Kim Kardashian, a universal name, one of the most famous, most recognized and most pointless celebrities in the world. But what exactly for? Over the years the obsession with reality TV has turned into a fascination, with the general public fixated on characters that are presented as ‘normal’ yet actually nothing could be further from the truth. With Keeping up with the Kardashians becoming one of the most successful reality TV programs of all time, it is strange to see how a 30 minute episode following a rich and privileged family can be so appealing to watch. But it wasn’t just the Kardashians that intrigued us. The concept of rich people and reality TV has been around awhile, with California becoming the perfect place to find such ‘characters.'
In 2004, cashing in on the coattails of teen telecasts such as The O.C and Dawson's Creek, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County aired all around the world with the sole concept of 'real drama' and 'real characters.' Yet this wasn’t just a TV show, this was a soap opera and apparently 100% factual. Sparking the careers of Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colletti and Kristin Cavallari, the series ran for three seasons. However, although depicted as ‘real life’ the show was often accused of fabricating story lines and scripting scenarios in order to generate more drama and a lot more fuss. Despite the accusations the show grew stronger, eventually turning its characters into minor celebs, who then went on to star in a variety of other reality TV shows.
It also led to the extremely successful spin off series The Hills. But not all its stars were happy, with one in particular unveiling the secrets that producers were so adamant on denying. With the show's self declared 'villain of the piece,' Kristin Cavallari happy to dish the dirt, we as viewers couldn't help but revel in the gossip of this once much-loved guilty pleasure. Here are 15 juicy secrets Kristin Cavallari spilled about Laguna Beach.
15 The Producers Were the Real Stars
14 The Love Triangle Was Made Up
Even though we all had our suspicions there was still a part of us that really wanted to believe the romance. In her book Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making It All Work, Kristin revealed that the producers had forced her then boyfriend and teenage heartthrob Stephen Colletti to spend more time with rival Lauren Conrad, thus creating the famous love triangle.
13 Her Rivalry with Lauren Conrad Was Real
12 It Was Scripted
Again, we all kind of knew this. Revealing that producers would often text cast members with opinions on what they should say in particular scenes, Kristin claimed that the producers would feed them the lines. Backtracking slightly, Kristin then went on to say that "it wasn’t necessarily an exact line as what to say on Laguna Beach. It was more just 'talk about this' kind of thing."
11 It Was Edited
10 She Also Thought She Was a Witch with a "B"
9 She Was Deeply Unhappy
8 Her Relationship with Stephen Was 100% Real
7 Stephen Was Never into Lauren
6 THAT Cabo Trip
5 She Slowly Learned How to Play the Game
Although garnering international fame, Kristin was deeply unhappy when filming the hit TV show, claiming that she had "concealed a lot of inner pain." However, by the time The Hills came around, Kristin had managed to understand what was expected of her.
4 She Is Responsible for "Speidi"
3 She Is Still Friends with Stephen
2 Finding Love
1 It Was Worth it In The End
No matter how traumatic it may have been, Cavallari has no regrets insisting that she now has no qualms about showcasing her teenage years in the spotlight. Proudly stating that she "wouldn't trade her experiences for the world," Kristin claims that, despite the drama, she still had fun filming the iconic reality series. With a loving husband and three beautiful children, Kristin is now author of a number of books and has been heavily involved in her charity work. I wonder what Lauren Conrad is up to...
Sources: people, wikipedia
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