, is not your typical “cast member” of Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas
. Some may call him Bravo’s newest villain, but I found that he was more like a big, lovable teddy bear. A core cast mate yes, but first and foremost a son, big brother, friend, and a successful businessman. Drew is a proud gay man, that loves his family and prefers cars to couture.
Drew Ginsburg having brunch at Brio, Southlake TX (credit: Thomas Garza Photogrpahy)
He works in his family business, The Boardwalk Auto Group, which controls 10 car dealerships throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and in San Francisco. I learned Drew was opinionated, funny, and charitable when I sat down for our no-holds-barred interview. We discussed the HCG diet, his cast members, his family, and what he’s passionate about.
Drew and his mother made the trek to Southlake for our interview. We’ve bumped into each other on the Dallas charity circuit, and I have been dying to get the scoop on his world, work and what makes Drew one of most talked about cast members of the Most Eligible Dallas Team. Once we got our schedules together, it was fun to roll out the “green carpet of suburbia” for Drew, who has never been to Southlake. He thought that this town was on the other side of the world. Ironically, Southlake is only a short trip from Dallas, but it is a well kept, open secret by the locals.
Lights, camera, action!!! The genius team at Toni and Guy, who have been doing my makeup and hair for four years, set to work on Bravo’s newest star. Drew didn’t know what hit him, as we were on a time crunch as real life was threatening to approach; Drew needed to be back in Dallas and a tiny little boy, my darling Sebastian, was coming to visit his mommy on set. We settled on touring Southlake and then enjoying lunch and conversation before being whisked back into the rest of our day.
Drew Ginsburg and Miss A's own writer Brandy Voirin- strolling the streets of Southlake (credit: Thomas Garza)
It seems that everyone wants Bravo
to bring the Real Housewives franchise to their town, but he noted that we should “be careful what you wish for ladies”. For him, Drew got a wonderful opportunity that he would not trade, but it came with the high price of with having your life exposed, 20-hour work days, lots of late night eating, and a reoccurring lack of sleep.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Drew while walking around, touring my town. We started with a delicious brunch at Brio’s
, shopping at Malouf’s,
and we finally settled at the Southlake Hilton
for our interview. “This looks like a place you would only dream about, or see in those movies. Everyone and everything is perfectly placed. People who come here would never want to need to leave. Where is the homeless man on the side of the road?” he shouted, to stares of curious on-lookers and passers-by.
Personally, I loved his tactful honesty. We spoke about that dirty word he used on the show
, however his mother openly supports her son in the matter. “He warned me on what was coming, and the cameras have been hard to deal with, but I deeply love and support my son. I am so proud of him and the direction he is moving in.” If you haven’t had a chance to catch Drew in action Bravo will be playing a marathon before the season finale on Monday night. I explained to Drew that no dirty words are allowed or we would swap roles — he would be detained in the suburbs forever and I would run the Audi dealerships. Drew laughed and agreed to be on his best behavior.
Setting in for the interview at the Hilton Southlake (credit: Thomas Garza Photography)
Brandy: “Why did you sign on to do a reality show?”
Drew: “A once in a lifetime opportunity. It was also a way to chronicle my life, before turning thirty.”
Brandy: ” Would this ” once in a lifetime opportunity” be for you to promote a certain platform or be a role model?”
Drew: “I would like to promote healthy living and giving back. When you are successful it comes at a price but you can’t keep what you have by not giving it away.”
Brandy: “Are you prepared for the backlash that comes with being on a reality show?”
Drew: “The backlash has been minimal but there is some; with success also comes the haters. The funny thing is that people hate on the show, but in the same sentence they will say,” I was asked to do the show but turned it down. Some people just don’t know how to say congratulations.”
Brandy: “Bravo promoted your show as “a tight knit circle of friends” taken on the city of Dallas; however it seems the show has broken up your friendships?”
Drew: “The only person I did not know was Neil, and the cameras captured our first interaction together. The things (that came out) with Courtney and Matt, which was me, being me. I would have called them out on their crap the same way. (And) I called them out in front of the camera I did not change a thing. I did not act, and I didn’t put any relationships together that were not real. I told the producers from day one that I had to be myself.”
Brandy: “If I fought with my friends (the way you do on camera), I would not want reality crew following me around. So are you (all) really friends?”
Most Eligible Dallas Drew Ginsburg with his mom
Drew: “Courtney and I fight, like brother and sister or cats and dogs, and at that time we had only really had a social relationship. Our relationship was still blossoming.”
Brandy: “I am a Drew fan, but those blogs. Oh My Lord. They are funny, but sometimes harsh. Are you and Courtney still friends?”
Drew: “Yes, I talked to Courtney yesterday; she is doing well and in Florida. We are a lot closer. I don’t talk with her everyday, but I bet you money we will not be fighting next season. The blogs are a reflection of what I am feeling at the time of the episode. Things (in real life) are completely different. Courtney and I really had to fight to become friends.”
Brandy: “You are noticeably slimmer than you were on the show, what’s your secret?”
Drew: “I workout five days a week for a total of three hours a day, and I think it might be this way forever. I am in the maintenance phase.”
Brandy: “What about that HCG diet?”
Drew: “I am so glad you asked because I really want to clear this up. The HCG diet was a one-time thing that gave me a boost for a healthy lifestyle. People assume I am constantly jacked up on female hormones, and I am injecting myself daily, and that is not the case. I haven’t had the HCG hormone in my body in nine months. It started me on the right path, but healthy eating and exercise with my trainer keeps me in shape.”
Brandy: “What’s coming up next for you?”
Drew: “I love working on my charity,and working with local charities in Dallas. The Legacy Counsel
(LCC) is a center that provides care for newly HIV positive patients. LCC addresses a lot of issues that are dear to my heart that relate to drug and alcohol addictions. They provide twelve step meetings, counseling, and a variety of other services. I really believe in their mission, and I will do whatever I can to help the organization. Another great charity that I love to support is DIFFA Dallas
To catch more of Drew and the Most Eligible Dallas crew, check out the season finale that premieres on Monday, October 17, 2011. You can also follow Drew on Twitter @DrewGinsburg
and on the Drew Ginsburg Facebook Page
. A special thanks to the team at Toni and Guy Southlake, Brio, Malouf’s, The Hilton Southlake
for doing what you do best, and Thomas Garza Photography
for capturing our photos.