It’s official: Kristin Cavallari joins ‘The Hills’

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The rumors are true: Former ‘Laguna Beach’ star Kristin Cavallari will join the cast of ‘The Hills’ when the series comes back with 10 new episodes this fall.

After she boasted to TMZ cameras in April that if she took the job, she’d do it do better than current star Lauren Conrad, Cavallari talked up an even bigger game to, which confirmed the news Thursday morning.

First and foremost, Cavallari still wants to act -- an episode of ‘CSI’ might just be her biggest credit to date -- and hopes the notoriety of being a reality TV star will once again make her a hot commodity: “The goal for me is to get my fans excited about me again. When I first started out, I had a celebrity name but I didn’t have the acting skills I have now. If I have some buzz with my name again, I feel like it will only help.”

That means, she’s essentially prepared to ditch the ‘reality’ part to give ‘The Hills’ the drama it needs.

“It’s a TV show. I’m not going into it like, ‘I’m going to make great friendships with these people.’ It’s work! And drama sells. I think that’s why they’re bringing me in, because I know what works.”


Unlike Lauren, perhaps? “I’m a completely different person than Lauren. I have a lot more energy. I’m more outgoing. I’m a little more spontaneous. And she has a boyfriend so she’s not dating on the show. I’m very open to dating and finding a guy.”

What does everyone think? Good move for the show? Think it’s time ‘The Hills’ dropped the ‘reality’ pretense anyway? Sound off.

-- Denise Martin