The very first episode of Christina on the Coast featured Cassie’s residence in Anaheim Hills, Calif. “I saw a meme today that said, ‘a friend knocks on your door, but a best friend walks in and eats your food,’ and that’s us,” Cassie told House Beautiful of her relationship with Christina.

“We’ve gone to junior high, high school, and college together — we even lived together in college — and we’ve been through everything together,” she continued. “I consider her family, and [Christina’s husband] Ant is one of my best friends.”

Cassie said it felt natural to film alongside her BFF. “Christina and I have such good chemistry in real life, and we just did our thing, like we do every day together,” she explained. “At this point, [shooting with HGTV] is just part of my life, so the cameras are normal.”

In fact, the most difficult thing for Cassie turned out to be “trusting the process” as her longtime pal gutted the kitchen and dining room. 

“Christina and I have very similar tastes, and I knew she wouldn’t do something she wouldn’t want in her own home in mine,” the L.A. native acknowledged. “I’ve always been a huge champion of Christina.”

Episodes of Christina on the Coast air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.

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