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The Hills Cast Spills the Secrets You've Always Wanted to Know.

The Hills was reality television at its peak, before Keeping Up with the Kardashians lured audiences with its non-traditional family values and Jersey Shore hit below the belt with alcohol-fueled shenanigans. It was a classic coming-of-age story, evidenced by the lyrics of the infectious Natasha Bedingfield song “Unwritten” that memorably played during the opening credits. In honor of the show’s 10th anniversary, we reached out to the entire Hills cast, as well as some of the crew, for a nostalgic look back.

They talk assembling the perfect cast, the relationships, the jobs, the nightlife, iconic quotes, the glares and stares, when the show ended, life after The Hills and the legacy. 

ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT CAST

While some of the cast members previously starred on Laguna Beach, it was up to DiVello to find other native Angelenos to join Conrad’s inner circle. Enter Patridge, Brescia, Port, Jenner, and the Pratts.

Adam DeVillo (Creator): I first met Lauren when we were casting for Laguna Beach. I was walking through the parking lot of her high school, and she and Lo were screaming because they had set off the car alarm. It’s rare for a high school student to be that expressive with their emotions. She looked like the ultimate California girl.

Lauren Conrad: We were making a scene! I think we were wearing matching Juicy velour tracksuits.

Lo Bosworth: We were actually ditching class and trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. Safe to say we were noticed immediately.

Adam DeVillo: After two seasons of Laguna Beach, Lauren told me she was going to fashion school in Los Angeles. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to follow her on the next stage of her journey. I wanted to make a reality TV Melrose Place, where characters deal with work and relationships in a new city. It was meant to be very aspirational for young girls who dream of working in fashion.

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 money. So when Adam came to me and said, “Do you want to do this show?” I was like, “Yep!”

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The best ~professional artist~ advice I ever got was to stop trying to be a professional artist and just focus on being the best artist that I could be.

First time I got this advice was in Lou Police’s class at LCAD. When I was in school my teachers generally knew me for being a talented kid with a ton of potential, but who never ever got their work done. It was the worst in my favorite classes, like Lou’s. I loved his classes so much and held so much respect for the guy that I tried my fucking hardest to come up with the best concepts and sketches, but my brain problems prevented me from actually following through with the work. Every week he would sit with me and work on my sketches with me, but after the first couple classes with him he started asking me about what I wanted to do after school.

I went to LCAD with the intent of studying to be an illustrator, concept artist, or visual development artist. I took 2 character design classes with Lou before taking his background painting class, where I started excelling out of nowhere (comparatively, at least). I remember him asking, “do you like doing this?” because I know he was saying, “you are actually really suited for this and I wonder if you would be interested in doing this professionally.”

That was when we had the conversation where I admitted how fucking lost I was. My impetus for studying art was my high school dream of concepting for Pixar or the like, and of course the first thing they told us at LCAD was basically to give up that dream because so few artists actually have that job. Illustration wasn’t really an option for me anymore because books were becoming increasingly photography/design-illustrated, and all the YA-fantasy at the time was post-Twilight. I was doing my thing in school because frankly I didn’t know what else to do, and by then I was hoping to maybe get a job as like… maybe a production artist or background designer or SOMETHING. But I wasn’t feeling it.

I was honest with him: the reason I kept taking his classes wasn’t because they were relevant to my professional goals anymore, it was because I highly valued what he was teaching. I was honestly pretty hesitant when I admitted I was basically taking his classes for my own interest and not really applying them to any sort of portfolio. So when he validated me by telling me that I was actually being pretty smart, that was a big deal to me.

He said honestly, like… the industry is always changing. (I would add that so are your goals; so many artists change their interests over the course of their life.) He pointed out that it doesn’t make as much sense to only develop your skills as, say, a character designer. It may not even benefit you AS a character designer. It makes much more sense to treat yourself as just An Artist, and study naturally, as in improve on the things that excite you. (For me, that was Lou’s artistic process.) You will be more well-rounded that way, better motivated, HAPPIER, and better suited for a wider range of artistic application.

That sort of changed my life? I had already thought so, but having it validated by- imo- a truly great artist, kind of convinced me I was right to stand by that principle. It laid the foundation for my survival post-graduation, when I started drawing furry art/pornography. WHICH, being a Real Deal Interned Graduate, I would have had a much harder time allowing myself to do, because it’s BAD ART and marks you a NON-PROFESSIONAL.

I wasn’t even doing all of it for money. The majority of my initial work was free requests for fun. And now I’m making a cute little decent income off of it, with possible prospects of making a regular decent income and maybe eventually like, a living income? But that’s not even what blows me away about it, like, I’m drawing for fun, AND myself, AND I am actively studying and improving as much as I can while doing it. I’m enjoying it. I’m becoming the best artist I can be in whatever type of art I happen to enjoy doing at the moment.

