It’s been widely accepted that MTV’s 2004 sensation “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” wasn’t necessarily the reality show it claimed to be. Now, one star of the show, and its spinoff “The Hills,” is speaking out about just how staged and dishonest the series actually was.
Speaking to Us Weekly, cast member Kristin Cavallari confessed that the show was manipulative to both its fans and its stars. Although "Laguna beach" was not necessarily scripted television, it walked the line according to the 29-year-old star. She revealed that many of the lines uttered on the series were texted to the cast by the producers in an attempt to steer the conversation to more dramatic places.
“We never got an actual script, but they would text us what to say, so that to the people around us, it would just look like we were looking at our phones, and then we’d talk about whatever,” she said.
Cavallari, who was featured on all three seasons of “Laguna Beach” before switching over to “The Hills” during its fifth season, has been one of the more vocal stars when it comes to debunking MTV’s claims that the shows were reality-based. In 2011, she got the ball rolling speaking to Access Hollywood where she confessed that “The Hills” shot three days a week and staged conversations and wardrobe changes to make it look like the cameras were following the cast 24/7.
“It was pushing it as far as it would go without an actual script,” she said on the show. “They give you a schedule and you’d have lunch with Heidi at 3:00 to talk about the party coming up or whatever the situation may be.”
In 2012, The Huffington Post reported that she confessed to “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen that both shows were fake, including some of the fights and relationships. However, she claims she was a naive teen during "Laguna Beach" and when the time came to join "The Hills," she looked at it more as a job than anything else. She felt no real obligation to portray an honest version of herself.
Since her time on the MTV shows, Cavallari has gone on to become a fashion designer and married Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Together they have three children. Sadly, her most recent foray into the public eye was to comment on the tragic death of her brother, Michael Cavallari. The 30-year-old died in Grand County Utah when an apparent car accident forced him to expose himself to the elements in the freezing winter environment. After being reported missing for two weeks, the search was called off in on December 10 after he was found dead.
“My heart is in a million pieces,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram message. “Mikey, I could always count on you to make me laugh. You had such a good heart and will be forever missed. I'm at a loss for words but I know u are in a better place and finally at peace. I love u so much RIP.”