What These 25 HGTV Stars Did Before They Were Famous

Your favorite HGTV hosts offer everything from homebuying advice to renovation tips. After binge-watching more episodes of their addictive shows than you’ll care to admit, it’s hard to imagine these HGTV stars doing anything but doling out home advice to the masses. But these hosts had to earn a living somehow before they became reality show stalwarts.

See what the stars of these popular HGTV TV shows were doing before they were famous.

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Christina Anstead

Known for: “Flip or Flop” and “Christina on the Coast”

Then: Before “Flip or Flop” debuted in 2013, she was a real estate agent who had recently forayed into the house-flipping business with now-ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.

Now: Beyond filming “Flip or Flop,” the interior design expert is busy with her own HGTV show, “Christina on the Coast,” which premiered in early 2019 and follows Anstead as she expands

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Ben and Erin Napier Open Up About Their Surprising Journey to HGTV Fame

  • Erin Napier, a graphic designer, and her husband Ben Napier, a former church minister, are now the stars of HGTV’s Home Town series.
  • In a recent interview, the couple shared that they “never expected” to be famous.

    Ben and Erin Napier are living proof that dreams —even the ones you didn’t know you had —really do come true.

    One of HGTV’s hottest power couples may seem like old pros at home renovation, but before launching their hit show Home Town in 2017, the couple had zero formal experience in construction or home design—and zero aspirations of being famous.

    As yet-to-be-discovered newlyweds, Erin and Ben say they “didn’t have a dime to waste” as they lovingly transformed a 1925 craftsman cottage in Laurel, Mississippi, into the home of their dreams.

    “Since I was a kid, I had always wanted to live in it,” Erin tells People in a new interview.

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