We do believe that “Real Housewives of New York” cast member LuAnn de Lesseps aka “The Countess,” will never be accused of letting opportunity pass her by. She has written a book, recorded a pop single and now she’s guest starring in “Law & Order: SVU.”
“It happened very fast,” LuAnn says on a recent press call. “So, I basically got my lines two days before I shot. So, it was challenging but it was really great.”
LuAnn plays an art collector who becomes the muse for one of the episode’s suspects, a “slightly deranged, out of control artist” as executive producer and writer Dan Truly describes the character.
“You usually get five seconds to make an audience understand who the character is and the moment that we thought of her it was like it just seemed perfectly natural,” Truly says of casting LuAnn. “It’s kind of the elegance and the class and it sort of fit with what we were trying to do for the story and so it was a no-brainer for us.”
And as if acting alongside a cast that includes powerhouses, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, wasn’t challenging enough, LuAnn disrobes a bit for the part.
“It’s semi-nude and so I felt comfortable because I was covered and it was tasteful,” she says. “So, I didn’t have a problem with that. The problem is saying the lines and keeping yourself covered and being in the right place at the right time. Anyway, it was a fun, challenging experience for me.”
LuAnn says she sees the SVU role as part of a new chapter in her life.
“I just feel like it’s my time,” she says. “I’ve been very lucky I’ve found somebody who adores me in my life again and I just have a second chance. And ‘SVU’ is a part of that second chance and it’s very exciting.”
And when it comes to more acting roles, she says she’s reading for a pilot. But, there’s one specific New York address the housewife has in mind: “30 Rock.”
“Tina Fey, call me,” she jokes.
LuAnn de Lesseps guest stars on “Law & Order: SVU” on Wednesday (Feb. 23) at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.