Opening up about her life-changing meeting, the outspoken reality star revealed she had wine for breakfast before meeting with the Bravo casting director.
"I was really nervous. The casting director was coming over so I had wine instead of having breakfast, because my nerves were taking over!" she told E!’s Giuliana Rancic in her tell-all interview.
"I was drinking and when she rang the doorbell and I opened it, I said "Helloooo and welcome, honey," NeNe recalled.
"By the end of the interview she said to me, 'You know, you are very interesting. Who are your friends?'" NeNe revealed.
She has gone on to become a star in her own right, outside of the show, but that intense work and travel schedule came with a price.
The reality star was rushed to the hospital in November with a blood clot in her lungs.
Leakes revealed: "I'm not 100 percent, but I'm trying to get there ... It's been tough, but I've been pretty strong.”