The character first appeared in Guiding Light in October 2008, as a pre-med on a scholarship hoping to become a doctor, with a back-story of being brought-up in poverty by her mother. When fifteen years old, after her mother died, she lived with her grandmother Loretta who had a history of illness. Christina's nature was presented as sweet, intelligent and kind-hearted.
She met Remy Boudreau, and was immediately attracted to him; they married in a casino chapel during a drunken night together. After a financial aid representative overheard Christina and Remy talking over the circumstance of their marriage her student scholarship was revoked; she had to give up her work and study. Christina and Remy later found that they were not legally married, after which she surprised him by saying she was pregnant.