Kenya Moore is a bonafide Bravo star. After two seasons on the "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," she has gained an entire new following of fans and the kept ones from her acting days on their toes, one twirl at a time. On the show, Moore's infamous commentary provides Tweetable one-liners, hilarious shade and water-cooler worthy drama, drawing in ratings and criticism from millions of fans.
But, despite two seasons of being called a "villain" by everyone from her fellow cast mates to various celebrity analysts on 24-hour news cycles, Enstars found that this time around, she is trying not the be the person everyone loves to hate.
Check out her views on this season, Porsha Stewart and her side of the Tamar shade in our newest exclusive.
Gia Peppers: The new season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" is coming back very soon! The fans are super excited. How are you feeling?
Kenya Moore: I am very excited. This season is going to be a great season for me. It's the season of redemption; a lot of things will come to light that I feel will be redemptive for me. I'm just excited for people to not question the lies that were told by many people on the show, and now we'll all get to see what the real truth is.
GP: The trailer was so good! For a second there, it looked like you and Porsha were ki'king while you were putting on lotion! Are you all friends, now? What's going on there?
Kenya Moore: Well, I was laughing with Nene in that clip. You know, when people make fun of me for silly stuff, I always have fun with it and make fun of myself... I'm cordial with all of the women and some of them are really my friends on and off-camera. I think you'll be able to see who those people are when you watch the show as well.
GP: Awesome. What did you think about Porsha's demotion, for no longer getting a peach this season?
Kenya Moore: Um, honestly I don't have any thoughts about it.
GP: Well, I respect that! You're definitely turning a new corner this season. I think that's great.
Kenya Moore: Well, it's not necessarily a new corner. It's just that I've made people relevant on this show for negative occurrences and I'm just not doing that anymore. I think people need to stand on their own two feet and not ride my coattails, and you see when they don't ride my coattails, they don't get very far.
GP: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? Now that we've seen you for a few seasons on RHOA people think they know you very well from the show.
Kenya Moore: I'd see sometimes, early on, that I was being called a "mean girl." I think it's very clear that I don't start trouble, trouble tries to find me and I sort of end arguments. I don't start them. I think that the viewers have clearly seen that from season one to two. The other thing is about this whole going after someone's man or things like that... I've never been interested in anyone's man, husband, boyfriend and I'm actually that girl you want to have around if you have a boyfriend or a man or a husband, because I'm so not interested. I am the one, that if they come to me I send them back home basically saying, "You know you have no chance over here." I'm a real girl's girl. I love to support other women. I love beautiful women. I love confident women. Throughout my years of being a personality, I think that speaks for itself about me in terms of relationships with my boyfriends who have all been very quiet about me. I've never had a reputation in that regard.
GP: Looking back on seasons past, is there any one moment that you would want to change?
Kenya Moore: In life, I just don't live with any regrets. I think everything is a teaching moment. It's a show, I don't have control over editing. I don't have control over what other people say about me and I don't have control over the fans. All I would hope for is that people can watch intelligently and decipher who I am for me versus what is being portrayed on a show. Which is only a half-hour a day and five months, and it's edited. I think you just have to get to know me by looking at my history and looking at my intentions, and not looking at things that are manipulated such as what other people would like you to believe based on what they say about you.
GP: Exactly, speaking of what people say about you, Tamar had a few things to say about you on Andy Cohen this week. I saw that on your Twitter, there was a bit of shade thrown her way. What's going on there? Did you all know each other before this happened?
Kenya Moore: It's so interesting because this is not the first time I've heard that and I was on her show, "The Real" last week, and we were all very pleasant to one another and I think that was the only time I've met her in person and there was a very pleasant exchange. So, to see her say that on Bravo, which is my family and that's my home... So you're going to come into my house and disrespect me? I couldn't just stay quiet about that. If it was someone else, I would just ignore it like I always do. But you don't get to come into my house and disrespect me. I was disappointed by her but I will always be nice to her. And I will continue to be nice to her because that's just who I am. But sometimes, when people see you shining--again, she was in my house so maybe she felt some type of way about that.
Stay tuned for part two of our interview as Kenya relives her greatest moments on television and more!
To keep up with Kenya Moore, before the #RHOA premiere on Nov. 9 at 8/7c on Bravo, follow her on Twitter.