Posted: 11:39 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
By Beth Douglass
When #RichKids of Beverly Hillspremiered this Sunday and Monday, it gave E! its best ratings in key female demographics in well over a year. People just can’t stop talking about #RichKids, a reality series that follows some of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest young adults.
Fans are obsessed with every detail of the cast’s fabulous and crazy lives — from closets full of Birkins and Louboutins to $488,680.50 shopping sprees. Wetpaint Entertainment got the chance to speak with cast member Jonny Drubel, a 25-year-old aspiring singer/songwriter, about having his life play out on camera.
Jonny gave us a couple of teases about all the drama to come (two words: Cabo. Vacation.) and took a moment to address some of the biggest misconceptions people have about the show.
Wetpaint Entertainment: We’ve already seen you at work in the studio. Tell us about your music career.
Jonny Drubel: I moved to L.A. as a singer. I was discovered as a singer, but then I discovered writing, and I found that to be my actual passion. So I’m doing a lot more writing than I am singing now, just because I’ve started to garner success in the writing business. And I find it to be very therapeutic for me. But I still do sing.
What are your goals for your future in music?
I’d like to start writing with bigger artists. I love the artists that I work with, but I think that it would be great to hear my music that I’ve written, you know, become a Top 40 track and be played on Hot 100 lists. That’s obviously what any writer would love to have happen.
You and Dorothy Wang are clearly very close.
We’re sisters. That’s how I’ve been describing it from day one. We literally, once we started hanging out, we never stopped hanging out. Of course we have fights, like sisters do. We just have fun with each other. We go to each other with our problems. We laugh with each other, we cry with each other, but we’re always there for each other.
Who else in the cast are you close with?
The funny thing with our show is, it’s not like another show like Housewives where they have a group of six women and they make you be friends. We all have history. I've gotten into some major fights with these girls. Roxy, she’s gotten mad at me, I’ve gotten mad at her, but we’re all really good friends.
Describe the other cast members in one word.
Dorothy — Fabuluxe
Morgan — Hilarious
Brendan — Sexy
Roxy — Incredible
EJ — Fantastic (Oh god, he’s really hard to describe in one word. Um, I can’t say fabuluxe again; I’m going to say fantastic.)
People have tons of opinions about the show, both positive and negative. What’s the biggest criticism you’ve heard?
People get upset because we quote, ‘don’t work.’ In fact, we all have jobs. It’s the biggest misconception.
Brendan sold his first house when he was 18 years old. I think that every single person whose criticizing him has never done that, and will probably never do that in their whole entire life. You know what I mean? His houses are going for $15 million. That’s insane.
Roxy’s in the interior design business, Morgan’s blog is taking off. Dorothy has not only worked for her parents’ company, but she’s starting her own businesses.
And you’re a singer/songwriter.
You know, I’ve been working ever since I was 16. My first job was scooping ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s. I might have grown up with money, but I have never been too good for a job.
I think that’s what hurts me the most, that I quote, ‘don’t work,’ when in reality, I get up at 5:30 every morning, start work, and I'm usually in the studio until around midnight ... Any job I’m given, I will do, because I don’t think I’m too good for a job. If I had to, I’d flip burgers.
(Speaking of hamburgers, don’t get him started on In-N-Out.)
It’s like the first stop [when I get back to L.A.]. I was in New York over the summer, and I was working out there, writing out there for a big project. It’s the first thing I wanted when I came back to L.A. I made the driver stop; I went and got In-N-Out.
Anything you can tease that’s coming up this season? Anything you’re really excited about?
Cabo. Like listen, our group of friends: We’re in LA, we have fun. When we go on vacation, like, the extensions come out, the hair is down, and we all just go. We just party, we have fun. Of course, drama does happen. There is a lot of drama in Cabo, but the overall vibe of Cabo is just fun.
Have you started being recognized yet?
It happened once. It was on Saturday at a gay bar. A guy came up to me ... and he’s like, ‘Are you on a show called #RichKids of Beverly Hills’? And I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and I thought he was going to hit me. Then he’s like, ‘Can I get a photo?’ I was like, ‘Of course!’ I ended up buying him a drink and was, like, talking to him the whole entire night.
Only one, though? So the paparazzi aren’t camped outside of your house quite yet.
Uh, not quite yet, honey. But there ain’t nothin’ to see here. We’re just a lot of normal people.
#RichKids of Beverly Hills airs Sundays at 10pm on E! That drama-filled Cabo trip is airing on January 26 and February 9, when the cast takes a group trip celebrate Morgan and Brendan’s one-year anniversary.