Lauren covers Glamour's May issue, which hit newsstands on the 10th of April! Here are the photos of Lauren's covershoot and an excerpt of the interview...
Sneak Preview! Glamour's May Cover Star Lauren Conrad Opens Up About Life After Reality TV
MTV's golden girl, Lauren Conrad, is all grown up and drama-free. How'd that happen? Hard work, a sense of humor, and a new perspective on everything she went through. Allow her to explain in this excerpt from Kyle Buchanan's cover interview.
GLAMOUR: Your new book is about a bad girl who loves to cause drama on her reality show. Does any of that draw on your time in Hollywood?
LAUREN CONRAD: Yes, definitely. I knew people who called the paparazzi on themselves! Their point of view is “They’re going to photograph me anyway, and this way I get paid half of what they make.” I could never bring myself to do it, but it was kind of fun to write it from that point of view.
GLAMOUR: Are you able to watch other reality TV, like The Real Housewives or The Bachelor, or do you just complain to your friends, “Look how scripted that is!”
LAUREN CONRAD: I do! I’m always so bad about continuity errors, or all the little tricks they do; they cut and paste together these voiceovers. But you have to know that these poor editors have to make something out of nothing sometimes, because so much money goes into every shoot.
GLAMOUR: What’s another trick we might not know about?
LAUREN CONRAD: During shooting, the producers would send us quick text messages telling us what to talk about. They couldn’t walk through the shot, so they’d just text me, like, “Say something quick about this story line.” That’s why we were always checking our phones!
GLAMOUR: You’re awfully considerate when you talk about the crew on these shows.
LAUREN CONRAD: I was really lucky. You see the crew more than you see your friends and family. One producer, Sophia, is still one of my best friends. I think it’s funny because you’re never supposed to make eye contact with the crew during a shoot. Sometimes you want to turn to a friend and you can’t!
GLAMOUR: Did you watch the series finale of The Hills?
LAUREN CONRAD: I didn’t ever watch it.
LAUREN CONRAD: I swear on my life! I only watched the last minute and a half at the finale party.
GLAMOUR: People often say that reality stars are famous for doing nothing. Did you feel like you had to prove yourself?
LAUREN CONRAD: I did, and it was very frustrating because I almost wanted to send critics my weekly schedule and say, “This is my ‘nothing.’ ” I would film all day, and then I had several other businesses on the side: In the last season I was running a clothing line and writing a novel. I work really, really hard.
“On the vacation to Cabo, I wore a bathing suit on the beach for the first time in years. Usually I’m just petrified. A couple of years ago someone zoomed in on my cellulite and it was so mean. I took it really personally. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in L.A. in years because of that.” Bodysuit, Rochas; gold bangle, Tiffany & Co.
“I wish I dated as much as people thought I did! It’s really funny because almost everyone that I’m reportedly “dating” is a friend of mine. About half my friends are guys, and I’ve always gotten along really well with guys. You just have to laugh at it.” Bikini, Malia Mills; gold necklace, Tiffany & Co.
“During shooting, the producers would send us quick text messages telling us what to talk about. They couldn’t walk through the shot, so they’d just text me, like, ‘Say something quick about this story line.’ That’s why we were always checking our phones!” Dress, Paper Crown; hat, Eric Javits; heels, LC Lauren Conrad.
“The show is what brought a lot of us together, and when it was gone, we didn’t have anything in common anymore.” Top, skirt, Miu Miu; gold bangles, from top: Tiffany & Co., Gucci; heels, Jerome C. Rousseau.
“For me, the best way to stay grounded is to surround myself with friends and family who knew me way back when. There’s nothing like cleaning my mom’s dishes or taking out the trash to remind me that I’m no different than anyone else.” Sweater, shorts, Bill Blass; wedges, Oscar de la Renta.
“I haven’t met a woman without insecurities. You just have to learn to play up the positives.” Bodysuit, Rochas; gold bangle, Tiffany & Co.
“I feel like most guys aren’t reading Us Weekly. Anyway, it’s not bad if somebody links you to one of your friends. For me, it serves as a distraction from my actual dating life. I can go and date people and not be bothered!”
Photos + excerpt via Glamour.Com