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
Claiming to be 100% real and unscripted, Laguna Beach professed that all story lines were completely true as well as the characters that viewers would find involved in them. However, although not quite as fake as the Laguna Beach spin off The Hills, the California-based hit was still extremely manufactured, with producers most definitely pulling the strings. Maintaining that it was obvious that they wanted her to play a ‘part,’ Kristin stated that she had previously made a decision on who that character was to be. However, admitting that she stayed true to herself, she wasn’t so kind to her onscreen counterparts stating ‘I saw cast members who couldn’t distinguish what was real and what was fake anymore. It was kind of scary to see so I kept them very separate so that I didn’t go crazy’. Ouch.
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.
With regard to her relationship, Kristin stated ‘It certainly provided some juicy conflicts, but it also affected me deep. I felt threatened. On one side, it seemed like the producers were trying to break us up, on the other side, I worried that my relationship with Stephen was becoming less stable’. Heavy words for a 17-year old.
13. Her Rivalry with Lauren Conrad Was Real
Although the show had a huge part to play in the rivalry that existed between the two biggest stars, it was really just Stephen that had the two despising each other. As producers continued to force Stephen and Lauren together, Kristin claimed that she genuinely never actually hated Lauren – it was more the fact that she felt like she was trying to steal her boyfriend that really pissed her off. However, with the rivalry continuing, even going on to appear on the spin off The Hills. It is unlikely that the two will be braiding each other’s hair anytime soon.
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.”
I mean, come to think of it, it was a little strange that a bunch of high schoolers were talking like middle aged adults, wasn’t it?
11. It Was Edited
As well as heavily scripted, Kristin also later revealed that the show was also massively edited, especially with regard to the infamous love triangle. With one episode in particular claiming to show Stephen mouthing the words ‘I love you’ to rival girl Lauren Conrad, Kristin later stated that it was actually her he was professing his love to and just a heavy dose of crafty editing and computer skills that made it appear otherwise.
10. She Also Thought She Was a Witch with a “B”
So it wasn’t just us? Admitting that she also thought she was awful, bitchy, and outlandishly obnoxious, Kristin claims that she now refuses to watch the show. When asked why, she disclosed that the whole thing made her cringe from the love triangles and the constant shade from rival Lauren Conrad. However, no matter how repugnant she once was, Kristin blames the whole thing on her youth professing, “The fact that I didn’t take life too seriously and was a bit of a party animal didn’t often put me in a good light.”
9. She Was Deeply Unhappy
Although admitting that she wasn’t always the nicest person to be around, Kristin apparently had good reason. With her parents going through a divorce and her boyfriend being led astray, it was sometimes difficult for the pent up 17-year old. Admitting that she had “some anger stored up” from her personal life, Kristin claims that the producers would put her in situations where they knew that she would react. Recalling the situation, Kristin states that she “was a fighter back then: When I felt threatened, I acted. So when I felt the producers were trying to breakup my relationship, I ended up becoming exactly what they wanted from the get-go.” No wonder we all hated her.
8. Her Relationship with Stephen Was 100% Real
Yes, the show may have been scripted but her relationship with Stephen was certainly not, with Kristin often gushing about how terribly romantic the high school sweethearts once were. Admitting that, “he was my entire world, and we loved hard and fought hard,” Kristin struggled with the constant push of the producers, who were adamant that Stephen should start an affair with rival Lauren. Later she said that with the “added pressure of being seen by MTV viewers across the country as well as being manipulated by the show’s producers, a set of adults were very suddenly involved in the intricacies of our lives.” A modern day Romeo and Juliet perhaps?
7. Stephen Was Never into Lauren
With the love triangle becoming the number one story, Kristin claimed Stephen was actually never really interested in Lauren Conrad anyway. Stating that producers invented situations to elicit scandal, she recalled that Stephen was pressured into hanging out with Lauren – all in the name of good television. Sadly, she later claimed that she was made to think that all of Stephen’s decisions were made by him alone, including his keen interest in co-star Lauren Conrad. The penny finally dropped when she realized that they had told him to do it all along. Well duh!
6. THAT Cabo Trip
However, it wasn’t all hearts and flowers, with Stephen infamously calling Kristin a “slut” when catching her dancing seductively on top of a bar and kissing what appeared to be a random stranger. Later, referring to the incident, Kristin recalled that the two had actually broken up and that the man in question was a guy she had been seeing at the time. Insisting she now has no regrets, Kristin does sometimes admit that it was a scene that she wished could sometimes be deleted from people’s memories.
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.
Recalling her days on the famous spin-off, Kristin stated that “Laguna Beach was really our lives being manipulated by being put in situations we never would have been in normally. And when I joined The Hills, I looked at it strictly as a job; we filmed three different scenes, three days a week. I had my life on camera and a completely different life off-camera. I knew the character they wanted me to play, and this time I was game. Since I looked at it as a job, it was fun to play up the villain character.”
4. She Is Responsible for “Speidi”
That’s right, according to Kristin it was her and Brody Jenner who introduced Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Now universally known as that couple you love to hate (or just hate), ‘Speidi’ has become the king and queen of the reality TV circuit. When asked about her involvement, Kristin claimed that “she had no idea what it would turn into,” stating, “I love Heidi and Spencer, I think they’re funny. If you don’t take them too seriously and you can just laugh with them, I think it’s great.” Yeah, right…
3. She Is Still Friends with Stephen
The news we have all been waiting for! When asked if she still keeps in touch with her ex and all round Mr. Nice Guy, Stephen Colletti, Kristin very gleefully answered “yes.” To the joy of fans everywhere, Kristin disclosed that she does indeed keep in touch and, in fact, quite regularly. However, don’t start buying your wedding hats just yet as the ex-reality star is happily married to football star Jay Cutler and has three beautiful children. Oh well, we can only dream.
2. Finding Love
Speaking of her husband, Kristin claims that due to the trials and tribulations of her reality TV career it actually led to her meeting the love of her life and long-time husband, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler. Revealing that when she was in the middle of filming super spin off The Hills, Kristin got a phone call from her publicist, who then revealed that the football star had requested that he wanted to take the Laguna Beach babe on a date. The couple now have 3 children: Camden Jack, Jaxon Wyatt, and Saylor James. Awww, young 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…
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