Locked and Loaded: A Q&A with Straight Shooter Pamela Martin Duarte of ‘Big Rich Texas’

Big Rich Texas is back and is doing it in style on the Style Network.

For those of you who don’t know and to remind those of you who do, Big Rich Texas (BRT) features country clubbing mother and daughter duos — friends, frenemies and full-fledged enemies — whose personalities are as big as the state itself.  Fans can get a first look at the new season when it begins on Sunday, February, 19 (9/8C).

Back to give them more hell than they can handle, is the somewhat self-appointed Queen of the more cultured set  Pamela Martin Duarte who is joined on BRT by daughter Hannah Gelbert Martin, a college student who just happens to be BFs with Queen P’s nemesis, Bonnie Blossman.

Pam’s clashes with bouncy, somewhat bubbleheaded Bonnie and social climber Leslie Birkland, who may or may not be trying to navigate around the truth, are the stuff of legends.

Whether she’s cutting someone down or cutting them a look, Pam never keeps you guessing as to what she really thinks. This gun enthusiast is a straight shooter who’s a straight shooter.

The Ride chatted with Pam who didn’t pull any punches when it came to talking about the show, her feelings on “the fun police,” and if she and Bonnie could ever be best buds.

The Ride: Hey Pam! Thanks for taking the time to chat. What is it like being on reality TV? Does it feel unreal at times?

Pam: I am having fun with it and yes it does feel unreal sometimes.

The Ride: What’s it like doing this — the reality TV thing — with your daughter, Hannah?

Pam: Hannah and I enjoy doing things together and we like to watch a few reality shows so why not be on one?

Pamela Martin Duarte and daughter Hannah Gelbart Martin of 'Big Rich Texas' (Photo by Kwaku Alston/The Style Network)

The Ride: Now that you’re known, do you get mobbed in the mall? Or do you even go to the mall?

Pam: I get a lot of “looks” and hear from a lot of people that I look familiar [laughs]. I typically tell them yes I have been told I have a familiar face. Some people come up and ask for a photo — which I never say no to any fan.

The Ride: I want to get to the bottom of why you butt heads with Bonnie. Leslie, I get. Bonnie, not so much. Bonnie seems sweet enough in an artificial sugar kind of way. What is it about her that makes you want to go off on her?

Pam: Bonnie drives me insane at times by her immature behavior. I cannot tolerate immature adults especially those that brag about being educated. I like to have fun but there is a time and a place for everything.

The Ride: Could you see yourself becoming best buds with her someday?

Pam: Probably not. Not unless she does an about face with her maturity because at this point in my life I enjoy being around fun, mature, smart, like-minded people.

The Ride: Which Big Rich Texas mom would you want as your mom?

Pam: Me, since I would not want any of the women on the show as my mom.

The Cast of Style Network's 'Big Rich Texas' (Photo by Kwaku Alston/The Style Network)

The Ride: Some might consider you the fun police — locked, loaded and ready to put a damper on a good time. What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done for a wild time?

Pam: Everyone that knows me knows that I am a lot of fun and always have been. Bonnie and Leslie may have dubbed me the fun police due to the fact that every time I am around them they ALWAYS make a problem with me which in turn leaves me no choice but to set them straight.

I am not getting upset with them because I don’t like to have fun. I have to say that I have done a gazillion wild things in my life — too many to list. When I was in my early 20’s, I drove from Dallas to Denver to attend a Blue Oyster Cult concert. As of late craziness, my girlfriends and I organized a GNO (Girl’s Night Out) where we went to a country bar and rode the bull, drank tequila and danced with strangers!

The Ride: Speaking of locked and loaded, you are more than very comfortable around guns and you’re not afraid to use one — for sport, at least. Is there something cool about gals and guns?

Pam: I think that is it very sexy for a females to know about firearms and how to use them. Firearm knowledge is very empowering for females. I enjoy shooting very much.

The Ride: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to learn about you?

Pam: That I have been to 14 AC/DC concerts.

The Ride: What do you love about living in the Lone Star State?

Pam: So many things. It is a very easy state to live in where we have lots of culture, freedom and Texan pride. Nowhere but Texas baby!

The Ride: What three words you would use to describe the show other than, ‘big’, “rich” and “Texas”?

Pam: That’s a hard one! Hell, I don’t know what else to call it since the name fits very nicely.

A Bit of Randomness

________ is best served cold.


I would never __________

Not give thanks for all of my blessings and family and I would never not help someone if they needed help.

A lady always__________

Wears a memorable perfume.

Minnie Mouse or Miss Piggy?

Miss Piggy has style!

Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?

Bette for sure. Joan was crazy.

How many olives do you like in your martini?

Five and make it dirty and shaken, please.

The Ride: Back to the show: What can we expect to see from you this season? Should I brace myself?

Pam: YES fasten your lap belt because you can expect that there will be much more !#$$%*(*# and a lot more drama. You can follow me on Twitter@bigrichtexaspam.

The Ride: Finally, what is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Pam: Live your best life and never feel like you can’t do something better than anyone else.

Thanks Pam!

Talk to Pam on Twitter at @BigRichTexasPam and get more info on Big Rich Texas, here.

Also take a peek at this Season 2 sneak peek.

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