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TwoCents and Five Questions with The Zeno Family (The People’s Couch)

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How did you react when Juan Pablo refused to say “I Love You” on The Bachelor? Were you completely in shock after the surprise death on The Good Wife? (I won’t spoil it in case some of you haven’t watched…) The People’s Couch, a new show on Bravo, follows a crew of characters watching those moments and viewers get to see their reactions. Sometimes you agree with them, sometimes you laugh at them, sometimes you feel you know them. They watch shows ranging from hit primetime shows to obscure cable shows we’ve never heard of. With each week, you never know what kind of show they’ll watch or which groups will be on.

Currently, there are 10 groups on the show and we here at were able to get exclusive interviews with three of the groups. First up is the Zeno family. Lamont is a singer/songwriter who was in a music group in the 90s; Princella is an esthetician and choreographer and says she has been in love with Lamont since she was five years old (how cute!); and finally their son, Rashawn, who is following in his dad’s footsteps in the music industry.

TwoCentsTV: How did you find out about the show and ultimately, get cast?
Princella Zeno: I saw the audition last year in August, and I was a little leery about it because I thought it might not be real until I saw the show on Bravo in October and was like “OMG this the show I didn’t audition for!” I loved the show. So when I saw the audition again I knew that we weren’t going to miss it this time. I sent in pictures of my family and we went through the auditioning process and they loved us so here we are.

TCTV: The groups are so diverse but share a love for TV. Have you had a chance to meet any of the other groups? If so, how did it go and do you keep in touch?
PZ: Unfortunately with everyone’s busy schedule we haven’t been able to meet any other cast members in person yet. We all are fans of each other and communicate via social media, but we have plans to meet the other cast members soon. Maybe we will meet up and watch TV together and have a ball LOL!

TCTV: Since the show has become so popular, has life changed for you? If so, how?
Lamont Zeno: Yes, technology wise. Now because of social media I’m attached to my phone daily responding to fans from all over the world. It has also opened up more doors for me and our son in the music industry as we are singers and songwriters. This opportunity has put us on a larger platform and more people are reaching out to us and wanting to work with us more. It is amazing how people are falling in love with our family.

PZ: Yes the show has changed things for us and I know it’s only going to get better. Doors have opened up more for me as well. I have people inquiring more about me fashion styling for them. I also have a large clientele back in Detroit (and) I fly back to service once a month and I know the show will also cause me to get more clients. I know this is just the beginning and we are enjoying the ride.

TCTV: Has being on the show changed the way you watch TV (i.e. liking new types of shows, etc.)?
PZ: Yes and No. No in the fact that that’s really how we react when watching TV so that hasn’t changed, but yes in the fact that there may be some shows that we have never heard of, or have heard of and never watched before. This opens us up to more of these types of shows. If we like them we definitely continue to watch them.

Rashawn Zeno: This has changed the way that I watch TV a lot. A lot of times I don’t want to watch the shows that my mom and dad watch, but they make me. Sometimes I would rather be doing my own thing. But with the show it makes me want to watch more types of shows that I thought I would never watch in a million years LOL.

TCTV: Have you ever watched back an episode and cringed at something you said or did? If so, what was it?
LZ: No. What you see is what you get. We said we wouldn’t have any regrets as long as we continued to be ourselves.

PZ: No. But I can say that I regret eating all those snacks while watching TV because I’m not like my husband and son. It’s easy for me to pick up weight and hard for me to lose it, but with them they can eat anything and stay the same size. It’s such a shame.

RZ: No regrets!!! I’m pretty chill as you can see. My parents always taught me to think before I speak especially in the presence of adults. That’s just the way I am in life not just as I watch TV.

*Bonus Question*
Has there been a show where you didn’t feel your son should watch and you opted out of it?
PZ: No. But I can say the one time that my son decided to go to bed early, we decided to watch Gigolos on Showtime. I had never seen it but my husband had. Once we started watching I was SO glad Rashawn decided to leave the room because all we saw was booties and breasts. Even though he is 19, I still look at him like he’s my baby and I would’ve been making him cover his eyes.

The People’s Couch airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on Bravo.

Farrah Kaye – Senior Editor

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