Olivia Palermo: The City is Real

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Olivia Palermo, the socialite co-star and "co-worker" of Whitney Port of MTV's The City, has actually been an aspiring actress for a few years now.

But despite what you might have read, what she does on the glamorous reality show isn't pretend. At least that's what she tells New York Magazine.

"Acting is one of the things I'm interested in, but I completely respect it as an art form that requires lots of talent, dedication and hard work," she said.

Still, getting in front of the cameras does help prepare Olivia Palermo for a life onscreen: "I've gotten so much more comfortable being in front of the cameras over the course of shooting this season. The first few days were a little bit awkward!"

Olivia Palermo, left, with Whitney Port and Erin Lucas.

"Of course, nothing feels 100 percent natural when you're being followed by a camera crew, but I've definitely acclimated. I think that in the first few episodes, that level of discomfort and awkwardness I felt really came through on camera."

Olivia Palermo says she hopes that over the rest of the season on The City, you see more of "the real her," whatever that means. Unfortunately for the young glamazon, even she's not sure what that might look like.

"I never know ahead of time what's going to end up on the show," she said. "So watching all of our stories unfold has been really exciting for me."

Wow, watching your own life as told and interpreted by somebody else. Sounds like what Lauren Conrad has been doing for years now!

Click to enlarge more photos of Olivia Palermo, the self-described "social" from The City (with her co-stars in some shots) ...

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