With much speculation about what is happening with the fourth season of Selling Sunset, one of the agents has just confirmed their future is no longer with The Oppenheim Group.Davina Potratz has announced she is leaving the property firm featured on the hit Netflix reality show to join a rival brokerage. She revealed she’ll be moving to Douglas Elliman in Beverly Hills after they made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. She told People magazine: “I’m really excited to be a part of Douglas Elliman and their very sophisticated and global new development division. “My background is in new development sales and marketing, so this is just a wonderful opportunity for me. It’s just very in tune with my skills.“It’s not that I wanted to leave, but I had a great opportunity. It was a purely business decision.”Selling Sunset fans will also be keen to know that it looks like Davina did not manage to sell that infamous $75 million house prior to her exit from The Oppenheim Group, as the property is still listed on the company’s website with the same asking price. Davina’s struggle to sell the nine bed, 12 bathroom Beverly Hills home was a central storyline in the show’s third season, where she was seen clashing with boss Jason Oppenheim over the listing. But while she won’t be selling homes at the Oppenheim Group any more, Davina said she is still hoping to feature in the next season of Selling Sunset. “I certainly hope that I’m still part of the cast,” Davina said. “Brett is not at the Oppenheim Group anymore either, so I don’t think that that’s going to be an issue at all.”There has been much speculation as to whether Brett has left the brokerage he ran with his brother to launch his own. While Davina and co-stars Christine Quinn and Chrishell Stause have now all suggested this is the case in various interviews, Jason has previously denied it.  He also recently defended Selling Sunset from accusations it is “fake” after a Mail On Sunday report claimed the women at the Oppenheim Group are not actually estate agents at all, but paid actors, as well as suggesting that a lot of what we see on screen is actually scripted.Supporting the cast, he said: “All of the women who work out of the Oppenheim Group are licensed and successful real estate agents.”This was backed up by Chrishell, who confirmed she was working as a realtor three years prior to the first season of Selling Sunset with a picture on her Instagram Story. Selling Sunset series 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix now. READ MORE: The Selling Sunset Drama Never Stops, Even When Filming Does – Here's What's Happened Since Series 3 Wrapped Who Was A Playboy Playmate And 15 Other Things You Didn't Know About The Stars Of Selling Sunset Selling Sunset's Jason Appearing On Gemma Collins' Diva Forever Is The Reality TV Crossover We Had No Idea Existed
One of the biggest storylines of the last two series of Selling Sunset has been Davina Potratz’s struggle to sell her $75 million (£57m) listing. Now over eight months on from filming wrapping on the third series, Davina has revealed she’s still not had any luck shifting the ridiculously expensive pad, which belongs to her client Adnan Sen. The estate agent thought she had reason to celebrate when she secured the highest-ever listing for the Oppenheim Group during the second series of the hit Netflix reality show, but faced opposition from boss Jason who believed it was overpriced. While Jason later insisted he was removing the listing after it failed to sell in its first three months on the market, Davina has confirmed to Metro she’s still working on selling the seven-bed, 10-bathroom property, which is located in Beverly Hills. “Adnan is still a client,” she said. “He’s a great client and he’s very well aware that the listing is overpriced, but I think he is open to negotiating and potentially working together more.“Adnan showed me another one of his listings for $39m (£27m).” View this post on InstagramA post shared by The Oppenheim Group (@theoppenheimgroup) on Oct 4, 2019 at 2:50pm PDTJason also told Metro that while he had been tough on Davina over the listing, scenes that saw him praise her for securing the property for the brokerage had not made the edit. He said: “I think what the series focused on was my frustrations over the price, but what I would have liked it to show was my compliments that Davina deserves for bringing in the biggest listing we’ve ever had. “That is not easy. Overpriced or not overpriced, it’s not easy to convince who has that kind of wealth or those types of properties to choose you to be their real estate agent. That takes a lot of confidence and experience.”He added: “I was a little tough on Davina… but I think she did a good job and more importantly, she maintained the relationship. He’s got other potential listings for this brokerage.”All three seasons of Selling Sunset are streaming on Netflix. READ MORE: Who Was A Playboy Playmate And 15 Other Things You Didn't Know About The Stars Of Selling Sunset Selling Sunset's Jason Reveals Why Show Isn't What He Envisaged: 'I Probably Wouldn't Have Signed Up' Christine Quinn Reveals She's Had Death Threats, But Still Loves Being Selling Sunset's 'Villain'
If there is one thing that Gemma Arterton’s Alice Lamb can’t abide in the new period comedy Summerland, it’s children. They are the bane of her reclusive existence in a small seaside town in Kent, during WW2, branding her a “witch” and causing a daily nuisance with pranks on and around her property while she is trying to write her thesis. So when a kid called Frank (Lucas Bond) lands on her doorstep, one of the many London young escaping the capital during the Blitz, it’s no wonder she baulks at the idea of housing one. But as Alice reluctantly bonds with the young lad, while flashbacking to her university love affair with the family-wanting Vera (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the film suggests that any woman could warm to the concept of child-rearing if they are simply served up the right child to rear. Related... Woman Told To Cover Up In A Supermarket Asks: What About Topless Men? 9 Women Named Karen Talk About, Well, Being An Actual Karen Summerland isn’t the first movie to thrust motherhood on independent women who have no interest in children; Baby Boom (1987) and We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), to a more nuanced and critical extent, are two such examples. However, Jessica Swales’ film still perpetuates the notion that being child-free isn’t a valid choice at a time when more and more women are choosing to be. In 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics, 48% of women in England and Wales had not had children by the time they hit 30, compared to 80% of the previous generation who had at least one child by that milestone. Fertility issues are one of the reasons why an increasing number of women are choosing to go child-free but other factors include economic concerns, climate