When asked why she continues to negotiate with an industry as fickle as Hollywood, Cavallari reminds me that she’s been working since she was 14 years old. “I was a hostess when MTV came,” she says, bundled up in a cashmere throw on an oversize couch in a living room littered with toys and the clutter of two little boys. “We filmed Thursday to Sunday, which is typically when I would host, so I had to quit my job essentially to do the show—and we got paid. So, yeah, I looked at it as a job.” It’s a pretty cynical outlook for a teenager who, along with about a dozen of her surf-loving, beach-highlighted schoolmates, was cast in the MTV series that would all but define aspirational youth for a generation. But, according to Cavallari, the premise of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County was never properly explained to its subjects. “No one knew what that show was going to become, obviously,” she says. “I had envisioned it being, like, do you remember True Life on MTV? I thought it was going to be like that. None of us knew that it was going to be turned into a soap opera. And, so, filming the first season, we were sort of just going along with it, listening to producers, doing what they asked, not realizing—me especially—that we were going to be edited the way we were.” The age-old plot that catapulted its two female leads, Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad, into enduring fame was also news to the ensemble’s feisty underdog. “I also didn’t realize the love triangle was going on,” she says while Cutler and Camden roughhouse with a toy dustbuster on the carpet beneath her feet. “Steven [Colletti] was my real boyfriend, so that was really difficult for me to watch. Even though a lot of it was manipulated and for the show, it’s still hard to see your boyfriend going and hanging out with a girl that he probably normally wouldn’t. It was tough for me.” Of the media’s lasting fascination with their feud: “You were either the Lauren or you were the Kristin.” (http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a28695/at-home-with-kristin-cavallari/)
Kristin Cavallari has always been such an interesting person to me for a few different reasons. Well first off, she is still relevant. I don’t know what the fuck she does now other than interviews but she is relevant. Homegirl is out there hustling still and good for her. I want her to write a complete tell all about Laguna Beach since she bashes it every chance that she gets, but hey, apparently she doesn’t need to do that when she has platforms like Elle magazine.
Listen, everyone is aware that the show you were on as a teenager was moderately scripted and edited to look a certain way. She always says how she wasn’t that big of a bitch and so on. She played the part well which was nice though. I am also continued that she said she was only 14 when the show started? So at the moment she is 28, the show started in 2004, so she was most likely 16 when she was cast for the show. I don’t know if she is trying to mess with our heads, but you aren’t 24 Kristin.
I genuinely don’t know why she needs to bash the show that made her famous though. I know a lot of people do it but Kristin you are a reality television star who got lucky by marrying a pro athlete. People don’t know you as a fashion designer or a blogger, they know as the bad bitch from Laguna Beach.