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Q&A with The City's Olivia Palermo

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Going strong into its second season on MTV, The City has reeled us in thanks to the career-driven dynamics between Whitney Port and her co-stars - particularly her frequent nemesis, the fashion-savvy socialite and girl we all love to hate, Olivia Palermo. We sat down with 24-year-old Palermo to get the scoop on the new episodes.

What’s in store for you during Season Two?

During Season Two you’ll get to see me contributing video footage to which is something new for me. It’s been great to interview major designers such as Anna Sui. Our viewers will get a really great behind the scenes look at the fashion industry, which is something that I’m really passionate about.

You’re often portrayed as the “villain” of the show. Why do you think that is?
I don’t see myself as the villain at all. There are elements of drama throughout the entire show and all of the cast members have their ups and downs. Perhaps people want to make me out to be the villain because I’m a very honest person and I’m not afraid to speak my opinion.
Are you ever surprised when you see the final cut of an episode?
Yes – all the time! Mostly because I don’t film with the other girls that much so it’s definitely interesting and surprising to see what they are doing.

Have we seen a pretty accurate portrayal of your work relationship with Erin?
Erin and I definitely have our disagreements from time to time, I would say that much is accurate. But I think it would be inaccurate to suggest that Erin and I are beyond the point of being able to work together. We’re both professionals and we both know when it’s time to put our differences aside and focus on the job at hand.

You’re often compared to Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf. What’s your take on that? Do you watch the show?
The comparison is really lost on me because I’ve never seen the show. I’ve met Leighton Meester several times, but I don’t know anything about the character she plays.

Have you ever refused to do anything the producers asked?
I think that anyone that’s ever been on any kind of reality show has, at one point, refused to do something the producers have asked.

You’re a true New Yorker. What’s your favorite thing about the city? Would you ever consider moving to LA?
I spend my time between New York and Europe and I’m very happy with the balance. There’s so much to love about both places – the culture here and in all the cities I travel to is a huge inspiration for me. I travel to LA for work when necessary, or to see friends but for now I’m definitely happy with my current location and lifestyle.  
What are your plans for when The City ends?
There are so many different areas I’d like to try my hand at – designing, producing, maybe even acting. But for right now I’m just staying focused on ELLE, on the show, and on my design collaboration with Roberta Freymann. I think that’s enough to tackle for the moment.

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Comments (6)
Olivia sucks!
6 Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:04
Ewww I didn't think there was a person on this earth silly enough to like Olivia! She is the worst! She is so not genuine, she trys to cover her insecurities by being a snob and she has little to no talent. She is a self centred, Bitch to the fullest. She is delusional and so is anybody who can't see what a insecure, snobby, selfish, hating little bitch she is. I would love to throw a drink on her :P
5 Tuesday, 18 May 2010 05:22
I like Olivia's style. I like the way she refuses to engage in Erin's histrionics. I have worked with people like Erin and Kelly ie. people who substitute bullying and treachery for talent and ability. It's refreshing to see someone like Olivia refuse to play into their tactics.
4 Monday, 17 May 2010 11:57
What a poser (or poseur, Olivia, if you happen to read this while in Europe). Real "socialites" in NYC avoid her like the plague. When she's called on her arrogan ce, her pathetic M.O. is to simply utter the words (over and over and over again), "I will not engage in this conversation". She's a scared little girl, masquerading as a Power Girrrl. Word of advice, Olivia: Kelly Cutrone isn't kidding.
3 Monday, 17 May 2010 06:50
I highly doubt that Erin is jealous. What is there to be jealous of? Is she jealous that Olivia is a bitter snob? Olivia is one of those people that does not like seeing others succeed which I think was very obvious when she wouldn't support Whitneys new line. She is the farthest thing from a role model. I would NOT want my daughter looking up to someone like her. She may be fashion savvy but she sure is a bitch! I doubt that this girl has any true friends. How could she, when all she does is lie about "miscommunications" and dis her friends?? Everyone on The City hates Olivia!! Doesn't that show you anything about her character?
2 Monday, 17 May 2010 06:24
Jasmine Saggu
Olivia is just pure elegance. She always looks stunning, acts confident and comes across genuine.
Erin hates you Olivia... she's sooo jealous!!
I also am a fan, and look uo to you as a role model!!! Go Olivia! Woohoo!
1 Tuesday, 11 May 2010 17:17
I love her just because she is an honest persona and because of that people often mistake her for being a bitch which I don't agree with at all we share the same attitude as far as speaking our minds and our love for fashion and I look up to her. btw Erin needs to get lost big time she's old and jealous of Olivia.

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