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'The Hills,' Then and Now
Ten years ago Tuesday, The Hills made its debut on MTV. Starring Laguna Beach alum Lauren Conrad and featuring a supporting cast of Whitney Port, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, and Lo Bosworth, among others, the show ran for four years and became one of the network's most successful reality shows. In honor of The Hills' 10th anniversary, see the stars, then and now.
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After stepping back from Laguna Beach in 2005, Lauren Conrad got her own spin-off show in The Hills. The series followed the former Laguna Beach High School student as she made her way to Los Angeles to chase her fashion dreams. She left The Hills in the show's fifth season, and kicked off a successful business career in the lifestyle space soon after. Conrad published her first book in 2009 with the novel L.A. Candy, going on to release additional works of fiction and best-selling guides like Lauren Conrad Style, Lauren Conrad Beauty, and Lauren Conrad Celebrate. The reality alum expanded her empire with fashion lines, blogs, and retail collections, and married musician William Tell in 2014.
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Audrina Patridge joined The Hills for the length of its run, becoming a close personal friend to Conrad and adding drama to the show thanks to her relationships with the likes of Justin Bobby and Ryan Cabrera. After the final episode aired in 2010, Patridge continued her reality TV career with a stint on Dancing with the Stars. She competed on the show's 11th season, placing seventh with partner Tony Dovolani. She went on to lead the short-lived reality show Audrina in 2011, and served as a host for NBC's travel series 1st Look from 2014 to 2015. Patridge, who also tried her hand at an acting career with appearances in Sorority Row, Dream Maker, and Scary Movie 5, is expecting her first child with her BMX rider fiancé Corey Bohan.
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Whitney Port was introduced to The Hills as one of Conrad's fellow interns at Teen Vogue in the show's first season. She stuck around for two years before picking up her own spin-off series in The City. Airing from 2008 to 2010, the series followed Port as she moved to New York City, started a job with People's Revolution, and worked on her own fashion line, Whitney Eve. In recent years, Port served as a judge and host on shows like Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend and Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model, cameoed in What to Expect When You're Expecting, and married former The City associate producer Tim Rosenman in 2015.
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Conrad's best friend from Laguna Beach High School, Lo Bosworth appeared on The Hills for five seasons after graduating from UCLA. Soon after the show's wrap, Bosworth started her lifestyle website The Lo Down, also releasing a book by the same in 2011. In recent years, Bosworth moved to New York City, graduated from the International Culinary Center, and made appearances as herself on shows like Chelsea Lately and Unique Sweets.
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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
Known collectively as "Speidi," Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt became The Hills' most-hated couple after Pratt joined the show in its second season. Conrad's former best friend and Brody Jenner's villainous bro started dating in 2007, going on to tie the knot in a 2009 ceremony that was featured in an episode of The Hills. While Montag pursued both singing and acting careers, both she and Pratt are still best known for reality TV, thanks to appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, and Marriage Boot Camp.
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Better known as "Justin Bobby," Justin Brescia was Patridge's on-again, off-again boyfriend for five season of The Hills. The musician stayed away from reality TV after the show's final season in 2010, choosing instead to focus on music with the band BobbyRock and continuing his career in hairstyling. Brescia now markets his own hairstyling tools and products and has hyped plans to open his own salon.
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One of the most successful alums of The Hills, Emily Weiss only spent three episodes on the series in 2007. She was featured in the second season as a New York-based intern for Teen Vogue, who threatens to upstage Conrad and Port at the magazine. She worked for W and Vogue after her stint on the show, going on to found the lifestyle blog Into The Gloss in 2010. She now also serves as founder and CEO of the high-end beauty company Glossier.
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Spencer Pratt's sister Stephanie Pratt was introduced in the third season of The Hills. A friend to the women, Stephanie often found herself caught in the middle thanks to Spencer and Heidi's fights with one another and the other stars. After the show, she made appearances in Made in Chelsea and Celebrity Big Brother, and went on to release a tell-all book Made in Reality in 2016 and develop her own jewelry collection.
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Kristin Cavallari followed Conrad from Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County to The Hills, joining the latter show for two seasons. Adding to her résumé with acting roles in Veronica Mars, CSI: NY, and The Middle, Cavallari competed on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2011 after The Hills' wrap. Cavallari continued her small-screen work with hosting and cameo appearances, and released a book, Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it all Work, in 2016. She married NFL player Jay Cutler in 2013, and is the mother to three children with the athlete.
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The same year that he started appearing on The Hills as a friend and love interest to Conrad and Cavallari, Brody Jenner also made his debut on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The son of Caitlyn Jenner, Brody continued to pop up on KUWTK for years after The Hills aired its final episode. Starring alongside his Kardashian step-sisters and half-sisters, he also dropped in on I Am Cait for one 2015 episode and led the short-lived talk show Sex with Brody the same year. He is now engaged to lifestyle blogger Kaitlynn Carter.
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After appearing in a handful of episodes of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Jen Bunney made her way to The Hills for a few seasons. A friend of Conrad's, Bunney largely abandoned her TV career after The Hills. She graduated from USC in the late 2000s, going on to earn masters degrees in public health and business fields, and start coursework for a doctorate. She married Taylor Dunphy in 2014, and now works and studies in the public health space.
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Partially responsible Lisa Love's famed quote of "Lauren didn't go to Paris," Jason Wahler played Conrad's on-again, off-again boyfriend for three seasons of The Hills. He came to the show after appearing on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and returned to reality television in 2010 for a stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. He's since addressed his struggles with addiction, recently telling Entertainment Tonight that he's been sober since 2010. He married Ashley Slack in 2013 and has been focusing his efforts on helping others recover from addiction.