Chelsea Lazkani exudes main-character energy. The 29-year-old London-born, Los Angeles-based firecracker is the brand-new breakout star of Selling Sunset, Adam DiVello’s addictive reality sensation following the impossibly glamorous and fiercely competitive real estate agents at West Hollywood’s The Oppenheim Group. Across five sun-soaked and gloriously splashy seasons, the show features the firm’s brokers, Brett and Jason Oppenheim, and their well-heeled agents—the veteran Mary Fitzgerald, resilient Chrishell Stause, sweet Heather Rae El Moussa, hilarious Amanza Smith, entrepreneurial Emma Hernan, frequently baffling Davina Potratz, and the deliciously divisive Christine Quinn among them—selling multi-million dollar homes while engaging in drawn-out feuds.
In the latest set of episodes, which dropped this April, Christine, having alienated all of her colleagues, is in search of an ally. Enter Chelsea: a British-Nigerian agent with a masters in international oil and gas economics who moved to the West Coast years ago, met her businessman husband, had two children, and is keen to reenter the workforce. She and Christine hit it off and a plan is hatched to have her join The Oppenheim Group.
What’s refreshing, though, is that instead of remaining a supporting player, Chelsea quickly takes over. She passionately defends Christine but, at the same time, makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to succeed in the industry, bringing Jason an impressive offer over the asking price for one of his listings and thus securing her seat in the office. She also hosts a drama-filled tea party, flaunts an ostentatious wardrobe that rivals Christine’s, confronts those she disagrees with and, unlike Christine, is able to win many of the others over with her directness.
Now, just in time for the Season 5 reunion, we catch up with her to hear about the importance of taking up space, the castmates she’s currently closest to, what she made of the discourse around her accent, and the need for more diversity on the show.
Vogue: I read that you didn’t watch Selling Sunset before you were on it. How did you get involved?
Chelsea Lazkani: So, I got my real estate license in 2017. In my first year, I sold [properties worth] just under $10 million, and then I had my son and my daughter. After that, I wanted to hang my license at another brokerage and I was looking to be part of The Oppenheim Group. I knew Jason through my husband and I said to him, “What do I have to do?” You kind of see how it played out on screen. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to get in or not.