Lala Kent has come a long way since first joining the Vanderpump Rules cast.
The former SURver worked her way up to being a full-time cast member on the show and as the years went on she went from making pennies to raking in some big bucks.
“When you’re brand new, you definitely need that hostess job. I still was having to fit model. I still was having to be a hostess. Like, what I was making on the show was not covering much,” she told Jason Tartick on Monday’s episode of the “Trading Secrets” podcast.
Lala joined VPR in 2016 during season 4. By season 6 Lala had earned her spot as a full-time cast member. According to Lala, “earning your place” helps increase how much you make on the show.
“My show rewards me for confrontation and speaking up. I don’t want to say that I like confrontation, but I will say that I’m great at it,” Lala admitted. “It’s not something where I leave feeling amazing after it happens, but I know what I signed up for and I’m being paid for my thoughts. When cameras aren’t on, I tend to pick my battles a little bit better. But when cameras are on, it’s, like, ‘Well, I have a thought and I’m going to say it.’”
When it comes to negotiating her salary, Lala said, “Do I feel like I should be making a billion dollars an episode? Absolutely. We should all feel like we deserve a billion dollars. If I’m on television, my other brands remain relevant. And that, to me, is also a huge deal and worth a lot. So, my team, when they go into negotiations, they know where my head is at, and we make sure that everybody leaves happy.”
Back in December, Lala hinted about leaving Pump Rules following the season 9 reunion after “feeling a bit alone” amid her personal drama. However, now she’s not ruling out a return to the show.
“There are moments where I think I may have outgrown the space. But … I kind of am rolling with the punches. If they called me tomorrow, I would have to see how I felt. I don’t know what my future holds,” she told Page Six. “I am looking for a very positive space in life right now, so thank goodness the show isn’t filming right now. Or maybe I wish it were, I don’t know!”
It’s unclear if Bravo will renew Vanderpump Rules for season 10.