Lauren Conrad - 5 facts: 'Hills' alum talks 'Starstruck,' fame and writing (Video)
Lauren Conrad, whose personal "drama" was chronicled on MTV's hit show "The Hills" for years, continues to write books about reality stars but is delving more and more into the world of actual fiction.
The 26-year-old reality starlet, New York Times best-selling author and fashion designer recently talked to OTRC.com about her personal inspiration for her stories and her love-hate relationship with fame.
Check out 5 facts about Lauren Conrad.
1. While the stories that Conrad writes are all made up, she does draw from her own personal experiences.
Conrad had previously published books such as "L.A. Candy," its sequels "Sweet Little Lies" and "Sugar and Spice," and "Fame Game." "Starstruck" is her fifth young-adult novel and the first sequel to "Fame Game."
The series follows the dramatic lives of Madison, Carmen, Gaby and Kate. The girls are all reality stars who are forced to live their day to day lives with the cameras constantly rolling. "Fame Game" and "Starstruck" largely focuses on the girls' tough life in the limelight as well as their differing issues with fame. The first novel was released earlier this year and "Starstruck" hit shelves on October 16.
"The first series I wrote was called 'L.A. Candy' and it was much closer to kind of my experience, but even that, you know, they're all made up stories," Conrad told OTRC.com. "I'm able to write these books easier because I lived the life for six years, so I know things that have to do with day to day life, the lifestyle - just little, kind of, insider knowledge, which helps me a lot."
"But, as far as writing the storyline with all the girls and their own relationships, those are all just made up," she said.
2. The starlet admits to having a love-hate relationship with fame.
"I think I've always had a love-hate relationship with fame," Conrad said. "I think that I've been given an amazing opportunity and I've been able to do so many things because of it, but, you know, like a lot of people find out, there is a not so fun side to it where you don't get a lot of privacy. You have to deal with a lot of things that most people don't have to deal with."
Conrad began her TV career at age 17 with the MTV show "Laguna Beach," named after her hometown in Southern California. She went on to star in its spin-off, "The Hills," which showcases her life in Los Angeles and also starred real-life "villain" couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. The show ended in July 2010.
3. Conrad says that she's more of a "creative" person.
"I'm really lucky I get to do different things, which is nice, because I've always been a little bit more of a creative person, and I've never been someone who can like, sit at a desk and work all day," Conrad said. "So I'll get to go to my office in the morning and work on a collection and then I get to go home, and when I'm working on the book, I usually work from home, so I'll go and do that for a little bit, and I get to do something else so it's fun."
The fashion designer debuted her fashion line, LC by Lauren Conrad, in 2009. She also developed the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's and the Paper Crown fashion labels.
4. Conrad also recently released a beauty manual, titled "Beauty," at the same time as her novel "Starstruck."
"Beauty is basically a book of all the things I've learned over the years getting to work with hair and makeup, and it's filled with tutorials," Conrad said. "It's kind of everyday hair, and then party hair, everyday makeup, party makeup, but then it also touches on things like, you know how to get proper nutrition, how to take care of your skin, things like that."
5. Conrad never felt like writing was an option.
"I always loved writing, I don't think I ever thought it was an option for me, you know?" Conrad told OTRC.com at an October 22 signing for her new books. "When you're growing up you kind of pick one thing, and you're like this is what I'm going to be when I grow up, and you know I had done fashion for a few years and kind of realized I can do something else now, and then I thought, 'What do I love to do?' And writing was at the top of the list."