Those familiar with reality star Kristin Cavallari know that she's brutally honest and doesn't sugarcoat her feelings. That's probably contributed to an unflattering label she's had since starring on MTV's "Laguna Beach."
MTV even played off Cavallari's reputation as being mean when she joined "The Hills" after Lauren Conrad left the show. (Cavallari became a celebrity in 2004 when MTV tracked her high school love life and rivalry with Conrad on "Laguna Beach.")
Cavallari, 23, talked about being honest, tabloid stories about drug use and proving herself as an actress in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
AP: You became famous on MTV's "Laguna Beach" when you were in high school and quickly became an It Girl. What have you learned about fame?
Cavallari: It can be kind of lonely sometimes.
AP: Did you talk to Lauren Conrad before replacing her on "The Hills"? (Cavallari's first scene was showing up at the wedding of the series' duo, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.)
Cavallari: No, I wasn't allowed to tell anyone I was coming to the wedding.
AP: And then you walked into the church by yourself and everyone looked surprised. Was that real?
Cavallari: I was so nervous walking into the church! I didn't know how everyone was gonna react. It ended up being OK. Even though you didn't see it on camera, Lauren and I actually walked out of the church arm and arm. Things were OK. (Laughs.)
AP: What did you think about MTV's ads when you joined "The Hills"? Are you OK with your reputation?
Cavallari: I'm definitely very honest. I go after what I want. ... MTV actually asked me if they could do "the bitch is back" slogan and I said, "Of course." I mean I think it's funny, you know, it's a TV show and I want to have fun with it. And it's fun to play it up for the cameras, too.
AP: The new episodes of "The Hills" address a tabloid report that you were using drugs, which you've denied. What was that like?
Cavallari: It was very, very difficult. The thing is, it's one thing if it's just on the show, you know, fine, I understand the show needs drama and that's what it's about. But when it's in tabloids and it's starting to affect my personal life, it's not cool. And it was a very difficult thing for me to deal with. But at the same time, I feel like it was so stupid, and there really wasn't a story there, that it just died down. ... It's just a stupid rumor. So, I'm not too worried about it.
AP: When you're auditioning for acting roles, do you feel you have more to prove because you come from a reality TV background?
Cavallari: I definitely feel like I have to prove myself 10 times more. Everyone assumes because I'm on a reality show I can't act. Which is fine. It's just another battle I have to fight.