Lisa Wu Hartwell and NeNe talk about this brand new Bravo reality series.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta takes Bravo's successful franchise to the South, starting on Tuesday, October 7. Two of the housewives are Lisa Wu Hartwell and NeNe Leaks and we were in on a conference call with them as they talked about this new season. Here's what they had to say below.

There is so much juicy stuff that goes on. I have a lot of questions. I guess my first one is for Lisa. You know, the whole Sheree/NeNe conflict is a part of the first episode. How did you deal with it because I got the impression from seeing some of the clips coming up in the season that you're also friends with Sheree? So I was just wondering how do you deal with being in that position.{/bold

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You know, I found myself in the middle a lot and I think they're two wonderful, great women and they're both very opinionated. So I kind of just kept a happy medium, you know, and I listened to each other's concerns. And I just tried to be the peacemaker, you know. But, you know, it's like sisters. We're all sisters and at the end of the day, you know, we're all great friends.

Okay. And, you know, your husbands are a part of the show. I guess Lisa, your significant other is not. But do you know how - for everybody on the show, how easy or difficult was it to get their significant others to be a part of the show?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: I would just - okay, well for Ed - this is Lisa speaking. For Ed, you know, I had to have the conversation with him and I wanted to know if he would allow the cameras to be in his life to that extent. And, you know, at first he was a little apprehensive and, you know, but then he was like you know what, it might be fun. And he thought it would be a great platform for our businesses as well. So we had a lot of fun shooting the show.

NeNe Leakes: My husband is Gregg and I had been in the entertainment business before and when I brought the idea to my husband that they were interested in me being one of the housewives in Atlanta, my husband was excited for me. And I knew he would be because Gregg supports me in whatever I do. So Gregg thought it would be great and I thought it would be great. We were more concerned about the children because we have two boys and they were in school. And I wanted to explain to them, you know, how the cameras would be and, you know, they would follow us around a lot. And my husband the kids agreed, so here we are.

Lisa, it might not have been you who mentioned it but they showed in a clip of advanced episodes where someone was talking about that there's a difference between the NBA families and the NFL families, some kind of a cultural or a social difference. And I think you're the only NFL family in the show so kind of tell me have you noticed that? Is there a difference in - somehow in attitude or social thing between NBA and NFL?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Well I do have some girlfriends that their husbands play in the NBA and, you know, some friends that their husbands play in the NFL. And so it's just kind of a funny joke. And it really - some of them do have a little snootier attitude and they're like oh my god, you know, we have the guaranteed contracts. You know, we have more money than you guys. So, you know, it's kind of that attitude. You know, like I said I have great friends that are married to NBA players but then there's some that, you know, hold their head up a little bit too high.

I wanted to make sure I was clear on - first of all, NeNe I think you - they said your husband was an entrepreneur but they never made it clear what. Could you give us a general idea of what he's an entrepreneur of?

NeNe Leakes: My husband is a real estate investor. And what he does is he buys property.

You mentioned just now that you were in show business earlier. What was - what were you in?

NeNe Leakes: Oh I was doing some acting before. I started out at 16 years old modeling so I modeled for years through high school and through college, and I've always been with an agency for going out on auditions for commercials and film, and all that kind of stuff. So I've always been into that since I was a teen. So my husband knew that when he got with me that I was (unintelligible)...

Did each of you grow up in middle class or what kind of income did you grow up in?

NeNe Leakes: I did grow up middle class. A lot of times a lot of the girls - we - Lisa and I just had this conversation yesterday I think, wasn't it Lisa? I said Lisa, it's really funny how some girls that I'm around who are really wealthy today, they say, you know, I'm from the ghetto. I grew up in the hood and that kind of thing. And I'm looking at them and they probably think that I really grew up in the hood. But I really didn't.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Right.

NeNe Leakes: And I had a really good life growing up. I had a good life. My family - my mom and dad wasn't rich and I also stayed with my aunt a lot and they were middle class, and they did very well for themselves.

