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You either love her or hate her, but Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn is no doubt the standout star of the programme that has gripped the nation during lockdown.
As queen bee of the Netflix reality show, which follows the glamorous realtors from The Oppenheim Group as they sell multi-million pound properties in Los Angeles, Christine, 31, does not hold back – from always speaking her mind to walking down the aisle in a black wedding dress to marry her millionaire fiancé Christian Richard.
“There was snow coming down and we projected rain and thunder,” says the luxury real estate agent of her extravagant nuptials. As well as the black dress, there were black swans and a black wedding cake, which was made to look like it was bleeding, as part of the gothic Winter Wonderland theme. It’s no wonder the price tag hit over $1 million!
Luckily, Christine gets some pretty hefty commissions from the properties she sells. However, she has said she was “disappointed” about how her big day, which was organised by wedding planner Lisa Lafferty, was portrayed on the show.
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“It just didn’t really showcase the way it was. The wedding was the best day of my life and it was hard for me to watch it because that’s not really the way I remember it,” said Christine, who arrived at the Los Angeles Cathedral in a Victorian carriage drawn by a black horse.
The reception venue was filled with fog and transformed to look like a dead forest, plus there were gold thrones for the bride and groom.
Christine continued of seeing the ceremony on TV, “I’m not going to lie, I was crying when I watched it. I was like, ‘This is not my wedding.’ I would have loved some vows. I would have loved a line from me. I talked with all the girls afterwards, they congratulated me.”
The former model has admitted that she considered leaving The Oppenheim Group over the alleged “favouritism” shown towards her co-star Mary Fitzgerald by her boss Jason Oppenheim. Christine’s admission came after she revealed that Brett Oppenheim, the twin brother of Jason, has left the agency to start up his own.
“Brett has left to start his own brokerage. I think the girls are fed up with the favouritism of Mary in the office,” she claimed. “It may be the battle of the brokerages! I think season four will be the juiciest season ever.”
Here, in an exclusive interview, the Texas-born star discusses her wedding, married life and being a TV villain…
This series features your gothic Winter Wonderland wedding. Tell us about it…
My wedding was the best day of my life. It was my dream to walk down the aisle in a black gothic wedding dress. There was snow coming down and we projected rain and thunder. It was a beautifully theatrical performance. I talked to the girls after the ceremony but none of that was shown.
How is married life?
It’s amazing. Obviously we want to travel first before having a family.
You are portrayed as the cast villain on the show. Does that bother you?
Of course not! Everyone may think I am a crazy b***h but I have just always spoken my mind. Unlike the other girls, I can hardly be called two-faced. I may have been portrayed as the villain of the series but those close to me know I really have a good heart. Of course, I played up a bit when I knew I was being filmed.
Where does your confidence come from?
All my life I have had people telling me “no”. No, I can’t act in a certain way, wear what I want, look the way I do. Growing up in a small town in Texas, I stood out for the wrong reasons but I had big dreams and just wanted to prove everyone wrong. Look at me now!
We always see you wearing heels. Do you ever dress down?
High heels make me feel powerful. Believe it or not, I do like wearing casual clothes but you’ll only catch me in Louis Vuitton pyjamas, darling!
Is the show scripted or are you unaware you’re being filmed?
Some of the girls may disagree but I was aware most of the time when I was miked up and the cameras were on me. The storylines are true but once the production team arrived I always wore my best outfits, applied my make-up and made sure my hair was on fire. After all, the show’s success is down to the fact it ticks all the right boxes – real estate, business and fashion porn!
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Does the drama continue off camera?
We are all strong women in business and yes, of course, we argue. But we’re also friends in real life. Mary [Fitzgerald] was my BFF when the series started, but so much has happened in between and so many rifts have occurred.
How is your relationship with Mary now?
Mary and I are in a much better place now. I hadn’t seen any of the cast for months because of lockdown but we finally got together last week to celebrate the launch of season three. We had a really good chat. When filming stopped, I didn’t really get any calls from Mary so it was good to reignite our friendship.
Season 3 is available on Netflix now
Photography: John and Joseph
Planner & Creative Director: Lisa Lafferty
Floral and Event Design: Shawna Yamamoto
AV/Lighting & Production: Amber Event Production
Cake: Julie Simon
Tabletop: Casa De Perrin
Ice Sculptures: The Art of Carving Ice
Videography: Hoo Films
Venue: Private Cathedral DTLA
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina
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