Danielle Oliveira is happy to be your partner or die

"If I had to kill anyone, or had to bury a body, my first call would be you." For many, such a statement is an unusual form of praise. For Danielle Olivera, that's the most she could ask for.

"I almost cried," the "Summer House" star recalled to me after finishing a martini at St. Ambrose in New York City's West Village. When she had dinner with one of her best friends from college, the friend paid her a compliment. "That's the ultimate. Because you know I'm going to do it, I'm going to support you, and you know I'm smart enough to do it the right way."

If you've watched Olivera on Bravo's Summer House , or its spin-off series Winter House (currently airing its third season on Bravo), you've observed the energy she's exuded since joining the show in 2018 The “ride or die” vibe. The most obvious example of this is her friendship with co-star Lindsay Hubbard. "I would do anything for my friends, but I was more like Robin to someone's Batman, which I wasn't," Oliveira said of her on-screen interaction with Hubbard . "(Lindsay) is a Leo, and I think that kind of role is perfect for television, but it's also really cool to be able to play this big Capricorn that I am who doesn't need to be a star."

Lindsay Hubbard and Danielle Oliveira at Summer House . Bravo/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

There's another reason why Oliveira isn't as "active" as her castmates. "Summer House" tells the story of a group of young New York City professionals who share a house in Southampton for the weekend. Most of the group are self-employed or work together - take Kyle Cooke, for example, who founded alcohol brand Loverboy and hired his wife Amanda Batula Batula and close friend Carl Radke. But in the first few seasons, Oliveira balanced her filming duties with her full-time job as a Capital One project manager. "I'd get off the train (to the Hamptons) very late and I'd be a little more reserved, and I didn't really have that much flexibility to allow myself too much," said the 34-year-old, who was wearing With a denim vest and a face full of glamor, you look like you're ready for a reunion but still maintain the down-to-earth demeanor of your hard-working finance friend. She asked questions, ordered bread, and was delighted to learn that I was also a Capricorn. "I felt like I wasn't doing the show as well as I could. Even after I played a few seasons, I was like, 'Why me? I wasn't a fan favorite by any means."

After all, in order to be a "fan favorite" on Bravo, you have to behave in a way that Capital One's HR might not approve of—which means you often have to find yourself at the center of white-hot chaos. That's exactly what Oliveira did last season after Hubbard started dating her co-star Radke. In the past, they called themselves the "Three Friends." But when Hubbard and Radke's relationship soared—they moved in together and got engaged before their first anniversary—Oliviera felt more like an only friend. Throughout the season, the drama plays out in a series of drunken screaming matches, public meltdowns and surprising shifts in allegiances. "What I really wanted was for her to be there for me, like I'd always been there for her, but it all just became a mess," said Oliveira, who was with her now-ex-boyfriend Robert Sieber during filming (Robert Sieber) was in trouble. "I wanted to stand my ground because I felt like I was worthy of the friendship and I wasn't going to give in without a fight." (Hubbard declined to comment to Buster on their friendship.)

"Even after I played a few seasons, I was like, 'Why me? I'm not a fan favorite by any means."

Despite Turbulence While Oliveira's relationship with Hubbard temporarily fell apart, her place in the Braveverse has never been stronger. The tagline on the trailer for this season's reunion is "Danielle Oliveira faces off with Lindsay Hubbard." Popular fan accounts like Queens of Bravo began creating memes dedicated to her. She's also been cast in her first role on Winter House , which is currently filming in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, an honor reserved only for Bravo's "fan favorites" like Southern Charm 's Craig Craig Conover or Vanderpump Rules' Tom Schwartz.

Now, on our second round of drinks - we start with Sauvignon Blanc as Daisy Jones and the Six star Camila Moreau walks into the café next to us for tea - Ollie Vera pauses to respond to a flood of text messages from the bride - becoming the friend who is having the bachelorette party drama going on. As a 30-year-old single, it's a balancing act that's familiar to me: dating app messages juxtaposed with texts from friends highlighting wedding plans, brunch where I talk about hooking up while others talk about egg freezing and baby schedule.

Oliveira said that, at its core, her rift with Hubbard was actually more about being in a different place with different priorities during these very transitional years that brought about growing up. pain. "In the beginning, our connection was work. We both had this hustle. Then, throughout life, Lindsay stopped doing some PR work. She was more focused on marriage and a future with her family, and I was more focused on building an empire, " Oliveira said. She recently launched the Donne app, where users can digitize their wardrobe and connect with styling professionals. "I'll be 35 at the end of this year and I don't have baby fever. My ovaries don't really do anything when I see a baby, but when I see an article about female founders, it does something to me Helps.”

Danielle Olivera and Lindsay Hubbard attend BravoCon in November 2023. Bravo /NBCUniversal/Getty Images

However, before filming the next season of "Summer House," Oliveira and Hubbard had lunch together, which turned into a four-hour road trip to get along and reconcile. So when Hubbard and Radke unceremoniously called off their engagement this summer, Oliveira was by her side, ready to do anything short of bury Radke's body — or, as Bra Queen Waugh said Oliveira became Hubbard's Carrie's Charlotte in the first Sex and the City movie when the finale rolled around on their wedding day. (Radke declined to comment to Buster about his relationship with Hubbard.) First, Oliveira invited the "Summer House" actress to her apartment, where she gathered around a heartbroken Hubbard . Then, when Hubbard decided to go ahead with her Bahamas bachelorette party, Oliveira, who wasn't on the original guest list, bravely attended. "I was like, 'Just let me know which flight I'm taking and where it's going to Venmo. What do we wear? Who needs help?" she said. Cast members Sam Feher and Gabby Prescod were also in attendance, wearing matching "activated AF" trucker hats during the yacht day. "There were so many bad guys coming in there and for her to feel [supported], I was like, 'I'm exactly where I need to be.'"

As we took the last sips of our drinks, we started gossiping about the upcoming BravoCon, where Oliveira will continue to "have fun" with Southern Hospitality Group 's Joe Bradley and continue to travel back to New York with him. "I'm not a big talker in relationships, but when it comes to work, I'll bite your ear off because that's what I get excited about," she said. Even though Oliveira was in the midst of her empire-building years, She still has endless compassion and enthusiasm for those who are focused on building their families, and she will always support them. "When I go to dinner with friends who now have kids, I think, 'This is where I am; now, let me hear what's going on with the kids!'" she said. “Show me a picture of them because I’m committed to you .”