Katie Maloney would love to star in a new “Vanderpump Rules” spinoff based out of TomTom, the West Hollywood restaurant her husband, Tom Schwartz, co-owns with their co-stars, including Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd, and Tom Sandoval.
As Katie and her cast mates remain in hiatus as they await a start date for production on their Bravo reality series’ upcoming ninth season, the longtime reality star and podcast host spoke to People magazine about the potential spinoff before dishing on her involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement.
When asked by the outlet if she would be open to the idea of getting in front of the camera at her husband‘s restaurant, Katie confirmed she is completely on board.
“For sure,” she said. “I think in any kind of capacity where we can continue to film a reality show, I feel like that would be really, really fun because obviously I don’t work at Sur anymore. So I don’t have relationships with all the people that work there, anyways.”
As for her involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been quite prevalent ever since the tragic murder of George Floyd, who died in police custody in May after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he told him he was unable to breathe, Katie said she’s doing what she can to promote change.
“[I’m] trying to bring awareness to certain topics or petitions that need to be signed, or places to donate, or Black businesses to support,” she shared.
“[There] are a lot of things I wanted to highlight and use my platform and voice to bring awareness to,” Katie continued. “Because I feel like I have a lot of people that follow me and sometimes people don’t know where to go, so I’ll do that.”
Katie said she’s also opening up her own mind to new ideas.
“I think just personally, whether it’s reading or listening to videos or podcasts, just to start understanding the experiences of people who haven’t had the same experiences as me, to create more compassion and understanding and trying to figure out, ‘Where can my place be in this?'” she explained.
“There are a lot of different ways to get involved, but I think really trying to encourage people to vote — I think that’s something that we all have a responsibility to do and should do,” Katie added. “Because if you support equality, if you want to change the system that’s built on really horrible, antiquated ideas, recognizing in yourself also blind spots that you’ve had in microaggressions in your life, becoming highly aware, aware of the privilege that we’ve had to not see the same things.”
“Vanderpump Rules” season nine is expected to go into production soon.