And Lisa with you, were - did you grow up middle class?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Yeah I would say middle class. My father and my mom are still together and he was the breadwinner and she was a stay-at-home mom. But the house was termed in the hood. I'm from Inglewood but the houses in Inglewood are like $400,000, $500,000, you know. So it - so but it's middle class by our standards now. If you go back over there and you see - you're like are you kidding me, these houses are $500,000. But - so I mean, that would be middle class but just not in so great an area. You know, Los Angeles you have to have like millions of dollars to have a decent home in a great area.

I was curious if you watched the other seasons of the Housewives, first of all - if there were characters on those shows that you identified with or liked the most. Like who are some of your favorites? And if you could point out the "you" or your like doppelganger in those past who would those be, do you think?

NeNe Leakes: Well this is NeNe and I could answer that because I did watch the The Real Housewives of Orange County and I absolutely loved them. I watched all their seasons. The very first season they had a young lady in the show by the name of Jo and I thought I could see myself in her so much. I know she's no longer one of the housewives now but she had a lot of personality. She just was out there and I thought she really kept it real, so I thought that was me. And then Vicki, Vicki is a little loud. I'm loud, too, so I could see myself being like Vicki. And then I did watch the New York City housewives and the only one I thought that I could kind of relate to was the Countess. I liked her for some reason. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe because she's tall and she had a little smart way of doing things, too. She would get smart with people a little bit, you know.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Yeah.

NeNe Leakes: I liked her. I liked her for some reason.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: NeNe, you do that as well. But - and this is Lisa speaking. I didn't have a chance to really watch the show and it's unfortunate because I think it's a great franchise. And I wasn't really into reality television because I've been in the film industry as well and the stereotypes that came with it. But watching all of the Bravo shows -- Project Runway, (at least) Top Chef, anything -- I love the Housewives series. Now I'm finding myself going back and watching some of them. So I couldn't really pinpoint anybody at the time to say oh I'm like this person, you know.

Well for people watching, I mean obviously every season is so different because of the women on the show and also the cities and the social lives. There's such a, you know, particular thing about each place. So I'm just wondering what are you expecting or what do you hope people get from, you know, watching your show? What do you want people to know about like, you know, the Atlanta social circles and things like that?

NeNe Leakes: Well what I would hope that people would take from the show would be that we are great mothers. That's first of all. And we are strong women. And I would hope that they wouldn't think - because I've read so much in the papers about, you know, they're - oh, I didn't think it was fair because they have athlete wives and stuff. These athlete wives that I'm working with are -- like Lisa and Deshawn -- they're very independent. They have their own goals. They're strong. They're hustlers. They're not waiting and dependent on their husbands out there. So I would hope that other women watching the show could see strong, independent women in all of us because we all are regardless of the men that we're married to and the men that we date. We're all strong - really strong women. And all these women, you know, we have our differences in opinion but all of these women are truly smart women.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Yeah, I guess I would have to add to that and say yeah we're very strong and successful by our own right. And, you know, it - when they take it away, they say okay you can be successful. You don't have to sit around the house and just spend your husband's money. You can have your own thing going on and be independent.

I was just wondering again since you've seen these other incarnations of the Real Housewives and the criticism that they received from fans on the blogs and such - how do you feel about that kind of criticism and have you gotten any? What do you think of it?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Basically, you know, I was about to - my tongue was about to fall out when I heard her (unintelligible). Let me answer that one. What I really think is that everybody has an opinion and there's just no way that you're going to be able to please everyone. I've seen some of the blogs and some of the people are being kind and some people are being nasty on the blogs. That - to me, those are the people that have nothing else to do and they really don't have anything else to do. And everybody has an opinion. You can't please everyone. We have a great life and we're not faking it. I mean, it's true. We do have a great life and people are not going to be happy for your success. Not everyone is happy for you. Wouldn't you agree, Lisa?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Yeah and I have to add - this is Lisa speaking. I have to say that I think there is somebody on the show that everybody can identify with. So sometimes you might have some of NeNe's fans that might not agree with my personality or my character. And so it's just - there's somebody on the show that every woman can identify with. And at the end of the day if your family and your friends know who you are, you're true to yourself, that's all that really matters because I might say something next week that just ticks you off, and now you're upset with me again. So you really can't be concerned about that and just be yourself and have fun.

