SELLING Sunset star Vanessa Villela has teased her return to TV after her shocking exit from the hit Netflix show.
The real estate agent recently left The Oppenheim Group to join rival brokerage The Agency, which is why she does not appear on season 6.
The new season of Selling Sunset premiered on Netflix on May 19 with cast members Brett and Jason Oppenheim, Heather El Moussa, Mary Fitzgerald, Chrishell Stause, Amanza Smith, Davina Potratz, Emma Hernan, Chelsea Lazkani and newbies Bre Tiesi and Nicole Young.
Vanessa, 45, explained why she wanted to return to The Agency, where she had initially worked prior to The Oppenheim Group.
“It was just, like, the right thing for me to do and what I felt was right.
“I wanted to go back to my family. I wanted to go back where I really could focus in real estate and succeed and celebrate life and have collaborations and all these things that I really like about being at The Agency,” she told The U.S. Sun in an exclusive interview.
The Mexico City native is now working closely with Santiago Arana, Principal at The Agency, in the Brentwood, California, office.
Santiago runs the company with Kyle Richards‘ husband Mauricio Umansky, who is CEO and Founder of The Agency.
Mauricio notably has his own Netflix spinoff, Buying Beverly Hills, and makes appearances on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“Well, I didn’t come back to The Agency for their show,” Vanessa said.
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“But I can 100 percent assure you I am dedicated to work and I really focus as a businesswoman entrepreneur.”
She then teased: “If something in that sense, you know, happens, you’ll have to watch this too, and see if it happens.”
The Wave of Love founder added that she’d like continue her acting career- something she’s been a part of since she was four years old.
“It has to be right for me, you know, it has to be the right thing for me. Anything that comes with TV – whether it is scripted or non-scripted, it has to be the right thing for me,” Vanessa shared, while adding that she does have some projects in the works that “will not take away my attention from real estate.”
SPILLING THE TEA
The Mexican-American actress was part of Selling Sunset’s seasons four and five.
Her lasting friendships from the show were mainly with Christine, Heather and Maya Vander.
While she believed being a cast member on the show was an “incredible experience” and “a lot of fun,” she also believed it was “intense.”
“I don’t have any regrets. Like I’m grateful for the time that I was there. It was fun, it was intense. It was kind of, like, let’s put it this way – it was, like, when you go to vacation with family and then, you know, it just gets intense. And sometimes it’s like, ‘Oh, this is too much.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, let’s go back home,'” she explained to The U.S. Sun.
“[It’s] just like being at school. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, we’re not in school anymore.”
Vanessa went on to explain that she’s “used to” all of the different personalities and can tell who’s turning it on for cameras.
“I’m used to it because, you know, as an actress… I always can tell. Deep inside your heart, you can always tell who’s honest and who’s not. And that’s, you know, that’s okay.”
Through it all, she said she always stayed true to herself and didn’t change her personality or style since she wanted to represent a “powerful Latina and a powerful woman.”
She noted that there’s no bad blood between her and the cast: “Whenever I see them, I will always cuddle them and I wish them the best… I’ve continued to wish them a lot of success in their upcoming seasons.”
Since returning to The Agency, Vanessa told The U.S. Sun that her career has “skyrocketed.”
“I’m really happy with where I am,” she proclaimed.
The Netflix star is currently the selling agent for a premier listing in Beverly Hills- a 6-bed, 7-bath mansion that’s worth $25.8million – which would be her “biggest” sale to date.
She gushed, “I mean, it’s amazing. Obviously I just got the listing and I am extremely happy. I’m creating an open house in June that is gonna also be very incredible.”
Apart from her soaring career, she has another huge aspect of her life that she’s happy about – marriage.
Vanessa tied the knot to her husband Nick Hardy in September 2022 during a fairytale wedding in San Diego.
She gushed: “We’re very in love, and we love to be, you know, with one another and share our success and go everywhere together.
“We support each other. He’s my best friend.”
The couple is currently on the hunt for a new home and “not putting a timeline” on having a baby.
Vanessa concluded: “I’m so in love that when it happens, it happens, you know, but I’m definitely not putting any timelines or stressing myself or anything at all.”