Christopher Briney Knows You Might Hate Conrad in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"

Image Source: Getty Images / Craig Barritt In our Q&A series "POPSUGAR Crush," we get to know some of our favorite celebs' more intimate details - from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they've ever received. This month, we're crushing on "The Summer I Turned Pretty" star Christopher Briney. Christopher Briney knows you might hate Conrad sometimes when you watch "The Summer I Turned Pretty." He can relate. "When I first read the book and when the script started coming in, I was like, 'This dude kind of sucks,'" he tells POPSUGAR. Conrad is one of the love interests chasing the heart of Belly (Lola Tung) in the new Amazon Prime Video series, based on the series of novels by Jenny Han. Conrad is the older son of Belly's mom's best friend, and Belly's had a crush on him for what feels like her whole life. But at the start of the series, Conrad can be withholding and distant from everyone around him. Related: "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Star Lola Tung Is Ready For You to Meet Belly "He's really rude and he's not telling people how he feels, and that's why he's in all this trouble," Briney explains. But as the actor explored the character, his own feelings toward Conrad changed, and he realized he was more than the classic brooding-bad-boy archetype. "He's just young and . . . just trying to keep it together for the people he loves," he says. "Yes, he owes an apology to some people in the world, but he's 17. He can make mistakes. He's going to continue to make mistakes, and he's just hurt." Briney was actually in Liverpool shooting the first project he'd ever booked, the upcoming "Dalíland," during the audition process for "The Summer I Turned Pretty." He did all his chemistry reads with Tung over Zoom. The day of the table read for the movie was the day he found out he was cast as Conrad. "That was one of the better days I've been lucky enough to have," he says. Related: "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Star Gavin Casalegno on the Most Fun Summer of His Life Just a few years ago, Briney was a college student in New York City, studying hard and working service jobs to pay the bills. He worked at Trader Joe's on the Lower East Side. "I'm trying to go out to dinner once in a while, while going through school," he jokes about his time in the service industry. "It's not easy." "I'm Team Conrad. I have to be. It's in my contract." Before the show went into production, most of the main cast arrived in North Carolina, where they filmed, a few weeks early to start to forge connections. "It was such a blessing to be able to make those actual friendships and to have time, because they gave us time to get to know each other, spend time with each other, and actually go to the beach and get up to trouble with each other," Briney says. "By the first day [of shooting], it felt like we'd known each other for years." For Briney, that bonding time was essential to forging his relationships with Gavin Casalegno, who plays his brother, Jeremiah; with Sean Kauffman, who plays Belly's brother, Steven; and with Tung. One of Briney's favorite days on set was when the cast filmed the volleyball tournament. He was a volleyball novice. "They gave us lessons every weekend leading up to shooting that episode, but I'd never played outside of gym class, but you don't actually know what you're doing in gym class," he jokes. "It's really hard." "The job was to just be better than the other teams," he says. "They were all letting us be better than them. So it just felt like we were really good at volleyball for a good five hours." He says Kauffman turned out to be the best volleyball player among the bunch. All seven episodes of "The Summer I Turned Pretty" are now streaming on Prime Video. Check out the rest of Briney's "POPSUGAR Crush" interview ahead. Image Source: Prime Video Team Conrad, Jeremiah, or Cam? I'm Team Conrad. I have to be. It's in my contract. No, but I have such a soft spot for Cam and maybe it's just because I love David [Iacono] so much, but I think he's so sweet, and as much as it seems like he's not the right one for Belly, he is so sweet and deserving of a good life. Favorite pickup line: "Hey, how are you?" Does that count? Favorite flirtatious emoji: I like the two eyes, like the side eyes.

Christopher Briney Knows You Might Hate Conrad in "The Summer I Turned Pretty"

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In our Q&A series "POPSUGAR Crush," we get to know some of our favorite celebs' more intimate details - from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they've ever received. This month, we're crushing on "The Summer I Turned Pretty" star Christopher Briney.

Christopher Briney knows you might hate Conrad sometimes when you watch "The Summer I Turned Pretty." He can relate.

"When I first read the book and when the script started coming in, I was like, 'This dude kind of sucks,'" he tells POPSUGAR. Conrad is one of the love interests chasing the heart of Belly (Lola Tung) in the new Amazon Prime Video series, based on the series of novels by Jenny Han. Conrad is the older son of Belly's mom's best friend, and Belly's had a crush on him for what feels like her whole life. But at the start of the series, Conrad can be withholding and distant from everyone around him.

"He's really rude and he's not telling people how he feels, and that's why he's in all this trouble," Briney explains. But as the actor explored the character, his own feelings toward Conrad changed, and he realized he was more than the classic brooding-bad-boy archetype. "He's just young and . . . just trying to keep it together for the people he loves," he says. "Yes, he owes an apology to some people in the world, but he's 17. He can make mistakes. He's going to continue to make mistakes, and he's just hurt."

Briney was actually in Liverpool shooting the first project he'd ever booked, the upcoming "Dalíland," during the audition process for "The Summer I Turned Pretty." He did all his chemistry reads with Tung over Zoom. The day of the table read for the movie was the day he found out he was cast as Conrad. "That was one of the better days I've been lucky enough to have," he says.

Just a few years ago, Briney was a college student in New York City, studying hard and working service jobs to pay the bills. He worked at Trader Joe's on the Lower East Side. "I'm trying to go out to dinner once in a while, while going through school," he jokes about his time in the service industry. "It's not easy."

"I'm Team Conrad. I have to be. It's in my contract."

Before the show went into production, most of the main cast arrived in North Carolina, where they filmed, a few weeks early to start to forge connections. "It was such a blessing to be able to make those actual friendships and to have time, because they gave us time to get to know each other, spend time with each other, and actually go to the beach and get up to trouble with each other," Briney says. "By the first day [of shooting], it felt like we'd known each other for years." For Briney, that bonding time was essential to forging his relationships with Gavin Casalegno, who plays his brother, Jeremiah; with Sean Kauffman, who plays Belly's brother, Steven; and with Tung.

One of Briney's favorite days on set was when the cast filmed the volleyball tournament. He was a volleyball novice. "They gave us lessons every weekend leading up to shooting that episode, but I'd never played outside of gym class, but you don't actually know what you're doing in gym class," he jokes. "It's really hard."

"The job was to just be better than the other teams," he says. "They were all letting us be better than them. So it just felt like we were really good at volleyball for a good five hours." He says Kauffman turned out to be the best volleyball player among the bunch.

All seven episodes of "The Summer I Turned Pretty" are now streaming on Prime Video. Check out the rest of Briney's "POPSUGAR Crush" interview ahead.

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Team Conrad, Jeremiah, or Cam?

I'm Team Conrad. I have to be. It's in my contract. No, but I have such a soft spot for Cam and maybe it's just because I love David [Iacono] so much, but I think he's so sweet, and as much as it seems like he's not the right one for Belly, he is so sweet and deserving of a good life.

Favorite pickup line:

"Hey, how are you?" Does that count?

Favorite flirtatious emoji:

I like the two eyes, like the side eyes.