Whitney Port is discussing the “Hills” reboot and says she tried her best to convince series lead Lauren Conrad to return.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter at the Koia’s Fruit Infusions launch party last week, Port said she was “scared” when she first got the call about coming back for the revival of the popular MTV reality series.
“I had reservations at first because I have a family now and more to protect than when I was 25 years old,” she explained. “I really had to think about it.”
Port, who has a 13-month-old son, said she discussed her potential return with her friends and family and ultimately decided that it was worth the risk.
“With the biggest risks come the biggest rewards. ‘The Hills’ was such an amazing experience the first time around, so after giving it some thought, I figured it would be a cool new beginning for me. I’m opening up my life again. I’m nervous, but also excited.”
The reboot was announced last month during the MTV Music Video Awards and many of the show’s original stars reunited on the red carpet before the awards ceremony. Port was absent from the reunion but later confirmed on Instagram that she would be taking part in the new series.
“The Hills: New Beginnings” is slated to premiere in 2019 and will follow the original cast members, catching viewers up on their lives since the show ended in 2010. However, one original cast member not involved in the reboot is Conrad, though Port is still hoping she will come around.
“I get it. We’re all at different points in our lives. Most of us have young families and everybody needs to protect their families in the way they feel is right,” Port said when asked about Conrad, who also has a baby boy. “I don’t judge Lauren for not wanting to do it.”
“I have tried to convince Lauren through people,” Port revealed. “I haven’t gotten directly to her but I recently spoke to one of her friends and I was like, ‘Tell her to do it!’ Who knows? Maybe she’ll say yes in the future. I feel like the door’s always open.”