Despite Fame and Fortune, Lauren is Still Relatable on The Hills
07/31/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"Right now, I think this is the last season," Conrad told Entertainment Weekly for their new cover story.
That may be bad news for MTV whose show -- about normal girl trying to make it in Los Angeles -- is one of the network's most successful of all time, says Brian Graden, their president of entertainment. Producers attribute that success to their relatable protagonist.
"With Lauren Conrad, a whole generation of women see themselves in her," Tony DiSanto, MTV's exec VP of series programming and development, told EW.
Of course, Lauren's "normal" life includes attending movie premieres, getting chased by paparazzi and making millions of dollars. (Between her clothing line, endorsement deals, and of course her show, Conrad netted $1.5 million last year alone, the magazine reports.)
But as Hills fans know, audiences don't see any of that on the show. And it's going to stay that way, according to producers, who want to stick with what they believe made the show a hit in the first place.
"We have a hard line because we really enjoy the world of The Hills we've created," DiSanto says. "But you never say never, because as they get more and more famous, their non-fame lives get smaller and smaller."
Of course, ignoring the growing celebrity status of Lauren and pals like Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port just adds fuel to the "It's fake!" fire.
And while the show does admit to doing retakes and scheduling shoots, "There are on the show who really don't help," Conrad says. She doesn't name names but you don't need to look further than some cheesy photo ops to know she's talking about Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
Real or scripted or stage or fake, the show is "about empowering girls," Lauren says. "You're gonna have bad boyfriends and best friends-turned-enemies. You need to be yourself, you need to work hard, and you'll get there." -- Emmet Sullivancourtesy EW