"But that's why I love this show, because I really hope that it starts posing questions in people's mind of where do they draw the line on these reality shows," she tells PEOPLE
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Although Arielle Kebbel played the token “bitch” contestant on – and first booted off – UnREAL‘s faux dating show, she didn’t draw from suitors of Bachelors past.

Kebbel, 30, hasn’t watched the ABC juggernaut – not for a lack of trying.

“My girlfriend, she has like 20 girls over every week and they do food, they do the whole thing. I wanted to be social, and I told myself I would do it and I even brought brownies,” she told PEOPLE at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night. “I literally was like, ‘I have to get out of here, I’m going to throw up. I can’t do it.’ So as much as I love my girlfriends, it’s not for me.”

That’s exactly why she loves UnREAL.

“I really hope that it starts posing questions in people’s mind of where do they draw the line on these reality shows, what is real, what’s not, what are they putting them through and is it healthy?” she added.

Kebbel next stars opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on HBO’s Ballers. Her time on Lifetime’s dark comedy was short, but her part perfectly skewered the genre’s simplification and even exploitation of complicated women like her character, Britney.

Originally, Kebel read for Shiri Appleby’s lead role of Rachel, a reality producer who suffered a mental breakdown.

“When I went in the room, it was a room full of women, and that was such a powerful moment for me number one, because I hate to say it, but that doesn’t happen to me every day that I walk into an audition room,” she sad of her audition. “So already I was like, ‘I want to work with these people, yeah!’ I remember leaving going, ‘I don’t think I’m right for that part, but man, I really want to work on this somehow.’ And sometimes God just aligns things in a way that is not explainable, it just happens, and that’s when you know it’s right.

“I got a phone call probably six months later saying, ‘You didn’t get that part, but they’re offering you this one, are you open to it?’ And without hesitation I was like, ‘Absolutely, I’m gonna bring my best villain!’ ”

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UnREAL airs Mondays at 10 p.m ET on Lifetime.