“We had no idea what we were doing,” she tells Oprah: Where Are They Now? “We were just going along with whatever MTV was telling us to do.”
Previously, cast members including Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag revealed that producers and crew would “direct” and tell them what to say over text message. Which is why they were always looking at their phones on-camera.
They also faked scenes including Spencer Pratt kicking Heidi out of his car and filming alternative endings to the show. “My boyfriend at the time [Stephen Colletti] would take Lauren Conrad to dinner and buy her flowers, which never would have happened if it weren’t for the show and MTV,” Kristin said. “I felt very used and manipulated.”
“Being 16, 17 in high school, not knowing really how to handle your emotions or even realizing what’s going on, I put up a wall,” the former reality star, now wife and mother, added. “I put up a really tough exterior because I felt like they were really trying to take advantage of me.”
She adds, she was the obvious choice for villain/ bad girl. “When I saw it air and saw the way that they represented me, I was really really upset,” she admitted to Oprah. “I cried for hours and hours after I saw the first episode.”
“I still to this day think you should be 18 to do a reality show,” Kristin reveals. “Only because of my experience.”