Lala Kent and Katie Maloney-Schwartz had the potential to be friends right from the get-go — if you ask Lala. She kind of figured that she and the SURver would be able to form an immediate friendship given their similar upbringings in Utah. But, as the Vanderpump Rules model/actress points out, that wasn't really the case. At all.
"Last year we had a few moments where we bonded over being from Utah, but obviously that didn't last. That was not a make or break of the friendship," the former SUR hostess shared with The Daily Dish. "It's so weird. And she also wasn't raised Mormon, which is the main culture and religion in that state. And so even [the fact] that we're both raised in a Mormon state and neither of us were raised that way, that right there should bond you. That's tough being in that environment and you being the outcast."
While Lala wasn't able to bond with the fellow Utah native, growing up there meant that she tended to form friendships with other people who also weren't Mormon. "It was weird when you would go to school with everyone that was Mormon because they just believe in completely different things. I gravitated towards the people that were in theater class and choir. And the arts were usually for people that weren't religious in any way just because we have to say certain things that are in scripts and so those are the people that I gravitated towards. Those people also were not raised Mormon."
Lala points out that because of the way she spent her days in school, she actually had a very unique experience. "As much as I want to say that I grew up in a state that was all Mormon people, I didn't really have much interaction with them," she said.
Lala and Katie will hash it out at the upcoming Season 5 Vanderpump Rules reunion, which Lala has previously teased took an unexpected turn for the Utah natives. Check out a preview, below, and tune into Part 1, airing Monday at 8/7c.