Meet Selling Sunset’s Newest Agent & Fan Favorite, Mexican Actress Vanessa Villela

Award-winning Mexican-American actress  Vanessa Villela

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Release Date

Monday, December 6, 2021


Award-winning Mexican-American actress and LA's newest realtor Vanessa Villela is the hottest addition to season 4 of Netflix’s highly-popular reality series “Selling Sunset” which is currently trending worldwide following its release Thanksgiving week. The show revolves around the drama at a high-end real estate brokerage firm in Los Angeles called The Oppenheim Group, and follows a group of elite and beautiful real estate agents as they navigate their personal and professional lives. Vanessa, the former soap opera actress turned real estate agent, has quickly become a fan favorite for her refusal to take sides and viewers connected with her when she opened up about the sudden loss of her sister Jackie. Described as a sweetheart, she has fit in nicely with the other ladies on the show and has been received well by audiences worldwide. Season 4 of “Selling Sunset” is currently available on Netflix.

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orn in Mexico City, Villela began acting at a young age and attended the Centro de Educación Artística de Televisa, a performing arts and entertainment school in Mexico. She starred in a variety of TV shows and soap operas in Mexico and Colombia, which catapulted her to international stardom. Her works, including “El Cuerpo Del Deso,” “El Señor de los Cielos,” “Una Maid en Manhattan,” “En Otra Piel,” “Súbete a Mi Moto,” “Amor De Mercardo,” “Decisiones,” and “Eva Luna,” have been televised in over 120 countries. Vanessa dreamed of eventually breaking into the American market and made the move to the US, living in Miami and Los Angeles to pursue her acting career in America. At the same time, her sister and best friend Jackie was a successful real estate agent in San Diego and Jackie had always encouraged Vanessa to pivot into real estate because of Vanessa’s lively personality, communication skills, and her love for helping people. She agreed and while Vanessa studied for her real estate license, they also began discussing plans to open a staging business together in Los Angeles. In late 2018, Vanessa was on her way to Miami to visit her sister and the following day, her sister unexpectedly passed away from a medication reaction. Following her sister’s death, Vanessa was in a deep depressive state. In order to heal, she took meditation classes which was a combination of breathwork, kundalini, reiki, mindset coaching, and repeating mantras in the morning and event. She soon began to heal and three months later, she earned her real estate license. She knew this was where she needed to be and her sister was going to guide her every step of the way. Prior to working for Jason and Brett at The Oppenheim Group, Vanessa worked at the luxury real estate company “The Agency” owned by Mauricio Umansky. Vanessa was brought into the Oppenheim Group because of her knowledge of Malibu real estate. 

Award-winning Mexican-American actress Vanessa Villela

After living in the US for 12 years, Vanessa received her citizenship in 2017 and now has dual citizenship in both the United States and Mexico and is fluent in English and Spanish. She dedicates her time to giving back to her community, supporting iFaw, an international fund for animal welfare, and Naam Yoga Los Angeles, a spiritual center in Santa Monica with a global reach. When not touring properties, she enjoys meditating, staying fit, and spending time in the sun on the beaches of Malibu.

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