Selling Sunset’s Mary Fitzgerald ‘seriously doubts’ cast will be amicable after season 4
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If you’re anything like me, Netflix show Selling Sunset became a lockdown obsession – I binge-watched the first three seasons in one go. So, I was thrilled to have a natter with cast member Mary Fitzgerald, the glamorous real estate agent we’ve all fallen in love with.
When I speak with Mary, 40, who is mum to son Austin Babbitt and married to Romain Bonnet, 28, she says they have just a few weeks away from the cameras before they start filming season five – music to my ears!
She also reveals their fanbase has grown during the pandemic as people like myself have caught up on the show, which gives us a glimpse into some of the most impressive homes in Los Angeles.
“I have people reach out to me all the time saying they don’t watch reality TV but they ran out of things to watch and it’s their favourite show now,” she tells me.
Here, Mary, who is filming the season four finale hours after our call, opens up on what we can expect from the forthcoming episodes and why she’s not in a great place with fellow broker and former pal Christine Quinn. She also reveals the moment she totally “geeked out” when one of her favourite actors DMed her…
Hi, Mary! How has filming for season four been?
Oh, you guys are in for a treat. It’s been pretty crazy and a lot has changed for people. There are bigger clients, bigger real estate and changes within the cast. It’s going to be epic. I would say season four is going to kill all of the other seasons!
Is it dramatic?
Yeah! No one planned it. When we first went into it, we thought, “Well, most of us get on well – there’s not really a lot going on.” But, wow, we started filming and were like, “How the hell did this happen?” There’s so much going on, it’s crazy.
I always tell people that what you see on TOWIE is real, just with cameras there. Is that the same for you guys?
Yeah. The producers will ask us to talk about our feelings about something that’s happened. Some of us wouldn’t normally start talking about stuff so much, but when you do it’s all real. It’s how you’re feeling and from your own voice. I don’t know how there’s so much drama. There’s one or two people who stir the pot.
So, when you film the season finale tonight, is it going to end amicably?
I doubt it. I seriously doubt it. No, people aren’t going to make up I don’t think. That would blow my mind if everything came together. Too much has happened.
How are things with you and Christine?
Not great! I think I can probably be professional in the office but you’ll see on season four that too much has happened and it started affecting my mental health – the ups and downs and lies. I felt like there was a tornado in my head for about a year. Between season three and four, I would see things and hear things, and when I’d talk to her it would be one thing and then it would completely switch. I felt like I was dealing with Jekyll and Hyde. I decided to lay everything out and tell her exactly how I felt. We can be cordial but that’s it. I can’t do this any more with her.
In any job, there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t gel with someone else…
Exactly and it’s just normal. We used to be really good friends but people change. Sometimes it’s for the better or for the worse and sometimes you go in different directions, and that’s OK. Being in a reality show and doing all the interviews, egos get involved too. Things are said and done and there’s so much going on. There are so many moving parts that have changed the dynamic.
Have you seen a change in a lot of the guys you work with?
Most of us have become a lot closer and more of a family and trusting of each other, because you have to trust those people in your close group. Because everyone is trying to get information and a story, a lot of us have bonded even more. Most of the people haven’t got big heads, we’re just enjoying the success and fame, and celebrating it altogether.
During lockdown, binge-watching Selling Sunset was pure escapism…
It’s kind of real estate porn. We’re very lucky that we have so many amazing homes and I’m glad people have been able to see that. The pandemic has helped our show. It kind of blew up in season three and most likely people who wouldn’t normally watch it and don’t have time to sit down and binge-watch shows got a chance to finally do it.
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I have people reach out to me all the time saying they don’t watch reality TV, but they ran out of things to watch and watched it and it’s their favourite show now. The pandemic helped us, for sure.
Have you had any celebrities contact you and say they’re obsessed with the show?
I briefly chatted to someone who I totally geeked out about. His name’s Sam Heughan and he’s in Outlander . I was obsessed with the show and I did an Instagram Story about it where I was crying and he said, “Shut up.” I was like, “Oh my God, babe, guess who just messaged me!” He said he’s thinking about coming out here and getting a place, so hopefully I’ll be his realtor.
You’ve had celebrity clients in the past – have you got any at the moment?
French Montana – I have his listing. I just sold one for one of the guys on The Big Bang Theory . Well, my buyer bought his home.
How much would French’s house set us back?
Oh, that’s quite reasonable compared with some of the houses you sell…
It’s still 8,600 square feet, six bedrooms, but it’s out in Calabasas. He’s moved to the Hidden Hills, which is right next door and where the Kardashians and some of the other celebrities live. He bought a bigger house, so I’m selling this one for him. Prices get cheaper the further you move out of town. It’s 30-40 minutes to West Hollywood.
Finally, have you ever experienced trolling?
Definitely. Some of the other girls get it a lot more but people say stuff that is stupid. I will snap back and kill them with kindness, and they end up apologising. I spend way too long doing it but if something gets under my skin, I’m like, “Do you know what, I’m responding!” You have to look at trolls and think, “You’re unhappy in your life to put someone else down to make you feel better. If you don’t like me, why are you following me?”
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