Born and raised in Laguna Beach, California, she attended Laguna Beach High School.In September 2004, at the age of 18, Conrad came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which documented her life and friends' lives.“We just wanted to show the regular Lauren, because at the end of the day, every celebrity is still a person, who wants meaningful relationships in their lives, and expects a certain amount of kindness and respect from friends.”“I think Lauren struggled with, ‘Well, this is part of my life. “She had opened up her life for, I think, seven years at that point …
In May 2009, Conrad left The Hills after five seasons, and was replaced by former Laguna Beach cast member Kristin Cavallari.
She filmed an alternate ending for the series finale in July 2010, which was broadcast in August 2013. Candy book trilogy in 2010 and the spin-off The Fame Game series in 2012.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the fashion industry in May 2006, Conrad was commissioned to star in her own spin-off series The Hills, which chronicled the personal and professional lives of her and friends Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port.
During its production, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and held positions with Teen Vogue and Kelly Cutrone's PR firm People's Revolution.
It was so untrue to what was really going on.”.“The network got really scared that we weren’t putting testimonials in there,” Gateley shares. The first two seasons of the show were just 10 and 12 episodes, respectively. But once they were in there, you know, we weren’t making anything happen.” “[There was] a need to produce more episodes, not necessarily more drama,” she adds.
When MTV ordered the series’ third installment, the network wanted 28 episodes -- but shot in the same amount of time they had to film the other seasons.“We never had to script anything,” Gateley says. “That’s when we started covering more characters, too,” Gateley notes.It was time to see that chapter of amazing storytelling on the network come to an end.” Co-star Audrina Patridge seems to agree with Gateley about the tone of the show shifting in the final seasons, calling Conrad the show’s “voice of reason.”“When Kristin came in, things really just got wild,” she tells ET’s Ashley Crossan. all these new random people would come in, and it was like this is just not the same.”Lisa Loves’ “She's going to always be known as the girl who didn't go to Paris” is a line that will go down in reality TV history -- and Gateley tells ET they tried to get Conrad to take the internship abroad, but she wouldn’t bite. is an American television personality, fashion designer, and author.[we] always talked about, how are we going to end it?Like, do Lauren and [ co-star] Stephen [Colletti] sort of wake-up in bed, kind of Bob Newhart-style? But we knew we had something special because it confused people.”Gateley says she pushed back, telling her bosses the editing would fill in the story holes they wanted the interviews to cover.“That’s where the editors also were our storytellers,” she says.’ And, clearly, the show went on, and continued to do well. Definitely not.”The show ran for a season and a half more, but with Conrad’s The series famously ended with Brody Jenner standing in front of what turned out to be a backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and Hollywood sign as Cavallari drove away.