It gets even better: I’m literally learning about myself and my career goals more efficiently than I ever did going to lectures in school. I am in a position where I can admit to myself that, SHOCK, I REALLY do not want to work for a major animation studio. I could just as easily have set out on that path, of course, maybe gotten a job at a small studio somewhere and dragged myself painstakingly up that ladder, but I’m realizing now that even if I finally made my way to that Dream Position, I would hate it. That workplace and workload is not for me. It would be a disservice to myself and to whatever team I worked for. I am so glad to have realized that before jumping into it.

I’ve learned that I really don’t feel ashamed for the work I’m doing. To be honest, this is what I’ve wanted to draw since I was like 7: animals, monsters, anthros, Pokémon; and since I was like 14, sexy stuff. IT’S FUN. I’m improving. I hope to keep improving indefinitely. I’m proud of stuff that I draw. And to think that I could just as easily be the person who harbors self-loathing for being a huge furry and pretends to myself that I’m the right person to be working in the illustration or animation industries, at least right now… God I made the Right Choice.

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Kris Wu Yi Fan for YOHO!Trends magazine December 2015

Since young you have been to different countries and cities to learn and grow, as for these places you have lived in, how do you think the trends of youths are different?
There are different trends and cultures in each country, so the youths in different countries have different ways of acknowledging and understanding trends. Fashion picked up in China a little later, but currently there are very amazing trends that have appeared and YOHO! has strongly supported these people who shape our culture. The trends in Canada and Korea are also vastly different, Canada is more Hiphop, the sense of trends are stronger, and for Korea the trends place colour and design of clothes as utmost importance. Trends are a part of fashion and a way of expressing oneself, so one can follow fashion trends but only when they understand themselves, then only are they able to become a stylish person.

Becoming Yoho!’s spokesperson has garnered a strong response, working with Yoho! this time, what is your most memorable feeling?
YOHO! is currently very experienced in the Chinese fashion industry, and has created a very good platform for budding (designers) that want to develop in the fashion industry. Currently more and more people recognise (the importance of) fashion trends, and in this aspect YOHO!’s contributions are worth toasting about. As for working with YOHO! I will not only merely be their spokesperson, later on we will have even more surprises for everyone.

When did you start liking fashion trends? Do your preferred styles change with time?
When I was in high school I gradually started getting to know and take a liking to trends. The culture overseas is richer and usually I would be kept up to date with news of trends, so I was influenced, and naturally came to like it. My own preference of style will follow what my heart feels and changes as such.

If you could publish your own special column in YOHO!, what would readers be able to see in this section?
If I had my own special column I would share some of my opinions with regards to trends along with some insights.

Which label do you own the most number of items from? Roughly how many items do you own from the aforementioned label?
The items I collect the most are hats and sports shoes, for hats I have more from Supreme, as for sports shoes because I’m the spokesperson for Adidas so there are many new models which I am able to get first. The number of items I have is really a lot, I have a room specially for keeping these, I haven’t had the time to properly tally up the specific number of items.

For young people who have just started keeping up with trends, if they have a limited budget to spend on one item which is the most worth it, what kind of item would you recommend that they purchase and why?
Young people these days are fond of goods which are value for money. Items wise, as long as it’s according to their needs, it’s good. I usually prefer sports shoes because they are able to match many styles and types of clothes. For example, Adidas Originals ZX Flux shoes, (Adidas) Superstar shoes, these are the current very popular items, and are suitable choices to be matched with jeans or casual pants. I’ve also noticed that these are sold on our YOHO!Buy online site.

If you were to create your own label in the future, how would you find balance between your career as an actor and managing your own brand?
To create my own label would be to fulfil a dream of mine, I would oversee the design of the clothes and material choosing process, because I don’t wish to create clothes that are not of quality. Actually fashion is already part of my job, I will match both (acting and managing my personal label) and bring my sense of style into my future creations, passing it on to even more people.

NIGO and you are YOHO!’s creative director and YOHO!’s spokesperson respectively, in the future will there be a possibility of you guys working together? Will you make special arrangements to publish your own book on trends? 
(NIGO is the creator of BAPE A Bathing Ape. He was appointed as new creative director of YOHO! in September 2015.)
I really, really respect and idolise NIGO, I hope that we can work together soon. Currently everything is in discussion and to be kept confidential, so in the future it’ll be certain. As for publishing a book I still haven’t thought to that extent, and currently I don’t have that much energy to do so too. But when the time is right, I feel that there is a high possibility that I would release a book about myself and fashion trends.

Finally are there any suggestions or advice you can give to our young, trendy readers?
Buy things that you like that are within your own means. Don’t just blindly follow brand names and prices, finding a style that suits you is most important.

translation: @wu_yi_fan

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Nope, you’re not seeing a ghost. I’m really alive after all. You’ll have to bear with me as I post this on all three of my blogs in order to save time.

I must apologize for not being around for, like, months. No, you know what? I don’t apologize. We should never say I’m sorry for those times when we need to take care of ourselves and focus on life. Sometimes we have to take breaks from some things like Tumblr and blogging in general so that we can pay more attention to areas that need us in life. So I won’t apologize. I will, however, say loudly and proudly that I HAVE MISSED ALL OF YOU SO MUCH! How have you been? Are you all well?

