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‘Selling Sunset’ Star Christine Quinn, TV’s Most Fabulously Terrifying Villain, Tells All

‘Selling Sunset’ Star Christine Quinn, TV’s Most Fabulously Terrifying Villain, Tells All

With all due respect to the Real Housewives, Love Is Blind’s Jessica, and whatever man-whore Bachelor they’re trotting out, the best reality TV villain on television right now is Christine Quinn, the icy glamazon of Selling Sunset.

“People are terrified of me,” Quinn says. “As they should be.”

Netflix’s incredibly addictive reality series—from The Hills co-creator Adam DiVello—trails the statuesque female real estate agents of the Oppenheim Group as they gossip, backstab, and peddle palatial L.A. homes. And while there is plenty of drama to be had in Season 3, from Chrishell’s actor-hubby Justin Hartley (This Is Us) dumping her by text to pissy Romain’s ongoing feud with Davina, it’s Quinn, the show’s reigning chaos queen, who commands every bit of your attention with her scathing barbs and risqué get-ups. She is Spencer Pratt crossed with Cruella de Vil—and a total hoot.

Quinn began her career as a Hollywood actress, with bit parts in Ballers, Shark Night 3D, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. And, even though she’s got her hands full with million-dollar listings, she hopes to continue the acting thing.

“I fucking love it. I want to be on so many shows. I want to be funny and be myself. I want to be on Dancing with the Stars, to do comedy, to do it all,” she tells me.

In a wide-ranging conversation with The Daily Beast, Quinn spills the tea on her Selling Sunset co-stars, that wild wedding, how the show is “manufactured,” and reveals why she’s tired of being the show’s “scapegoat.”

I saw that you went by “Christine Bently” in some of your early acting gigs. Is that a stage name?

So here’s what happened: I was an actress, and for SAG, you have to be registered under the Screen Actor’s Guild, and Christine Quinn was a New York senator who was registered under the Screen Actor’s Guild, so I couldn’t use my name and had to come up with a last name. I was like, Umm…‘Bently’ sounds cool. That’s the deal with that. And then when I started doing the show, for business purposes I wanted to use my real last name so they could find me.

Oh, that makes sense. What was your Hollywood experience like?

Honestly, I love this. I’m meant for this. I went to school for theater [at KD Studio in Texas]. I have a big emphasis in comedy and my dream is to be on a sitcom. But I noticed that I was getting typecast in the same roles—cheerleader, blonde bitch, cheerleader, blonde bitch—and I just really wanted to do more and was getting a little frustrated, because I knew I had more in me. I took a break from acting and decided to get into real estate because I wanted to be in control. I’m sure you know: I love control. I wanted to be in control of making my own money, dealing with who I wanted to, and not dealing with a casting director who’s had a bad day. Then we got approached for the show because we had a billboard for our office featuring our gorgeous, beautiful girls. And then I thought, This is perfect. I can just be my fabulous, bitchy self. This is all I ever wanted.

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