CHRISTA B. ALLEN, 21
Profession: Actress. She stars as Charlotte Grayson on ABC's Revenge
Obsession: Flower arranging
What got you into floral design? When I realized that there's a flower market in downtown Los Angeles, 20 minutes from my house. I started going and got hooked.
Most-loved flowers: Green-and-white hydrangeas, pink roses, and peonies.
Ideal display: A simple, billowy bouquet with seasonal flowers. I like arrangements that bring seasonal changes to me.
Favorite alternative vase: A pretty water pitcher.
Top trick: Using floral foam. It keeps flowers alive longer.
Flower arranging is ... Therapeutic. There's something special about bringing life inside.
Best bouquet you've ever received: On my first day shooting 13 Going on 30, Jennifer Garner had yellow tulips sent to my trailer. I'll never forget them. — Jessica Flint
Christa's tip: "If you're working with thorny stems, wear protective gloves. Buy them at a flower shop or use rubber dish-washing ones."