Heidi Montag brings her hard partying, her brutally honest comments, and her mom along on her new TV show.
Last night, the first episode of The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition premiered on Lifetime. For the newly initiated, the show takes six pairs of mothers and daughters, one of each is a familiar face, and has them live in a house together for eight weeks while they attempt to rekindle a meaningful relationship with their family member.
Montag, best know for her stint on The Hills, and her mother Darlene Egelhoffare of one of the fractious duos attempting to patch things up after years of turmoil. Montag chatted with Celebuzz about not only the troubled family history that tore her and her mother apart, but the real struggle it was facing the old wounds while on camera.
“I think that there’s a lot of things in our past that have been haunting us,” Montag said of herself and her mother. “And that was kind of swept under the rug in order to be able to move forward, but it just wasn’t quite the same.”
When Heidi was just nineteen, she found herself on a successful reality show, albeit one of the stars fans readily loved to hate. With the stardom and notoriety came hefty paychecks and perhaps more responsibility, to her family and friends, than she was prepared for.
“It was just a very challenging time for me and I think I felt emotionally responsible for the well-being of my entire family from a very young age. And I think that in order for me to be able to kinda survive and take care of myself I just had to cut my family off. Which was not the right thing to do but it was all I could do at that time to…survive basically and be able to move forward in my life.”
All this tumult led to very little communication with her mother for years. So when Heidi and her mother were presented with the opportunity to try and sort through all the pain and emotional baggage on the Lifetime show, they said yes.
As the first episode exhibited, Montag is not one to hold her tongue or shrink from a confrontation, sparring with the show’s therapist Dr. Debbie Magids at the outset.
“I was very skeptical of Dr. Debbie the first night, and…kind of was a little rude. I didn’t mean to be, but I just didn’t really know her credentials and didn’t know who this TV therapist was and she ended up being one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever talked to.”
Heidi also had one too many drinks on her first night at the house…which led to her mother holding her hair while she threw up on the floor. But this is what Heidi brings to a show, messy vulnerability and uninhibited honesty.
“It’s hard trying to be who you are, and stay true to yourself, and then trying not to be a character, and being vulnerable and dealing with other people who are just there for an image or reinvention, and that gets so annoying to deal with,” Montag said of her co-stars and the filming process.
The 29-year-old also shared that making the new reality show was particularly hard for her mother. “There were times when my mom was just hiding in the closet from the cameras … Just being on camera, just knowing you’re on camera 24/7 is a lot for people to deal with.”
In one noteworthy promo for the show, Montag receives a push while trying to break up a serious argument between Kim Richards and Natalie Nunn, hinting at some explosive moments as the series progresses. Heidi, as loyal as she is polarizing, had stepped in to defend her friend.
“I definitely am protective of my friends and when Kim was kind of attacking Natalie I’m definitely going to stand up for my friend… I wouldn’t say this is my finest hour of showing what a good person I am but it’s survival mode and I’m just trying to get through the experiment at the end of the day.”
Are Heidi and her mother able to let bygones be bygones? The next episode of The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition airs on Tuesday, March 8 at 10/9c on Lifetime.