Conrad at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
After the success of Laguna Beach, MTVdeveloped The Hills, a spin-off series. The series originally documented the professional and personal lives of Lauren and her friends (Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port) while living in LosAngeles, California. The first season premiered on MTV on May 31, 2006. At the time, Conrad was an intern at Teen Vogue while living with then-housemate Heidi Montag.
The series was later renewedfor a second season, which was filmed from late summer 2006 through February 2007 and premiered on January 15, 2007. During that time, Conrad and Montag's friendship deteriorated, as Heidi wasincreasingly spending her time with her new boyfriend, Spencer Pratt. By February 2007, Audrina Patridge became Conrad's roommate after Heidi moved into a separate apartment with Pratt. Filming the thirdseason of The Hills began in mid-summer 2007 and lasted through March 2008. The premiere episode of season 3 aired on August 13, 2007. During that time, Conrad was able to revive her position at TeenVogue and was offered a second trip to Paris alongside Whitney Port. By March 2008, Port had already left Teen Vogue for fashion PR firm People's Revolution, and after asking Conrad to assist at anevent, Kelly Cutrone noticed her work ethic and invited her to work for her company.
Filming for the fourth season of The Hills began in mid-summer 2008 and lasted through November 2008. The...