The Reality Of 'The Hills' — What Was Real & What Was Fake?

Wed, July 14, 2010 4:41pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Last night’s finale of ‘The Hills’ ended with the camera panning out to show the final scene being shot on a sound stage and begging the question — was it real?

After six seasons, four years, and infinite character arcs, The Hills finally came to an end last night. In true finale fashion however, the episode ended with a huge reveal — the last scene was filmed on a set! So we decided to take a look back at the relationships, jobs, and drama to determine what was real, and what was fake, on the scripted “reality” series!

At the heart of The Hills was the relationships of main characters Lauren, Audrina, Heidi, and Kristin — but were they all real? Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad always seemed to have an amazing friendship, but dating? I was never really buying them as anything more than pals. Same goes for Kristin Cavallari and Justin ‘Justin Bobby’ Brescia and to be honest, they didn’t even seem to be trying to fake it towards the end.

The ones I can’t decide about are Audrina Partridge and Ryan Cabrera and, of course, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. This is Ryan’s third appearance on a reality show after The Ashlee Simpson Show and Pretty Wild which does not lend much credibility to this possible showmance. As for Heidi and Spencer, well, yeah…

Next up, the jobs! While none of the tasks doled out to the cast seemed particularly challenging and all seemed to offer the possibility of three hour lunches, it still seems like the gals weren’t really on staff at most of their jobs. Heidi at Bolthouse — not buying it. Audrina at Sony — doubtful. The one I can’t figure out is Lauren at Teen Vogue. People’s Revolution was obviously a joke, but was she or wasn’t she a real Teen Vogue intern. No doubt Whitney Port was, but I just can’t decide on Lauren!

Finally, the very, very, very gorgeous homes the cast inhabited throughout the show’s run. It began with Heidi and Lauren’s first bungalow, complete with gorgeous pool and views, but that place ended up being a dump compared to the rest. There was Lauren’s first home, complete with pool and guest house, Spencer and Heidi’s all glass hideaway, and then, last night, Audrina’s new beachfront escape. I know these girls are making money but that much money!? I think MTV might be helping out by renting some nice pads, a perk the cast is sure to be missing now!

What are your thoughts HollywoodLifers? Which of these stories do you think were real and which were the work of some careful planning and producing? Let us know in the comments below!

-Chris Spargo

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