Danielle Olivera has been a consistent presence on Bravo’s Summer House throughout its run, but it’s now time for the career-driven fan favorite to have her overdue moment in the spotlight.
Coming off of her first-ever appearance on Watch What Happens Live! a few weeks ago, Olivera appeared on the most recent episode of In The Know’s pop culture interview podcast, We Should Talk. She opened up about embracing her role as a beloved cast member, pivoting in her career and personal life, and the various dramas and relationships surrounding the current sixth season of Summer House.
“The Austen, Ciara, Lindsay situation was a lot. There’s more Robert and I going through some decision making about work and where we’re going to be living,” Olivera told In The Know of what’s still to come on this season of Summer House. “A lot of good friendship moments, [too]. At the reunion last season, Paige and I got into it. But I do think we said what we said, and we left it there. I really appreciated how she was with Amanda this summer, and there’s a bit more of that — just great friendships and wanting the best for the other person. Good girl moments!”
Listen to Summer House star Danielle Olivera’s full episode of We Should Talk below, and keep reading for highlights from the interview:
On bringing her relationship with boyfriend Robert Sieber onto Summer House: “I turned him down when he slid into my DMs when I first met him because at that point … we were going to start filming [Season 5] maybe three weeks after that. So, I didn’t want to put him through that. I literally met him, I thought he was great, but I was like, ‘I can’t. There’s too much going on in my life. This is not the right time.’ But he was very persistent, and he was like, ‘Let’s just hang out and see if there’s something.’ He knew about the show as soon as we met, and he seemed OK with it. He was like, ‘I’ve never watched it before, but I’m probably going to binge it.’ I was like, ‘Please don’t.’ He has a job that is more on the creative side — he’s an executive chef [and] now culinary director. And having him have that sort of career versus one in finance, for example, where it’s more of a detriment to have this reality TV persona (which I think is stupid because I’ve been able to do both), it was better for him because he didn’t focus so much on the negative parts about it.”
On her unexpected initial reaction to Carl Radke and Lindsay Hubbard‘s romance: “When she told me about it, I was surprised, shocked, and it was such a big adjustment and dynamic shift that I didn’t know how to handle it, so I probably didn’t handle it very well. I just took a step back because I’m so used to being fully engrained in Lindsay’s relationships, but this one, I can’t. I can’t bring myself to because it’s Carl, and we’ve always been great friends with Carl. I don’t want to get in the middle of any sort of fights that could potentially happen because it’s just too big of a risk to have to pick a side. I don’t want him to resent me, [and] I don’t want her to resent me, so I just kind of backed up, which I hate. But I think we’re starting to get back to that place again because, for a while, I was like, ‘I’m just gonna let you guys figure this relationship out on your own. I don’t want to be in the mix or in the know too much.’ And they figured it out!”
On her upcoming blowup with Ciara Miller: “Being Lindsay’s friend is sometimes having to tell her that she’s not 100% correct in a situation. In this particular moment, Ciara was trying to express herself and express why she was upset about the Austen [Kroll] situation. And Lindsay … you know when you’re talking to someone, and they’re not giving you anything, and they’re showing no emotion? That was kind of the vibe. And from a good place, I tried to be like, ‘This is not going anywhere!’ I’m shaking Lindsay like, ‘Can you give her something here?’ Big mistake on my part. Huge! I think [Ciara] jumped to the conclusion that I was just going to back up Lindsay, and I don’t back up anyone blindly. I’m a very loyal friend, but sometimes being a good friend means telling them the hard truths about how they’re handling something. It didn’t matter at that moment. Ciara had just had enough, and she saw me trying to interject, and it was enough for her to just stand up and throw wine.”
On embracing her evolving roles on the show over the years: “The double life that I feel like I have sometimes, where it’s me on TV and me in tech at my corporate job, that was always an ongoing battle in my head of, ‘What do I lean into the most?’ For a really long time, I was just all about my career, and I didn’t give enough — I don’t think — in those previous seasons to have people get to know me off of TV. Whether it be on Instagram or Twitter or whatever avenue people were communicating about the show, I really wasn’t out there [on those platforms] enough. As soon as we stopped filming, I was just refocused on work … I want people to hear the other side that is unedited and unfiltered.”
Watch In The Know’s full interview with Danielle Olivera below, and tune in to Summer House Mondays at 9 p.m. EST only on Bravo:
If you enjoyed this interview, check out In The Know’s recent chat about “Summer House” with Lindsay Hubbard here!
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