When Whitney Port made her debut on The Hills as a 21-year-old style intern in 2006, she had no thought the place the present would take her. Practically twenty years later, it’s introduced her an ongoing profession in style, a preferred podcast and even a lifelong bond with costar Lauren Conrad.
“Lauren and I bought alongside so nicely from the get-go,” Port, 38, solely shared as a part of her Us Weekly cowl story. “We have been very a lot SoCal women who, a minimum of for me, felt, like, just a little bit out of our league on this Vogue world. So I believe the 2 of us might bounce off of one another. And neither of us presently took style so significantly and I really feel like you may see that.”
Port and Conrad, 37, turned an immediate fan-favorite friendship on the Laguna Seaside spinoff, sharing their secrets and techniques and recapping the most recent feuds within the Teen Vogue closet earlier than ultimately transferring on to jobs at style PR company Peoples’ Revolution. However their first assembly was a shock to Port.
“I had watched Laguna Seaside so I knew who [Lauren] was [but] I assumed I used to be simply interviewing for some random actuality TV present,” Port instructed Us. “After which Lauren walks in and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m on her spinoff present!’ I didn’t know the way usually it will be or what the present was going to be like. I didn’t know if I used to be a predominant particular person or a background particular person, it was nonetheless all very up within the air.”
Port ultimately turned the principle character when she landed her personal spinoff, The Metropolis, in 2008, a present that sprang out of a Hills journey to New York. “We have been doing a style present and I met [future boyfriend] Jay [Lyon] actually organically whereas we have been filming,” Port recalled. “And I actually favored him. I believe that’s what prompted [executive producer] Adam DiVello to have the thought to maneuver me to New York.”
Even being the focus, Port felt like she was in a position to characterize herself precisely — and is grateful producers introduced her as somebody viewers might root for, too.
“Lauren and I have been edited to be the hero and every part was taking place to us,” she instructed Us. “So we bought the nice finish of the stick when it comes to the modifying.”
On Her Relationship With Lauren Conrad
Port stated she “adores” her former costar, although maturity has set them on totally different paths. “I haven’t spoken to her in a yr possibly,” Port instructed Us. “She moved out of L.A. and began her personal life, as all of us did. And we simply don’t chat as a lot anymore as a result of we’re not in one another’s lives.”
Whereas Port stated she was all the time on Conrad’s facet through the present, she described the duo’s dynamic as “very a lot work buddies” reasonably than BFFs.
“Once we weren’t filming, I used to be in faculty,” she defined. “I had my very own greatest buddies. I had a boyfriend. They might exit and movie and they might invite me, and I didn’t actually need to be part of that.”
Nonetheless, Port stated, Conrad was all the time looking for her: “I positively bear in mind off-camera moments the place she could be like, ‘Watch out.’”
On Returning for ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’
Port was initially hesitant to take part within the MTV revival, which premiered in 2019, due to how “actuality TV has modified a lot” through the years. Whereas she wished DiVello, who created The Hills, to function govt producer, she knew there was “no manner” that was going to occur.
“[Reality TV] has simply gotten a lot crazier and other people say and accomplish that far more excessive issues,” she stated, “and the manufacturing firm [overseeing the reboot] had accomplished a number of Actual Housewives, so I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God.’”
Her husband, Tim Rosenman, wasn’t focused on doing the present, and the couple felt their son, Sonny, was too younger on the time. Given the stage of life she was in, Port questioned if The Hills universe was greatest saved previously.
“I felt like, ’Is that this tacky?’” she stated. “Like, ‘Is that this a determined search for me to return and do that?’”
Finally, the L.A. native determined she may very well be a part of the collection and stay true to herself.
“I might nonetheless present up and be a voice of purpose for Audrina [Patridge] or only a acquainted face that folks have been used to,” she instructed Us. “However then once they bought picked up for the second season, and that was all throughout Covid, I took a step again and I used to be like, ‘This isn’t actually price it for me anymore.’”
On the Lack of Fan Enthusiasm for ‘The Hills’ Revival
It’s all about authenticity, in keeping with Port. “They tried to get us again into the world that we weren’t in and have that very same type of drama at nightclubs,” Port shared. “And we’re, like, 35 now, most of us with children. None of us actually discuss to one another anymore.”
Port famous that many profitable actuality TV exhibits characteristic a bunch of people who find themselves truly greatest buddies — one thing that creates increased stakes as a result of “you may actually damage somebody if you happen to’re greatest buddies.” Nobody on The Hills: New Beginnings, nonetheless, truly hung out collectively exterior of filming. That left issues feeling “pretend or staged,” Port defined.
One other subject? The concern that footage could be manipulated for drama. “Everybody was so nervous about how they have been going to be edited and portrayed,” she stated. “Individuals had gotten burned. So I don’t suppose individuals have been actually exhibiting their true selves.”
For Port, delving into “what every of our lives actually seems to be like” would have helped the present see extra success. “Present just a little little bit of Audrina at residence, present Heidi and Spencer [Pratt] as mother and father,” she stated. “Not, like, let’s all meet up at a membership or no matter and discuss to Mischa Barton, ? It was simply so not the fact of what our lives have been. And I believe [audiences] can really feel that.”
On Her Most Embarrassing Actuality TV Second
Port seems to be again on her well-known fall on Good Morning America — the place she tripped down the steps on stay TV whereas modeling a robe — with appreciation, regardless of it being laborious to swallow on the time.
“I bear in mind pleading with the manufacturing to not present it,” she recalled. “Like, I used to be so embarrassed. And so they have been like, ‘Whitney, you don’t notice that is going to be OK. You’re going to return out on prime.’ I used to be mortified and so afraid for that to air. After which it did and, like they stated, it ended up being individuals simply eager to see actual s—t taking place to actual individuals.”
On How MTV Manufactured ‘The Metropolis’ to Mirror Her Life
A few of Port’s life on her spinoff collection The Metropolis was genuine — however like The Hills, a lot of it was crafted for the cameras. That included her drama with coworker Olivia Palermo.
“A number of the producers have been in my ear about what [OIivia] was like,” she stated. “I had preconceived notions about her as a result of the producers have been actually my greatest buddies, as a lot as I fought with them. It was like a brother-sister factor. I used to be spending most of my time with them.”
On The place She Stands With Individuals’s Revolution Founder Kelly Cutrone
After their time at Teen Vogue, Port and Conrad bought jobs working with famously temperamental Cutrone at her PR company. Port and Cutrone initially cast an in depth bond however discovered themselves at odds after The Metropolis wrapped.
“We bought into just a little work factor and he or she type of went Kelly on me,” Port defined. “I’d seen her try this earlier than, however by no means to me. And I used to be like, ‘Whoa.’ This was proper after my dad had handed away, and I used to be like, ‘I have to take a step again right here.’”
Port stated the pair didn’t discuss for just a few years earlier than ultimately reconnecting at a latest Style Week occasion.
“ I went to a present that she was doing and I noticed her and it was identical to nothing had occurred,” Port shared. “We each had realized that we have been underneath a lot stress after [The City] had ended, and we let feelings run excessive, however she was like, ‘I all the time beloved you and I’ll all the time love you and also you have been like a daughter to me.’ So now every part’s nice.”