When Kristin Cavallari was a junior at Laguna Beach High School—having moved to California after spending her junior high and freshman years living in Barrington—a scouting team from MTV came to campus looking to put together a reality television show. It was 2004 and the pitfalls of becoming a reality star were still relatively unknown, so Cavallari and a handful of her peers jumped on board as the cast of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
“None of knew what we were doing,” says Cavallari of the highly produced series. “There were things that happened that probably wouldn’t have had we not been making a television show.” As a consequence, Cavallari put up a wall around herself, became very guarded, and kept most things about her personal life private. “Even on the first season, you can see me telling my boyfriend at the time that if we needed to talk about something—it had to be off camera.”
That’s why the announcement of Cavallari’s new book Balancing in Heels, My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making It All Work was an unexpected surprise for her fans.