“Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” aired on MTV for three seasons from 2004 to 2006. Following the lives of teenagers growing up in a California town. Each episode of the podcast, which has been ordered for 40 episodes, will dive into each episode as the duo watches it for the first time since it aired 18 years ago.
During the first episode of the “Laguna Beach” rewatch podcast “Back to the Beach,” hosts Kristin Cavallari and Stephen Colletti revealed their earnings for the first 11-episode season. “I think $2,500,” Cavallari remarked. “I don’t even think it was that much. I think it was $2,000,” Colletti responded.
“Lauren [Conrad] and I renegotiated for Season 2. It was going to be our last season! We were like, ‘We’re out of here!’”
In the first introductory episode, they discussed how the show originated and why they agreed to join at the age of 17.
“I honestly would have done it for free. At that point, in high school, to me, it was more of a competition. Everybody wanted it and I was like, ‘I’m gonna get this show!’ I’m super competitive, that has not changed. So, when they told us they were gonna pay us, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, great!’”
MTV producers arrived at Laguna Beach High School to cast the show, handing out 20-page packets to fill out to interested students. Colletti knew he wanted to work in the entertainment industry and host, so he decided to meet with MTV producers. While he doesn’t recall much of the questions asked, Cavallari does.
“It was like, ‘List your five best friends and what you hate about them.’ I remember one of the questions was, ‘Who do you think is going to be prom queen?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t care as long as it’s not Lauren Conrad. The questions were setting us up to divulge all of this information. Obviously, they were trying to get to the bottom of things, which they did!”
“I think it’s going to be fun to go back and relive it, although, I’m not going to lie, I have a little bit of anxiety thinking about sitting down and watching those years. It wasn’t always the easiest for me. I don’t feel like I was portrayed in the best light or accurately. … There were only a couple of times where I feel like they really showcased our relationship. Those moments, I was like, ‘Thank you! That was us. It’s sweet and it was fun.’ But they were so far and few between that majority of the time, I walked away from it going, ‘Well that’s bullsh*t. That’s not me. That’s not what happened.’”
Cavallari went on to have other acting roles after “Laguna Beach,” before returning to MTV for “The Hills” from 2009 to 2010. After “Laguna Beach,” Colletti became a VJ for MTV’s “Total Request Live.” To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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