Op de laatste dag van mei is het precies tien jaar geleden dat we kennismaakten met The Hills. Wat een feest. Het MTV-programma was een instant hit en is nog steeds één van de best bekeken shows ooit van de zender.
Zoals het een goed jubileum van zo'n beroemd en berucht realityprogramma betaamt, gaan er in aanloop naar het tienjarig bestaan een paar vieze boekjes open en willen een aantal castleden (Spencer) graag hun moment in de spotlights pakken.
Ook Lauren Conrad, die zich eigenlijk verre van de show wilde houden, maar nu tóch even uit de school klapt over hoe de opnames er écht aan toe gingen.
Een aantal castleden zaten met InStyle magazine over Laguna Beach - waar The Hills een spin-off van was - en daaruit kwamen weer wat opmerkelijke onthullingen.
OVER HOE HET BEGON
Lauren Conrad: 'I initially signed on because I wanted the paycheck. I was going to college, my parents weren't financially supporting me anymore, and I had used up all my Laguna [Beach] money. So when Adam [DiVello, de producer, red.] came to me and said, 'Do you want to do this show?' I was like, 'Yep!''
Heidi Montag: 'Laguna Beach hadn’t even aired when I met Lauren at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. But there was a rumor circulating that a girl from an MTV show was going to be there. I thought it was going to be Made: I Want to Be a Prom Queen. We instantly became best friends. The following summer, I stayed with her family for a few weeks before we moved to L.A. and filmed some episodes of the show. Then she told me she was going to do a spin-off and asked if I wanted to be on it. I was like, “Heck yeah!” It was hard to conceptualize how big it really was.'
Spencer Pratt: 'Sean Travis, one of the producers of The Hills, also produced Princes of Malibu with Brody and I before it got canceled. One day I was kicking it at my mom’s house and her friend said, “Have you seen this show? This girl’s so cute.” And it was Heidi. The trippiest part is that I didn’t even make the connection that I had already met her at Privilege the summer before. Then I saw Sean’s name pop up during the opening credits. So I called him, and he told me it was a set cast from Laguna Beach and he couldn’t get us on. I was like, “Bullsh*t. We’ll see you at the clubs.” I called Brody and said, “We gotta drop $30,000 on bottles and make a scene at Area [Ed note: another now-defunct nightclub] next to their table.” Brody was a hardcore prince at the time.'
OVER DE RELATIES
Heidi Montag: 'The first time I saw Spencer, I instantly fell in love with him. I had goo-goo eyes. He was surrounded by, like, 20 Playmates. But I danced with him anyway, and we hit it off.'
Spencer Pratt: 'Heidi is a scary good dancer. And this is when I thought I was Derek Hough. It’s the last good memory I’ve ever had in a nightclub.'
Jennifer Bunney: 'The kiss between Brody and I was 100 percent fake. The night of my birthday, we all went back to Lauren’s house. We all had a big sleepover that night. I had a boyfriend at the time, and so did Lauren.'
OVER DE BAANTJES
Lauren Conrad over haar stage bij Teen Vogue: 'Lisa later told me the reason she said I’ll “always be known as the girl who didn’t go to Paris” is because that’s what Anna Wintour referred to me as. Apparently I came up in a conversation and she said, “Oh, you mean that girl who didn’t go to Paris?” I was like, “Great!” Not only were they surprised by that—the entire crew was shocked that I didn’t go. But I was so burnt out at the time; I needed a moment to breathe. But I eventually went!'
Audrina Patridge: 'Quixote was a real job. I got in trouble a lot because they would film there and I was the only receptionist. I was like, “I’m going to get fired!'
Heidi Montag: 'Working at Bolthouse was such a fun experience. It was great holding the clipboard and feeling like you’re running the line. They’re one of the biggest event companies in the world, throwing multi-million dollar parties. I couldn’t just sit and play Solitaire all day.'
OVER DE MODE
Heidi Montag: 'During Season 1, all of my stuff was from thrift stores or hand-me-downs. When I started getting a little more money, I got into the heels and the Birkins. I had a million-dollar closet. It was insane.'
Audrina Patridge: 'Whenever I see old photos, I’m like, “What. Was. I. Wearing?” But at the time, it was all super cute. That edgy rocker style will always be a part of me.'
Justin Brescia: 'My pops was a big Harley guy and Bostonian, so I kept a lot of his rags. A lot of it I still carry with me. I don’t have an abundance of clothes, but the stuff that I have, I have for life. I like to live in my stuff and have it be a part of me as much as I can because in this life nowadays you just gotta be as comfortable as possible.'
Whitney Port: 'When I look back, I don’t even know how I worked in fashion because my looks were so crazy.'
OVER LAUREN CONRADS BEROEMDE
'I want to forgive you, and I want to forget you'-opmerking
Heidi Montag: 'Lauren would watch movies sometimes and get impacted by them. I think that line was rehearsed in her mind.'
Lauren Conrad: 'There’s nothing fake about that scene. That was a very real moment. And while it took a lot of conversations for me to be open to having that conversation on-camera, I think it’s important we did.'
Heidi Montag: 'It was really intense for me, because it was the first time I had seen Lauren since I had surgery for the first time. When I woke up, this whole thing had exploded. I was like, “Did I wake up in hell?” I had no idea any of this was going to happen. I was really challenging for me to get the courage to go there by myself knowing she was mad at me. I have absolutely drawn strength from that moment.'
OVER WAT ECHT EN WAT NEP WAS
Heidi Montag: 'Lauren was very serious about not doing fake things. I always admired her for standing her ground with her show. But a lot of it was engineered. Spencer didn’t really propose to me on a beach in Santa Barbara. Sometimes I would get confused in my head. I think I played it more like I knew what I was doing than I was.'
Spencer Pratt: 'I just had a show canceled, so I wanted the ratings. I was always chasing that payday. I loved going to Hermès and buying everything. I was eating dinner with Wolfgang Puck having him cut my steak for me every night. We wanted to have a show that people watched, so we did all this stuff that made us look like the worst humans on Earth. When the cameras were off, I was a complete gentleman—opening doors and going to the movies and cuddling. There was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing going on. If I did any of that in an indie film, people would think I’m the new Jennifer Lawrence.'
Stephanie Pratt: 'Spencer is the funniest human on the planet. He’s a reality TV genius. Filming with him was always the highlight, except when he was mad at me, and during the last season when we stopped speaking. I never think about those times. It was very dark.'
Audrina over haar fake ruzie met Kristin over Justin Bobby: 'They wouldn't let me leave until we got in a fight over Justin and made it a big deal. So, Kristin and I went to the bathroom for a big talk. She was like, "Let's just do this so we can both leave," and I was like, "OK, fine, let's just do it and get it over it…" That was the only time that ever happened, and it was because it was so juicy and something had to happen at the party… Other than that, it was smooth sailing.'
Spencer en Lauren mochten elkaar eerst dus wél heel graag, totdat Lauren en Brody uit elkaar gingen:
Heidi Montag: 'It was just like, 'No, you're not hanging out with Spencer now because I don't have Brody, let's get back to the club' … It was a hard balance and they just didn't show any of this. There was so much, but we were all great for a long time.'
Hier lees je het hele interview met de cast.