Earlier this month, Netflix announced that Selling Sunset has been renewed for a new series, and now stars of the show Mary Fitzgerald and Romain Bonnet have taken a seat with OK! VIP to reveal the low-down on what fans can expect from the upcoming drama.
The reality star couple have opened up to OK! on exactly how and when the hit Netflix series is filmed and have spilled on why not all of The Oppenheim Group employees were chosen to star on the glitz and glam show. This is not one to be missed – watch the exclusive video below!
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After giving us an exclusive tour of their incredible new LA home, the loved-up couple sat down to lift the lid on all of your burning questions about Selling Sunset.
40-year-old Mary told OK! that viewers won’t have to wait long for the binge-worthy viewing, and that the brand-new series will be jam packed with drama. According to Mary, the show could be back on our screens around or after the summer!
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“We haven’t started filming, but it will likely be in the next month or two, as Covid is lightening up. It usually takes four or five months to film a season and we get two weeks off,” she explained.
Romain added, “Every cast member has so much going on, so there’s going to be a lot to show.”
“Heather [Rae Young] is getting married, Christine [Quinn] is pregnant, Amanza [Smith] is doing her interior design and trying to find the father of her kids and Chrishell [Stause] has been working really hard. Plus, Romain and I still need to freeze my embryos in case we do want to have a kid in the future,” said Mary.
Mary even hinted at a very famous new client who will be appearing on the upcoming series. “I have a few big clients and upcoming listings. I have one listing which would be a very exciting face for fans.”
In the exclusive video, the reality star duo also spilled the tea on why not all of the employees at The Oppenheim Group appear on the hit Netflix show – and even admitted that some people weren’t chosen by producers.
“Some of the staff don’t want to be on the show, they’re not comfortable in front of the camera and they don’t want to be part of a reality show.
“Others just weren’t casted for it, they were interviewed and for whatever reason the producers and Netflix didn’t feel like they were, they’re very picky.”
To hear more secrets about Selling Sunset, watch the exclusive video above!
Here, Mary, 40, and Romain, 27, open up on plans to freeze her embryos and how they both feel about the success of the hit Netflix show…
When do you plan to have embryo freezing, Mary?
This year. I should have done it already but there’s been Covid and work is so busy. I also got false confidence that I’m good to go because my fertility results came back very good, so I was like, “I have time.” But it’s been a year and half year since and I’ve now turned 40. I’m not getting any younger. I’m going to do the embryos as they have the best chance of survival, because if I’m not with Romain, I’m not having a kid.
Could you have another child naturally?
I’m sure I could, but we’re just not ready right now. I’d say we won’t be for the next two years. I want to freeze them just to make sure I have that security. If I can do it naturally, great.
You had Austin when you were 16. Was it difficult becoming a mother at that age?
Oh yeah. I was a single mom. His dad left when he was six-months-old and I never got any support, so it was very difficult to go through college. My parents did help a bit and they’ve been great, but it was just a very difficult time. Now I’ve been able to pursue my own career and not worry about someone else so I don’t have this huge desire to have another kid. But I would never take that experience away from Romain, so as long as we have everything figured out and he knows I’m not just going to give up my career. But it still takes a lot, regardless of having a nanny, so we have to make sure we’re ready for it.
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How does it feel to hear Mary say she would have another child for you, Romain?
Romain: I love it and I do appreciate it, but we need to see each other more to think about it properly as we’re so busy. What is the point of having a child if you can’t see your wife and baby? I know she’s doing it for me, but I told her that whenever we make the decision I also want her to want it, as that’s important for me. It’s not for right now. Everything is working very well between us and it would be silly to not enjoy it.
Mary: It’s difficult. We barely see each other at the moment. We’re dying to see each other more. We’re essential workers and everyone is remodelling or selling their homes.
The show has become huge. How has that felt?
Mary: It’s strange. We’ve all been doing this for so many years and we still do exactly what we did before, but now we just have eyes on us. It’s super exciting but bizarre that we’re so fascinating.
Romain: When season three came out we realised how big it had become, with people stopping us wherever we go and lining up in front of the office.
