Interview: Austin Armacost

The star of Logo's The A-List: New York dishes on his cast mates, posing for Playgirl and how he feels about all those fat jokes.

I take it you don't get the same reaction at home.
Well, the show doesn't run in the U.K., so when we go there, I'm just a Yankee who likes to have a few pints of lager down at the local pub. I'm glad we can go back and spend the winter in England and take a break from the mayhem.

You have a number of investment properties in the U.S. and the U.K.; is that your primary living?
Yeah, my father is a businessman. I started making a lot of money at 16-years-old, and he knew where to invest it and what to invest it in. So if I get a huge paycheck, it goes straight to him. I think that being 23 and having the income that I've had throws me off. I feel like I need an education. So before I start investing further and making decisions on my own without my business partner's or my father's input...I think I need to go to college. Because right now, I'm just kind of handing people money and saying do with it what you will.

So you're going back to school at some point?
Absolutely! Even though I'm doing this show, I don't consider myself in the entertainment business, and I modeled for many years, but I'm moving out of that. Do I think everyone needs a college degree? Definitely not. But I'm doing it for peace of mind, so that I can understand the businesses that I want to get into.

Is it true you're going to be in Playgirl?
Playgirl and I are in the talks. I can't say either way, but I've met with the Playgirl executives and I have been on set with Playgirl. Jake is a bit more conservative and reserved and doesn't think it's something I should jump into. I think it fits my personality, but that's something you'll see us struggle with this season—whether or not I'm going to do the cover of Playgirl. They have offered me the cover. But I have not agreed to do anything with Playgirl as of yet.

You were cast as the troublemaker and a bit of a bad boy in the first season. How did you feel watching that?
It's honest. When the cameras are on, we know that we need to turn it up a bit. We know we need to take the volume up a few notches, but at the end of the day, that's who I am. I think a big change you'll see in season two is the rest of my cast members are trying to capitalize on this opportunity and sell products or sell services. They're all selling something. I didn't come on television to sell something. I came on television because I feel like I'm an entertaining character. I've heard many times, "Austin, really, without you the show would be so boring because everybody's nice and they want to save face." I did the show because I want to be the Snooki and the NeNe of The A List: New York. Those are the most entertaining bitches on the show! I didn't come on the show to make millions of dollars by selling hairpieces or by selling a book or by selling a fragrance. I'm sorry, what was the question again?

I asked how you felt about being cast as the bad boy.
I eat it up! I love it! It's who I am. I started doing this show when I was 21-years-old. I'm young. I would be in college if I wasn't in New York filming this show. So of course I'm going to be drinking. Of course I'm going to be causing trouble. That's still fun at this age. When you're 38, like Reichen [Ed: Reichen is 37], you can't do that shit because, like, you're an old man. Go home and take your Boniva and your calcium pill! This season, everyone is so calm and collected, it's kind of sad. Like I said, everyone wants to sell a product. And nobody wants to buy a product from somebody who's mean. Right now, as real as [my cast mates] are trying to be, it kind of comes off as bullshit. If something comes up in the future, and we're doing A-List season six—knock on wood—maybe I'll be approached to sell a margarita or an appletini product. But I don't think there's one point in season two where you can look at Austin and say that he isn't honest, real and truthful.