The new show, which premieres February 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Slice, follows the “Million Dollar Listing New York” cast member as he joins forces with “The Real Housewives of New York” star in flipping multimillion-dollar homes.
Speaking with ET Canada, Eklund, who has redefined what it means to be a real estate broker in New York, garnering close to $1 billion in closed sales with his team at Douglas Elliman in 2017, discusses working with Frankel on their show.
“We are certainly two crazy personalities,” says the Stockholm native, who first met Frankel selling her NYC home. “To me, [Frankel] is one of the biggest reality stars because she’s so in the moment. She doesn’t care — and I needed all that.”
While Eklund is known on the small screen for his unstoppable energy and signature high-kicks (which he promises there will be “a lot of” on his new show) the television personality asserts, “[Frankel] brings out the goofy side in me.”
“She just moves around and she has all these ideas,” the pro realtor says. “I think I was a fish out of water a little bit when it [came] to renovating an apartment. I’ve never really done that.”
He adds, “So, it was scary, but it was also exciting.”
Revealing how the new show came about, Eklund says that the pair “always somehow ended up in really comical situations.” He explains, “We kept laughing, laughing, laughing — and she would say to me, ‘Wow, I wish we were filming this.'”
Despite the many laughs, the real estate entrepreneur contends that it’s not all fun and games, especially when it comes down to staying on budget. “We fight a lot,” he says. “We’ve always had arguments whether we were friends or not.”
But Eklund still finds the drama exciting. “At the end of the day, it’s a show about our friendship and the comedy and the fighting and us just figuring each other out,” he says, amid laughter. “It’s all the colours of the rainbow of our friendship.”
As Eklund moves from high-priced real estate to sky-high renovations, the star is also taking on a new role as a dad after welcoming newborn boy and girl twins with his husband, artist Derek Kaplan, this past November. “I feel like I’m on drugs, like a love drug,” he says. “Double the work and double the joy.”