“The whole first season was such an out of body experience for me. Way at the beginning it was very much like, we’re going to put you in real scenarios and not really tell you what’s going on, which is how I think they were able to get everybody to be themselves at first. Then you get to a certain point where things get boring, so the writers and producers had to start thinking about how to spice things up and make certain things more dramatic. I really did take my job at Teen Vogue seriously though. I showed up, I worked hard. To this day I do have this insecurity that people don’t take me seriously because I was on a reality show where people thought that I was like this version of myself. People viewed me as this kind of airhead blonde chick from L.A. that was along for the ride, and that’s not who I am.”
The Hills Are Alive
As MTV’s hit show readies for its comeback, former and current cast members reminisce about growing up, getting famous, and altering reality long before social media came on the scene.
Once upon a time, in a land not far from the corner of Wilshire and La Brea, two blondes on the cusp of a peculiar new kind of fame met by the pool and embraced. Lauren Conrad had just arrived at her new Los Angeles apartment complex, and her roommate Heidi Montag was already there, wearing a tiny green bikini and working on her tan. The young stars of The Hills had arrived, and reality would never be the same again. It was May 31st, 2006, and these were the first few frames of MTV’s follow-up to the popular reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which had constituted the network’s effort to capitalize on the massive success of the scripted Fox series The O.C., a sexy soap about privileged California teens behaving badly. Where Laguna Beach had followed Conrad and her friends (privileged California teens behaving only occasionally badly) for their final two years of high school, The Hills would follow Conrad’s transition to young adult life about an hour and a half up the 405: new friends, new boys, new drama. It was post–Sex and the City, pre–Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and smack in the middle of a Devil Wears Prada takeover of the zeitgeist. Thirteen years later, those California girls are all grown up, and several are back for more, set to star in The Hills: New Beginnings, a reboot of the show that first made them famous.
Conrad was the original narrator, and the character around whom the rest of the cast—Montag; their neighbor, Audrina Patridge; Conrad’s childhood best friend Lo Bosworth; Conrad’s work friend Whitney Port, and a slew of rotating male romantic interests and peripheral work associates—orbited. It was all set in a sun-drenched fantasy called Los Angeles, where everyone was good looking, but not improbably so, and things always got dramatic enough to be interesting, but nothing too serious ever happened. There were parties, celebrity cameos, flirting and fighting, toxic relationships, epic screaming matches, extended pregnant pauses, stressful workplace confrontations, and arguably television’s most famous single, mascara-filled tear. The show was a massive hit: during the series’ run, up to 4.8 million viewers were tuning in each week to join in on what producers later called a “fun, six-season trip to California”, and they were invested in the stories, the lifestyle, the jobs, and even the clothes they saw on screen. (This eventually translated to merch: Kitson, a West Hollywood boutique popular at the time with paparazzi targets like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears, at one point sold T-shirts during The Hills’ run that read “Team Lauren” or “Team Heidi,” reflecting an on-screen friend breakup.)
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They’re back! And so is the bingeable drama that defined the early aughts. Back then, Whitney, Heidi, Audrina, and Mischa—our April cover stars—launched a different kind of celebrity: one who looked like us, talked like us, and cried like us. But times have changed, and so have they.
Of course, not everything has changed. Today, for example, we’re sitting at The Ivy in Los Angeles, discussing nip slips and tattoos.
The girls are crowded around a table at the legendary restaurant, which is known for its paparazzi-friendly outdoor seating. For decades, paps have loitered across the street to capture photos of its patrons, who are typically an eclectic mix of famous people, people who used to be famous, and people who would very much like to be famous.
“I’ve had a nipple slip at The Ivy before,” Whitney Port, 34, says with a sly smile. “I remember when nip slips were the most embarrassing thing ever. I had one here and one in Miami. And now it’s like, whatever. It’s a fucking nipple.” Heidi Pratt, 32, nods in agreement.
Audrina Patridge, 33, says that the last time she was here, she ran into Ashlee Simpson.
“I haven’t hung out with Ashlee since, like, 10 years ago,” Mischa Barton, 33, offers. “I have a couple of funny stories about her. One time, we were waiting for her at dinner and I texted her, and she was like, ‘I just stopped off to get a tattoo.’ Just a quick before-dinner tattoo! I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t think you’re going to make it to dinner.’”
We all laugh. It’s so Ashlee.
Seeing these girls together again feels eerily familiar—and so right that I practically hear Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” playing in the background as each of them enters the restaurant. I can picture their full names written below their faces.
