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Maranda Pleasant: What are some of the things that really make you feel alive, things that inspire you?

Lisa Rinna: My family, first and foremost, really. A daily yoga practice and meditation, I think, are key. And gratitude, and giving back, and giving, I would say, are the top things that really do it.

MP: What are some of the things in your life that keep you really centered and keep you grounded?

LR: Yoga. And my quest in spirituality and finding a deeper place. And I don’t know if you ever find it, but I think the journey of it is really cool.

I dabble in all kinds of spirituality. I studied Kabbalah for over ten years, and you know it’s all basically the same. I used to go to church when I was younger. My parents didn’t go to church, but my friends all went to church and I loved going to church—I would go every Sunday with somebody. My parents used to think it was funny. Or I just went because, afterwards, we’d go and get éclairs in this little town of Jacksonville at the bakery. But it really wasn’t because of that; it was that sense of a place of commune, of being able to sit and be grateful and to give over to a higher power, whatever it was. I was quite young at the time, but I went all the time, and so I think I spent my entire life feeling really comfortable in those places because of the connection it gives me to a higher power.

That’s probably the best way I can describe it, because it didn’t matter if it was the Catholic Church or Episcopal Church or Presbyterian Church and it still doesn’t today. I just like the tradition of having a place to go and connect to a higher power and feel gratitude, and I think that’s helpful however you find it. So I would say over the past thirty-five, forty-five years, that has been my practice and that’s what keeps me probably more sane than anything.

MP: Yeah, we moved our office, so for six months, we’ve been here in Colorado, and for me it’s nature: my church is just getting up on the mountain before I lose my sanity. [Laughs.]

LR: It’s everywhere, you know? Just like I believe God is everywhere, I believe that whether it’s nature, whether it’s sitting on a bike in spin class, that can be church, too, for me.

MP: Right. Oh my gosh, I cry in that class every time.

LR: I do too. I do all the time. It’s such a relief. There are so many ways; you just have to really, constantly search them out because, for me, I find that life just gets in the way and it gets so busy and there’s so much chaos and stress that can come along with raising two teenage girls in Los Angeles and being married and working and, you know, everything that goes along with it. It’s how do you find those calm moments, because everybody has this in their life. I don’t care what you do. We all deal with it if we’re living life, trying to find those moments where you can turn off your brain and connect to whatever and just be grounded, live in the moment, which I find really difficult but try to practice on a daily basis.

MP: What are some of the things that make you feel vulnerable in your life?

LR: Being with my family is number one, always. Home, a sense of home. Being authentic to myself. Trying to speak my truths, which isn’t always easy, but if I do it, I’m better.

MP: It doesn’t always win us a lot of fans, either.

LR: No, it doesn’t. It’s a very difficult thing to do, but when you do it, you feel more comfortable and you feel freer. And again, just the darn yoga class, you know? If I just take an hour yoga class, I will come out differently than I went in.

MP: That’s so true.

LR: Isn’t it? Every single time you do it, no matter what day it is, no matter what hour it is, you go in a different way than you come out.

MP: You know, the irony is that I was a two-hour-a-day practitioner until I started these magazines? Now I’m like, if I can get in twelve minutes, I’m really good!

LR: Yeah, that’s a luxury to be able to go to a two-hour yoga class! Sometimes I’ll just get on the floor and do it for five, ten minutes. Whatever you can get, you just do it.

MP: I do a lot of that Kali breathing when I read my e-mails these days. Are there any causes that you’re particularly sensitive to or passionate about?

LR: Very much alternative energy, I would say. Finding that. We’re going to put solar in at the house. I’m driving an electric car, which is pretty trippy but fabulous. I think that’s an overriding one, though, because if we don’t figure out global warming, we’re not going to be able to be here. There’s so many things happening with computers and what-not, where we may be able to live until 150 and even longer, but if the planet’s not here for us to live on it, if we burn ourselves out from global warming and everything else, if we don’t figure that out, if we don’t figure out an alternative form of energy, I think we’re in big, fat trouble.

MP: I was just with Sylvia Earle last week, and she said that she believes that the next ten years are more important than the next ten thousand.

LR: I one hundred percent agree with her. Because of what we’ve accomplished, it’s going to happen so much quicker now.

MP: What has been one of the biggest lessons in your life so far?

LR: Probably opening a clothing store and running it with my husband [Harry Hamlin] without getting help. It was a ten-year-long learning lesson that was very hard and very painful and very eye-opening. It was just lesson after lesson after lesson. I’ve had many at this point in my life, but I’d say that because it was such a concentrated ten years, it really was tough and the biggest teacher so far.

MP: What was one of the things that you learned from that?

LR: Not to ever do it again!

MP: Retail or working with your family? [Laughs.]

LR: Well, I don’t mind working with my family; it’s that I don’t like to hire people and have them work for me. No one who you hire and have work for you in that environment ever has the same passion or care that it takes or that I wanted them to have, and I never get the right mix of people. It just was so frustrating at all times. I don’t know how to describe it other than it was just one thing after another, and we just continued to learn and learn and learn until you just get to a point where it’s like, “OK, if I haven’t learned a lesson now, then I’m in big trouble.” So it’s either shit or get off the pot, basically. So we sold it and we were done with the business, and we moved it into QVC, and I now have my line on QVC, which has been fabulous.

So everything in my life has been challenging but rewarding. When you pick a career like acting, it’s challenging, but it’s a lesson every time you put yourself out there. I wouldn’t change it for the world—I love what I learn every single day. I mean, kids are a lesson every day, and being married is a lesson every day, but I think having a boutique and running it with my husband and having our careers and raising children was something that was really an eye-opener all the time. I don’t know if I can pick one big one. A lesson every day.

MP: Is there a truth that you know for sure? Is there something that you know to be absolutely true?

LR: Well, love is all there is. That I know to be absolutely true.

MP: On our last cover, we put, “Love is the only thing that’s real. If it’s not love, it’s not real.” But that takes a while to sink in; I like to argue with that one. So tell me about some of your projects. What have you got coming up, and why are you excited about them?

LR: I’m on a show right now called Sing Your Face Off on ABC, which is just a fabulously fun show where we get to become pop stars each week. So it’s everything from Saturday Night Live meets West Hollywood Halloween meets karaoke. That’s the best way to describe it. We get to sing a lot, dance. We work with the best photographers in the world and the best vocal coaches, and it’s like a dream come true, and it just premiered Saturday night and did really well.

MP: You know what, I saw that on Hulu!

LR: Yeah, you should check it out. It’s so much fun. We just got the ratings, and it did really well, so everybody is jazzed.

MP: Congratulations!

LR: Thank you! I’m only there for a couple more weeks, and then I’m taking QVC—my Belle Gray line—to the UK.

MP: Do we have to go to QVC to buy it?

LR: You can go to QVC.com and just put in “Belle Gray by Lisa Rinna,” or you can go watch QVC. We will launch in London June 27.

MP: I don’t know how you manage this.

LR: Well, I’ve got really good people around me, and I feel really blessed to get to do everything I get to do, so to me it’s a joy. So long as I get some sleep and get to take care of myself and eat healthy and that sort of thing, I’m OK. I’m not out there digging ditches and it’s not brain surgery.

MP: Way to put it into perspective for me. Thank you for that.

LR: Harry will say to me, “Did you have to walk two miles today to get water for our children?” There’s no room in our house for a lot of complaining.

MP: I see why your marriage is so strong. That is pretty awesome!

LR: Right? If the kids are complaining or if anybody feels sorry for themselves, he’ll just say something like that and you go, “Oh, yeah, OK.”

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