Again in 2004, a workforce of MTV producers turned up at a Southern California highschool on the hunt for the suitable group of charismatic teenagers to entrance their newest brainchild: a real-life, docu-soap model of Fox’s runaway-hit drama The O.C.

“We’re sitting there in school, and over the each day bulletins they announce, ‘Okay everybody, MTV’s right here. They are going to forged a actuality present on Laguna Seashore. When you’re , join within the quad at break,'” Christina Sinclair (née Schuller) recalled to Time in 2014. “And I feel for any 18 12 months previous, that is a dream come true. It is like Grease—once they say they’ll movie their promenade and it may be on nationwide tv. Oh my gosh, I’ve to do it!”

In a pre-Kardashians, pre-Actual Housewives world, what the community was after was pretty groundbreaking—a glossy-looking, new type of actuality TV that merely adopted a gaggle of intriguing topics round ready for them to make good tv. And, after weeks of scouting, once they stumbled upon outspoken blonde junior Kristin Cavallari, her dreamy senior boyfriend Stephen Colletti and his greatest buddy Lauren Conrad, the perpetual girl-next-door who’d been harboring a secret crush, one growth exec despatched again phrase to the community: They’d it. 

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