'The Hills' Cast: Where Are They Now?
by Kim Potts, posted Jul 9th 2010 5:00PM
A lot of faces have come and gone since 'The Hills' debuted on MTV in May 2006, and in honor of the show's July 13 series finale -- we know, we're sad, too -- we're playing catch-up with a few of the most memorable 'Hills' stars of the past, starting with, of course ...
Lauren "L.C." Conrad
Conrad's the one that started it all, as the 'Laguna Beach' star's move from her Southern California hometown to Los Angeles to launch her career in the fashion industry sparked 'The Hills' as a 'Laguna Beach' spin-off. For five seasons, 'The Hills' revolved around L.C's educational pursuits at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, her internship at Teen Vogue, her romantic pursuits with Jason Wahler and Brody Jenner and her friendship with former roommate Heidi Montag.
After that last friendship went sour -- with Heidi's hook-up with Spencer Pratt -- LC began to focus on friendships with Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port, and in the middle of 'The Hills' fifth season, made her final appearance on the show (at, of all places, Heidi and Spencer's wedding).
Since her reality TV days ended, Conrad has written two bestselling novels (a third one will be released in October), launched the LC by Lauren Conrad clothing line at Kohl's and started dating a scripted TV celeb, 'My Boys' star Kyle Howard. Conrad confirmed last month that she won't return to 'The Hills' for the series finale, but will pop in for the post-finale reunion special on July 13.
Lauren even gave up a summer trip to Paris for Teen Vogue to stay in Los Angeles with boyfriend Jason in 'The Hills' season one finale, but their tempestuous relationship finally crashed and burned at the beginning of season two.
Post-'Hills,' Wahler has continued to make headlines, but not positive ones. He's scheduled to be a part of the next season of VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab' with Dr. Drew Pinsky, but his drinking escapades have led to racist rants, instances of him getting drunk and throwing his shoes at people and allegedly hitting a tow truck driver, all chronicled in many, many posts at TMZ.com. And, since the beginning of 2010, he's been arrested for a bar fight in Mexico, was booked later in March on suspicion of DUI and, in June, was arrested at a party in Hollywood after being accused of hitting a female.
Bunney was a longtime friend of L.C.'s -- such a good friend, in fact, that Lauren presented her with diamond jewelry for her birthday in a season two 'Hills' episode. But, later (in that same episode!), Bunney spent some up-close-and-personal time with L.C.'s ex, Brody Jenner, in a messy, sneaky situation that also involved Spencer and another of Lauren's so-called friends, Heidi. Bunney was dismissed from L.C.'s clique with that action, and was an infrequent presence on the show afterwards.
Earlier this year, Bunney popped up in photos with Heidi Montag, who'd just announced that she was splitting with husband Spencer and would star in a new reality show with Bunney (a newly blonde Bunney, who, like Heidi, looked like a completely different person after some reported plastic surgery). But, like so many others before her, Bunney learned -- via the media, of course -- that Heidi is a fickle friend, as the soon-to-be-ex-Mrs. Pratt reportedly no longer wants to be Bunney's reality TV BFF ... after, Bunney says, she quit her job to star in the show.
Elodie was Heidi's friend and confidant when the clueless Montag worked for nightlife entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse at Bolthouse Productions. Elodie made the mistake of sharing her ambitions for a promotion at the company, which prompted Heidi to go for -- and get -- the promotion, and, more importantly, the sweet private office, for herself. And another Heidi Montag friendship bit the dust. But Elodie moved on from Heidi and the gig at Bolthouse, and is now an SEO specialist for a hotel chain based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and comments on her favorite reality TV shows at her blog, SEO Showbiz Gal.
Former baseball player and aspiring actor Eubanks (he had starred on the MTV series 'Damage Control' prior to 'The Hills') was the pre-Spencer Pratt boyfriend of Heidi Montag during the show's first season (he gave Heidi a puppy or Christmas on the show). Since then, Eubanks has continued to pursue his acting career, including co-producing and starring in the indie flick '2 Dudes and a Dream,' which also starred Simon Rex, Nikki Ziering, Jason Mewes, Andy Milonakis and the aforementioned Jason Wahler.
She was the super intern who swept into Teen Vogue in season two and taught Lauren and Whitney a thing or two about ambition. Not surprisingly, Weiss is still working in fashion media, as a freelance fashion assistant at Vogue.com.
He had grown up in Laguna Beach with L.C. (and had taken her to his senior prom), and after his stint as a minor league baseball player ended, he moved to Los Angeles and was reunited with Lauren, who dated him briefly during the fourth season of 'The Hills.'
Reinhardt, whose stepfather invented the frozen burrito, went on to even more famously date Paris Hilton in 2009 (the two were rumored to be engaged at one point), and last month, was linked to Miss World USA Lane Lindell. Career-wise, Reinhardt is the co-founder and CEO of FUGEN Mobile, a mobile messaging and applications services company, and he and his family are following in Kardashian footsteps as the stars of the upcoming E! reality series 'Reinhardts: Family Comes First.'
The 2008 Playboy Playmate of the Year dated Brody Jenner during 'The Hills' fifth season, but the pair constantly fought and eventually ended their relationship before the end of the season. Post-'Hills,' Nicole vowed never to watch the show again, though she's rumored to be developing her own reality series for E!.