Little Women: LA, Lifetime’s hit series about sexy and sassy little people, is expanding to a new city — the franchise’s spinoff, Little Women: NY, introduces seven friends who face the challenges of America’s toughest city with their unique perspectives and outlooks.
Fans of the original show may recognize Lila Call from an appearance on the L.A. series. Her visit stirred up so much drama that it led to punches being thrown, and dinners erupted into screaming matches. “I was an outsider coming in,” reveals Call. “It was like being released into The Hunger Games.” And while Call says she and her N.Y. castmates experience their fair share of drama — “We’re girls, we get jealous, we get hormonal, we get angry,” she says — at the end of the day, they’re all close friends who support each other. “We love each other and it’s worth it for us to make up and move on and move past.”
A major change to the new show’s dynamic is the inclusion of a male cast member. “I definitely can’t help but be one of the girls, when I’m surrounded by so many women,” laughs Jason Perez. “But I definitely try to maintain my unique perspective on things.” Perez says that even though he’s privy to a lot of girl talk, he tries to stay as impartial as possible. “He’s like our voice of reason,” says Call. “It’s nice to have the male perspective on a female problem, but he gets his little butt in trouble, too.”
The show also introduces some of the unique challenges that living in such a large city poses to its smaller residents. “It’s hard living in New York as an average person, but as a little person, we have to deal with more,” says Perez. And he reveals that living at belt height can lead to some awkward situations. “I could be standing on the subway, holding on to a pole, and then someone puts their butt on my hand!”
In Call’s opinion, she and her castmates differ from their West Coast counterparts because “We’re tougher; we’re grittier. We’re not in this superficial ‘Tinseltown,’ the plastic fantastic. We’re just making our way, we’re catching the subways, we’re getting our hands dirty on the banisters. It’s not all beautiful here. It’s very tough, and we deal with it.”
Meet the Cast:
Dawn works as a paralegal and is a force to be reckoned with. Dawn has been in a relationship with an average-height man for five years, but she’s in no rush to settle down.
Kristen is known as one of the backup dancers in Miley Cyrus’ controversial performance at the 2013 VMAs. She lives with castmate Misty, and has been divorced since 2008.
Jason is studying Political Science at Queens College. He lives at home with his close-knit Filipino family and has worked as a chef in several New York restaurants.
Jazmin, a brunette beauty, feels like she is on the brink of stardom as a little person performer. She is married to Dawn’s brother and she eventually wants to have kids.
Jordanna appeared in the Broadway musical “Sideshow” and owns a burlesque group called Sass N’ Betties. She lives with her average height boyfriend.
Lila is the ringleader of the N.Y.C. gang who is as outgoing as she is outspoken. She’s ready to have a little fun as a single gal in the city while supporting her new-found sobriety. (Interview with Lila Call)
Misty is the party girl of the group and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She lives with cast-mate Kristin and is at a crossroads with her boyfriend, a college football player who is about to graduate.
Little Women: NY > Lifetime > Wednesdays at 10pmET, beginning March 25