Selling Sunsets Amanza Smith’s lavish life – from living in a trailer to selling stunning homes

Selling Sunset fans rejoice, as the hugely-anticipated fourth series of the hit Netflix show is finally back on our TV screens.

The show follows the lives of the glamorous employees of the Oppenheim Group, who sell pricey properties to high-profile clients.

This time, we'll see old favourites like Amanza Smith, Mary Fitzgerald, Christine Quinn, Chrishell Stause, Heather Young, Maya Vander, and Jason and Brett Oppenheim making a return – along with newbies Emma Hernan and Vanessa Vilela.

The season had previously teased that there will be "shocking new romances" and "explosive truths that will change their lives, relationships and careers forever".

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We caught up with star of the show Amanza, 44, who joined the second series, and here, she details how she’s found the transition from interior designer to seller of stunning homes worth millions.

Amanza has been close friends with Oppenheim Group owners Jason and Brett for many years and staged homes for them as an interior designer before joining the Selling Sunset cast.

The star, who hails from Indiana, said of her relationship with boss and best friend Jason: “It was really strange because as a friend I can talk to him like he’s my brother. If he says something I don’t like I can just hang up on him.


“But in the office you can’t just tell your boss to f**k off! So it was really a big adjustment as it was hard to take him seriously and then for him he doesn’t want to come down on you too hard because there can’t be favourites. So I think it’s tough for both of us.

“He doesn’t want to be a bad guy and I don’t like to be told what to do, especially by a close friend. I’m the boss at my house and I run the show so I don’t like to be told what to do.”

The beautiful star, who is a mum to adorable children Noah, 10, and son Braker, eight, believes it “made sense” for her to join the rest of the Selling Sunset cast.



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“It made sense to join the cast for me, to both get my name out there as an agent and as a designer and to have a voice for a lot of other things which I think are really important,” she told OK!.

Amanza continued: “I was nervous. Camera’s are on you 24/7 and I didn’t want to come across as dramatic but then I also want to have a backbone. I was nervous but what you see is pretty much me.

“I might have on high heels but I’m dropping F-bombs and getting stuck in cracks and tripping over my own feet and whatever.

“I think I bring a realness to the cast and I don’t take myself too seriously. I love all the glitz and the glam but I’m still a girl from Indiana who grew up in a trailer and came from a very humble beginning.

“I always call myself mum Amanza to all of my friends. Protective and nurturing and I think I do bring a sense of humour too.”

Amanza is quirky, fun, friendly and a big personality on Selling Sunset and she explained she’s trying to keep it real on the show and stay grounded.

“I think it’s important if you’re on a reality show to show your reality. Now, I’ve learnt to manage things going on in my life a lot better but it was a weird time to have cameras starting to follow me for sure.”

It was a strange time for cameras to start following the star after, as she explains in season two, the father of her children and ex-husband Ralph Brown disappears off the scene.

Amanza married Ralph, an American football player for the NFL, in 2010 but they have since divorced.

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Discussing filming amid the chaos, Amanza said: “When we first started filming my husband was still very much involved in my kids lives and about two weeks into filming is when he disappeared. So at first I didn’t know how much I wanted to share.

"I was fumbling through and then by seven months into filming I was like I just need to be honest because this is my life and I think it’s good to share. I’ve got a lot of responses from single moms who’ve said ‘you give us hope,’ so when and if we have another season I’d be happy to totally share everything.”

However, Amanza put on a brave face during filming and wowed viewers with her infectious personality.

“I’ve learnt how to mask my nerves,” the star explained, adding: “I was a model for a bunch of years and I was never comfortable at one photoshoot. I’d get frozen. Like, I’m nervous right now!”

And there’s no doubt the Indiana-born star is loving her new position as a real estate agent.

She told us: “It’s been a good transition. I still do design and I will always do design because that’s my passion but I just wanted to add some more tools to my belt.

"It’s good because I already know a lot about houses and I have a design background which a lot of people might not have.”

You can watch Selling Sunset season four on Netflix now.

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