Garcelle Beauvais Names The Hardest Challenges Of Filming The Real - Exclusive

Community is important all the time, not just in critical moments or during a specific time of year. We've all heard the adage that it takes a village to raise a child, after all, and that mantra should be applied to life in general. Life is hard, but with community comes support, laughter, love, and solace — all things that we need to survive. (Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has love and belonging and self-actualization in there for a reason!)

One celeb who understands this quite well is Garcelle Beauvais, the author, actor, and host extraordinaire who has built community in Hollywood just as she has in her personal life. Beauvais has acted in projects like "The Magicians" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and she's been a star of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." If you're a fan of daytime syndicated TV, you may better know her from "The Real," on which she was a co-host the last few years (via IMDb).

With her many hats, it's easy to see why community is so important to Beauvais, which ultimately led her to partner with vodka company Absolut on its latest promotion: the Front Yard Citrus Club. However, one can experience challenges and difficulties even with community. In fact, in an exclusive interview with The List, the "Bad Company" star not only revealed her favorite flavor from her Absolut partnership but also dove into the challenges she faced while filming "The Real."

Garcelle Beauvais faced 'backlash' for her opinions on The Real

"The Real" provides viewers exactly what it promises: a real approach to each episode's subject matter. The show also aims to offer a diverse approach due to having several hosts on its panel. However, it's precisely being real that gave Garcelle Beauvais some trouble on "The Real."

"What's tough is that we're hired to give our point of view, and with cancel culture, you have to be careful," she explained to The List. "But at the same time, this is why I'm hired, so you have to be brave and you have to put it out there. Hopefully, my opinion will start a conversation as opposed to just backlash because people don't like what I said."

Obviously, no one wants to be in hot water, but Beauvais reassured us that the show wasn't all bad. "The best things that have come from it ... is being able to be on this platform with women of color," she said. "We're talking to our community. We're talking about different things that matter to us and things in general — pop culture, politics, everything.

In this way, "The Real" was a big cornerstone of love and culture for the Black community, and Beauvais being part of it was monumental. Now we're just wondering what Beauvais' beauty routine was for each episode — because she always looked stunning!

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