By day, Erika Girardi is a jet-setting housewife, whose ’20s-inspired, 17,000-square-foot Pasadena, California mansion includes everything from a private library to her own personal chapel (BYO antique religious relic). But when the sun sets and the clock strikes midnight (or often times, hours later), Girardi transforms. Loud, lavish, and always in a look, Erika Jayne is the 3 A.M. embodiment of guilty pleasures and glittery fantasies—basically everything that we crave. And then some.
A death drop on stage in the form of a mini skirt and pair of thigh highs, she’s collaborated with Flo Rida, starred on Bravo’s hit reality show for three seasons and running, and even shared an assistant with CR star Kim Kardashian West. Timed with her just-dropped single, “Cars” (which plays in the video above), we speak with Jayne about beauty tips, crazy nights, and staying a Pretty Mess no matter what.
Your new book, Pretty Mess, just came out. What was the writing process like for you?
I had never written a book before, so I asked Brian Moylan to be my co-author. I thought that was important, because even though it is my story—my memoir—I needed someone to help me shape it; to take the stories and thread them all the way through so that the book had had a beginning, middle, and end. I wanted to keep the reader entertained. What was interesting was the way I remembered some things. I realized I had remembered things one way, my mother remembered them another way, and my friends a third. It was nice to discover the way everything comes together.
Did you find it difficult? Did you learn anything new about yourself while writing?
I enjoyed the process but no, I did not find it therapeutic at all. At the very end, I was really ready to move on. While writing, you go through so many notes—you’re back and forth with your publisher and co-author. I found myself really ready to put it to bed. I didn’t want to overthink it. I didn’t want to lose my personality. It is a human story painted with a backdrop of artistry coming in and out, and performance and marriage and motherhood and divorce and rediscovery, reinvention, and the courage to continue on. I’d like to think I’m good at saying, “That’s enough. There is nothing more; now you’re going to start hurting it.”
You’ve been making music since 2007, and “Cars,” which just dropped, is your 14th single. How do you keep the flame alive?
I’m still inspired by the same things I was when I first started—people, places, and experiences that I’ve had in my life. If it feels good and sounds good and people want to move to it, I’m happy. That’s my whole goal with music. Being a creative person is almost a luxury in a way, and I feel fortunate everyday. There are so many creatives out there that don’t get the opportunity so I almost feel like I would be bratty if I wasn’t excited, honestly.
Your known for your live performances. Do you have a favorite show or experience that you’ve done to date?
I equate them to cities they’re in—my favorite places to perform, which would be New York, Miami, Las Vegas, L.A., and Chicago. Mykonos—that was a great place to perform. It was on a cliff, and I had to crawl up a ladder in the pumps with the wind and sea spray in my face. I was thinking, “Man, I must really like to do this shit.” Those are the things that you remember, and that’s what life is all about—creating those memories and having a good time.
Have you ever had a costume mishap?
One time I was giving a show in Miami, and I was wearing this beautiful, champagne Swarovski crystal onesie with black patent leather straps. The fucking thing broke through the back, and I literally had to hold it and keep going. Fortunately for me, it was like 2 A.M.…so nobody noticed.
You have such a random and cool friendship with Christina Aguilera. How did that happen?
She watches Housewives, and we are mutual friends. The first season we filmed, we just met and clicked. I ended up performing one year at her birthday, and then this year I did . When someone like her—a legend and multiple-Grammy winner—asks you to do her, you do it. I was basically shitting with fear, but we did it and it was great.
What happens when Erika Jayne turns back into Erika Girardi? What’s an offduty night look like for you?
My “night out” is at home with the dog and my husband watching old movies. I swear to God, I’m either working or I’m at home. Imitation of Life, or Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell or The Postman Always Rings Twice with Lana Turner. I just love Old Hollywood. It was fabulous, and it was wonderful, and that’s when real production happened, and people had to be talented to do something.
Do you have any secret beauty tips?
Yes. Get a dermatologist and get a plastic surgeon. You need to maintain your skin and then at some point in your life you’re gonna need a little Botox or a little filler or a chemical peel. You wanna make sure that you have the money and the resources to do that and get the right person.
Any other Erika Jayne secrets you can share?
I’m very afraid of the dark. I even have a night light. I also really enjoy fast food—Carl’s Jr. or McDonald’s or Burger King. Bad food. I like to eat a lot. I also like to disappear. I like to slip out in the middle of the night and take my Lamborghini and drive it really fast on the highway. There’s a particular one close to my house in Pasadena. I just roll down the windows, and it’s kind of like I just slip into the night.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO CARLOTTA KOHL
FASHION RON HARTLEBEN
MAKEUP KRISTOFER BUCKLE
HAIR DANIELLE PRIANO
PHOTO ASSISTANT THOMAS MCCARTHY
FASHION ASSISTANT LAUREN FERN
SPECIAL THANKS DENBK STUDIO
“CARS” BY ERIKA JAYNE COURTESY OF PRETTY MESS RECORDS
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