Kristin Cavallari Opens Up About What REALLY Happened Behind-the-Scenes of ‘Laguna Beach’

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Kristin Cavallari opens up about Lauren Conrad comparisons.
It’s been ten years since Laguna Beach first began airing on MTV, but Kristin Cavallari still holds on to some major regrets when it comes to the show.

Looking back on filming, K. Cav opens up about what really happened behind-the-scenes of the not-so-reality show, admitting she felt “used and manipulated” in an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?

“I was a junior in high school and MTV showed up and did open casting,” she recalls.  “You grab this 20-page packet and then they would take your Polaroid, and from there, they did on-camera interviews. They sort of narrowed it down to these eight people.”

Cavallari says she and her co-stars in the first season–which included Lauren Conrad, Lo Bosworth, Stephen Colletti, Morgan Olsen, Trey Phillips, Christina Schuller and Talan Torriero–had “no idea” what they were doing.

Kristin says, “We were just going along with whatever MTV was telling us to do.”

Part of that included biting the bullet when the network pinned her as the “bitch” and the “bad girl” in the show.

“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. I put up a really tough exterior because I felt like they were really trying to take advantage of me,” she explains, adding that taking on that persona was not was she expected.  “When I saw it air and saw the way that they represented me, I was really, really upset. I cried for hours and hours after I saw the first episode.”

Cavallari also felt like the producers took advantage of her naivety, too, using her real-life relationship as a ploy in the show.

“My boyfriend at the time [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,” the reality star says. “I felt very used and manipulated.”

So what would she do differently if she could do it all over again?  “I still to this day think you should be 18 to do a reality show,” she warns, “only because of my experience.”

Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.