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Christina Hall says she's busier than ever but fame is the last thing on her mind

Samantha Grindell   

Christina Hall says she's busier than ever but fame is the last thing on her mind
  • Insider spoke to Christina Hall ahead of the return of "Christina on the Coast."
  • The HGTV star discussed her docuseries and renovating her own kitchen with her husband, Josh Hall.

If you've been paying attention, you've likely noticed Christina Hall has had an eventful year.

She celebrated her marriage to Josh Hall in Hawaii in September 2022; in November, she settled her public custody dispute over her youngest son with her second husband Ant Anstead; and in December, she ended her tenure on "Flip or Flop," which she starred in with her ex-husband and co-parent Tarek El Moussa.

If that wasn't enough, she also continued to raise her three children — Taylor, 12; Brayden, 7; and Hudson, 3 — and filmed episodes for her HGTV docuseries, "Christina on the Coast" and "Christina in the Country," flying back and forth from Southern California to Franklin, Tennessee, to make it all possible.

Christina's schedule has been jam-packed, to say the least. But as she told Insider in a recent phone interview, she has made the life she wants for herself — and she's happier than ever.

Christina is taking control of the next phase of her television career

Since "Flip or Flop" ended, Christina has been able to devote her time to her two HGTV docuseries, with "Christina on the Coast" returning to the network on Thursday.

Both docuseries follow the designer as she helps existing homeowners in either Southern California or Franklin, Tennessee, renovate their properties. It's a departure from "Flip or Flop," where she was overhauling houses on the market to appeal to potential buyers.

Christina told Insider the renovations offer her a different challenge than flipping homes did, as she has to cater to clients with more specific tastes rather than a mass market.

"Flipping is easier to some extent because you get to do whatever you want," she said. "You're really just kind of going off what the current trend is and just making sure that it appeals to everyone so your buyer pool isn't shrunk."

"Working with homeowners, you're answering to somebody else," she added. "I can bring all the ideas in the world I want, but at the end of the day, it's them paying for it. It's something that they need to enjoy."

"It's a little trickier, but I feel like I'm constantly changing with what the current design styles are, and that's what being a good designer is all about," she told Insider. "I always look at real estate and houses on the market. On the weekend, Josh and I still go look at the high-end flips in Newport [Beach]."

Christina has also taken on a bigger off-camera role in her shows. In 2022, she switched production companies, becoming a coproducer alongside Josh.

"As you can imagine having been with the same production company for almost 10 years, obviously, there's trial and error, there's different people," Christina said, adding that she feels like she was "ironing out some kinks" over the last year.

"It was a lot more work for me than anything in the past because we're coproducers. It's a lot more off-camera work than I'm used to," she went on to say. "It's gonna be worth it, but it was a hard year."

In the midst of the show, Christina also started renovations on her home with Josh

Christina and Josh bought a $12 million mansion in Newport Beach, California, in May 2022, which she described as their "long-term family home" in an Instagram at the time.

"Coming from a restless soul, my soul is ready to rest," she said in the post. "At 38 I'm exactly where I want to be and can't wait to make the next house our home."

While renovating 11 homes for the latest season of "Christina on the Coast," she also began working on the kitchen in her own place with Josh. Although home design is her area of expertise, Christina told Insider the project is harder for her than viewers at home might think.

"It's shockingly always a challenge because I feel like every single house that I've moved into is a different vibe," she said. "This particular house is very modern, so we were trying to take a very, very modern vibe and kind of soften it a bit and make it feel more homey but represent the house and the architecture."

The kitchen marked the first big renovation project Josh and Christina took on together in their home, which can be difficult for some couples — but not the Halls.

"Luckily on this one, we agreed on everything," Christina said of the renovation. "My style is not super feminine anyways. And I'm used to working with couples, so I feel like I know how to tackle that."

Christina seems to be embracing change at every turn, and she's showing no signs of slowing down

Starring on two shows, renovating multiple homes per year in addition to your own, and raising three children might sound exhausting to the average person.

But Christina is laser-focused on the future, and she feels like being busy just makes her better.

"I feel like I'm really used to operating in a busy environment, and weirdly I enjoy it," she said. "I think it just comes down to I really love what I do. And if you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work in that aspect."

She also keeps a cool head by ignoring her popularity. Christina has been a TV star for over a decade now, and she has nearly 2 million Instagram followers. She's famous by any definition of the word, and there only seems to be more eyes on her and in turn, more criticism — as time goes on.

But Christina told Insider her fame is the last thing on her mind.

"I honestly don't even think about it anymore," she said. "I just do me authentically. Mostly, I'm a mom and a wife and a business owner, just like anybody else."

"Christina on the Coast" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV and is available for streaming on Max.

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