Exclusive interview: 'Laguna Beach' star Kristin Cavallari on joining 'The Hills'

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari was in talks to replace Lauren Conrad on The Hills. Now, EW can exclusively confirm that Cavallari will indeed be starring in MTV’s reality series. The 22-year old’s first appearance will be the May 31st season finale (she catches the bouquet at Heidi and Spencer’s wedding, natch) and she’ll appear in 10 episodes this fall. Cavallari, now a budding actress, is fully prepared to stir things up. “It’s a TV show,” she explains. “I’m not going into it like, ‘I’m going to make great friendships with these people.’ It’s work! And drama sells. I think that’s why they’re bringing me in, because I know what works.” Cavallari had plenty more to reveal in her exclusive interview with EW.

On why she’s coming back to reality TV:
“The goal for me is to get my fans excited about me again. When I first started out, I had a celebrity name but I didn’t have the acting skills I have now. If I have some buzz with my name again, I feel like it will only help.”

On rumors that producers are plotting a romance between her and Justin Bobby (which The Hills producers deny):
“I have no idea! [laughs] I don’t think MTV would be like, ‘Oh you’re dating him now. This is your boyfriend.’ But they might try and set up situations. I’m totally cool with that. Again, it’s a TV show and they need to make it entertaining.”

On how her version of The Hills will differ from Lauren’s:
“I’m a completely different person than Lauren. I have a lot more energy. I’m more outgoing. I’m a little more spontaneous. And she has a boyfriend so she’s not dating on the show. I’m very open to dating and finding a guy.”

On introducing Heidi and Spencer:
“It’s so funny. I guess it was 4 years ago. I was dating Brody [Jenner] and Spencer was Brody’s best friend. I had known Heidi when she was friends with Lauren when we were still filming Laguna Beach. Heidi was like, ‘Hook me up with someone. I wanna meet a guy.’ And Brody and I were kinda like, ‘Well, maybe Spencer?’ We’ll see what happens.’ So we all went on a double date and they just hit it off right away and now they’re married.”

For more from Cavallari, including her reunion with Laguna frenemy Lauren and her relationship with the rest of the cast, and to hear how producers plan to “put a new spin” on The Hills next fall, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly hitting stands this Friday.

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  • Dave

    So we can blame her for the Spencer/Heidi coupling? I get the torches; someone else find the pitchforks and the windmill.

  • The N

    Well, at least those who had any illusions this show was anything near reality are now clear The Hills is a sitcom with lame plots and bad actors…And does Kristin Cavallari really have fans?? Really??

  • CJ

    How lame. I read an article where she totally dissed the show and said she would never go on again. And now she’s back??!! To try and become an “actress”? How about actually working your way up and honing your craft? No – just back to reality. Ugghhh!

  • Tiffany

    That doesn’t even make any sense. Heidi wasn’t on Laguna Beach. Lauren didn’t even meet Heidi until the first day of college. What the heck???

    • Kyle

      Heidi was on the last episode or two of Laguna Beach season 2. She hung out with Lauren. If you search for Laguna Beach on YouTube there are clips of it.

    • KB

      Yes. Lauren met Heidi on her first day of college when she was still filming LB. Lauren moved back after her first semester in San Fran and Heidi moved back to LB with her. Heidi is in the last few episodes of Season 2, them main one being when they put on the fashion show for the landslide victims. Hope this clears things up.

  • Jessica

    Actually Heidi was on one episode of Laguna that I remember. The night of the Fashion Show that Lauren put on when Jason kissed Jessica and Lauren got upset. Heidi was visiting from college where they met. She and Kristin walked the catwalk together. I do have to say, I LOVED Laguna Beach, but can’t stand watching the Hills. Heidi and Spencer make me want to barf.

    • KB

      Yes, but Heidi was not visiting, she moved back with LC after they both dropped out of school in San Fran after their first semester.

  • Mike

    Well, it will not be the same, but at least she is not presenting an illusion that “The Hills” is reality. As she says, it is a TV show. Also, on the second season on “Laguna Beach” Lauren was graduated but dating Jason who was in high school.

  • hut

    Good news. I like her.
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  • Marnie

    ditched this show 2 seasons ago and im not tuning in to watch laurens sloppyseconds

  • Tina

    Finally make the hills more EXCITING!

  • Becca

    totally cannot believe this.
    Never was a massive fan of Kristin in LB.

  • BG

    I love Kristin – she totally made the Laguna series! Lauren was so boring. It was shocking that they made her the star of the Laguna spin-off, but I’d also heard Kristin turned it down first. The Hills is a hit, but it was probably because someone gave Lauren a script to go by. She was much better on it than I expected and I’m happy for her success. But for me, the connection between real life friends & enemies on Laguna made it better than The Hills, where they set everything up – even Audrina, who was brought in to play the neighbor. I would’ve been happy with Lo, too – she was great on Laguna, as well and should’ve been brought in from the beginning. And for the record, Heidi was on one episode of Laguna – 2nd season, when Kristin was the narrator and Lauren dropped out of college (where she met Heidi, in San Fran) and moved back in with her folks in Laguna (that’s when she started dating Jason). I will definitely be watching The Hills!

  • cw

    Who cares? This isn’t reality TV. It’s stupid. THe only time I like this show is when they make complete fun of it on “The Soup”

  • DG

    This show is trash. The economy is in shambles and all these girls can talk about is “finding a guy” and “who is dating who”

  • J

    I will so not be watching. The show will never be the same without Lauren. I never liked Kristin on Laguna either. Too bad MTV; guess I will just stick with Whitney on The City.

  • Paul

    Budding actress? she was in a couple episodes of something like Veronica Mars…she has not done much since she left and only reason she’s coming back is beacause she needs money and to try and become as popular as Lauren has.

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