Gallery Girls' Amy Poliakoff on Co-Star Liz Margulies: "I Hope One Day She Becomes Mature"
And with the network's new reality series Gallery Girls, starring two Miami natives, your addiction is about to get worse. Bravo describes it as "a docu-series that follows the lives of seven dynamic and ambitious young women in New York City." But we're already hearing reports that these NYC art scene women are putting the Real Housewives to shame with their catty drama.
Before the show's Monday premiere, Coral Gables native Amy Poliakoff opened up to us about starring on the show, the differences between New York and Miami, and being attacked by her Miami-bred co-star Liz Margulies.
Amy Poliakoff: Yep. I grew up in Miami. I went to Gulliver my whole life -- I am one of the few lifers.
How did you end up in New York after graduation from the University of Miami?
My dad is from New York and we have always had an apartment in the city. I would spend a lot of time here in the summer and I quickly learned it was the center of the art world. Then when I studied abroad with a lot of students from Rutgers, it really inspired me to move my life here. I always have a special place in my heart for Miami. My whole family is still there!
What are your thoughts on the Miami art scene right now?
I am so glad I got to study art in Miami while the city's creative scene was growing. It's really great to watch because it's slowly turning into a place that artists and collectors have to pay attention to. Art Basel is just one example.
Art Basel: Just an excuse for a good party?
I love everything about it. I have been going for a very long time with my father because he is a collector. It's just one of those events where all socialites, collectors, critics, fans of the arts and the art galleries from New York to all over the world all come together. Art Basel was some of my first real New York art exposure.
Miami Girls vs. a New York: What is the difference?
A Miami girl is outgoing, open, friendly, a little bit more international, more Latin. New York is just as international, though. Really, there are a lot more similarities between New York and Miami.
If you had to explain Gallery Girls to someone who hasn't seen the 4,000 previews, how would you?
It focuses on seven very different women with seven very different backgrounds, all working in different parts of New York. The commonality between all of us is that we all have a passion for art. Through collaborating, we all learn and grow from each other. You will definitely see our relationships grow throughout the season. For me, it was such a positive experience because I learned a lot from meeting new and different girls.
Why do the show in the first place?
It was a powerful thing to do -- exposing my whole life to the cameras. I did it because I wanted to tell my story. I wanted people to connect with me because everyone in their twenties struggles with something. No matter what it is, don't forget that in your twenties, you become who you are. I think [with] other women putting their life out there you realize, "OK, I am not the only one."