Who is Lauren Shortt from 'Selling The OC'? She's a breath of fresh air in the O Group office

'We’ve never done anything like this before. I know that I haven’t,' Lauren Shortt says of her debut TV role

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Lauren Shortt was forced to make a decision: either stay with her brokerage or give real estate a go with Oppenheim Group. Guess which one she chose.

Little did she know that a career move would also present a life-changing experience: a role in the Selling Sunset spinoff, Selling the OC. Now the Cali native is showing off the not-so-humble abodes on her roster and giving viewers a glimpse into her everyday life.

"This is not our normal job (being on television)," she revealed to the TODAY Show. "We’ve never done anything like this before. I know that I haven’t."

If we're being completely candid, Shortt is a breath of fresh air in between the catfights and office drama. She is the kind of colleague you want in your corner, and trust us when we say, that's very true of Selling the OC season 2, which premieres on Netflix on Friday, September 8. 

Who is Lauren Shortt?

The newly married Lauren Brito Shortt tied the knot with her other half, Andrew, a realtor at Compass. Looks like the eye for real estate might've brought the two together! According to her O Group profile, she previously ran a family business before dipping her toe in the real estate waters. Since then, she appears to have mastered the field. 

"Lauren has a wealth of knowledge and real estate experience with over 150 successfully closed properties. She honed her skills through mentorship by an internationally ranked top 1% agent," her bio reads. 

Lauren is keen on giving her Instagram followers a sneak peek into her life, from listings to special moments like a bridal lunch. She's even introduced her following to her four-legged child, Gunner, a Golden Retriever she and her now-husband adopted during quarantine. 

Lauren Shortt gets candid

In between fancy interior shots and engagement shoots, Lauren has also opened up about her demons.

"A decade ago I literally woke up in OC…struggling with addiction and not realizing my world was about to completely change for the better," she wrote on Instagram. "To all the hard lessons in life, thank you for bringing me to where I am today."

She even admits to People that her biggest real estate "flex" was maintaining her sobriety while on the show. Though she might be one to enjoy listening in on office drama, she's not going to get involved, 

"In the program of recovery I work, it’s important for me, in order to maintain my sobriety, to be completely honest at all times and to be loving and kind," she told Netflix Tudum

Plus, she's on a mission, not just professionally, but personally. When she and her husband decide to have children, she wants them to have the best life possible, and not experience the hardships she did, like going hungry as a child, sadly. 

"There’s some people here who have never had that experience,” Lauren further revealed to Tudum. "And I don’t want that experience for my future children. So for me, I will do whatever it takes to succeed."

Selling the OC season 2 hits Netflix on Friday, September 8. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.