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'Vanderpump Rules' star Jax Taylor teases shocking reveals and 'other villains'

Jax Taylor is usually front and center of the latest drama on the addictive Bravo unscripted series Vanderpump Rules, which follows the lives of the attractive and opinionated staff of Lisa Vanderpump’s upscale West Hollywood restaurant Sur. Currently appearing in the third season, Jax is known for being unapologetic about what he does and the company he keeps.

Besides working behind the bar at Sur, Jax is also juggling many other projects, including his own clothing line. Jax was kind enough to take a break from his busy schedule to share some inside information with EW Community about the show as well as his other creative pursuits.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: We all know that producers and editors want to make a show as compelling as possible from the footage they have. How real is what we’re seeing on Vanderpump Rules?

JAX TAYLOR: I would say that it’s almost 100 percent true. The only thing [the producers] do is to put me in certain situations I would not normally be in. Let’s say you and I got into a fight today; we probably wouldn’t see each other for a couple weeks. But for the show, we’d be put in a situation together the next day. I really wish it was scripted sometimes, because it would really make my life easier.

On last week’s episode, we were able to watch your entire process of your much-anticipated nose job, including the actual medical procedure. How did you react to seeing that?

Actually, it was the first episode [of the series] that I watched with my mother and father. Out of all the episodes I could have potentially watched with my parents, this was by far the best episode. This episode was fun because it took some of the heat off of me. I don’t remember what I did after the surgery because I was on a lot of drugs. I sound quite intelligent when I’m on drugs [laughs]. I’m glad I watched this episode with [my parents] because next week’s episode, they definitely do not want to be watching with me [laughs].

Why is that? What happens in the next episode? Can you tell me anything about it?

It gets back into a lot of the arguing and fighting. A lot of things are going to come out that people are going to very shocked about. I’m really tired of being called a liar and a cheater. I don’t mind being called the villain, because everything I do on the show is me, but there are other villains on the show who I start to call out. It’s going to get really dirty.

I can’t wait to find out. During the run of the show, you got both Stassi’s and Carmen’s names tattooed on your arms. Have you tattooed anyone else’s name on yourself lately?

No names. I think I am going to hold off on the names for a while. [Laughs].

That’s probably a good idea. You’ve got a lot going on in your professional life: modeling, television, and now designing clothing. Is there a particular person who has inspired you artistically?

If I could thank anyone for putting a fire under my butt to get things done. … I know that this is going to sound weird, but I would say Stassi. I have no ill will towards her, but when someone tells you that you can’t do something and then you go do it, it feels pretty great.

You’re originally from Michigan, but now reside in Hollywood. What advice you would give someone who has just arrived in Los Angeles looking to start out in the entertainment industry?

Stay away from the entertainment industry! [Laughs.] Stay away because it’s just a wall full of disappointment. If I could do it over again, I would like to do more behind the scenes.

Since the show is about the staff at Sur, most of the show takes place at the restaurant. When you’re not working, what do you do with your spare time?

Obviously, I’m a real big fitness freak and a health freak. I’m at the gym five days a week. I’m a runner. My shoe and sweater line take up a lot of my time, and I have a couple other projects going on that I can’t talk about yet. A lot of my time is taken up with the show, because when we’re not filming, we’re traveling to promote the show or getting ready to film the next season.

What would be the best compliment to someone wearing your designs?

If someone came up to them and asked, “Where can I get those clothes?” I see it as upscale casual and outdoor casual. Some of it is a little bit expensive, but that is because I didn’t cut corners anywhere. Everything’s Italian-made and I use quality product. I’m looking for ways to keep the costs down, but I feel that if you cut corners, you get what you pay for.

Speaking of your clothing line, how did you go from modeling to being on a television show to designing clothing?

I’ve modeled for quite a few fashion houses, been in quite a few magazines in the last 10 years. I’ve traveled the world and been with some of the top modeling agencies and walked down some of the top runways … I’ve been involved in the fashion industry for a really long time, and it’s something I’ve always loved. I modeled for the Xcalibur company, and within the past year, I had some ideas. [Xcalibur] came up with an opportunity for me and asked me if I would be interested in designing some of my own sweaters and shoes. Obviously, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I just ran with it. I’m learning as I go, as I’ve never been in this industry before. It’s a trial-and-error process, which I think is the best way to learn.

What exactly goes into designing a clothing line? What does your daily work look like?

Well, I’m not actually in the factory stitching the pieces of clothing together, but [Xcalibur] will show me four or five samples of sweaters or jackets, and I’ll say “I like those buttons, I like this pattern, change the buttons, I like this color, change the lapel.” I basically fine-tune the clothing to something that I would like wearing.

Visit Xcaliburbrand.com to see Jax’s designs and products.

Vanderpump Rules airs Mondays at 9/8C on Bravo.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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