Kristin Cavallari and her “acting skills” cast on The Hills because “drama sells”

Kristin Cavallari has been cast on The Hills, with the emphasis on “cast,” since Cavallari–who originally appeared on Laguna Beach but went on to act on TV shows and in movies–isn’t even pretending that the show is any reflection of real life.

“It’s a TV show. I’m not going into it like, ‘I’m going to make great friendships with these people.’ It’s work! And drama sells. I think that’s why they’re bringing me in, because I know what works,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

Kristin, who has been part of fake storylines before, admitted that she doesn’t know what storylines producers have planned for her, but doesn’t really mind what fake situations they create. Asked about being paired with Justin Bobby, she said, “I have no idea! [laughs] I don’t think MTV would be like, ‘Oh you’re dating him now. This is your boyfriend.’ But they might try and set up situations. I’m totally cool with that. Again, it’s a TV show and they need to make it entertaining.”

She’s also honest about admitting why she’s doing the show: publicity. “The goal for me is to get my fans excited about me again. When I first started out, I had a celebrity name but I didn’t have the acting skills I have now. If I have some buzz with my name again, I feel like it will only help.”

‘Laguna Beach’ star Kristin Cavallari on joining ‘The Hills’ [Entertainment Weekly]

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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.