Is Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles’s resident villain going soft?
Josh Altman opened up to PEOPLE about some big personal changes coming his way in season 9, which premieres Thursday night at 9/8c on Bravo.
“I’m in a really good place right now where I’m really excited,” says Altman, best known on the show for hardball business tactics and cutting comments about his fellow realtors. In the past two seasons the Altman Brothers partner planned and canceled a 400-person wedding with fiancé Heather Bilyeu, and settled on a second ceremony that he says, “is the total opposite. It’s just low key — 85 of our very close family and friends.”
Altman confirms MDLLA fans will see every detail of the wedding this season, including a few uncharacteristically emotional moments. “I actually tear up when I watch the footage,” he says. “It was the best day of my life. The wedding that you’re going to see is the perfect example of something working out perfectly after lots of learning experiences.”
But the agent, who last season set a goal of selling $1 million dollars of real estate a day, is not entirely happy about showing his softer side. “They have so much damn footage of me. People are going to see that I’m actually really nice, which I’m not thrilled about. They’re going to see how nervous I was.”
Finally making it down the aisle isn’t the only big story line for Altman in his sixth season on the popular series. He recently announced that he and Bilyeu are expecting a baby girl, who, he confirms exclusively to PEOPLE, is due in March. “We just found out a few weeks ago. It’s the most amazing thing in the world,” he says.
All the love, marriage, and baby carriage business hasn’t deterred the agent from maintaining his tough-guy persona. “I absolutely love it at this point,” he admits of being the cast member viewers love to hate. “The first couple years it was difficult because people didn’t know me. Social media for sure was the worst. You’re like who is this guy? He has no idea where I’m from, how I got here.”
Now? “I laugh at it,” he says. “It’s not so much that I’m a villain, as it is that the other guys on the show are just so . . . opposite of a villain. I’m trying to think of a nice word to say.” MDL diehards will know the smirk that comes with that sentence, and they can look forward to seeing much more of it along with some happy tears and maybe even baby squeals on this season.
Watch the season premiere of Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Thursday at 9/8c on Bravo.