- Feb 12, 2005
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Fielding questions once again about just how â€œrealâ€ her reality show is, Lauren Conrad admits some scenes on The Hills are re-enacted if MTVâ€™s cameras happen to miss the original interactions.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Conrad, 21, specifically addresses â€œnail-polish-gateâ€ â€” a sequence of scenes in one episode that were supposedly shot on one night, but in which Conradâ€™s red nail polish disappears over time. Conrad says the later scenes, with her on the phone with Brody Jenner, were indeed re-enacted the next day, because the cameras had stopped rolling before the â€œrealâ€ phone call.
â€œAnyone who has worked on a reality show knows how theyâ€™re filmed,â€ Conrad says. â€œI basically had to go and call [brody] again, have the exact same conversation on camera. I mean, itâ€™s not lying to anyone, itâ€™s telling what really happened, but itâ€™s just the way they film reality shows.â€
Conrad doesnâ€™t see anything wrong with that, as long as the re-enactments stay true to the charactersâ€™ real lives. â€œBasically what theyâ€™re doing is taking our lives and telling a story,â€ she says. â€œTheyâ€™re telling exactly what happened.â€
She adds that MTV has orchestrated run-ins between Conrad and Heidi Montag. â€œBut they only set that up because it was happening off-camera,â€ she says. â€œWe were getting into these situations where we were running into [Heidi and Spencer], and [MTV] kept missing them.â€
As The Hills wraps its third season Monday night, Conrad also remarks on how popular itâ€™s become â€” to the point that the stars had to move apartments to keep from getting harassed.
â€œWhether they were drunk or just crazy, people would come and knock on our door,â€ she says. â€œIt was scary for us. So we switched apartments but continued filming in front of the other one so people wouldnâ€™t know where we lived.â€
Through it all, she remains a bit mystified by the showâ€™s appeal. â€œPeople are just obsessed with other peopleâ€™s lives,â€ she says. â€œI donâ€™t know whether itâ€™s kind of a way to escape their own, or something to follow. â€¦ I really couldnâ€™t tell you.â€â€”Tim Nudd