Missing the memo that since MTV’s The Hills debuted in 2006 we’re at a point where Kim Kardashian and her pimp have been photographed retroactively staging scenes for the sole purposes of smearing Kris Humphries so the secret’s out that these shows are utterly contrived for ratings. Probably imagining this is still revelatory after everyone including Kristin Cavallari and Heidi Montag already admitted the show’s fake and Conrad already admitted the reason the cast were always on their cell phones is because, rather than interrupt the scene, producers would text message cues and lines to recite on the spot, Conrad tells Allure The Hills only obfuscated the plot with tricky editing but mostly told the truth.
- On her haters: ‘People felt that a lot of the things I had were undeserved, maybe because I didn’t have a specific talent; I was more of a regular girl and maybe didn’t deserve the attention. I think anyone in the public eye is going to be hated, and a lesson that I needed to learn quickly is that it is impossible to please everybody. One person will call you classy, and another will call you boring.’
- On how authentic The Hills was: ‘I think the story they told wasn’t a dishonest one. The way they did it sometimes was. They aren’t going to be there for everything. Sometimes two of their main characters will get into a fight, and that’s important to the story line. The [producers] need that reenacted. Their things was always: It did happen. They’re not making this up: you just didn’t see it… Brody and I did date. It was pretty brief. There was definitely editing to drag it out.’
- On dating in LA: ‘You don’t want a slob, but you don’t want a guy whose constantly borrowing your tweezers… the last year and a half, I was dating a lot, and it’s slim pickings.’
- On her business rule of thumb: ‘It’s OK to say no. I think people are smart and know when you’re doing something for money. I never really felt the need to do things simply for a paycheck.’
- On her one (failed) attempt at taking a burlesque class: ‘I was terrible! I had a fedora, gloves that I would remove, and a boa. I thought it would raise my confidence, but it sort of destroyed it.’