It’s no secret that Kyle Richards had a very unique childhood being a child actress but it turns it wasn’t all glitz and glamour.
In fact, Kyle’s life as a child had many twists and turns as well many highs and lows.
So, it’s not surprising that Kyle decided to pull from instances in her life and use them as inspiration for her new TV show American Woman.
The show is loosely inspired by Kyle’s late mom Kathleen Richards life but it turns out one of the major plot points in the pilot episode of American Woman is very true to life for the Richards family.
During an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today, Kyle revealed how her mom, much like the main character in American Woman, found out her husband was cheating on her.
Kyle explains that her mom was left single and broke and quickly had to learn how to take care of herself and her daughters.
“At that time, my mom was all of a sudden suddenly single,” she said. “She didn’t know about money or what they had — she didn’t even have a checkbook. So when I was actually 10 years old, my mom got me a checkbook and I was allowed to have my ‘unemployment checks’ from my TV shows.”
“She opened a checking account for me,” she continued. “She wanted me to take control and learn from a young age how to look after myself because she didn’t like finding herself in that position in the ’70s. … It’s not easy being a single mom, whether you’re in the ’70s or today!”
Kyle says American Woman is a love letter to her mom and a tribute to how strong and tough she was.
“My mom was a very strong, outspoken woman and in that time, women weren’t supposed to be like that,” she said. “Now it’s like, ‘boss lady’ — that’s a term now. But in the ’70s, if you were strong and opinionated and outspoken, it was looked down upon. And my mom was that woman — very strong.”
“I did not have a conventional life growing up at all,” she continued. “In addition to being a child actor, it was just a very different upbringing. When my mom passed away, I was reflecting on her and I love to write, so I would write stories about her and growing up. I thought, ‘I really want to make this into a TV show one day.’ And here we are.”
Meanwhile, Kyle also touched upon the family drama her new show has created with her older sister Kathy Hilton. Apparently, Kathy felt American Woman would be too personal and would share too many of their family’s secrets.
However, Kyle is hopeful that when Kathy sees the show she will see that it’s only inspired by their life and not “autobiographical.”
“I mean, all families go through stuff,” she said. “We’re sisters, we love each other. She hasn’t seen the show, so I’m excited for her to see it. It is inspired by [our childhood], it’s not autobiographical, so she’ll see that.”
Previously, Kyle admitted to PEOPLE that she would “never tell anyone else’s stories” and “would never do anything to disrespect or embarrass” her sisters, Kathy and Kim.
“I hope when Kathy sees the show, she’ll understand,” she said. “I felt bad because she thought it was something that it wasn’t. I was inspired by my mom being a single mom in the ’70s. It was a crazy, fun, reckless time. But it’s not based on my actual life.”
“Every family has their moments, but we’ll be fine,” she added. “I love my sisters, and that’s all that matters.”
American Woman premieres tonight at 10 pm.
Thoughts on Kyle’s interview? Are you shocked Kyle’s dad left the family high and dry? Are you curious to know what parts of American Woman are true to life? Will you be watching American Woman tonight? Do you think Kathy will change her mind about American Woman after seeing it?
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