Gallery Girls' Liz Margulies on Amy Poliakoff: "She's Her Own Worst Enemy"
On the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, womanizer Barney tells his friend Ted, "Never, ever break up a girl fight. It's Bro Code." We couldn't agree more. Girl fights are usually petty, with lots of wrist flicking and hair pulling and general hilarity.
That's why, for the last two weeks, our DVR has been set to Bravo's new series Gallery Girls.
The cable channel describes Gallery Girls as seven girls conquering the art world in New York City. What it really is: a fine excuse to watch women verbally abuse each other -- two of those dames being Miami's own Amy Poliakoff and Liz Margulies.
Both stemming from wealthy South Florida families, the two have found themselves in the Big Apple working in similar fields. Their rent and other expenses are being paid for by their respective rich families back in the 305. With so much in common, they should be BFFs, right? Wrong. When we interviewed Amy, she had this to say about Liz: "I hope one day she becomes mature."
So unsurprisingly, when we caught up with Liz, she had something not-so-nice to say about her castmate in response.
Cultist: Where did you grow up, exactly?
Liz Margulies: I lived all over the place, but Coconut Grove is where I was born. I moved from Miami to California with a couple of stops in between. I was basically a gypsy there for a while.
NYC vs. MIA: Where is your loyalty?
New York for sure. I am team New York without a doubt. I had a little bit of a tough time in Miami, so I don't miss it, to be honest with you. I miss the weather. I miss the beach, and that's pretty much it.
Well, you must be living in a fabulous borough, then.
I live in Gramercy -- on 23rd & 1st. Its right near my school, the School of Visual Arts, so it's perfect.
On the show, it looks like like you barely intern and live off your dad's money. But you are actually in school pursuing your degree, right?
Yeah, I am full-time student. Of course I get help from my dad because I am working and I am in school. It's not like I am sitting home doing nothing all day. It's great and I am really thankful for that. I don't think many people can say they didn't get at least a little bit of help from their parents while in college.
What's your dream job once you graduate?
I love graphic design, and that is what I am studying in school. I was originally majoring in fine art, but then I realized I might not want to choose such a risky career. Risky in the money-making sense. I wanted a career path where I could make my own money. So, ideally, I would get a job as a graphic designer at a fabulous graphic design firm in the city.
Would you say your dad had a lot to do with what you are doing with your life?
I definitely look up to my dad because his family owned a little grocery store and he never grew up with much money. They gave everything they had to send him to college. He has come such a long way and everything he has, he has earned on his own. I respect and can only hope I do that one day.