Lauren Le Vine Photo: If you're anything like me, between the years of and , a little MTV show called The Hills had you absolutely transfixed. The drama-plagued cast of oh-so-shiny twentysomethings pretending to work but really just partying and dating in Los Angeles was like a glittery train wreck from which you couldn't look away.
At the time, the idea of a regular person becoming a national, headline-making celebrity from appearing on a reality show was still rather novel, and The Hills stars were part of the first wave to truly capitalize on this decidedly 21st-century form of fame. In case you weren't a religious viewer of The Hills, all you need to know is that Montag was first introduced as best friend to the show's protagonist, Lauren Conrad.
When Montag started dating her eventual husband Spencer Pratt, she and Conrad became enemies. Not only did Pratt and Conrad not get along, their animosity toward one another was extremely open and hostile. Spencer slowly drove a massive wedge between Conrad and Montag, until he finally resorted to a very public, very malicious measure to put the nail in the coffin of their friendship. Spencer Pratt has never actually admitted to leaking the story that Lauren Conrad allegedly recorded a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend, Jason Wahler, until an interview with Complex that was released today.
Seriously, it has that many revelations from the couple, who alternate so frequently between delusions of grandeur and moments of regret that your emotions also ping-pong back and forth between thinking they got exactly what they deserved and feeling almost sympathetic. In addition to his admission about the sex tape story, Pratt also claims that once upon a time, Kris Jenner asked him to manage Kim Kardashian's career.
Pratt also claims that back in Kardashian's almost-forgotten closet-organizing days , she used to clean Heidi's closets. He threw in the juicy detail that, "Kim almost came out with a song.
The Pratts know what they were and what they've become. Heidi went from being Lauren Conrad's bubbly best friend to the now almost-silent wife of Spencer Pratt, one of the most hated reality characters in TV history. Pratt uses this to his advantage. Today, the couple acts as reality show "mercenaries" who are called in to act as the villains on various series. They've also found success on Snapchat, where most of the users are between the ages of 13 and 17 and have therefore never heard of Speidi from The Hills.
Believe it or not, I've only scratched the surface of the wealth of information revealed in the depths of Complex's interview with Heidi and Spencer Pratt. These two really set the bar for reality show villainry, and it's been fascinating to follow their struggle to translate that brand if you can call being the antagonist on a scripted reality show a brand into the rest of their lives after the show ended.
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