Amid an endless sea of cat fights, drunken nights and Spencer Pratt bound bites, the stabilizing influence of The Hills has always been the lovely Whitney Port.
We first saw the striking blonde-haired, blue-eyed Whitney when she was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed co-intern of Lauren Conrad at Teen Vogue.
Since then, she's been promoted to a full-time "fashion contributor" at Teen Vogue and has been a greater focal point of The Hills than ever.
New York's Papermag.com was lucky enough to interview the beautiful and sage friend of LC recently, just prior to the start of The Hills' third season. Here's what Ms. Port had to say about fame, life and, of course, hair products.
Q: Where are you right now?
Whitney Port: In L.A., at my sister's 20th birthday party. We went out to a little lunch, me and my two sisters and my mom. The four girls.
Q: What did you do for premiere of The Hills?
Whitney Port: I kind of stay out of everything. I went out of town for two weeks, so I wasn't be in the middle of the craziness. I'm going to Missouri with my whole family - we've been going every year since I was born. And yes, we have TV there!
Q: How is this season different than the first two? For you, personally?
Whitney Port: Yeah, this season... we are finding ourselves more as women and revealing more of ourselves. It is still very hard for me to show my private life.
Whitney Port: I don't like letting myself be vulnerable... I don't like having my life controlled by other people.
Q: How has your style changed since you first started the show?
Whitney Port: When I go to work, I try to be a little more sophisticated, more appropriate in the office than as an intern. I could wear jeans and t-shirts then, now I have to look more mature. It's really nice not being an intern anymore. It's nice to be in charge a little, to be able to delegate duties to the other interns.
Q: Who's your favorite designer?
Whitney Port: Right now... To wear out at night, I love Philip Lim, I love Marchesa and I love Valentino.
Q: Do people come up to you a lot?
Whitney Port: Um... not so much. Being in Los Angeles, there are so many real celebrities and real people they don't really care.
Q: What's the weirdest fan interaction you've had?
Whitney Port: I remember I got off a plane in Canada, and there were these teenage guys with printed out pictures of me, waiting for me. I didn't understand how they knew I was coming in and what flight I was on.
Q: I feel like reality stars have to deal a lot with people who think they know them. Do you find this is true?
Whitney Port: Kind of... a lot of people say, "we love your character," and I'm like, I didn't know I was a character! It's a little bit weird. I try not to freak out about it... It's the weirdest thing, I can't explain it. It's surreal.
Q: Do you and your friends have Hills-watching parties?
Whitney Port: I get the episode few days in advance and I watch it right away. Usually, just my family and I sit down and watch together.
Q: Do you ever yell at the TV?
Whitney Port: I don't yell at it, though I'm sure this season I'm going to be.
Q: How has the whole Heidi-Spencer vs. Lauren situation been for you?
Whitney Port: I'm not so involved, to be honest. I'm friends with both and try not to be in the middle of things. It's not my problem.
Q: Where do you like to hang out in L.A.?
Whitney Port: I don't go to Hollywood so much. The scene is so overwhelming for me. I hang out over towards Santa Monica, and at bars over there.
Q: If you were going to the Oscars, who would you wear?
Whitney Port: I would love Valentino... or Oscar de la Renta.
Q: Lastly, you have very nice hair - what do you do to it?
Whitney Port: I use Frederic Fekkai shampoo and conditioner and then Lanza leave-in conditioner. Usually I'll blow dry it. And that's what I do!