How did Erika Jayne‘s husband, attorney Thomas Girardi, react last year when she informed him that she would be leaving their Pasadena, California, home and heading to the east coast, where she would be living for the next several months?
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member told Broadway last month that it didn’t take her even two seconds of thinking to agree to take on the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago.
“I told my husband, ‘I’m sorry, I’m moving to New York. You’ve got to come visit. But I’m doing this role,'” Erika recalled.
Because taking on such an iconic role involved months of preparation, Erika moved to the Big Apple last year. She is set to remain there until the end of March, when her final show wraps. In total, Erika will be spending several months away from her husband and their California home. Luckily, because Thomas is reportedly such a huge fan of Broadway shows, he was totally on board and excited for Erika and her big opportunity.
“Tom is like the biggest Broadway fan ever. So when I came home and I was like, ‘Honey, I have this opportunity,’ and he was like, ‘You must take it,'” she told Bravo’s The Daily Dish during a press day at The Lamb’s Club in New York City in December. “He’s probably more excited than I am.”
Erika’s stint in Chicago begins tonight and concludes at the end of March.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Erika spoke to ET Canada last week about the upcoming 10th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which she filmed amid her many rehearsals for Chicago. As Erika explained, she had tons of fun filming the new episodes with her co-stars, including newbies Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke, even though certain moments were quite tense.
“Everyone expected us to have a smooth season and we have anything but that… There’s some hard knocks along the way. Our show definitely has conflict,” the singer and actress explained.
Erika seemed to give a nod to the ongoing feuds between her co-stars and Denise Richards, who joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Season 9 in 2018. She did this by noting that someone — who she did not name — turned out to be much different than she thought they were in the past.
Lisa Rinna played the role of Roxie in Chicago years ago.