Bravotv.com: Tell us about being responsible for the restaurant and your interview process. What would your answers be to Heels/Flats, Katy Perry/Taylor Swift, where would you live if not Washington DC and why?
Ashley Darby: Many people have this preconceived notion that since I married an established older man, I’m going to kick up my Louboutins and ride on his coattails. No way, honey! I have dreams and aspirations of my own, like providing my mom with long-term financial security. Don’t get me wrong - I am thankful that Michael shares his life with me and helps my family, but I want to make it rain with my own coins!
A restaurant is an incredibly risky venture, so what the outside world didn’t see was the formal presentation and month-long conversation (and pillow talk) Michael and I had before he agreed to be my business partner! If I drop the ball and we lose this investment, it’ll be hard for me to look my husband in the eye for a long time.
Opening Oz is an all-consuming task! I sleep, eat and breathe kangaroos and cocktails. I needed to find an assistant who was ready to be Ashley Jr – that means funny, witty and smart ;-D. Michael and I made a list of off-the-wall questions to see who would answer them with the most poise. And we got some Voguing out of it! #winning
I love these questions! Heels mostly, sneakers when I get my sweat on. Katy Perry – she has great boobs. I’d pack up and move to Melbourne, Australia in a heartbeat – I’d be the only woman with an afro, but it’d be worth it!
Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts when you picked up on Karen’s shade at the yacht party?
AD: At this point I’m used to Karen’s shade. I’m learning that while the women of Potomac claim to say exactly what they mean, it’s actually shrouded in shade.
Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when the whole hubub happened with Michael and swimming? What do you think of Gizelle and Karen’s reactions?
AD: Why are these women so damn uptight?! In Australia, where Michael is from and people have yacht parties ALL the time, guests are encouraged to take a dip. If Karen didn’t want us to swim, she should’ve thrown a party that was more fun and on land.
And I really need for Gizelle to stop telling me "what black people do." She has not been appointed to the Council for Black Behavior. People can have fun in different forms regardless of their skin color – step into the 21st Century, boo. Let's keep it 100 - if it's just that you all can't swim, just ask Michael for lessons!