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Where are they now? The original cast of Laguna Beach, 19 years after the show first aired.

Before we were blessed with countless episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, we got to experience the OG reality television show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.

Following the lives of eight extremely good-looking, wealthy teenagers in high school, Laguna Beach had us hooked on the storylines that unfolded during their senior year. We’re talking all the important parts of any teenager’s life: navigating school life, figuring out what to do next, and of course, all the high school crushes.

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And although it feels like only yesterday that we were just starting to get to know these teenagers from California, it’s been nearly 19 years since the first episode aired on MTV.

So let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to since then.

Lauren Conrad

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Out of all the cast members from Laguna Beach, Lauren Conrad was always destined to do big things. And that she did.

Since appearing on her first reality TV show in her teens, Conrad went on to star as a lead character in the LA-based reality TV show, The Hills, but towards the end of the show, she decided that it was time to move on from television and start exploring some new career endeavours.

Since the show, Conrad has written seven books, including L.A. Candy which became a New York Times bestseller, opened an online boutique called The Little Market, which distributes handmade pieces created by women and started her own clothing line, LC Lauren Conrad.


And in 2019, she started her own podcast, Asking for A Friend.


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On a personal level, she has been married to musician, William Tell, since 2014 and they share two children, Liam and Charlie.

So although we're sad that she didn't make an appearance in the recent reality TV spin-off, The Hills: New Beginnings, it seems like Conrad has far too much on her plate already.


Kristin Cavallari

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During Laguna Beach, Kristin Cavallari was portrayed as one of reality TV's original villains.

Her love triangle with co-stars Stephen Colletti and Lauren Conrad, and her on-screen feud with Conrad, provided the majority of the show’s drama, which continued into The Hills when she replaced Conrad as the lead.

She starred in her own reality TV show, Very Cavallari, which followed both her family life and professional life as the owner and boss of her jewellery label, Uncommon James.

She married NFL quarterback Jay Cutler in 2013 and they have three children together – two sons called Camden and Jaxon, and a daughter named Saylor.


Sadly, she announced that she and Cutler were getting a divorce in 2020, after seven years together.

Her reality show, Very Cavallari, followed the highs and lows of their marriage. On an April 2019 episode, she told her friends “things weren’t as perfect as they seemed".

In 2020, Cavallari announced the show would be wrapping up after three seasons.

“Jay has been great, yes. From the outside, like, things are so perfect and things are so great,” she said. “But actually, like, they’re not. And that sucks. It sucks. That’s the thing, though, with marriage – it’s ups and downs.”


In 2022, Kristin and ex-boyfriend Stephen Colletti teamed up on a podcast called Back to the Beach, where they rewatched and unpacked their experiences on Laguna Beach.

On the season finale of their show, Lauren Conrad joined her former nemesis Kristin and mutual ex-boyfriend for a long-awaited chat about their real relationship and regrets on the show.


The pair discussed how their 'feud' was actually "done" before MTV cameras began rolling, despite that being a focus of two full television seasons.

They also touched on the exaggeration of the love triangle drama and apologised for calling each other 'sl*ts'. You can read out full recap of the show here.


Stephen Colletti

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It's safe to say that if you watched Laguna Beach, you had a crush on Stephen Colletti. Right?

Colletti, who was the teenager that Cavallari and Conrad 'fought over' in the first two seasons, has since gone on to study at San Francisco State University and then begin an acting career. He appeared on One Tree Hill as Chase Adams for five seasons.


Since then, he has appeared in a few other things including TV shows, Hit The Floor and Everyone is Doing Great.

Most recently, he reunited with Kristin Cavallari for their Back to the Beach podcast.


In terms of his personal life, Colletti debuted his relationship with girlfriend Alex Weaver at the end of last year. Weaver works as a reporter and host for NASCAR.

Lo Bosworth

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Our favourite friend to Lauren Conrad, Lo Bosworth, was always a gem to watch on screen. Appearing on both Laguna Beach and The Hills, Bosworth was the friend we all wished we had.

Since reality TV, she started her own website in 2010 called The Lo Down by Lo Bosworth, and then released a book of the same name in 2011.

In 2013, she started her own YouTube channel that had mass success, and in 2016, she launched Love Wellness, a clean beauty brand.

Most recently, she's published a wellness book called Love Yourself Well.


In a TikTok clip last year, she responded to a question that asked if she still talked to Lauren Conrad. 

She wrote, "Yep! I’ve lived on the east coast for more than 10 years so we don’t chat super frequently but definitely still friends."

In a 2021 episode of Annalynne McCord and Shenae Grimes’ podcast Unzipped, she shared that she was keen to keep her personal life private and remain out of the spotlight.

In terms of her relationship status, it looks like the former reality star is currently single.

Trey Phillips

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During the show, Trey Phillips spoke about his aspirations to go into fashion design, and since then, he has done exactly that.

After the show ended, Phillips attended Parsons School of Design in New York City and now works as an associate designer at Vera Wang.


Phillips has kept a fairly low profile since his Laguna Beach days – only recently making his Instagram account public.

Dieter Schmitz

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Remember Dieter Schmitz? He was one of Colletti's closest friends on Laguna Beach, and also had a sweet friendship with Conrad.

Since the show, he now lives in Washington, D.C. and works as an area general manager for an international hospitality company called Lore Group. 

He got married to his wife Isabell in 2016, with former costars and friends Colletti, Phillips and Loren Polster serving as his groomsmen. 



He has a son named Nico and last year announced that he and his wife would be expecting a daughter in 2023.

Morgan Olson

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Unlike her other castmates, Morgan Olson always planned on settling down, getting married and having kids. And, that she did.

In 2010, she married Joel Smith and the couple moved to Newport, California.


They later moved to South Carolina to open a children's swimwear store called Minnow Swim. They also have two sons, Theo and Julian, and a daughter named Georgia.

Christina Schuller

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Christina Schuller was another castmate that had plans on making it in Los Angeles, however, she has since become involved in fitness.

Schuller, who is now known as Christina Sinclair, is a fitness instructor at Equinox and also a mother of two children, Christian and Cienna.


Her Instagram account is currently on private, which makes snooping a little tricky!

Talan Torriero

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Talan Torriero was known to be one of the nicest guys on Laguna Beach; always able to charm the ladies. He has clearly continued to do so, as he dated Rod Stewart's daughter, Kim Stewart, and Pussycat Dolls lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger.


Since then, he has settled down, married Danielle Zuroski in 2014 and had a son named Bronson and a daughter named Hudson.

He also makes some fantastic TikToks.

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This article was originally published on April 29, 2020 and was updated on January 2, 2023.

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