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Christine Quinn on Making a Villain

Christine Quinn. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images

“A lot of me is on the editing room floor.”

Christine Quinn would like to empty herself, and who can blame her? Not since Spencer Pratt’s The hills reality TV evoked such a polarizing presence. So earlier this week, in his self-proclaimed “Matrix meets Balenciaga meets whore,” real estate’s favorite ice queen sat down with Alex Cooper on the call her daddy podcast to tell us all how reality sausage is really made. The most important ingredient? A Vilain.

Netflix Season 5 sell sunset (which tracks agents working for the Oppenheim Group, a luxury brokerage in Los Angeles) had mixed reviews. The storylines were clearly contrived, difficult to follow, and at the center of it all was Christine Quinn.

So after a dull season and an awkward reunion (which she didn’t attend), Quinn would like us all to know that she’s not really the bad guy, she’s just playing one. But she’s not the hero either. The real criminal? For Quinn, it seems to be Adam Divello, the mastermind behind sell sunset and The hills.

“I am a character. Yeah, I’m myself, I’m outspoken, I say what I want, but at the end of the day, it’s a show,” she told Cooper. “People need to realize that.”

Off camera, she focuses on her baby, her husband, setting up her own brokerage and releasing her book, How to be a B*tch Boss. As for us viewers, does the truth really matter when it all makes for good TV? Christine Quinn and Cooper discuss this and more in their interview, and we’ve compiled all of the most interesting bits of their conversation below.

She’s been getting a lot of hate since sell sunset

“I got a flood of hate… People were like, ‘You’re a horrible person, go die.’ I received so many threats against my own life. People think it’s real, but the reality is just an illusion.

She manifested her reality TV career

“I grew up watching The real worldthe Kardashians, VH1, MTV… I was the only person [at the Oppenheim Group] who was on board to do the show. Everyone said, ‘We shouldn’t do this, it’s going to tarnish our reputation.’ »

Chelsea Lazkani and Christine Quinn in “Selling Sunset”. Photograph courtesy of Mitchell Haaseth/Netflix

His sell sunset character is intentional

“It’s about being remembered, about giving the audience a feeling, whether it’s a feeling of power, intrigue or even hatred towards me. I will be remembered, that’s my goal all the time… It’s all completely intentional. It’s a show, I’m going to put on a show.

She was chosen as the villain of the series

“We worked in the office every day together, we loved each other, we had so much fun, it was a great relationship. Then the cameras kicked in.

“We were approached [the show] was going to be [about] female empowerment, women in business, collaboration in real estate. And then it wasn’t like that at all. It all came together… I think the girls along the way had a really hard time because they started to think it was real… A lot of me is in the editing room.

She had always planned to leave the Oppenheim group

“When we were filming season five, my husband and I had worked for a year and a half at a company called Real Open. I said to production, “Listen, I’m quitting the Oppenheim Group, you know that, so let’s get creative with the scripts and let me talk about my own brokerage,” which they cut completely, because it’s not is not a practical scenario.

“So you see in season five where everyone’s like, ‘Christine has to leave the office’…And Jason is like, ‘She didn’t do anything wrong.’ Insert a fake corruption scenario.”

She is the highest paid

“There are three different levels. I’m the highest paid, out of Jason too… It wasn’t the production decision or anything like that. It was me with my entertainment lawyer basically saying, ‘This is my value.’ »

Producers incite drama between the girls

“They’ll make someone say, ‘Oh my God, Christine just said this about you in a previous scene. And they come up to me and say, ‘Chelsea said that about you in a previous scene.’ So they set up these scenarios that voluntarily stir up our emotions… They do everything to amplify the girls.

“It’s a male-dominated industry in production where they manipulate women, they harass women, they mentally torture them and intimidate them.”

Is Adam Divello the real villain? She thinks so

“I want to clarify here. This is Adam Divello. Adam Divello is the one who owns the production company (Done and Done Productions), which is the same one that made The hills and made Heidi [Montag] and Spencer [Pratt] it looked like they were crazy. It all depends on who is producing the show. And you have to look at what Adam Divello did as a whole, as a human being… There were complaints lodged against him, multiple complaints. He actually told me to go fall down the stairs and kill myself at some point… In the context of being too honest.

“It was not the first complaint I filed against him. There was another complaint where, to this day, he can’t walk on set with any of the women in the office because… there was inappropriate sexual misconduct, and Heidi also filed a complaint against him. This stuff continues… And since then he has shown retaliatory behavior towards me.

The dubbing was used by the producers

At one point in the interview, Christine Quinn airs an excerpt from the show. Heather Rae El Moussa’s voice can be heard saying: ‘You said Chrishell comments [Stause] sleep with jason [Oppenheim] when she was still married and you know that’s bullshit. Quinn is then heard saying, “Oh my god, this is hilarious. Yeah, I said that. It’s true.”

“Heather never even brought it up in the scene,” Quinn told Cooper, before playing another clip in which Rae El Moussa is instead heard saying, “You said he always had good taste in the women, but I guess that’s no longer true.”

“The first scene…accused me of confirming the infidelity which was double-crossed by the production,” Quinn explained.

The Christine Quinn-Chrishell Stause feud is real

“I feel like she walked into the office and immediately the girls and I had no problem but because she didn’t like me and I was a threat in her mind , she turned all the girls against me and that’s really where it’s come from.

“I never see her, I have no hatred or ill will towards her.”