You know that feeling you get when someone says something remarkably sweet to you or tells you how much you've meant to them, and all of a sudden you're torn between tears and a big old smile? Kim Richards is all too familiar with it these days, and she's happy to have that emotion take her over.
In a candid interview with PEOPLE about her ongoing recovery from alcohol addiction, Kim says that since going sober (which she's been for more than a year now), strangers and fans have reached out to her to say that she's been an inspiration for their own sobriety. "You have no idea how many people out there have said, 'You have saved me. Because of you, I have 30 days [of sobriety], ... I cry. It makes me smile. It makes me cry-smile. I smile-cry. It's so rewarding," she tells PEOPLE.
Kim, whose struggles were on full display during her time on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in past seasons, says that she hasn't had a drink since December 2011, but notes that "it hasn't been easy, but my whole life today is amazing, and I owe it all to my sobriety."
As for her relationship with little sister Kyle Richards, Kim says it's a work in progress, but on the current season of RHOBH, viewers will get to see it all unfold. "It's so up and down the whole season for Kyle and I. And then Kyle and I really were able to put it together this Christmas."
Watch the first 10 minutes of tonight's RHOBH below and be sure to tune in at 9p/8c!
Kim, I have to be honest. I absolutely can not mesh with you what so ever on the show. However, I have viewed your early work as well as some of your very latest. I never knew you were so bloody talented. Seriously, sooooo NOT a fan of yours on the show, but you flippin ROCK as an actress. You're an artist.
I would honestly pay for an overpriced theatre ticket to see more of your work. Your sister, Kyle might have the perfect family etc, but even when you're sleeping, you can out act her on her best show.
If I were you, I might consider, trying to hang out more with Yolanda etc. She is surrounded by talented artists such as yourself. You need to be in a community of like minds.
kim you are a very sweet person. sometimes i see that little girl on witch mountain when you smile a certain way. you are a good actor and i wish your agent would find you a tv series. there is so many good cable shows there just has to be one with your name on it.