Recently, Rossi dished that the couple are doing what they love, and we are excited to report that Smiley is going to be starring in Texas Rising, an upcoming mini-series on The History Channel.
We recently caught up with Smiley to talk about his life post-Housewives, his new movie, and more.
Here is part 1 of our exclusive interview:
We asked Smiley if it was validating to get a part in a major movie after he was called out on the show for not being able to get a job on his own. He explained that, “I don’t know if there’s any validation only because we always knew what they were saying was completely incorrect. I think my track record on the business side has always spoken for itself. My clients are Verizon Wireless, Blackberry- I deal with major corporations. I’ve been working with Gretchen on the fashion side of things for the last seven years and our brand has continued to grow. Those comments by those people are simply ignorant and nasty. It’s their legacy. That’s their track record. We’re not affected by it.”
“Housewives gave us a platform so that people know who we are,” Smiley continued. “We’ve had an opportunity to meet really great producers, directors, and casting people… Housewives gave us… exposure. It really has been great to have been part of it but we’re very excited to be moving on.”
The conversation then turned to the mini-series Smiley will be a part of, Texas Rising. On how he got involved with it, he told us that, “I got into it because Texas Rising is the follow up to The McCoys. It was a very big mini series for The History Channel. 22 million people saw it. The production company that shot The McCoys also shot Texas Rising. Coincidentally, they were the same production company that shot Marriage Bootcamp. So it was because of our relationship with production and them shooting us for Bootcamp that I got approached by producers. They said, ‘Look, we’re doing this huge mini series. We think you’d be great. Would you be willing to read for us and audition?’ I said absolutely!”
“I have to clarify that my role is extremely small,” Smiley continued. “I think I’m only in one or two out of ten episodes. My scenes are with Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Branden Fraser… but it’s a huge cast of very talented actors… it was like a master acting class. I spent two weeks in Durango (Texas). We shot on John Wayne’s ranch… it was a really cool experience.”
Smiley also talked about his character in the movie, Bartholomew Fly. On Bartholomew, he told us, told us, “Bartholomew Fly is a simple town [guy]… we are greeting Bill Paxton. He has returned from winning the Mexican-American war. Texas Rising is about the establishment of the Texas Rangers… it’s about the fall of the Alamo. Texas was a volatile state at that point. I’m just one of the people that end up greeting him as he returns back to town. I don’t even know how many of my scenes end up in this film… I’m in the music video. Kris Kristofferson has cut a single for Texas Rising. They sent me a link to one of the videos they created. I’m standing next to Bill in one of the scenes.”
We wrapped our first part of the conversation with asking Smiley if he wants to do more acting roles after this. He said, “Yeah. I just auditioned for another indie movie… We have a show that we’re co-producing that’s sitting with HBO right now and they’re getting ready to shoot the pilot. It’s been really fun for us. If there’s opportunities to act, I always want to embrace those opportunities.”
Make sure to sound off in the comments and let us know what you think and check back soon for part 2 where we talk more about Marriage Bootcamp and where things stand with him and Rossi.
Also- be sure to click the main image above for a photo gallery of Smiley and Rossi.