change worries, career goals and simply feeling that being a mother isn’t actually what they want. Of course, society has long been resistant to the idea of women denying their biological mandate, especially when those women have celebrity status. One winces at the years of pejorative news coverage aimed at the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellwegger and Kylie Minogue for deigning to enter middle-age without putting their ovaries to use. Just entering Aniston’s name in a Google search bar prompts a suggestion about “kids” with 56,600,000 related search results. The barrage of media attention of her pregnancy status even forced the former Friends star to pen a response. “The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children,” she wrote for HuffPost in 2017. “We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.” Related... Christine Quinn Reveals She's Had Death Threats, But Still Loves Being Selling Sunset's 'Villain' Simon Cowell Breaks His Back In Cycling Accident, Leaving Him In Need Of Surgery I'm A Celebrity Relocating To UK Castle For 2020 Series Due To Pandemic Unfortunately, cinema hasn’t always been an ally for this lifestyle choice and too often helped to reinforce the “all women should be mothers” stereotype. In Alien (1979), Ellen Ripley is the sole survivor, and one of two women in the seven person crew, who defeats the Xenomorph menace.The character was originally written as male so it’s no wonder she exists in that first film without any gendered baggage, but as the franchise continued, and new male filmmakers took control of her narrative, she was soon made a surrogate mother in Aliens (1986), impregnated in Aliens 3 (1992) and made a fully-fledged mother herself in Alien Ressurection (1997). It's time movies reflected the positive reality of life purposefully lived without children.More recently, Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016) thrust the titular heroine into motherhood as an excuse to extend the franchise, despite her barely showing signs of interest in the previous two films. More often than not, there is an extenuating circumstance as to why a woman is child-free and usually its because their life isn’t regular – Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Tomb Raider aren’t really depictions of the everyday woman. Film critic Catherine Bray recently mused on the topic and suggested that the majority of child-free female characters fit into one of four categories: the young/ingenue (Frances Ha, 2012), the de facto parent (Charlotte in Now, Voyager, 1942), the dysfunctional or damaged (Jane in Eternal Beauty, 2019) or they are simply not the lead (Jocelyn in The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007). This latter category is what I call the “mother buffer” approach, whereby a child-free woman’s independent position is softened by the reminding presence of a parent or two. Summerland certainly fits into the de facto parent category, as does the recent film Saint Frances, which sees the lead, Bridget, wrestle with her decision to have an abortion and live a child-free life while working as a nanny. That’s not to say cinema hasn’t produced good representations of women not wanting to be mothers. Jackie Brown (1997), Eat Pray Love (2010) Obvious Child (2014) and Like a Boss (2020) are a few instances of films that have helped to normalise a child-free existence, but they are frustratingly rare. So as the stigma reduces around a non-maternal way of life, it would be wonderful if movies were less reluctant to reflect the positive reality of life purposefully lived without children. Hanna Flint is a freelance journalist.Related... Robert Pattinson Got Caught Telling A Huge Lie About His Batman Audition 11 Times The Sequel Was Actually Better Than The Original Film Opinion: Netflix's Indian Matchmaking Erases Whole Swathes Of Our Community
Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn has insisted she has no issues with being perceived as the show’s “villain”, despite having received death threats from disgruntled viewers in the past.Christine has been a part of the Selling Sunset cast since its debut, having worked with the Oppenheim Group even before cameras started rolling on the Netflix reality show, and has been at the centre of plenty of drama across the last three series.But even if her antics have led some fans to think of her as Selling Sunset’s “villain”, Christine has said this is not a label she has an issue with.“I guess I am the quote-unquote ‘show villain’,” she told People magazine. “But I love it. I think it’s funny and I think people enjoy it at the end of the day, people that love me really love me. When I’m on camera, I have fun with it.”She continued: “I understand that I’m being showcased in 100-plus countries across the world, and I have a background in comedy. I love to make people laugh, and my whole goal in life has just been to entertain people and make them feel something.“Whether it’s perceived well, I don’t know, but I’m really just being myself. I do have a heart of gold underneath that, and I think sometimes with television, it’s really hard to see all the elements of a human being on a television show.”However, in the same interview, she did admit that seeing herself on screen for the first time did initially make her alter her behaviour on set.Christine recalled: “We definitely were a little more reserved going into season two. I was scared. I was a little scared.“The first few episodes of season two, the editors were like, ‘Where’s the other Christine? Where’s Christine?’, I’m like, ‘Well, that Christine gets death threats’.”“People are so invested in the show, and they see what they see and just think I’m this crazy person,” she added, when pressed on the death threats she’d received. “It’s just unfortunate. People are weird.”Christine is at the centre of one of series three’s biggest storylines, which saw her finally marrying Christian Richard, although she recently admitted she was less than impressed with her how big day was portrayed on screen.“I was a little disappointed. It just didn’t really showcase the way that it was,” she claimed.“The wedding was the best day of my life and it was hard for me to watch it on the television show because that’s not really the way that I remember it.”Christine continued: “I understand they wanted to get certain storylines in there, but this was actually my day. This was my day, and I was just disappointed in the way it was perceived on camera and translated, unfortunately.“I’m not going to lie, I was crying when I watched it. I was like ‘This is not my wedding, this is not my wedding’.”MORE SELLING SUNSET: Selling Sunset Isn't Just Serious Property Porn – Its Drama Makes The Real Housewives Look Tame Who Was A Playboy Playmate And 15 Other Things You Didn't Know About The Stars Of Selling Sunset Christine Quinn 'Disappointed' With How Wedding Is Portrayed On Selling Sunset: 'I Cried When I Watched It'