It turns out 'Selling the OC’ star Gio Helou’s mum also works for The O Group

It's 'bring your mom to work day' every day for Gio!

SELLING THE OC (L to R) Kayla Carmona, Gio Helou, Polly Brindle, Sean Palmieri and Lauren Brito from SELLING THE OC.
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If you’ve been watching the latest Selling Sunset offering, Selling the OC it may interest you to know that our new glamorous lineup has real estate in their genes. It turns out, much like Tyler Stanaland—whose dad John Stanaland is a property tycoon—Gio Helou’s mum is also a big name in the biz. In fact she actually has a desk in the Oppenheim office…

As viewers of the new spin-off will know, Gio does not shy away from lavish listings. He is described as having an ‘unmatched reputation’ as he sells luxury beachfront abodes in Newport Beach. 

Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as his talent for selling was clearly inspired by his own mother, Lisa Helou—who as it happens has quite the real estate resume herself. 

Who is 'Selling the OC' star Gio Helou’s mum Lisa Helou?

While many of us would think sharing an office with our mothers wouldn’t exactly equal an ideal work environment—it seems to work for Gio, who works alongside his mother at Jason and Brett Oppenheim’s brokerage ‘The Oppenheim Group.’

Gio’s mom, Lisa Helou can likely take some credit for her son’s real estate success as she herself has a mind-boggling amount of multi-million dollar sales behind her. 

Lisa, who you can find on Instagram under the handle @lisa_cantagallo_helou (opens in new tab), is a realtor associate at the O-group. She earned her license in 1976 and is married to a residential builder. The O group’s website (opens in new tab) describes her as having ‘a longstanding reputation for her assertiveness and relentless pursuit on behalf of her clients.’

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On her Instagram, she keeps followers up to date with all her latest listings, as well as sharing some adorable family snaps—especially with her son/colleague Gio! 

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Is Lisa Helou in 'Selling the OC'?

Yes, Lisa appears in several episodes, making her debut in episode two at Gio's open house- where she gave him some sage advice on creating ambiance and the importance of 'no wine upstairs.' She also appears alongside Gio in episode six, again delivering words of wisdom and support to her younger colleagues!

No doubt fans will see her more and more if Selling the OC gets a second season...

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


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