Hi guys! I have added Public Appearances photos of Whitney from 2010 to our gallery. I have lots and lots of Public Appearances photos from 2010, so this is the first part. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2010 > The LG Lotus Elite Party – January 7, 2010
Public Appearances > 2010 > A Night to Benefit Haiti at Thompson LES – January 20, 2010
Public Appearances > 2010 > Benefit Cocktail Party – February 4, 2010
Public Appearances > 2010 > 40th Anniversary In Good Units At Hudson Hotel – February 9, 2010
Happy 34th birthday Whitney! Wishing you a lovely day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy.
We love you! xoxo
The Tot FIVE x FIVE invites inspiring mamas to answer five questions on motherhood and curate five products they can’t live without. Here we talk to fashion designer, TV personality and mother to Sonny, Whitney Port.
While we love Whitney Port for her amazing sense of style, delicious recipes and ability to connect with women around the world through her writing, television appearances and vlogging, we are blown away and refreshed by her honest take on motherhood. As a mother to Sonny, Whitney chronicles what it’s like to navigate the psyche of a two-year-old while trying to maintain your own identity. With the aim of creating a community of mothers who are encouraged to ask questions, share their feelings and support each other without judgement, Whitney is creating quite the online mother’s group.
WHITNEY ON MOTHERHOOD
What’s the best (most fun) part about being a mom so far? The most fun part is simply watching Sonny and getting to experience the fun, outgoing, empathetic little guy that he is. He gravitates towards someone who’s feeling down and wants to keep them company, he’s not afraid to get up and dance at circle time and hearing his laugh could heal me of anything. It’s just such a miracle that we can create these amazing little beings that give us hope and make us want to be better people.
What’s the hardest thing about motherhood? And how do you manage this? The hardest part is the constant questioning. Should Sonny stop having bottles? Should I only be using natural bath products? Is he eating enough? How much screen time is ok? Is it ok that he doesn’t like his car seat? Why does he do this head shaking thing when he feels an extreme feeling? If I leave town for two days, will this have a terrible effect on him? It’s just exhausting. Luckily, I use an amazing child development specialist who I turn to with a lot of these questions. But the constant questioning forms self-doubt and it’s not healthy.
How have you had to change your home and work routines since becoming a mom? This is something I am constantly trying to work on. I need to be conscious of not doing work in front of him so he doesn’t feel ignored. Not be on my cell phone as much around him. Part of me feels like it is time to get an office outside of the house. While I feel so lucky to be able to work from wherever it doesn’t feel right that he may think I am choosing not to be with him while still in the other room. I also can’t quite get ready in peace anymore so I bring in his step stool and some makeup brushes and have him try to emulate what I am doing.
In a world where toxic masculinity can make men feel like they have to be “tough,” how do you raise Sonny to express his emotions? I think validating their feelings is really all you can do. By telling them it’s ok to be upset or ok to be frustrated, I think they will become more sensitive people who are ok expressing their real emotions and not suppressing them. Timmy and I always try to over exaggerate our PDA around him too so he sees what that kind of physical love looks and feels like! I hope this translates into him being a kid who shares his love freely ( without freaking the other kids out, of course ;))
What are your hacks for traveling/ staying on-the-go with a toddler? I just try to be as armed as possible with enough snacks and drinks as I can! We don’t walk out the door without three different kinds of snacks (cheerios, banana, blackberries and raspberries usually) and usually some coconut water. My sister also made him a fake pair of keys with a real clicker on it so we give those to him while he is in the car seat and they keep him satisfied for a while. We are ALWAYS home for nap time unless on a plane in which case all rules go out the door! BRING ON THE IPAD! Sesame Street is his current fave!
Whitney Port has some big plans for your family and what you bring home from the grocery store.
The former star of MTV reality series “The Hills” and “The City” has been named the chief branding and strategy officer for 1908 Brands, the Boulder, Colorado-based food and home products manufacturer that acquired her women’s nutrition company, Bundle Organics, in July 2018.
“Once [1908 Brands CEO Steve Savage] saw the value I bring to Bundle, he thought it would be appropriate for me to take on that role for 1908 as a whole,” Port told Busines Insider.
Ports says her own life has placed her in a position to take on this new challenge. After three years of dating, in 2015, Port married Tim Rosenman, a former producer on “The City” (which followed Port’s life after she moved from Los Angeles to New York City). And last summer, they welcomed a baby boy to the family, Sonny Sanford.
“For me it’s really important, because I have a young family, I have a one and a half year old, and all the products that are in my home have a lot of thought behind it now,” she said. “It’s important for me for the products to be clean, nontoxic, eco-friendly. I have a huge stake in that, so it’s personal and professional to me. So I thought I could be an asset to Steve in that way, because I’m one of those people who has a need for these products, but want them a certain way.”