I noticed that a few of the housewives are transplants to Atlanta and I've been reading a lot about Atlanta and this new black Mecca. And as I understand it, there's some tension between the new money in Atlanta and the more established folks who have been in Atlanta for a long time. Can you talk about that and can you tell me how many of you are actually from Atlanta or grew up in the south, and who are the transplants?

NeNe Leakes: I did grow up in - not in Atlanta. I grew up in Georgia. I'm originally from Queens, New York and I moved down in my middle school with my aunt and I finished school out in Athens, Georgia. And once I finished high school in Athens I came to Atlanta to go to college. And I've been here ever since. And Deshawn is from...

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Ohio - isn't it Ohio? No?

NeNe Leakes: Yeah, well she's not from Georgia and she didn't grow up here. And Lisa, you didn't grow up here and Sheree didn't grow up here.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: I'm from Los Angeles, yeah.

Well given that you are, for the most part with the exception of NeNe, sort of transplants how much do you think you reflect, you know, the whole vibe of the city or is it the new, you know, Atlanta - the ATL that everybody's talking about? And is that the image that you think reflects what Atlanta is all about - what we see on Housewives?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: This is Lisa Hartwell speaking and I don't think that just our one show can absolutely portray the whole entire Atlanta. There's people that have been here for a long time and they have a lot of money and old money, as you would say. And - but the entertainment industry here has grown so much - I mean, film, music, television. And it - you know, a lot of people can recognize that because now we're just as big as New York and Los Angeles when it comes to music and of course, not film yet but I think we'll get there. And so, you know, I'm not really pretentious so I can't say, you know, what the vibe is. It's like okay, you know, we have the money - I don't know. NeNe is not pretentious either, so I don't know - how would you answer that, NeNe?

NeNe Leakes: You know that I'm not. I don't know what the whole deal is between young money and old money - the new money is what everybody is saying. That's new money and this is old money. I don't really see what the deal is. The only thing I can think of is that we're just young and, you know, you'd think that too Lisa, because people are constantly saying oh she's new money? It's almost like she doesn't know how to spend it yet and she doesn't know what she's supposed to...

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You know what, I think have to say there's a difference in just coming into money and sometimes people go crazy and they have to buy everything. They're a little impatient and they got to get whatever it is that they see in sight. When you're accustomed to having money it's not a big deal. If you want it, you get it and it's just - you don't have to go around wearing it on your shoulders. You don't have to go around telling everybody what you're wearing. You know, they'll see it in the way that you carry yourself. And, you know, they'll probably be surprised when they come to your house because you're not telling everyone what you have. That's...

NeNe Leakes: Right. And I'm not materialistic at all so - and I don't like to talk money so that's definitely one of the things that I shy away from. I don't like to talk money at all and I'm so not materialistic it's not funny. I'm really not materialistic.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You know, we have a variety -- this is Lisa -- we have a variety of people that live here and there are people that like to showcase it and there's nothing wrong with that. If you work hard for it, go ahead. But we just have, you know, just a wide range of personalities here and a different people from all over the place.

Lisa, I wanted to ask you being - having your own businesses and running after your new child and modeling, and writing, and painting, and all that other stuff you did mention that now age is getting to you and you're feeling a little bit tired. Just to make all of us feel a little bit better, can you tell us a little bit how you do downtime?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: That is hilarious because, you know, when I take - I might take a nap every now and then and people are like she's actually sleeping. She actually sleeps. Sometimes I just go, go, go and my body crashes so it's not like I want to go to sleep because I'm a creative person. And literally I was trying to lay down for a couple of hours this morning and my wheels were just spinning, and I was thinking about a movie idea. So it's just - it's something natural for me and I've always been like that. But my husband forces me to go to sleep. A matter of fact, last night I was on the computer and he's like night-night time and he just closed the laptop. And I'm like are you kidding me, you know. So sometimes I have to be forced to go to bed.

And also I think in some clip you had mentioned like you try to give equal, you know, identification to your black and your Chinese side. Now so far we've mainly seen the black, you know, influence in the show. Is there going to be anything with the Chinese part coming out?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: I don't know. I mean, that's - I don't know. I mean, I guess you would have to watch because it's just a part of my everyday life. I don't know what I've done that - you know what I'm saying? It's part of who I am so I can't say oh what I've done is Chinese. That's Chinese. Or that's black. That's just who I am so I can't really tell you what I did on any given day that was more Asian (unintelligible).

