Kris Jenner Is "Anxious" About 'The People V. O.J. Simpson' For A Very Understandable Reason
For the better part of this century, the Kardashians have been famous for their TV shows, their selfies, and their internet-breaking photoshoots. However, long before the name Kardashian came to mean what it does today, it was best known primarily for Robert Kardashian Sr., a man whose work defending O.J. Simpson in his 1994 trial brought his family infamy across the globe. Now 22 years later, the late lawyer's ex-wife, Kris Jenner, will once again relive that period of her life on the small screen, when The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story premieres on Fox next month. While she has gotten use to seeing her life played out on television, Jenner's thoughts on the Simpson miniseries show that she's actually a bit nervous about seeing that particular event on-screen.
As Variety reports, during a NATPE convention in Miami on Wednesday, Jenner said she was "excited and anxious" about the miniseries, adding, “I want to see how it turns out. I heard it’s really well done.” She also reflected on the Simpson trial, saying, "It was a very dramatic, sad, crazy time in my life and something that was tremendously difficult to go through. It will be kind of weird to watch it on TV as someone who lived that whole thing."
While the stars of E!'s wildly popular reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians have become known for their over the-top ways, they experienced a much different kind of fame during the time that the O.J. Simpson trial loomed large. And while the miniseries may not show the Kardashians fans are used to seeing on screen, it will give viewers a little — albeit fictionalized — insight into how they became who they are today.
The series hasn't premiered yet, but it's highly-anticipated for its take on real-life events. This in itself may be what has Jenner on edge. Seeing what may have been the toughest period of her life played as the entertainment event of the year has to be heart-wrenching, especially considering Jenner was close friends with Nicole Brown Simpson. And then there's the issue of seeing herself, as well as her family, as characters; the roles of Jenner and Robert Kardashian will be played by Selma Blair and David Schwimmer, respectively, and the Kardashian kids — Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob — will have roles as well, albeit small ones.
Although many current Kardashian fans may not be aware of the family's relationship with the Simpson trial, the program should be enlightening, and worth tuning into. As a society, it's sometimes easy to forget that even the Kardashians are real people with real pasts, and it will be fascinating to see the filmmakers' take on their involvement with one of the biggest cases of our time.