Bravotv.com: What did you think of Katie Rost’s reaction to the ladies’ concerns about Katie’s gala?
Ashley Darby: Initially, Katie's aggression took me by surprise because I thought she was BFFLs with the Potomac crew, but then I realized she is just like me - trying to make a name for herself. Having someone sh-- on your passion is very disheartening, and would cause anyone to go on the defense. Since Robyn Dixon is a professional event planner, I think she meant well in warning Katie about how hard it is to raise the equivalent of the down payment on a house. That's a lot of coins! There is a way to give your opinion without being a bully, something Gizelle Bryant needs to remember.
Bravotv.com: Tell us about the pressure you felt to please the Potomac ladies.
AD: So many people ask me why I want to be accepted in the Potomac social circle - I've created a comfortable life for myself over the last few years with a great family, loving husband, and amazing friends. But that's just the point, I always want to push my personal boundaries! Life is so boring if you become comfortable with the status quo. I have a great deal of respect for this close knit community of affluent African American women, and I see it as a challenge to get in good with them. Challenge accepted!
Bravotv.com: What do you think of the ladies’ reactions to your weekend away and your home? What were you thinking when the ladies were googling places to stay?
AD: I can't really take their silly reaction to this beautiful multi-million dollar vacation home seriously! My husband is one of the top real estate developers in the nation's capital and a few housewives are going to criticize his home? Yeah, thanks for playing. It baffles me how much they talk about class and etiquette, yet have the audacity to insult someone who invites them in as guests. Did you hear Gizelle or Charrisse Jackson Jordan volunteering a weekend at either of their beach homes? ::crickets:: So what a few friends had to share a room, did I ask them to share a BED? Gizelle should've just been glad she had a place to lay her big head - that thing barely fits through the door.
I will say that I have a new respect for Robyn - she so fun and carefree! Hopefully that becomes a Potomac standard, with a little help from me of course ;). The whole Googling incident hurt my feelings at first because I thought this was a great bonding opportunity and it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the bunch. But in the end I was glad it all worked out and the ladies apologized for their childish behavior so that we could have a great time! Welcome to the Darby Party!
Bravotv.com: Did you forget to pack underwear? (We had to ask!)
AD: I certainly did forget to pack panties! I love being commando to let Virginia air out anyway! On the real I have no shame - sweat and cellulite, we've all got it!