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Kyle Richards has decades of experience juggling her personal and professional lives as a working actress in Hollywood. But her career commitments picked up even more in 2021, starring in two films, Halloween Kills and Housewives of the North Pole, both of which are now streaming exclusively on Peacock. She will also soon reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace in the upcoming Halloween Ends.
And with spending more time away from her loved ones to film these projects in recent years, sometimes getting the chance to see her family "has been a challenge lately, no doubt," Kyle shared during an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider in November.
As Kyle and Mauricio reflected on their quarter-century of marriage in honor of their recent cover story for The Knot Magazine's 25th Anniversary Issue, on newsstands now, they shared how important it is for them to continue to make time for each other no matter what's going on in their busy schedules. "We always try to make each other a priority and the family a priority," Kyle said. "And we have a shared calendar so that we can try to work around each other, so that we can, you know, try to balance it so we have our time together."
For this Real Housewives of Beverly Hills couple, that means making the most of when they are in the same place. "We work out together in the morning, which is good. 'Cause at least we have that time together, even though it’s like, you know, we have our AirPods in, I’m on the Peloton, he’s on another bike," Kyle described. "So we’re meditating side by side, but we’re together. So at least that feels good, too [laughs]."
In order to make time for each other, Kyle and Mauricio sometimes have to cut down on their social outings. "We make it work. You know, the unfortunate sacrifice, quite honestly, is time with our friends," Mauricio said during the same interview with Bravo Insider. "But we’re both very conscious of the fact that we’re busy and that we have to make time for each other, which I think is really good."
But when Kyle can't be in the same place (or even in the same state) as her family, like when she was shooting movies on location, she always makes sure to find a solution. "When I was filming Halloween, I was flying back-and-forth. We didn’t film on the weekends, so if I got a Friday or a Monday off, I would fly to L.A., be with my family, and shoot [RHOBH]. It was very challenging," Kyle said. "And then when I was filming in Utah, The Housewives of the North Pole, I would fly, even if it was [for] 24 hours, to see my family."
Kyle and Mauricio have also found ways to sneak in some couples' time during work trips. "I had to go to New York for business a couple days ago, and my husband said, 'Well, I’m gonna go with you because our schedules are so crazy. I can try to do some business there, and we can be together. Just because, you know, we have to find this time for each other,'" Kyle recalled. "So even the flight going there together, and we had, you know, stayed in a hotel and [had] dinner together for the night — it was just nice to have that, because our schedules are so busy right now."
So, when Kyle jetted off to Turks and Caicos to film The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, currently streaming only on Peacock, Mauricio also found ways to be a part of it. Not only do we see Mauricio in the first episode of the series as Kyle packs for the vacation at home, but he also stops by a dinner party at the house of Ramona Singer's friend John during the trip that ends up coming to a rather dramatic end.
Mauricio opened up to Bravo Insider about his Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip experience. "Well, for me, it was just a little bit of a coincidence. I was actually in Turks and Caicos for work, and we [Mauricio's real estate firm The Agency, which has an office in the islands] helped get them the house where they all stayed," he said. "I was literally there for work. But I was lucky enough to have [Kyle] there, you know, filming at the same time. And so, I got a chance to see her again, even though she was working."
Everything "worked out perfectly," according to Kyle — well, almost everything. "I did have a little bit of guilt that I was the only one who had a husband or a boyfriend visiting, let me tell you [laughs]," she said.
Knowing that this was supposed to be a girls-only getaway, Kyle said that she made sure to check with her fellow travelers (which, in addition to Ramona, included Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, and Luann de Lesseps) if it would be OK for her to spend some time alone with her husband. "After getting permission from the other women, because I did not want them to, like, hold it over me, I got their permission to leave for a night with my husband," Kyle said. "And I did have to do the walk of shame the next day [laughs]."
"It just feels like the walk of shame because it wasn’t like I had a suitcase with me," Kyle continued. "I had no makeup remover, either. It was a situation, let me tell you."
The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip is streaming now only on Peacock.
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