Heidi Montag Says Mischa Barton Joining ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ Was Frustrating: “We’ve Put Our Whole Lives Into This Show”

“Sorry Mischa, we prefer the company of over-the-top attention seekers… in case you hadn’t noticed.”

When it comes reality TV costars, “the more the merrier” doesn’t always apply—at least not to Heidi Montag. 

According to Us Weekly, MTV’s decision to cast Mischa Barton (forever known as Marisa Cooper from The O.C.) on The Hills: New Beginnings didn’t initially sit well with Heidi, who accused the newcomer of being “so reserved” once the cameras began rolling. 

“I think it was a little frustrating for me at first, because, like, we’ve put our whole lives into this show before and after, so to have someone come in and, like, be so reserved was a little bit frustrating,” Heidi told the magazine. 

Heidi did point out that Mischa’s reserved demeanor probably wasn’t intentional. 

“ … I think that is, like, how she is, and she’s just a little more closed and needed a little more time to open [up],” she added. 

“She doesn’t even go here!”

Jason Wahler, one of the OGs returning to the show, admitted that he, too, found Mischa to be “sheltered in the beginning,” as did Justin Bobby Brescia, who previously called her “a really quiet being.”

Jason’s wife Ashley Wahler (also a newcomer to the franchise) added that Mischa was “misunderstood” at the beginning of filming. 

“I feel like she’s like, a little timid and not as, like, open as the rest of us, but then as soon as you hang out with her she becomes more real and raw,” she said. 

Cast member Frankie Delgado told the magazine that Mischa even admitted herself that letting the cameras into her world was “the hardest thing” she’s done. Frankie’s advice for his costar was to put herself out there.

“ … People can spot that fakeness,” he added. 

Frankie’s words of reality TV wisdom seemed to have worked for Mischa, as even Heidi (speaking of fake) ultimately warmed up to her. 

“I think she’s really quirky and funny and … she’s a great addition to the cast,” Heidi said. “I really like Mischa.”

Aside from Mischa and Ashley, Brandon Thomas Lee, the son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, is another new face viewers will be seeing this season. Other additions to the show include Brody Jenner’s wife Kaitlynn Carter and Frankie’s wife Jennifer Delgado.

‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ premieres tonight at 10/9c on MTV. 

Watch the first three minutes of the premiere episode below! 

(Photos: MTV, Instagram)

21 Responses

  1. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
    They all have the same face.

  2. The show is fake hello speidi we all know!!!! Brandon is hottt though…Jason’s wife omg in the after show… she is just weird looking! Yuk! Idk why Mischa or Brandon are even on the show but I’ll enjoy looking at Brandon!

  3. Heidi is a little dramatic. I don’t blame Mischa for not opening up initially, she never did reality tv before. She also had some drug or mental health issues in the past.

  4. They made such a big deal about that show, and that was the such a boring and lack luster premiere of a reboot I think I’ve ever seen. They really can’t do this without Lauren or Kristin….

  5. I’ve never watched this show, but it must suck to be Brody Jenner’s wife and not able to use your married name because you’ll be confused with your father-in-law…

    1. Yeah it’s called aging! Lol but Stephanie omg her dumb half London accent???? and how much surgery did she get? Stealing clothes and ODing?!?!? Wow I never even heard that story prior to the show!

  6. Honestly, they should have left the show where it was. The only way a reboot would have worked was if all the original cast were on board, including Lauren. This just feels wrong and kind of reduces it to just another trashy reality TV show (I know, I know, you could argue that that’s exactly what it was, haha – but to me and probably other die-hard Hills fans, it was so much more than that at the time!).

    1. Omg I was cooking and heard her first speak and said is that a man?!?!? Had to rewind the show!!! Def sounds manly!!! I’m glad I’m not the only who who thought that??

  7. Ehh…
    Not interested…
    Please end soon. They are so old and it doesn’t seem like any of them really accomplished anything… Audrina went on about how appearance is everything and blah blah… Ahh. To be born into privilege…

  8. These people are absolute idiots. The Hills is a spinoff from Laguna Beach. The cast from Laguna including, LC was what built the fan base. The Hills cast basically joined an already establish hit show. They didn’t create shit.

    1. I believe Kristin made laguna beach watchable.. LC was a dud. I think Kristin was offered the spin off but passed on it then came back when she failed at hosting other lame shows.

  9. Yeaaa mischa barton being on it is dumb…not a fan…but holy botox on all the girls..stephanie looks like an oil painting…

    1. They are gonna try to make Justin Bobby and adrina happen again… Speidy is proclaimed Zen master.. But you can see him already getting shady with other cast mast..Heidi had a drinking problem I believe… She was out of control and the last 2 reality show she did.. Maybe the baby calm her down the bed but I don’t think so.

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