‘Selling Sunset’: Christine Quinn Reveals How Lauren Conrad Inspired Her TV Persona

Christine Quinn is one of the most memorable people on Netflix’s Selling Sunset. Right from the start, Quinn established herself as a bold and honest real estate agent. According to Quinn, she drew inspiration from a reality TV legend of the 2000s: Lauren Conrad.

Christine Quinn from 'Selling Sunset' Season 4 smiling on the red carpet
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‘Selling Sunset’ cast member Christine Quinn talks about playing a ‘villain’

Some viewers have described Quinn as a “villain” on the Netflix series. She told Elle that this was the “mold” producers put her in. It may have led some fans to wonder what happened to Christine on Selling Sunset.

“I was cast in that mold, and the producers said to me multiple times, ‘Well, you’re the villain.’ So this is what people want to see,” Quinn explained. “I don’t really feel like I’m the villain in real life because I’m the only one who’s willing to express my opinion. I think I’m just very confident, and unapologetic, and really genuine.”

She added, “But in a TV world where we have so many characters who are afraid of defending people, I can see how it can be perceived that way, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. The thing that affects me mentally is when people watch the show, and then they’ll come back, and they’ll say, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you did this.’ And I’m like, ‘Seriously, this is a television show.’

Christine Quinn says Lauren Conrad inspired her persona

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Quinn revealed that her inspiration comes from Lauren Conrad, the star of MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills. Although Conrad has been known as the “good girl” on these shows, Quinn enjoyed Conrad’s honesty with her friends.

“No one really cares about the nice people. I noticed the people that did really well in their careers were the ones that stood out and had opinions,” Quinn shared. “And so, going back to The Hills, I was looking at Lauren Conrad and also Heidi Montag, and they both really stood to me.”

Quinn continued, “And Lauren’s had such an amazing career, but she’s always been one who will say things that other people don’t necessarily want to hear. And I really like that about her. So for me, I was like, ‘Okay, if I’m going to be remembered, people aren’t going to like me.’ And that’s the way I went into it.”

Christine Quinn explains why the ‘B’ word is a compliment

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Quinn plans on embracing her “villain” persona even more by releasing a book called How to Be a Boss B****. It’s expected to be out in May 2022. She has also said, “Let’s get one thing straight right up front: If you’re going to call me a b****, I’m going to take it as a compliment.”

As Quinn shared with Glamour UK in October 2021, the “B” word is often a derogatory term. However, Quinn does not see it that way.

“I think that we live in a world where people think it’s okay to call women ‘b****es.’ And they think it’s a derogatory term,” she said. “And I disagree because well-behaved women never make history. And for me, when the show came out, people were like, ‘Oh, you’re such a b****. You’re such a b****. You’re such a b****.’ You’re talking about me. You remember me. I caused a kerfuffle. And I think that’s the one thing that is important, especially in business: you want to be remembered. And then have people know you.”

Quinn also wants other women, even those not in entertainment, to think of the word as a compliment as well.

“I want people to embrace this inner boss b**** side, and especially women in work or women in any field, really,” Quinn said. “I want them to feel confident and say, ‘Yes, I feel like a boss b****.’ I love that. So I’ve reclaimed that word.”