Lauren Conrad is finally returning to reality television — but only for one night.
Next month, Lauren Conrad will be featured in a 10-year anniversary special for MTV’s The Hills in which the reality star-turned-designer will share new stories about her time on the show with viewers.
“So often, we would say, ‘If you knew the real story, like, you would understand.’ And what I’d like to do is tell that story,” Lauren Conrad, now 30, says in a sneak peek for The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now.
According to a report by Hollywood Life on July 27, Lauren Conrad, who is currently married and living in Los Angeles, will be “taking a look at what things are like now, and then we’re going to take a look back at the show and reveal things we’ve never talked about before.”
After being cast as the lead in MTV’s Laguna Beach in 2004, Lauren Conrad won over millions as the kind-hearted high-schooler with big dreams — and a big crush on Stephen Colletti. Two years later, she was awarded her own series, The Hills, which followed her as she traveled to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
During her time on The Hills, which was broadcast from 2006 to 2010, Lauren Conrad was faced with a number of hardships, including an up-and-down romance with Brody Jenner, 32, a strained relationship with her one-time best friend, Heidi Montag, 29, and shocking allegations from Montag’s now-husband, Spencer Pratt, 32. She also continued on with her friendship with her longtime friend Lo Bosworth, 29, and grew close to Whitney Port, 31, and Audrina Patridge, 31.
After leaving The Hills during Season 5, Lauren Conrad was replaced by her former Laguna Beach nemesis Kristin Cavallari, who, along with Brody Jenner, appeared to confirm that the show was scripted during a shocking finale episode. As fans will recall, the final moment of the show featured Cavallari and Jenner parting ways as the camera zoomed out to show that the scene was shot on a soundstage with backdrops and props.
Despite the unexpected conclusion to the hit MTV series, Lauren Conrad has often defended the show against the many allegations of the series being scripted.
At the end of May, Lauren Conrad took to her official website, where she confirmed news of her upcoming special on MTV.
“Ten years ago, The Hills aired on MTV for the first time,” Lauren Conrad wrote to readers on May 31.
In honor of the anniversary, Lauren Conrad did something she hadn’t done in over a decade — she watched the series pilot.
“Even though I know how it all ends, it was a little difficult watching my younger self struggle — I was in way over my head!” she admitted. “It was odd watching all of us just starting out, with no idea what the future held. Looking back, I am grateful for the incredible opportunity we were given to take part in this show.”
“Without all the amazing people we were lucky enough to have working behind-the-scenes (especially the show’s talented creator and Executive Producer, Adam Divello), it would have been just another easily-forgotten reality show. Instead, they made a show that documented—and at times created—my reality during those years in a unique and beautiful way,” she concluded.
For more Lauren Conrad, don’t miss The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now on Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. on MTV. Check out the official promo below.
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