While Vanessa Villela was one of the few agents keeping the peace in the Oppenheim office, the Mexican-American actress won’t be seen much on Season 5 of the docusoap.
The Selling Sunset star told Page Six that she sat out a good portion of the upcoming season due to a very strong COVID-19 case.
“My case, it’s still going actually,” the 43-year-old explained to the publication. “It’s called long COVID. I’m still dealing with it.”
Vanessa Villela explains her absence while filming Season 5 of Selling Sunset
The latest installment of the series saw Villela’s emergence into prestigious real estate brokerage and found herself as one of Christine Quinn’s last few allies in the office.
After Season 4 wrapped, the cast immediately went into production for Season 5. However, for Vanessa, her storyline took a dramatic turn.
Out of 11 weeks of filming, “I was sick for five,” Villela recounted. “I got COVID in August and we started filming right in that moment, so obviously they couldn’t wait for me.”