C.,’ in 2004, MTV set out to cast a reality show about ‘The Real Orange County,’ and thus, ‘Laguna Beach’ — clearly, one of the greatest reality shows of our generation — was born.
The juicy series was filled to the brim with California tans, beachside gossip and, of course, plenty of delicious drama.
Then: Back in the ‘Laguna’ days, Season 1 narrator Lauren Conrad was better known as ‘LC,’ or one-third of the LC/Stephen/Kristin love triangle.
During Season 2, Lauren moved on to bad boy Jason Wahler, whom she later dated (and skipped out on Paris for) in her successful spin-off series, ‘The Hills.’ Now: After two seasons on ‘Laguna,’ Lauren went on to star in five seasons of ‘The Hills,’ which centered around her career as a budding fashion designer and feud with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
In the years since, some of the stars continued their careers in the spotlight, while others have hidden from the camera entirely.
Then: Kristin Cavallari was only a junior in high school when she became the resident ‘Mean Girl’ of ‘Laguna,’ constantly gossiping about her friends and toying with her on-and-off again boyfriend, Stephen Colletti.She later brought her villainous behavior to ‘The Hills’ after Lauren Conrad left after Season 5.Kristin may have dumped him in Season 2, but it’s OK, because he later dated another hot (but presumably less dramatic) blonde, Hayden Panettiere, until the two broke up in 2007.Now: Post-‘Laguna,’ Stephen had a stint as an MTV VJ on ‘TRL,’ starred in Taylor Swift‘s music video for ‘White Horse’ and got his big break in 2007 when he was cast as Chase Adams on ‘One Tree Hill,’ a character he played until the show’s end in 2012.
With two successful reality shows under her belt, Lauren has emerged as arguably the most successful — and certainly the classiest — of all the ‘Laguna Beach’ alum.Conrad has gone on to become a best-selling author, fashion designer and, most recently, bride-to-be, when her longtime boyfriend (former Something Corporate guitarist and current law student) William Tell popped the question in October 2013.