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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
SPENCER PRATT AND HEIDI MONTAG: When Reality-TV Fame Runs Dry!
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Kate Aurthur, thedailybeast.com / Jul 31, 2011 10:15 PM EDT.
Splash News / Newscom
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag—the whoriest of the famewhores, the most promotional of the promosexuals, the couple that took Paris Hilton’s famous-for-nothing vocation and turned it into a winking, nonstop enterprise—are careful to say that they have no regrets. Living a fake life for the sake of cameras worked for them for years.
Until it didn’t. They’re broke and living at Spencer’s parents’ beach house in Santa Barbara because of the free rent; Heidi’s body and face are forever changed from plastic surgeries she now wishes she had not gotten; their relationships with friends and family are severely damaged; and they have found themselves largely unemployable, both on camera and off.
We discussed these issues over lunch recently at the couple’s favorite restaurant, Don Antonio’s in West L.A., where I had interviewed them three years earlier when they were at the top of their game with MTV’s docusoap The Hills, working every lever of the celebrity industrial-machine to their advantage.
Things have changed. Spencer spoke definitively: “What we learned is: You can be too famous.”
They first acquired fame in 2006, when The Hills began as a continuation of the channel’s phenomenally successful reality-ish show, Laguna Beach. Heidi was (and played) the roommate of the franchise’s star Lauren Conrad, whom she met at freshman orientation at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 2004. Beginning in The Hills’s second season, Spencer was (and played) Heidi’s duplicitous, overbearing, combative, Lauren-hating boyfriend, whom Heidi had met off-camera after season one. They definitely stole the show, with Spencer’s villainy, Heidi’s sad eyes, and Lauren’s fruitless entreaties to keep her friend and get rid of her enemy driving The Hills’s plot.