Where Are They Now?
Maria Fernandez | Tuesday, September 11, 2012
What grade where you when “Laguna Beach” first aired on MTV? I don’t know about you, but I remember perfectly.
I was in eighth grade and would tune in every Monday night at 10 p.m. – against my mom’s wishes – to watch LC, Stephen and Kristin’s love triangle unfold on the shores of the O.C.
If I couldn’t watch a new episode the day it aired, I would make my mom record it. I knew everything about those high-schoolers’ lives. I was hooked.
After three years and three seasons of the reality show, my “Laguna” obsession shifted to the show’s spin-off, “The Hills,” as I followed LC, my favorite, as she moved to L.A. The fashion, the parties, the drama – What more could a girl ask for Mondays after school?
The success of “The Hills” gave way to a third spin-off called “The City,” where MTV cameras moved to record Whitney – LC’s coworker and friend – and her life in the Big Apple.
When both “The Hills” and “The City” ended in 2010, my friends and I watched both finales together. Our Monday nights of Lauren, Kristin and Speidi drama would never be the same.
So, after two years sans-teenage SoCal drama, where are these reality stars now?
Also known as LC, Lauren was the protagonist of “The Hills” and season one of “Laguna Beach.” Her bubbly personality and impeccable style made viewers fall in love with her.
After more than five years of exposing her personal and professional life on TV, LC made her final appearance as a reality star in 2009. Since then, she has become a celebrity and fashion mogul.
Lauren is currently a best-selling author and successful fashion designer. She published a trilogy of novels between 2009 and 2010, and has most recently published a style book. She also has two fashion lines: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s and Paper Crown.
Lauren is due to publish a new series of novels this year.
Kristin was LC’s arch-nemesis. She was blunt, flirty and sassy, and she had a rivalry with Lauren over their shared love interest, Stephen.
After two seasons of “Laguna Beach,” Kristin went on to pursue a career in acting. She began by co-hosting reality TV show “Get This Party Started,” which was cancelled after only two episodes, and later made several guest appearances on shows such as “CSI: NY” and “Veronica Mars.”
From 2009 to 2010, Kristin replaced LC as the protagonist of the last two seasons of “The Hills.” She then went on to participate as a guest judge in “America’s Next Top Model” and as a contestant in “Dancing with the Stars.”
Kristin is currently married to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and gave birth to their son, Camden Jack, in August.
How could anyone not love Stephen? After two seasons starring in “Laguna Beach,” LC’s high-school sweetheart made several appearances in “The Hills” and went on to pursue acting.
Stephen had his big break in 2007 when he was casted to play the role of Chase Adams in the CW’s popular television series “One Tree Hill.” He maintained his recurring role on the show until the series ended in April.
Spencer and Heidi Pratt
One of the most hated couples of reality TV, Spencer and Heidi Pratt – also known as Speidi – entertained “The Hills” viewers with their roller-coaster relationship and Heidi’s plastic-surgery craze.
The fame-hungry couple has been unsuccessful overall in the TV world. They have tried their luck in reality shows, such as “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” and have even faked a break-up in a desperate attempt to capture the media’s attention.
Looks like the original “Hills” couple hasn’t changed a bit.
Whitney, the nice and hard-working girl of “The Hills” and one of Lauren’s best friends, moved to New York to advance her career in fashion.
As we saw in her show, “The City,” Whitney began working as a fashion contributor for People’s Revolution and Diane von Furstenberg in New York before launching her own fashion line, Whitney Eve.
The reality star has also had several cameo roles in television series, such as “Entourage” and “Family Guy,” as well as in Jennifer Lopez’s latest film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,”
Whitney is currently a judge of “Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model” alongside Tyson Beckford, Julien MacDonald and Elle Macpherson.