It’s the question we’ve all wanted an answer to since The Hills ended back in 2010. Was it real? Or was it scripted?
We were all heartbroken when that final scene aired, showing that the California sky was just a curtain, Kristin Cavallari’s street merely a set and the crew emerging from behind the scenes.
Were they taking the mick about the fakery rumours? Or were they actually admitting that they’d been duping us the whole time? TBH, it hurts our heads just thinking about it.
Since then, a number of the cast members have spoken out about the speculation.
Kristin, 29, told Access Hollywood in 2011: ‘We only filmed The Hills three days a week, and we did three different scenes each day and a change of clothes to film a specific scene.
‘They were pushing it as far as they could go without an actual script… They give you a schedule like: “You have lunch with Heidi [Montag] at 3 to talk about the party coming up” or whatever the situation may be.’
Then earlier this year, she revealed to Us Weekly: ‘We never got an actual script, but they would text us what to say, so that to people around us, it would just look like we were looking at our phones, and then we’d talk about whatever.’
Hmmm. In 2011, Audrina Patridge said: ‘The Hills, I feel, in the beginning, was very real, very raw. But it kind of started transitioning into being guided and manipulated, and us kind of coming up with story lines and things.’
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And even Lauren Conrad’s waded in, telling Allure in 2012: ‘I think the story they told wasn’t a dishonest one. The way they did it sometimes was.
‘[Cameras] 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.’
But confusingly, Whitney Port has now said that the whole thing WAS real.
In a chat with Us Weekly, the 31-year-old assures us: ‘I wouldn’t put it as staged. Sometimes we had to make some situations more dramatic for the sake of making an entertaining TV show.
‘But it’s not like we were ever given scripts.’
So was it all Unwritten? Sounds like the jury’s still out on that one.