Is there a negative side to its success?
Mary: Yes. I don’t get as much hate as some of the girls, but I also don’t give out as much negativity – and you get back what you give. I know Covid has made people upset, so I try to be sympathetic, as it’s not necessarily towards us. But it’s still hurtful sometimes, especially when it’s completely inaccurate and really mean.
What do people say to you?
Mary: I recently rented Romain a motorcycle and people were saying, “Everyone else is suffering, how dare you flash your wealth in our face.” People also say Romain is only with me because I’m his sugar momma. I’d like to make clear I don’t pay anything for Romain. We do everything 50/50 and when we go out he always pays because he’s proud. I do not support him and I never have.
Romain: People would tell her I was there for money, but now they’ve seen us get married it has changed a lot. We don’t have to sell it or explain ourselves to anyone, so I let it go.
Has the age gap between you ever bothered you?
Mary: In the beginning. I was shocked when I found out. But Romain is so mature and doesn’t act like his age. Once it started getting serious, I actually got cold feet because I thought there’s no way he can be this into it. I thought he was going to find a younger girl and something better. I started backing out but he wouldn’t let me. I’m so glad he didn’t because he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
Romain: I remember she asked me on our first date my age and she was like, “Oh my God!” Later on the relationship was so good it made us almost forget. It doesn’t mean that if I dated someone of my age that they’d make me happier than Mary. She is the one who makes me the happiest and we love each other so I don’t care about age or what anyone thinks.
What is your relationship like with Austin, Mary’s son, Romain?
Romain: We get on well. He recently moved near us, so we get to see him more, and Mary is helping him find a job he’ll like. Every time we see him we have fun.
Mary: They have a very easy relationship. We’re not trying to push a stepfather and son relationship. It’s not like he’s a little kid who needs guidance or a stepdad. He’s just pals with everybody.
You’ve been married for three years. Would you ever renew your vows?
Mary: I think it would be nice for our 10-year anniversary. We signed our marriage certificate three years ago and then we had our actual wedding in October of that year, which was on the show. I’ve been married before, so I was totally fine just getting married on a beach in Bali. But then we compromised with a wedding here and the honeymoon in Bali. We were supposed to go last year and we got turned away at the airport. The travel restriction was going to go in place three hours before we landed so they wouldn’t let us on the plane. I cried all the way home.
How is Chrishell doing after her divorce and splitting from her boyfriend?
Mary: She’s good. She’s moving forward and she’s a positive person. When she first split up from Justin [Hartley, her ex-husband] she handled it better than anyone I know could have. Of course, she was absolutely heartbroken, but she’s recovered incredibly. She’s the strongest person I know. She’s had a tough couple of years and no matter what happens she bounces back better and faster than anyone I’ve ever met. She doesn’t want to waste any more time and she doesn’t have time for nonsense. She knows what she wants.
Christine said you weren’t loyal as you didn’t like her Instagram post announcing her pregnancy, Mary. What did you think about that?
Mary: We don’t follow each other. I don’t know if there was any sort of loyalty, but I don’t really consider trawling anybody’s pages you don’t follow a measure of loyalty. But I did call her and congratulate her and she said thanks. I don’t think pushing a heart button on a page means anything. I found out through the press she was pregnant. I’m really happy for her.
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How are things with Christine?
Mary: I thought they were good but we just don’t talk much. But now, after she’s done that, I’m not so sure [laughs]. I’m always willing to be friends with her again if she is able to treat people fairly and kindly. I don’t know what her motivations are for doing stuff like this, whether it’s media stuff or attention. I’m not feeling very optimistic about a reconciliation, but we’ll see.
And finally, tell us about your beautiful new home…
Mary: We moved in January. I love the yard for the dogs, and the privacy – especially now with the show. I also love the living area. It has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace.
Romain: The living room is so big and open and we get so much sunlight. We also have a fountain in the front yard which the dogs love.
Mary: We’re leasing this house so we can get a feel for the area. We’re trying to decide if we want to remodel it and make it our dream home or buy our dream house. We’d love a modern farmhouse. I would want a pool and more land.
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