We spoke to Jason from 'Selling Sunset', and we weren't expecting his advice to be so relatable

Reality star and O Group founder Jason Oppenheim dishes on 'Selling The OC,' staying friends with his exes and what's next for business

Jason from Selling Sunset, Jason Oppenheim attends Marvel Studios "She-Hulk: Attorney At Law" Los Angeles Premiere at El Capitan Theatre on August 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
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We'd be lying if we said we didn't binge Selling The OC immediately. 

After five seasons of exorbitant listings in Los Angeles—and even more exorbitant drama—on Selling Sunset, we were anxious for the O Group's next chapter in Newport Beach. Needless to say, Netflix did not disappoint—and neither did the realtors, according to Jason Oppenheim.

"That office becoming so successful as quickly as it has is the biggest reward," Oppenheim tells My Imperfect Life. "They've doubled anything I thought they could've achieved in their first couple of years."

Though the beachfront abodes have been impressive and the listing prices are not to be believed, we've been particularly caught up in the staffers' personal lives: the almost-kiss between Tyler Stanaland and Kayla Cardona, the reign of Alexandra Rose and Alexandra Jarvis, and naturally, Gio Helou's mom. You know, the basis of any good reality TV series. 

Jason Oppenheim on office drama:

Oppenheim, the founder and CEO of the luxury real estate company that he runs with his twin brother, Brett, is used to calling the shots. But he's not keen on managing the friendships that have developed from filming, even though he's close to his employees.

"I've learned to take a step back from trying to solve everything myself," he admits when speaking of the office drama. "I realize a lot of things solve themselves. A lot of things seem like a big deal upfront, but they end up not being a big deal if you just let them go."

Well, it looks like no one got that "let it go" memo when it came to the infamous kiss. (Looking at you, Alex Hall and co.) Jokes and drama aside, we feel a sense of comfort from Oppenheim's composure. The show is known for romantic ups and downs and plenty a friendship breakup, but maybe there's something to be said about letting situations be out of our hands?

Jason Oppenheim on relationships:

What we find most interesting of all, besides the fact that Oppenheim runs a business that boasts over $1 billion in sales, is that regardless of success or spinoffs (Selling Tampa premiered in late 2021), the real estate mogul has managed to keep it cordial with all of his past girlfriends—yes, including Chrishell Stause. Though a portion of their time together played out on Selling Sunset, a breakup seemingly didn't hinder their dynamic. 

"I know that a lot of people find it unique or maybe different or odd but I find the idea of not being friends with an ex odd," he says. "What I find odd is how you love someone and wake up next to someone and spend a period of your life with someone and you don't remain in their lives in a loving and supportive way."

Has he cracked the code on remaining friends with an ex? It sure seems like it! 

Jason Oppenheim on filming and what's next:

And of course, Oppenheim's cracked the code on making TV shows worth a binge. Though he says he'll soon learn the fate Selling The OC season 2 from Netflix, it's likely fans will get more of what they're craving. 

"I'm very optimistic based on what I'm seeing," he says of a potential second season.

When it comes to the company itself, anything is possible, though Oppenheim doesn't intend to stretch himself too thin. 

"In terms of the Oppenheim Group, I'm always open to another office that might be in the cards but basically slow, steady growth. I think the main thing is just for every agent to be more productive than the year before. I judge the company based on the success of my agents."

We'll be here waiting for the next move!

Season one of Selling The OC is now streaming on Netflix. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.