Bravotv.com: Are you excited for tonight’s premiere?
Rachel Zoe: I am! I think it’s a really good episode.
So we’ll start with Taylor, I know, painful subject…
She’s a big part of the premiere. So what happened? We know the books didn’t add up, but can you go into any more detail?
We have to be really careful about it. I think what I would say is that not much shocks me in my life, but this is one of the things that has really shocked me the most in my life and my career, for sure.
Roger was saying that when he spoke to her that she had no emotion, did you speak to her after that?
Nope, we have not spoken. Our relationship is no longer.
But what does that mean for your business?
You know my business is actually better off for it. Brad stepped into the role of Style Director immediately. He rose to the occasion, he took charge, and really just showed me what he can do. Brad and I have always had a close relationship and now there is nothing stopping us from being as close as we are. And basically Brad and I just became stronger, and Jordan really started to rise up and follow through as a real stylist and not just an assistant. All the responsibilities shifted to Brad and Jordan, and Brad and Jordan are super close, like brother and sister. And we just have a really happy work environment, everyone works extremely hard and laughs all day. There are no fights, there are no slamming doors, there is no negative energy anywhere, which is quite wonderful. It’s almost like I forgot what it’s like to have a work environment like that.
I do believe everything happens for a reason, even though it was a really tough moment for me in my life. I obviously couldn’t deal with it very well, so Rodger had to, and thankfully now that we have him as a part of our company, he can deal with this stuff much better than I can. I’m way too emotional for it. I was way too close with Taylor.
At the end of last season, we finally saw Rodger kind of come on and take a more active role in Zoe Inc.
Yeah, and you’ll see that all season. He’s really my partner, you know? My company is really solid, and we just have a great time and everybody just works for a cause, you know what I mean? And there is a huge amount of trust within my company, and the infrastructure is really solid, and there is just an incredible system. We’re like a well-oiled machine now.
Last season we were waiting to see if Brad would really come through in the end, and we see in the first episode he’s a little nervous about his new role. Did you worry at all that his new role would be too much for him?
I honestly didn’t. The thing is that I always knew what Brad was capable of. Since Taylor was there for four years she had seniority, and I also saw that he was kind of suppressed in a way. He couldn’t show me what he could really do. I always loved him and trusted him and all of that, but he really just did it, just went full steam ahead, took no prisoners and took charge, and it has just worked out so great. It goes along with the biggest lesson of my career, everything happens for a reason. Unfortunately I learn a lot of lessons the hard way, like we all do. It’s hard to predict things and see things coming. Sometimes things just have to happen, and they have to hit you in the face. You gotta get hurt, and it’s just an unfortunate situation. But my team has never been stronger. And there are always going to be people who come and go, but at the end of the day it’s how you go, and why you go, and are you forced to go. There’s a way to do things with class and grace and it’s no secret that that’s not how Taylor felt.