Growing up in a musical family was normal for sisters Jaime, Tahiti, Tiara, and Presley Hernandez. So it’s no surprise that two years ago, they teamed up to form the musical singing group “The Lylas,” short for Love You Like A Sister. The term on the surface relates to their strong sisterly bond, but when it pertains to their WE Network reality series with the same name, it refers to how they want viewers to feel when watching each episode. Their relatability and ability to be both strong and vulnerable at the same time on camera, is what makes “The Lylas” stand out from other reality shows.
We caught up with Jaime, Tahiti, and Tiara recently to talk about what we’ve seen on the docu-series thus far and to learn a little more about the ladies who count superstar Bruno Mars as a brother.
Growing up as sisters you all must feel pretty confident you know a lot about each other. After doing the show, did any of you discover anything that surprised you?
Tiara: “No one knew about Tahiti’s fear of butterflies. So when it came up I thought it was a joke. She is really terrified of them!”
Tahiti: “When I was faced with the butterflies, everyone gave me this face of, ‘what are you talking about?’ For some reason, when they fly, the sound hurts my ears. I can’t hear the fluttering—it’s like nails on a chalkboard.”
There are a lot of great scenes with your mom who sadly passed away recently. Looking back on the show now, are you happy she was able to participate in this experience with you all?
Jamie: “There’s this stigma with reality television that scares people. We worried about how we were going to be able to open up our lives to everyone. So ahead of time we discussed what things were okay to talk about and what wasn’t. But once the cameras were on, all the boundaries went away and we all really opened up.”
“As you can see in the first five episodes, our mom was a part of it. So after she passed, we decided to take a break to decide whether or not we really wanted to move forward. As of that moment, we would be letting people see moments that were very personal—the worst moment of our lives. It took some time, but as a family we came together and agreed we needed to do it for her. We wanted everyone to see how beautiful and amazing our mom was and where we come from. Now looking back, we’re so glad we have all these moments with her. There are some scenes that I wasn’t there for but now I see them as all these extra stolen moments with her. So it really turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”
Do you ladies consider yourselves Latinas? If so, are there any traditions that you practice?
Tiara: “Yes, we consider ourselves Latina. Probably the biggest tradition we share is our love of Hispanic food. Our mom used to make the best arroz con gandules and pernil, which we had pretty often.
Tahiti: “I’m trying to learn Spanish myself because my kids speak more of it than I do!”
Throughout the first season, you guys have worked with a lot of heavy hitters in the industry. Did you get connected through your brother or through the reality show?
Jamie: “It’s a combination of everything. I’ve been [in LA] for a long time and I’ve made a lot of my own connections with people in the industry. Living here things have a way of coming back around, like with connections I made a long time ago. One of the managers that we had, Davey, was our brother’s keyboard player at one time. He had an organization and we did things together so that’s how we started working with him.”
What’s different between “The Lylas” and other reality families is that you guys are so down to Earth. Was this an important important factor to you?
Tahiti: “Yes it was really important to us when we were working on creating the reality show. We made sure that we would have a lot of control over it. Being ourselves is exactly what we wanted for viewers to see. We want them to feel like they are a part of us, a part of our family.”
The LYLAS airs Friday’s on WE tv. Check out an exclusive preview of tonight’s episode below: