Recently I had a chance to talk with the super cool and down to earth Dr. Bonnie Blossman from the Style Network’s “Big Rich Texas”. Here’s what she had to say about weddings, babies, beauty and more.
Me: Are you still teaching? What do you love most about it?
Bonnie: Iâ€™m still faculty at University of North Texas but Iâ€™m not teaching this semester, basically because I have too many projects going on right now. But I plan to be back in the summer. The thing I like the most is that I feel the students are like my kids and Iâ€™m just proud of them.
Me: How do your students feel about you being on a hit TV show?
Bonnie: Ya know they got slightly weird after it got more weird. I try to get them not to ask. Especially when I was teaching during a season airing and my students would start watching the show and would want to talk about it and I had a rule. The first day people would want to come up and talk to me about it and I was like look Iâ€™ll talk about it when the semester is over. You can come ask me whatever you want when the semester is over but right now I want you thinking about biochemistry.
Bonnie: I canâ€™t manage everything so some things have to go by the wayside and come back later. Iâ€™m actually thinking about going back to the lab and doing a project/collaboration with my old lab mates. I havenâ€™t researched in 3 or 4 years and I miss it. I miss spending time in the lab.
Me: Whatâ€™s going on with “Fiona Frost” now?
Bonnie: Iâ€™m working on Volume 3 itâ€™s called â€œFiona Frost Fatal Souvenirsâ€ and it is a serial killer this time. So this one should come out probably by May. We are also working on a television series which is very exciting for me. This summer we are gonna be casting for the pilot and then probably in the fall or early winter of this year we will start filming the pilot.
Me: Thatâ€™s exciting!
Bonnie: Yea thatâ€™s my dream. To build “Fiona Frost” into a franchise.
Me: I also hear that Whitney is pregnant.
Bonnie: Thank you!
Me: Do we know if itâ€™s a boy or girl?
Bonnie: We actually find out Feb. 4th.
Me: Thatâ€™s exciting!
Bonnie: I will be there!
Me: Now when is she due?
Bonnie: July 24th I think it will be August 1st though.
Me: Has she postponed the wedding now due to the pregnancy?
Bonnie: No. The wedding is still on the same date. Ok this is really cool. She got engaged in early September she got pregnant on Halloween. Her wedding date from the start was Halloween 2013. So itâ€™s kinda cool. The baby will be incorporated into the wedding. Of course I already have plans. And itâ€™s gonna be gothic. We are having her wedding dress made. Itâ€™s going to be black and short with an enormously ridiculous train, 13 bridesmaids, and 13 groomsmen. Itâ€™s going to be epic.
Me: Which brings me to Jasonâ€¦ During the season recap he still didnâ€™t seem on board and you were still visibly really upset by everything. How is that going?
Bonnie: I can proudly say he has given his blessing.
Bonnie: He is totally on board, he knows we are planning this epic wedding and he and Brandon get along fantastic. Itâ€™s all good. Part of that was just doing those things on camera he was not a fan of. Brandon had mentioned to him that Whitneyâ€™s my dream girl. And Jason told him donâ€™t do anything on camera.
Me: Well Jason seems like he is more of a private person.
Bonnie: He is.
Me: That makes sense.
Bonnie: And thatâ€™s like when Leslie said he went off on Tyler for TV time. Thatâ€™s why we all cracked up cause weâ€™re like no Jason doesnâ€™t want to be on TV. He didnâ€™t want this.
Me: I can see that. We see him but we donâ€™t know much about him.
Bonnie: Right. Thatâ€™s by his design. I mean cause heâ€™s my husband heâ€™s gotta be around. If I was going to continue on the show obviously you would have to start seeing him or I would never know my husband. Now he goes in public and people recognize him and heâ€™s like Bonnie I did not want this.
Me: I didnâ€™t sign up for this.
Bonnie: Thatâ€™s what he says.
Me: What is your beauty routine? What are your favorite products?
Bonnie: Ok wait. I have the perfect product. Iâ€™m going right to my drawer because everyone asks me this and I always forget. I get it from my plastic surgeonâ€™s office, but you can get it anywhere. Itâ€™s called SkinMedica and itâ€™s an AHA/BHA Cream. Itâ€™s an alpha-hydroxy. Then if I donâ€™t use this I get breakouts. I use it every day and I know when I donâ€™t. When I donâ€™t use it my pores get larger and I break out. I use it every day and it keeps my skin clear and my pores small. I used to use Retin-A but I found that it was the alpha-hydroxy that was doing it. I completely live by that.
Me: Favorite store/brand?
Bonnie: Oh my God! 100% BCBG. 70% of the time you see me Iâ€™m wearing BCBG.
Me: Favorite Band or Musician?
Bonnie: Oh that was is so hard for me because I have musical ADD. I would say right now… well Iâ€™m just gonna tell you the last song that played on my computer. It was actually The Jacksonâ€™s. Iâ€™m all over the place from Frank Sinatra to Metallic to The Jacksons. I like everything but country.
Me: Now I know you play bass. Who is your all-time favorite bass player? Iâ€™m a Flea fan.
Bonnie: Oh my God there is no way I could ever compare to him. Flea is I canâ€™t even though him. But yeah he is one of my favorites, but I could never even compare.
Me: You know what song has such a great bass line? â€œPain Lies On The Riversideâ€ by Live. Itâ€™s killer. (*I included the YouTube video below.)
Bonnie: Ok Iâ€™m gonna write that down whatâ€™s it called.
Me: The song is â€œPain Lies on the Riversideâ€ and itâ€™s by Live.
Bonnie: Is it hard?
Me: It might be.
Bonnie: You might not hear me playing it then.
Me: Who is your Big Rich Texas BFF? Besides Whitney of course.
Bonnie: Oh Melissa! Close second is basically everybody else but Leslie. I mean we hang out like constantly. I talk to Melissa probably 5 times a day and the others at least once a day. Weâ€™ve gotten so close I canâ€™t imagine what the next season will be like.
Me: Have you been watching Big Rich Atlanta?
Bonnie: You know I missed it but I do have it on my DVR cause Iâ€™m going to watch it so I can talk to people about it.Â I need to have my favorites! Especially before the big fight. So I know who to root for.
Me:Do you do your own social media?
Me: What is your favorite social media site?
Bonnie: Whosay! I got inducted into the Who Say world and it is the easiest thing. I can post/broadcast something and goes everywhere.
(We then got into an in depth conversation about the social media world.)
Me: I have a few questions from my followers on Twitter for you:
Bonnie:Â I can try. I will try I have no idea what Iâ€™m doing this summer.Â North Carolina sounds fun.Â Well thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m thinking about it. Weâ€™ve actually been talking about going to NC. Jason and I will be doing a nationwide book tour but it wonâ€™t be until after football season. Letâ€™s make that a possible. Maybe next winter.
Â Bonnie: I did a reality show because it basically fell in my lap. I wanted to be on Big Brother. I had just graduated with my doctorate and my friend and I wanted to do something crazy. It was the competition that drew me to it not necessarily TV. The same casting agent new me and she contacted me for this. Whitney was pretty adamant. She thought it was the coolest thing ever. You only live once. Why not? It made our family get closer because we spend more time together.
Make sure you check out Bonnie on “Big Rich Texas” on the Style Network and check out her websiteÂ http://bonnieblossman.com/ to see what she’s up to.
So just for fun I wanted to include a YouTube video of Live’s “Pain Lies on the Riverside”. The bass line rocks. Check it out!