The Hills, Lauren Conrad


The rest? No longer unwritten!

If you knew the real story, you would understand. And what I would like to do is tell that story," Lauren Conrad said at the start of The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now special MTV aired in honor of the iconic series' 10th anniversary on Tuesday night. And tell that story our heroine did, revealing never-before-seen footage and secrets behind the show.

Here were the 21 tidbits Lauren revealed that delighted and shocked us during the one-hour special, that was WAY too short for our Hills-loving hearts...

The Hills, Lauren Conrad


1. While Lauren was mostly cool with going along with what the producers wanted, she did admit to director Jonathan Sands, "There was a couple of times where they did some editing where I was like, come on guys!"

2. Though it was once reported that a producer locked Lauren in a bathroom, with former talent producer Sophia Rossi saying, "If I locked her a in basement I am the worst human ever," Lauren eased her friend/producer's fears. "You brought me wine in a Dixie cup!"

3. Lauren revealed she met former BFF-turned-frenemy Heidi Montag in textiles class in college. "It was rough, I didn't make a lot of friends," Lauren admitted of her time at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. "Heidi walked up…and said ‘Want to be friends'? She was the friendliest person I'd ever met."

4. Her first impressions of Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port? "Audrina was our very pretty neighbor. I think she was the first friend I made in LA," Lauren said, while she met Whitney during her internship interview at Teen Vogue, saying she was "stunning and well put-together, and I was like, I'd five the job to her. She wins!"

5. Bless her heart, Lauren really was worried she wouldn't get the internship at Teen Vogue, not realizing it was all set up for her. "She really thought she worked at Teen Vogue," Rossi said with a laugh, while Lauren added, "I really did! I never assumed anything was mine, especially in that situation."

6. While Lauren hinted that some of her co-stars loved being on-camera, she was never too fond of it. "I never loved being on camera. A lot of people want to be on camera," she explained. "The show isn't something I like to relive. I don't go back and watch the show. For me, it doesn't always bring back the best of memories."

7. Some people would dread thinking of their parents watch their love life play out on a reality TV show, Lauren and her parents, Jim and Kathy, were totally cool with it. Kathy said, "It was cool. She handled herself beautifully, what's not to like? There were very few things that happened on the show that we didn't know about!

Jim added, "We had to know it all. We have a pretty open relationship with Lauren anyway, we're not judgmental. We didn't want her to be afraid to tell us anything, really."

Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag

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8. "We are the only people in America who have jellyfish," Heidi bragged at her and Spencer Pratt' apartment-warming party. 

9. In attendance at said party? Kim Kardashian! In a deleted scene, she's seen talking to former step-brother Brody Jenner, as well as Heidi, about heading to an awards show soon. The glam life!

10. When Lauren felt uncomfortable filming, she let the crew know it, and it seen in one scene slamming the door and telling the cameraman, "Don't bring the cameras into my room, I'm changing," after a heated argument with Heidi. 

11. Still, Lauren saw herself almost as a producer. "I took it very seriously," she said of her role on the show, going on to say she felt an "obligation to share everything she was going through and that was hard because I think that if you want to give someone the truth, you have to give them the whole truth."

Lauren Conrad, William Tell

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12. The reason for her falling out with Audrina when they were living in a house together? "I realized she had installed a lock," Lauren revealed. "That's what started our big fight. And then we just weren't getting along when we were living together."

13. Lauren admitted she felt "set up" by the show during the big showdown with Heidi and Spencer after he spread a rumor that she had a sex tape. "MTV should care what Spencer did to me!" Lauren yells in a never-before-seen scene from the infamous confrontation. "It's not okay that they let him up here! It's not f—king funny when you guys do that."

14. The real reason the crew loved Les Deux, their go-to nightclub? "There were so many rooms! We could disappear really quickly," Lauren revealed.

15. Lauren's husband William Tell has "never seen the show," Lauren revealed. Well, except for one scene. "We were at a hotel once and he was flipping channels and he was like, 'Oh, it's you!' Of all scenes for him to pick, it was like, us in a club, and I flip around, and I'm like, 'I'm at the Roosevelt pool every Saturday!' William was like, 'Nope!' and changed the channel. 'I don't want to know that you!'"

Brody Jenner, Lauren Conrad

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16. As for her relationship with Brody, Lauren finally set the record straight: "I definitely had a crush on Brody. But the funny thing was we had zero chemistry. He was my friend, I enjoyed spending time with him, but it just felt forced." Still, the show played it up, making it more than it was, which Lauren went along with because she felt the pressure to find a boyfriend who would appear in scenes.

17. A hilarious scene showed Lauren saying how awkward she felt after a kissing scene with Brody, saying, "Can we please be done?! This is the most awkward thing ever!"

18. And Lauren admitted she knew when guys were set up for her by the show. "I'm pretty sure you guys were picking guys out and sending them over because they would come over and I knew they had already signed a release because they were mic'd!" Including the motorcycle dude in Paris, who she refused to kiss. "So I ran!" she said of the scene, which the special showed a continuation of. "She ran like a thief!" the unkissed Frenchman exclaims in it. 

19. Of being in front of the cameras for the anniversary special, William admitted, "I hated it!" Rossi said she doesn't think he would've ever lasted filming. "Our timing was good," William, a USC law student, agreed.

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20. Lauren also opened up about her season five exit from the series, saying it took her "a really long time" to make the decision. "It wasn't like one day I woke up and was like, ‘I'm out!' I took a really long time to decide when I was going to leave the show," she explained. "It was hard on my relationships, it was hard on me, so that was when I knew it was time to go, when my heart wasn't in it and I wasn't living the kind of life that made me happy." Still, "Knowing what I know now, looking back, I would absolutely do it again."

21. Finally, the biggest lesson Lauren learned from her time in front of reality TV cameras was "I was a little harsh with people sometimes, because I like to be told the truth and it was something that I took away, was not everyone wants to hear it!"

What did you think of The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now special? Any secrets really shock you? Sound off in the comments!

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