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Miss Lawrence Reflects on His RHOA Days and How Andy Cohen Gave Him "My First Big Break"

The RHOA friend and Fashion Queens co-host is opening up about how his career has changed. 

By Hannah Chambers
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These days, Miss Lawrence is making a mark on the world of pop culture as an actor, singer and songwriter, but Bravo fans will remember that he first got his start on The Real Housewives of Atlanta all the way back in Season 1. On the February 28 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Miss Lawrence reflected on how his career has changed since his time on RHOA

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“The way that we met was that you were doing hair. And you were doing the women’s hair, but were you wanting to act at that time? Or did Lee Daniels see something in you and ask you to audition?” Andy asked Miss Lawrence. 

“You know, it’s funny the way this life thing works. This circle, this vortex. Growing up, I was in the performing arts in high school, and I always kind of had an innate passion for the arts, performing arts, dancing, singing, acting. But I never looked at it as an option, never thought it would be an option for me. I found a lot of refuge and I did a lot of self-exploration in the beauty industry and that’s actually where Miss Lawrence came from,” he explained. “Fast forwarding, I had a very extensive clientele as a hairstylist here in Atlanta, and Shereé [Whitfield] was one of my clients, and when you guys started The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the pilot.” 

“From that, Andy, you gave me my very first break as a cohost on Fashion Queens and Daniel is a fan of Fashion Queens, and he’s also very close friends with Bevy [Smith]. And so Bevy made an introduction to us, and from that he asked what other capabilities did I have. He didn’t know that I could sing. He didn’t know that I could act, and I sent him a couple tapes and yeah, the rest is history.” 

Miss Lawrence, who has acted in projects including Empire, Star, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, also shared a few words of wisdom for those who may appear on television as friends of Housewives. 

“Let me say this to a lot of the people that come onto Real Housewives, any of them. And they come on as a friend to the show and they feel like, you know, ‘Oh, I’m never going to get a peach.’ I knew I would never get a peach,” he said. “Sometimes it’s not bad just to be a friend to the show because you never know what the universe is already working on for you.” 

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