It’s Actually Good to Be Basic, Writes Stassi Schroeder of ‘Vanderpump Rules’

“I don’t know that I necessarily have a lot of wisdom,” she said, “but I’m trying, I guess, just to be the best, most woke version of myself.”

For fans of the series, and of Ms. Schroeder in particular, this has been a satisfying narrative to witness. Real personal growth is largely a reality-show anomaly, especially when so many stars are rewarded for perpetuating the same drunken, wine-throwing behavior that got them noticed in the first place.

Ms. Schroeder assures it wasn’t planned. “When I look from Season 1 all the way to now, I’m like, ‘wow, if I would have come up with that and planned that out, I could have been J.K. Rowling,’” she said. “I’m proud of my story arc. I really wish that I came up with it.”

When Ms. Schroeder’s boyfriend, Beau Clark, joined “Vanderpump Rules” on a recurring basis this season, she advised spontaneity as well, saying: “Be you, don’t feel like you need to make something happen.”

Mr. Clark said, “I didn’t even know what that meant at the time.”

He had not watched any of the series except for the pilot, screened after they first met. He was taken aback by how Ms. Schroeder came across, calling her “awful but in a really good television way.” The Stassi he was getting to know was a far cry from the Stassi on early episodes of “Vanderpump Rules,” who hazed Scheana Marie Jancan, a new employee at SUR.

“As a joke sometimes when she’s bratty, I’m like, ‘O.K., you’re being Season 1 Stassi right now,’” he said.


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