'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Star Lisa Rinna Claims The Dramatic Season 'Gave Me My Voice'

From her roles on Days of Our Lives (Billie Reed) and Melrose Place(Taylor McBride), actress and television host Lisa Rinna has plenty of past experience to draw from when it comes to life influences. With that in mind, Rinna recently attributed her time spent on a tumultuous season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as one important experience that altered her life dramatically, even going so far as claiming that the season "gave me my voice."

Rinna is seen discussing her time on the reality show in a preview clip for an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?. During the video clip, which was released by People, Rinna talked about some of the reasons why she chose to go the route of reality TV following her days starring on some of the most well-known soap operas of her time.

"I'm an entrepreneur at heart and to make all of other businesses run and do everything I want to do, I have to be on TV... I knew the girls on the show, and that's one of the reasons I felt comfortable."
Rinna signed on to be a part of Season 5 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which ended up being one of the more drama filled seasons to date. In fact, the season included an epic fight between Rinna and Kim Richards, in which Rinna threw a glass at her fellow co-star in one tense scene.

While the season was certainly filled with a fair share of drama for Rinna, it turned out to be something that changed her life and influenced how she approaches things.

"I learned so much doing Real Housewives, because it gave me my voice."
Rinna added that the show really allowed her the freedom to express what she really thinks, which ultimately freed a voice that was already present inside of her. "That voice has always been there. It's been inside of me," she stated. "But it gave me the permission to just let it really fly."

Watch the entire interview with Rinna when Oprah: Where Are They Now? hits televisions Saturday nights on OWN.

In addition to her commitment to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Rinna appeared on the first season of Sing Your Face Off, and is known for her time as the host of Soap Talk.

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