September 28, 2014, marked the official ten year anniversary of the first air date of “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.” This show exhibits one of the first reality shows MTV ever produced.
The show saw three successful seasons and everything was real: the friends, the fights, the promposals – even the Cabo bar-top dancing.
In a TIME interview, cast member Dieter Schmitz reminisced on the authenticity of what televised, “Nothing aired that I didn’t say or do, and I never felt like the show was trying to manipulate me or my friends. It was all pretty genuine.”
In comparison to the “reality” series airing today, this series accurately documented real lives, without manipulating or embellishing scenes or dialogue. It was a cultural phenomenon that captured 2000’s milestones like Blink-182 concerts and flip-phones, simultaneously recording real high school moments like college anxiety, 18th birthdays and senior trips.
Now fast-forward ten years to catch up with the show’s favorite love triangle, the triple-C: Conrad, Colletti, and Cavallari.
Stephen Colletti, the show’s signature hottie and player went on to pursue a career in acting and had a guest appearance on hit-show “One Tree Hill” as Chase Adams. According to his Instagram, he’s still just as cute and even posted a throwback picture in honor of the show’s anniversary with all the guys.
Throughout the series Kristin Cavallari was the kind of girl you either loved or hated, there was no in between. She was a year behind the main cast members, in her junior year when they were seniors. She appeared on the last two season’s of the spin-off show, “The Hills.” Last year she married the quarterback of the Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, and now has two children with him. In her career, she has gone on to start her own successful shoe line called Chinese Laundry.
Lauren Conrad, or known as LC by her fans (#TeamLauren) has seen a rise to the ultimate success and fame since she was casted in that small town ten years ago. Since “Laguna Beach” ended, LC has gone on to narrate and star in 8 successful seasons of The Hills, become a best-selling author, start her own clothing line, and recently wed William Tell.
She now writes in a letter to her 18-year-old self:
“When I was 18, I was in a hurry to grow up. Instead, I wish I would have taken a beat to just enjoy being young.”