NeNe, obviously the first episode had a lot to do with your - this friction with Sheree and I think you had mentioned that it came from this one instance previously at a club or some sort of event. What - how about from the very beginning when you first got to know each other? Were you friends? Was there always some sort of friction going on?

NeNe Leakes: No actually Sheree and I met through a mutual friend and we kind of hit it off. I think Sheree is a lot of fun. I think she has a, you know, a strong personality and I have a strong personality as well. And Sheree and I, you know, sometimes bump heads but when we first met -- which was about seven years ago -- we actually - Sheree and I had a really long history together. We would talk on the phone, you know, five and six times a day. We hung out. Our children played together. Just as time went on, things just didn't work out for us so we are cordial.

So that's the state of it now, you know?

NeNe Leakes: Yes, we are cordial.

And now I know you mentioned you weren't materialistic but we always want to know like what is your big weakness then in shopping? What can you not resist when you see something?

NeNe Leakes: I cannot resist handbags, seriously. I just bought one today. This is a Cynthia Rowley I bought this morning. I like it a lot.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You should see it.

And Lisa, do you have a weakness also as far as what you like to buy, or food? It could be anything.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: I would have to say shoes and handbags.

So since we're on the topic of kind of style and fashion, I wanted to ask you what is the difference between, you know, Atlanta housewives' style and fashion versus, you know, the OC or the New York City housewives?

NeNe Leakes: Let me just tell you about the The Real Housewives of Orange County. I never really saw them really get down and stylish at all. Now we're a little bit younger and a lot more hip. Our cast is definitely younger than the The Real Housewives of Orange County. I think you will see us really get down and funky, and hip and then you'll see us in gowns and cocktail dresses. And, you know, Sheree is one of the housewives and she's a fashionista, and she's all into fashion as well. We - I think our cast really likes fashion.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You know what? I just think demographically Los Angeles is more laid back, you know. They like to wear jeans a lot and they're more laid back than New York. In New York they dress up. But like NeNe said, we're a little bit younger and we attend a lot of events. And NeNe and I have been in the entertainment so for the (unintelligible) we go out, we got to step out right.

You've talked a little bit about, you know, the party scene. You're always stepping out. You're doing all these things. What is the party scene in, you know, Atlanta like? Is it wilder than people would think? Is it way more fun than, you know, New York City?

NeNe Leakes: I think that the Atlanta party scene is - Lisa, you quote - I'm going to quote you for something you said awhile back. You said that when we go out and get dressed we have to get dressed for the women because the women are the ones that are looking at you and talking about you.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: That's right.

NeNe Leakes: It's really, really true. The Atlanta scene is really boozy, too don't you think Lisa?

Lisa Wu Hartwell: Yeah it is.

NeNe Leakes: Really stuck up.

Lisa Wu Hartwell: You know, women will look at what you have on. They'll comment and like if you see a (boot) or, you know, crazy. So when you get dressed it's like, you know, you want to come out correct because if you don't, they'll just - they'll tear you apart.

I'm wondering what you guys hope that people take away from this show once they've seen it or is there anything that you hope they take away? Is there - are you - do you feel like you're showing them a side of Atlanta or of, you know, sort of a black middle class or upper class that, you know, maybe they haven't seen? What are you looking for people to take away from Housewives?

NeNe Leakes: I said it earlier. I'm hoping that they don't see black or white. I'm just hoping that women who are watching the show will see that we're all strong women and that we're great moms, and that we stand on our own two feet without - you know, we don't just stay home and spend our husbands' money, that we're all, you know, strong women. We all have our own businesses and we're all great moms. And I hope that they'll just see that we are great, strong women and that we're human, too, and that we have our highs and lows because I know when you're on TV and you're doing stuff, for some reason people don't seem to understand that you're human, huh?

Lisa Wu Hartwell:Right, yeah. The fact that we're human, I mean, we're just like everyone else, you know, that we have our own lives. And you guys just have to tune in. We're going to keep you entertained and believe me, you're going to love it. It has some - you know, we'll keep you laughing. I shed a few tears and it's going to be great.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta air on Tuesdays on Bravo.