Misty Irwin’s living Up North now, but she’s still Southern to her core.
That will be evident in Lifetime’s new docuseries, “Little Women: NY.”
“I’m from the South. I like to have fun. I’m from Louisiana. I still talk to everyone down the street. I say, ‘Hi, how are you?’” the bubbly Irwin, a native of Baton Rouge, said from New York.
It’s this friendliness that earns her the “party girl” label among her castmates and those who run the show.
“I’m fun, I’m crazy, I’m loud, enjoy life. I’m the youngest of the group, and I love to have fun. I love just being, not wild and crazy in a bad way, just out there.
“That’s where the party girl comes in,” she said.
The 23-year-old, who’s danced most of her life and has lived in and worked in New York as an actress/performer since late 2013, is new to the reality show world. For pointers, she can turn to close friend and “Little Women: LA” star Terra Jolé. The latter show debuted in 2014 and is a ratings winner for Lifetime, thus the network’s decision to expand the series franchise to the East Coast.
“I’ve known her (Jolé) since I was yeah little,” Irwin said. “She kind of took me on at LPA (Little People of America), and grew up with me, and was basically my big sister at Little People conventions.”
The nonprofit organization provides information and support to people of short stature and their families. according to its website.
“Little People (America) is a big but small community,” Irwin said. “Everyone knows each other and that’s how we all come together, at little people conventions.”
Jolé recommended Irwin for the show and encouraged her to take advantage of the “great opportunity,” Irwin recalled.
“So I was like, ‘Let’s take it on and see what life’s about. Let’s see what’s going to happen and then the process started and it was pretty amazing so I give all my credit to Terra.”
In addition to Irwin, the cast of “Little Women: NY” includes five other little women — Lila Call, Jordanna James, Dawn Lang, Jazmin Lang and Kristin Zettlemoyer — and, unlike “Little Women: LA,” a man, Jason Perez.
“The shows are completely different, we have all different personalities,” Irwin said.
“I have to say our group is amazing. I love this group of people. We have a lot of ups and downs, crazy ups and downs, that you’ll see this season, but at the end of the day, we’re all still best friends, we’re all here for each other. That’s what’s different about our group. We’re a lot closer than, I think, ‘LA’ is.”
Many disagreements play out on the “L.A.” show, including in a recent episode in which that cast traveled to New Orleans.
“It’s basically taken over my life,” Irwin said of the show’s schedule. “We shoot all the time, and it just varies between what days they want to shoot, but we do have Sundays off. You always have to have a clean schedule for them, and it takes up a lot of time. It’s nothing easy for sure.”
Irwin said the cast gets a schedule of where to meet, an agenda for that day’s shoot and instructions on what to wear, if necessary.
“The show is doing a pretty good job, and the reason why I’m on the show, is to show everyone that I’m just like everyone else. I’m small, yes, everyone sees that. But I’m showing everyone that I can do everything else just like everyone else, but in my own way,” she said. “Don’t treat me differently just because I’m short.”
Irwin said the series is showing the cast “in their everyday lives, living in the world like everyone else.”
“The whole experience has been crazy-amazing. The whole experience has been an eye opener and a learning experience for me. I have learned so much that I would never have learned anywhere else. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and you’ll see that,” she said. “It’s just a pretty amazing roller coaster ride that I’m so glad to be on.”