The Hills filmed four days a week for nine months; three of Lauren’s friends said no

MTV’s new docusoap reality series The Hills will air a total of 10 episodes, but for that short amount of air time, producers shot “for nine months, about four days a week,” Lauren tells TV Guide.

In an extensive interview, she also reveals that we’re not seeing her whole life, primarily because some of her closest friends didn’t want to participate in the show. “Three of my best friends are actually never seen on camera. They’re really supportive; they’re just not interested in being on TV,” she says. “It’s an understanding we have. Like, if we were filming Laguna and we were having a party and the cameras would leave at 11 o’clock, they would come after. Or they would just hang out in the area where there were no cameras.”

She also reveals that she really is living in the real world: “I haven’t gotten money from my parents in, like, two years.” Thus, if she were to lose her Teen Vogue internship, “I would have had to find another job,” she says. “They made it very clear that if I messed up and if I did something wrong, I would get fired, so there was pressure on me all the time. … I think [The Hills’ producers] would have enjoyed it if I got fired. It would have made for a better story line!”

Hills’ Angel, Lauren Conrad, Tells All! [TV Guide]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.