When I spoke to Little Women: LA’s Terra Jole last week, I complimented her on the fun, sexy, bawdy, outrageous world that she and her 5 close friends inhabit. “Welcome to our world,” she laughed.
Little Women: LA is everything you’d want in reality TV and more. It has the fashion and sex appeal that rivals any of the Housewives series, the drama of Bad Girls Club, but at the core of the show is a close friendship that isn’t seen anywhere else on reality TV. “We’re all friends,” says Jole. “Most of us have known each other for over 10 years. Some of us have known each other half of our lives. And so we’ve all been hanging out for many years. I was like, ‘well if we can be this crazy just in our regular lives, why can’t we have this on television?’ And a production company had the same idea that I did, and a year later, here we are. And, who knew?” Who knew, exactly.
Terra Jole has the same mega-watt personality of another celebrity power blonde, Jenny McCarthy. Jole and McCarthy share a loud, sexually charged confidence that can best be described as “Dirty, Sexy, Hilarious.” Jolie got her stars in entertainment in a Kiss tribute band, Mini Kiss and now makes her living as a full-time actress, singer and performer who impersonates a host of celebrities including Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
Competition with fellow cast member Elena Gant for roles was part of what brought them together, reveals Jole. “I met Elena through auditions and I thought, ‘she has to be a part of the show because a) she’s beautiful, and b) we do a lot of the same jobs so I know there could be some fun drama in that department.’ And ‘lo and behold, there is!”
Documenting the lives of Little People isn’t new on reality TV. We’ve watched the Little Couple fall in love and start a family, the rials and tribulations of domestic life on Little People, Big World and Pit Boss’ fiercely dedicated group of animal rescuers. But Little Women: LA shows us the fun and flirtatious world of stylish young women and really presents an unabashed view into the challenges that they face. Dating, marriage, divorce, fertility, sex, clothes, are all presented with an unblinking and unapologetic eye.
TV imitates real life, and that’s what makes the show so addictive. Says Jolie, “I think that’s the most amazing part of this group because if you put 6 strangers together, they’re scared to really convey personal details about their lives, or to talk how they really talk to their best friends. Since we really are good friends, we are not scared to talk about anything or release the dragon. We really cover all spectrums of our lives.” The show tackles all of the topics that until now have been treated as taboo, and the women answer the questions that TV viewers have been dying to ask.
Part of the group’s openness is outspoken Christy McGinty, the recovering alcoholic who is at the center of nearly every controversy. She’s a lightning rod for drama, which makes her a TV producers dream and a fan favorite. When I asked Terra Jolie about her friendship with TV’s newest wild child, (they’ve been close friends since they were teenagers,) she laughed. “Christy is… I’ve had experiences with Christy where there are emergency rooms and ambulances and police involved. So this is definitely PG so far.”
If the drama we’ve seen thus far has been PG, wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall of their more intense arguments? This season we’ve already witnessed fights over the use of the derogatory “M” word, jealousy over a fashion shoot, dueling engagements and an argument about alcohol use that seemed to be aimed a little below the belt. “I may have gone back to high school,” Jolie admits. “Don’t judge me. We have our up episodes and our down episodes. It’ll level off, then it’ll go bat crazy. It’s a roller coaster.”
Drama notwithstanding, At the center of the show is an extremely close bond of shared experience that is more akin to sisterhood than friendship. Says Jole, “I couldn’t have said it any better. We have the initial understanding of each other. When we’re in public you know exactly what it’s like to be looked at. You know exactly what it’s like to be laughed at. And there’s not any girl in this group that hasn’t experienced that at least once in her life, where they’ve felt like an outcast. And I feel that we all have that understanding, even without asking. Even if I say, ‘oh, why didn’t you get a straw?’ and we look over and the straws are high, I don’t have to ask any further. We all understand where we’re coming from, we all understand that initial feeling of what it’s like to be little women. And so that makes it easy to talk about things that maybe we couldn’t talk about with an average stature person. Average-size people don’t understand our kinds of dilemmas in life.”
You can see more Terra Jole, dilemmas and drama on Little Women: LA, Tuesdays on Lifetime.