Enter Patridge, Brescia, Port, Jenner, and the Pratts.Adam Di Vello (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.
Whitney Port played a confidant at work; Brody Jenner was a love interest; and Justin Brescia was, well, Justin Bobby.
Fashion industry fixtures Cutrone and Vogue’s Lisa Love starred as Conrad and Port’s bosses.
Montag’s superior was Hollywood nightlife mogul Brent Bolthouse.
The recipient, of course, was Lauren Conrad, then a wide-eyed twentysomething who had recently fled the Laguna Beach, Calif., bubble where she was raised—and prominently featured on MTV’s On May 31, 2006—10 years ago this month—The Hills premiered, attracting millions of viewers each week with its tear-filled cat fights and epic disses (“He’s a sucky person! For those who harbored dreams of working at a glossy magazine, it also offered a rare inside look at an industry that was once closely guarded from the public, years before apps like Instagram and Snapchat came along and democratized everything.
The show revolved around Conrad, the Carrie Bradshaw-esque central character, and her life in the City of Angels as a part-time student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), intern at Teen Vogue and, later, PR firm People’s Revolution.
But being a young and attractive girl about town also meant ample drama, mainly involving a very public falling out with her best friend, Heidi Montag, and now-husband Spencer Pratt, aka Speidi, the resident villains.
Then there was the cast of supporting players, handpicked by the show’s visionary creator, Adam Di Vello.
The Hills was reality TV 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.
In essence, 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.
While some of the cast members previously starred on Laguna Beach, it was up to Di Vello to find other native Angelenos to join Conrad’s inner circle.