elling Sunset, now streaming on Netflix, is a reality-tv show that follows the lives of several real estate agents working for the Oppenheim Group in Los Angeles, California. Aside from regular occurring catfights and office drama between the cast of female realtors, the series showcases spectacular mansion viewings, celebrity clients, and sweeping views of the sun-kissed LA hills. Going back to the note about drama, if you’ve ever watched the show, you’ve probably wondered if it's all entirely real or not though. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen publicly questioned if the stars of selling sunset are actually licensed realtors, or is this completely staged? Well, let’s find out for ourselves what the truth is with these sunset stars.
The Drama-Causing Tweet
It was this Tweet in particular that got people stirring the whole ‘scripted’ pot. Teigen states that she has never seen any of the cast and neither has her real estate agent.
Okay, she raises a good point, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the cast isn’t legit realtors just because they aren’t known in the sphere of Chrissy Teigen’s life. On The Oppenheim Group website, all the cast members are listed as real estate agents, with Jason Oppenheim as the president and owner.
Several cast members replied back to Teigen inviting her into the office to meet the team members and even check out some of the brokerage's new listings. They’ve GOT to be real at this whole realtor thing then, right?
Let’s Talk About Staging
So there’s next to no proof that the group of female realtors doesn’t actually sell mansions for a living, but another trending topic relates to a common reality-television theme: staging. Are all these catfights, relationship troubles, and hot dates actually happening in real-time?
Well, Christine recently admitted that one storyline was faked during an interview she did on This Morning. Viewers were led to believe that Jessica met her future husband Christian for the first time during the series. Christine admitted they had actually been dating for months prior to the scene being filmed.
“That was amped up a little, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “I actually met him through a girlfriend of mine, but Mary spun this story that he was a client. We were dating for three months and then we bought a house together, but television is fun.” - Christine Quinn
Wait, There’s More
Similar to Jessica’s story, legal documents recently revealed that Selling Sunset star Mary Fitzgerald had married Romain Bonnet prior to the show’s filming. This leaves only one answer - portions of the relationships had to be staged for the show.
“There’s nothing that’s scripted, we’re never told to say anything. At most, I would say that in some situations, if some things need to be addressed or we’re meeting a client or something, we’ll be asked to wait to make sure if we get everything on camera, but that’s certainly not scripted,” - Jason Oppenheim
In A Nutshell
Well, it is reality-tv after all, so who knows what to believe as real or not. But if we’ve learned one thing, it’s that reality-tv is just as glamorous and staged as the furniture in million-dollar mansions. But staged or not staged, we’re still big fans of the show and will continue to binge-watch season 4... If it’s ever released that is.