Audrina Patridge, 34
THEN: The one-time Epic Records assistant is remembered for her roller-coaster romance with Justin “Bobby” Brescia. “I was so young,” she says.
NOW: Patridge went through a painful divorce from Corey Bohan in 2018, with whom she has Kirra, 2. “I have a daughter to protect,” she says. “This is a whole new chapter for me.”
Spencer & Heidi Pratt, 35 & 32
THEN: They were the villains of the original series, feuding with star Lauren Conrad and grabbing headlines when Montag underwent a series of dramatic plastic surgeries.
NOW: After Pratt and Montag became tabloid staples, “we lost the plot,” says Pratt. The couple lived beyond their means and hit hard times. “It was very intense being rich and famous at a young age,” says Montag. “But our mistakes brought us closer.” Married since 2009, Montag and Pratt, who also own a crystal company called Pratt Daddy Crystals, are parents to 20-month-old Gunner. “Time and space have given us the ability to reinvent our image,” says Montag. “We want to show ourselves as we really are.”
Brody Jenner, 25
THEN: The charmer dated costars Conrad and Cavallari on the show.
NOW: Wed to influencer Kaitlynn Carter for one year (she appears on the new series), Jenner is focused on his deejay career. Once best friends with Spencer Pratt, the pair are no longer close. “Things on the show started off pretty fiery for sure,” he says. “It was pretty intense right out of the gate.”
Whitney Port, 34
THEN: The former fashion intern was besties with Conrad and landed her own spinoff, The City.
NOW: The offcamera reality of being a “struggling fashion designer” post-MTV was “a slap in the face,” says Port, but now she’s happily wed to producer Tim Rosenman and focused on their son Sonny, 23 months. Being back on TV makes Port “feel a little old — but I’m going to be myself, and it’s not in my nature to be dramatic!”
Stephanie Pratt, 33
THEN: Initially cast as a foil for Conrad, Pratt navigated a volatile dynamic with her brother Spencer.
NOW: After four seasons on the U.K. reality series Made in Chelsea and authoring a book, Pratt came home to L.A. with a new perspective. “I was always in my brother’s shadow,” says Pratt, whose relationship with Heidi and Spencer remains strained. “I’m much more secure in who I am now. I’m real, and I’m raw, and I’m an adult. We don’t have to like each other.”
Frankie Delgado, 38
THEN: The Hollywood club impresario was never far away when his costars clashed.
NOW: The father of Isabella, 5, and Francis, 2, with wife Jennifer balances a nightlife career with family. “I’m Bruce Wayne during the day and Batman at night,” says Delgado, a longtime pal of Jenner’s. The biggest difference between partying then and now? “Hangovers hit so much harder!”
Jason Wahler, 32
THEN: Like his ex, Conrad, Wahler starred on The Hills predecessor Laguna Beach.
NOW: A recovering addict, Wahler works with other substance abusers. “It’s a trip to look back and be sober,” says the dad of Delilah, 22 months, with wife Ashley. “I’m not ashamed of my past.”
Brandon Lee, 23
The Hills newcomer was born in the public eye. “I went through a lot,” says the oldest son of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. But the actor and model, now three years sober, doesn’t plan on holding back when the cameras roll. “I don’t have trouble with confrontation.”
Mischa Barton, 33
Barton’s 2003-2007 soap The O.C. inspired Laguna Beach, which spawned The Hills, and she’s quick to admit it’s “ironic” that things have come full circle. “I didn’t know their history,” she says. “And I think a lot of the cast thought I was going to be a total bitch!” The actress weathered years of public struggles since her time as a 2000s It-girl but says she’s since found personal balance: “I’ve had quite a few things to overcome, but I’m grateful for the life I have now.”