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!”