Life has been a roller coaster. The biggest news is I got a brand new computer (most generously purchased and built part by part by my brother who recognized my need for something more dependable). I’m not very tech savvy so I’m still trying to transfer files and replace software. The biggest wall I’ve hit is no longer having Dragon NaturallySpeaking. My software is totally missing - probably lost when my house flooded. I use that to write my books and fanfiction because typing with a pen in my mouth can be slow and tiresome. I’m a quadriplegic if you’re saying what the hell right now. I do everything with my mouth. Dictation software is kind of important but I can make due with typing the old way until I get money to buy new software. Also my iPhone can be voice activated. I’ll just do a lot of writing on my phone for right now.

Most of this month I had house guests. There wasn’t much work or writing or art going on because I crammed nine sleeping bodies into my 900 sq. ft. apartment. We had a huge party for the Fourth of July and finally had the best fireworks of any house in my neighborhood. People we didn’t even know started coming over and asked if they could join us. Next year we are thinking of going to Gettysburg for the Fourth (we are students of the Civil War and paranormal researchers too).

My books have been going well. That was a big reason why I took a break from blogging. I’m trying to finish the second novel in my Civil War trilogy. On top of that, I’m in the planning stages of a paranormal nonfiction book about the Civil War ghosts I’ve encountered in my life, and another nonfiction book about being a disabled Pagan in the Deep South. The novels I publish on my own but I’m probably going to approach Llewellyn about publishing my paranormal books. Some of my friends have published with them. We’ll see. I’m still investigating whether traditional publishers are even relevant anymore. It would be nice to have someone else handle the nitty gritty of putting a book out there though. I detest cover designing and formatting manuscripts. Oh and I picked up two more freelance editing jobs. Yay for some new income!

Art has been going well too. I’m getting back in my groove and my artist friends think I’ve surpassed my highest skill level that I had when I was younger. I’m working on building up stock for the Etsy shop that I dream of opening soon. I plan on selling fandom art, Pagan art, greeting cards, bookmarks, and original paintings of anything that strikes my fancy. Hopefully I can figure out where to do prints too. That way I can sell art for cheaper if people don’t want to pay for the original work. Artists do that a lot. I’m also hoping that I can draw attention to other artists with disabilities because there are a lot of us out there.

I haven’t been terribly well of late. I had a photosensitive rash that is only just now going away. Photosensitivity is when a person is literally allergic to the sun. I’m those children from the Nicole Kidman movie The Others. The majority of my life is lived either indoors or at night. Anyway, my point is the illness brought on by photosensitivity made me MISS MEETING MISHA COLLINS AT THE GISHBUS here in Atlanta last week. All my Misha Collins friends were there and they said it was better that I didn’t go because there was no place for me to hide from the sun. I would have met Misha, sure, but I would have turned purple, gotten blisters, a fever, and ended up in the hospital. I don’t think Misha would want me to go to the hospital or get sick on his account. My friend Dmitri came over the next day and told me everything about it. He didn’t want me to feel left out. The value of a true friend is worth its weight in gold. Alas, I never got to meet Misha Collins but I’ll get to see him at the Supernatural convention in Atlanta this October. I’m going to cosplay Rowena (not totally accurately though because I’m in a wheelchair). My mom is going to cosplay Mary Winchester in the 1970s. My brother will cosplay Dean Winchester. And my Pop Vinyls of Sam, Dean, and Castiel are going to ride on my wheelchair’s armrests the whole time.

Oh! I’m going to do art for SPN people too. I’m thinking of doing one big piece with the main characters and my own original character in a wheelchair. I’d really like Jensen, Jared, Misha, Ruthie, etc., to see my art and plant the seeds about rooting for more disabled actors and characters in the media. They don’t make those decisions but they know the people who do. I’m passionate about diversity in the media and entertainment. We’ll see how it goes. I might still decide to do individual art.

As for my Pagan path, I’ve been working on spells and rituals for people who ask me to help. Mostly protection and fertility stuff but I did have to help someone with a stalker while she worked with police too. I avoid doing love spells. They’re just not an interest of mine but I’m not opposed to creating a spell for someone to welcome love into their life. I just don’t like doing love spells meant to manipulate another person. My family Grimoire is growing but writing everything down that I was taught orally is making me miss my grandmother. She died a year ago this week. She taught me to be a witch without ever using witchy words like everybody seems to do now. To her, giving these ways a specific term separated them from everyday life. It was truly woven into everyday activity that it made no sense to give it a name. She learned that from her elders and so on. I suspect that attitude came from our Celtic ancestors. Today what I do looks like witchcraft to observers so I tend to use those words like Pagan and Witch for the sake of those who don’t quite grasp it but those were not words I grew up with and neither did the other women in my family.

I’m going off on a tangent. Reel it in, Jessica.

In conclusion:

- I should be around more often now.
- YES, I AM WRITING NEW SUPERNATURAL FANFICS.
- I haven’t been well and I didn’t get to meet Misha.
- I’m writing soooo many books.
- Yep, still a witch.
- Technology makes me want to scream.
- Art is life.
- I love you, sweet peaches.
- Sorry this post was too long.