There’s no better way to put it: Lindsay Lohan’s first cousin as the bad girl star of a new reality show that has her getting drunk, skipping work, passing out and her boss’s birthday party for the second episode has crashed.
Meet Jillian “Jill” Gough, one of the cast of “Serving the Hamptons,” the new Discovery+ reality series, set in the midst of drama at Southampton’s trendy 75 Main restaurant.
“People tell me that,” Gough admitted when asked if she was the show’s main diva. “But that’s not how I see it. And why is that so bad anyway? Why was it so bad that I went to a birthday party when I wasn’t invited? What if I had been ill. I had so much fun this summer, I wouldn’t do it any differently. The spectators will have a lot of fun. Maybe not as good as ours – but still pretty great.”
On the show, she lives in a luxurious shared apartment, parties, and works with fellow employees at 75 Main, a hotspot owned by restaurateur Zach Erdem and loved by the Kardashians and other celebs. Among Gough’s roommates and co-workers is Samantha Crichton, the show’s other leggy blonde from Long Island. The two act as VIP hosts in the restaurants – and central enemies of the show. (Other notable cast members include chef Brogan Wu, who is a wrestler for a young Angelina Jolie.)
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Crichton and Gough become best friends, then both fall for the lust of the same guy – Ethan Thompson, a model/DJ/record producer/bad boy who has a crush on almost every girl in and out of the house.
Speaking of the house, it’s a pretty cute setup for people who don’t exactly make millions.
“This is actually happening in the Hamptons,” Crichton explained. “Especially Zach
offers housing for its employees. It’s so hard to pay for an apartment out there – otherwise none of us could afford to work there.”
Gough, who grew up on Long Island — her mother is the sister of Lohan’s father Michael — had attended college and moved to the Hamptons in 2020 when Zach offered her a job.
“I decided to take a break and see where my life has gone,” she explained.
Erdem fired her that season but brought her back the next year.
“You see, he and I have a pretty difficult relationship; I’m not sure what that was. Last summer he claimed I was spreading rumors about him. I heard he said things about me too — so it’s back and forth,” Gough said. “He gave me another chance, I proved my work ethic; I was determined to come back and make a change. Now we have an absolutely beautiful relationship.”
But she added, “Zach can be difficult to read. Sometimes he’s in a good mood, sometimes not. When he feels the customers are happy, he moves on to a better one.”
Samantha, who also grew up on Long Island, was new to the job in 2021 when filming for the show began.
“I was initially hired as a hostess,” she said. “And the show was a very big plus. That [job] The requirements are extremely personable and the ability to treat celebrities with the high value they demand – but also to treat them as normal people as they go to the Hamptons for their privacy.”
‘Serving the Hamptons’ was filmed when pandemic numbers were low and you see 75 Main packed and bustling.
“But we were tested daily,” Samantha said. “And vaccinated. If there was a spike, masks would come back up until the mask requirement was no longer in effect.”
But that was nothing compared to manager Victoria Hilton aka John Graham’s house rules: no dating. No alcohol consumption at work. No lateness. No skip work.
Needless to say, some of these broke.
“I had no idea there would be these rules,” Samantha admitted. “That totally surprised me. But I definitely still lived my summer like I would live any other summer.”
“I was like, ‘Fuck Victoria, fuck Zach, I’m not going to listen,'” Gough said. “Those were his rules, not mine.”
When it came to crashing Erdem’s formal birthday dinner with Hilton – who wore heels and a wig – Gough said: “I thought he’d love to see Victoria in drag. Who knew he would accuse us of stealing his thunder?
Given that everyone at Serving the Hamptons is extremely attractive, you may be wondering if this is a job requirement.
“Zach keeps us all at a very high level,” Samantha said. “But I don’t think it’s just about looks. He chooses us based on who we are, what we bring to the table. He values hard work over good looks.”
And while there’s plenty of flirting and bikini shots, the show’s other big draw is serious food porn, courtesy of Wu. And also cocktail porn. (Cut to a long slo-mo shot of Cointreau being poured into a pomegranate margarita).
Now that she’s a nouveau celebrity herself, Crichton is developing her own line of pre-made cocktails. “We’ll all be sipping my new premixed SOSAS martinis before we know it,” she said.
As for Gough, after finishing the series I “went back to therapy. I moved to the city,” she says. “I’ve spent time working on myself. I’m considering starting a podcast. The show kinda showed me that I can push myself to do new things.
And while you have to watch what’s happening on the connection front (let’s just say Thompson really surprises Crichton), there are deep relationships emerging from the show.
“I love Zach,” Gough announced of her boss. “He’s the most positive and inspirational kind of Hamptons … like a father figure. He’s pushed me to be a better person, he’s holding me accountable – I guess I just need to be yelled at sometimes.
Gough also added, “Working with Sam was the best part of the show for me. We laughed. We have connected. We will be friends for life.”
Photos: Tamara Beckwith/NY Post; Stylist: Nicole Zane; Hair: Xavier Silva; make-up: Cherise Loren; Location: Main 75.
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