Are You Ready for Some Harsh “Laguna Beach” Truths?

Can you believe it’s been a full decade since we all bought super low-rise distressed jeans and paired them with flip-flops and a halter top from Abercrombie because that’s the way Kristin Cavallari dressed? I cannot, because it’s makes me feel old. But here we are, and Kristin herself has dropped a serious truth bomb:

She was very unhappy during the series.

“Laguna Beach was really our lives being manipulated,” she told Momtastic. “[We] were put in situations we never would have been in normally.”

“It’s funny because on Laguna Beach, I came off like a person who really had my shit together,” she continued. “But I was really a mess — like most teenagers. I was really unhappy. There’s a saying that you have to learn to love yourself before anyone else can love you, and it’s very true.”

Okay, right. But why did she come back for The Hills, then? (Eh, Kristin? Let’s talk about this.)

“I looked at it strictly as a job,” she explained. “We filmed three different scenes, three days a week. I had my life on-camera and a completely different life off-camera. I knew the character they wanted me to play, and this time I was game. Since I looked at it as a job, it was fun to play up the villain character.”

Lest we forget. But like, the thing is: we know. We knew. We had to know, right? Did any of us think any of it was real? Did we want it to be real? I know I did, which is why I refused to believe Laguna Beach was staged, just like I refused to believe Survivor was staged or America’s Next Top Model was staged. But of course reality TV is staged. If you film someone for hours and hours, you have to edit the best bits together or you’ll be left with nothing at all of interest. Imagine someone was filming us? Right now? They’d be appalled that at 11:06 a.m. I was still sipping the cold coffee I made at 8. They’d be appalled. It’d be appalling.

So they’d edit it to make it look like the coffee had truly hurt my feelings.

But still I say bring on the revelations. I want to know everything about Laguna Beach. I want to know if Stephen Colletti really dated LC or Kristin, and I want to know if he would date me now, today. I want to know if prom was really the clusterfuck it seemed to be, and why I still think about all of this at age 30.

And I want to know if please, for the love of all that is good, can they have a reunion (not that I care or anything)?

Tags: Anne T. Donahue, Kristen Cavallari, onika, reality TV

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