Lauren Conrad is going back in time for The Hills‘ 10th anniversary: In a special for MTV, the reality TV star — who got her start on the network’s Laguna Beach: The Real O.C. — looks back at what went on behind the scenes of the iconic series.
“So often we would say, like, ‘If you knew the real story, you would understand,'” she says in a teaser for the show. “And what I’d like to do is tell that story.”
Below, Conrad tells EW about what kind of story she’ll be telling in the The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now, which airs Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.
The special will feature never-before-seen footage…
Ever wondered what went on behind the cameras? Now you’ll get to see. Conrad says the special will include extended looks at moments from the show. “At least a couple of them are scenes that people will recognize, and then they basically just keep rolling the cameras and they show what happened before or after,” she teases. “It’s a different way to look at the show.”
…like how the girl who didn’t go to Paris finally went to Paris — and didn’t meet the love of her life.
But it wasn’t for a lack of trying: In the episode, Conrad went on a motorcycle ride with a man the producers had been trying to set her up with for the sake of a good romantic storyline. “He was very nice,” Conrad says. “But I didn’t romantically like him.” She laughs remembering the crew attempting to make it work between the ill-fated couple. “[In the special], they show the crew basically trying to get him to kiss me, and me running away,” she explains. “I, like, run away from this poor boy. It’s the most awkward, funny thing.”
The crew will get the spotlight, too.
“Our crew was like family,” Conrad says. “[The Hills producer Sophia Rossi] mentions in one of the scenes where I’m going through a breakup and crying, everybody in the room with me is also crying. It’s this weird thing where they were so close to it but you just never saw them and they were such a big part of the story.”
Yes, Spencer and Heidi will be brought up.
It’s not all fun stories about awkward on-screen kisses. “We address it all,” Conrad says. “This is told through my eyes, so I tried to be very sensitive to the fact that I’m telling my story and they’re not necessarily having the opportunity to tell theirs.”