Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

And we’re off to the races!

After an excruciatingly lengthy layoff, Southern Charm Season 8 kicked off tonight with some critical fireworks. Craig and Naomie rekindling their outdated flame? Check. Austen romancing a brand new honey? Check. And Kathryn storming out of her OWN thirtieth party after getting all up in Naomie’s grill, telling her that she’s a “fucking petty little bitch”? DAMN I MISSED THIS SHOW!

In the times main as much as the Season 8 premiere of Southern Charm, Decider obtained some 1-on-1 time with each Leva Bonaparte and Naomie Olindo, and also you KNOW we requested them each about this explosive second. Here are some excerpts from our interviews with every of them about this blowup.



DECIDER: It looks as if each you and Naomie kind of approached Kathryn’s authentic invite to her “Great Katsby” thirtieth party as an olive department, nevertheless it rapidly went south, so to talk. Did that catch you unexpectedly? Or did you’re feeling that one thing was brewing? 

LEVA BONAPARTE: No. So, I used to be adamant to Naomie, “It’s gonna be effective. Everything is ok.” I truly felt unhealthy that it went south, as a result of I had actually satisfied her that like, “No, I had dinner with Kathryne. I really feel as if she’s modified. And I really feel as if like, that is all going to be effective.” But I simply didn’t notice how like, deep rooted the meat between the 2 of them was, perhaps. I don’t know, I used to be similar to, “Oh, my God, I can minimize the strain in right here with a knife. What do I do? Oh, let’s let’s simply go over right here and smile.” Like I used to be simply enjoying hostess, like attempting to make it good. And like, “It’s effective. It’s effective. We’re gonna have a enjoyable night time.”

It additionally made me unhappy, and I used to be very caught unexpectedly. I believe I used to be like, elsewhere [when it went down]. And I heard Kathryn screaming and I used to be like, “what is going on?”

That’s what I used to be gonna ask. Like, you have been there and every thing was like copacetic. And then it appeared such as you disappeared for a minute, tops. And issues simply went..BAM! Like, the place did you go?

Dude, I went to go seize my purse after which as I’m strolling by its like, “BAHHHHH! [imitates screaming]” And I used to be like, “What on this planet?” It was like actually essentially the most well mannered, good dialog once I left. And I didn’t even know what occurred. And then, Naomie storms off. People are crying and screaming. And I used to be like, “What?” So typical to us, however I don’t know why I believed that night time was going to be like straightforward and enjoyable. [laughs]

You know, Naomie mentioned one thing actually sensible and pointed throughout that confrontation. She instructed Kathryn, “I don’t like the way in which you struggle.” Do you’ve got that kind of sense about how Kathryn approaches battle? 

Mmmmhmmm [knowingly nods]. I believe that that finally ends up being the most important downside that Kathryn has, you recognize. I believe it’s simply the way in which that she fights. She simply will get so … it simply goes off the rails and I truly tried to assist her with it, you recognize, this yr. If you guys find yourself seeing it, I used to be actually attempting to be like, “Focus in your emotions. Less of like, insults. More about what you’re feeling. Less ‘Fuck you,’ extra ‘Hey, I’m harm,’ or ‘This is how I really feel.” And hear, all of us wrestle with totally different stuff. And I believe that Naomie has a mood, too, similar to I do.

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DECIDER: Did you’ve got any sense in any respect that Kathryn was in search of an apology from you when she invited you to her get together? What was what was going by way of your thoughts?

NAOMIE OLINDO: I imply, I used to be…I used to be actually stunned. I in all probability ought to have seen that [fight] coming, as a result of Kathyrn has patterns. And that is certainly one of her patterns. So I ought to have recognized. And I knew that going was in all probability not like the perfect concept. It wasn’t going to pan out tremendous effectively for me. I didn’t notice how unhealthy it was going to be. But yeah, I imply, these are issues that like we find out about Kathryn and so, it was … I used to be stunned, however not that stunned.

Have you seen the episode but by the way in which?

Not the entire thing, no.  

Well, I believed one factor that was form of fascinating is she has your title spelled unsuitable in her cellphone.

I imply, once more, not stunning. 

At the tip of the episode, Kathryn kind of will get all up in your grill. And you mentioned one thing that I believed that was actually insightful, significantly within the warmth of the second. You mentioned to her, “I don’t like the way in which that you just struggle.” Can you elaborate a bit bit about what you imply by that?

Yeah. You’re reminding me of my therapist. [laughs] It’s like, “Can you please describe what it’s that you just’re feeling and considering proper now?” [laughs]

So yeah, that is one thing that I didn’t like about myself in earlier seaons. And I believe that everyone obtained to see, you recognize, the way in which that I might struggle with Craig. And watching it again… it was actually arduous to observe it again. The present makes you very conscious of issues that you just won’t pay attention to earlier than. And I observed that I didn’t like the way in which that I used to be preventing. So, I might say issues to him there after which and that weren’t unfaithful, however the message would get misplaced within the supply. So, it’s unimaginable to speak with somebody. I imply, I keep in mind that night time Kathryn had been ingesting a ton, and I had been ingesting, too. And it’s not the time or place to be having this like tremendous loud struggle. And I believe that typically when folks know that they’re within the unsuitable, they form of double down and get extra aggressive. And in order that’s what was occurring, nevertheless it was escalating, like in a short time. Yeah.


She additionally fights like, actually bodily. I imply, not with blows or something, however she’s tall. She’s bodily imposing, and she or he like actually makes use of her stature to intimidate. 

Yeah, precisely. She makes use of her physique to kind of get in folks’s faces. And it may be very daunting, you recognize? And that’s clearly like one thing she’s all the time carried out. But yeah, I didn’t prefer it.

New episodes of Southern Charm air each Thursday at 9/8c.

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