove most of the drama, Schwartz dove in and out of the show. “So I had cameos,” he recalled Vanderpump Rules Season 1. “Yeah, I was filming, but like I had one foot in and one foot out. Because that was a year where I still had an inner dilemma, how do I do this?
Schwartz was basically known as Maloney’s boyfriend at the time. But, “I had a few lines, and then by season 2 I was a little bit more into it and I started warming up to it,” he recalled. “I started seeing some of the cool opportunities the cast got after they finished filming, performed in Vegas, and got a little taste of the good life. And I was really starting to warm up to it.”
“Then in Season 3 I decided to just go all the way, and I kind of got sucked into some drama,” Schwartz said. “I was a bit of a dork. I cheated on Katie this season and I kind of got sucked into it. But at the same time, I started embracing it and I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to give it my all and see what happens.’”
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