While many Real Housewives have tried their hand at fame outside the Bravo franchise, few have succeeded — aside from some solid parodies on 30 Rock. NeNe Leakes, however, is making some serious strides thanks to Ryan Murphy, patron saint (or co-creator) of Glee and American Horror Story.
Leakes, famous for her outspoken persona on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, got a guest spot on Murphy’s Glee as a hard-hearted synchronized swimming coach with a wealth of bravado and a penchant for barking at her students… and Sue Sylvester. That role served as a mere dress-rehearsal, as Leakes just landed a recurring role on Murphy’s new NBC pilot The New Normal.
The pilot is centered on a gay couple, played by The Hangover’s Justin Bartha and The Book of Mormon’sAndrew Rannells. Leakes will play Rocky, though details of her character are still largely unknown. Still, we can bet she’ll have a knack for speaking her mind — at great volume.
For an indication of her acting talents, check out this clip from her work on Glee.