Lauren Shortt was forced to make a decision: either stay with her brokerage or give real estate a go with Oppenheim Group.
Little did she know that this career move would also present the chance for 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 (opens in new tab). "We’ve never done anything like this before. I know that I haven’t."
The reality franchise, which also includes Selling Tampa, has grown to become one of our favorite TV shows about gossip and drama, spotlighting not only the glorious homes for sale but the rivalries (and even friendships) between Brett and Jason Oppenheim's team. We are no strangers to a Netflix binge, but behind each episode is a big undertaking.
"Going into it, we put ourselves and our lives on the table. We were very vulnerable," she further revealed to TODAY. "And so I think if the viewers take anything from it, just know that we are real people that work very hard for this. And also that we’re real agents who do sell homes so if they have a home, pick up that phone and call me."
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 (opens in new tab), 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.
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 (opens in new tab) that her biggest real estate "flex" was maintaining her sobriety while on the show.
Selling The OC is now available to watch on Netflix and we're adjusting our schedules accordingly. (Marathon, anyone?)
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
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