As media and fame whores go, there's Speidi and there's everyone else.
The gruesome twosome from The Hills is so shameless about their ambition to be famous that their ambition to be famous is their M.O. There is no cover story, or ostensible reason for being. They exist so we will cover them.
And we do. Because that's what makes Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt so entertaining. Who else would write a book called How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture.
It's so delightfully straightforward, we almost admire them. Almost.
Q: What led you to decide to write this particular book together?
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: They always say, "Write what you know," and we know how to be famous. Plus, we're both extremely giving people.
What good is having all of this knowledge if you don't share it with others for the low, low price of $19.99, available online and at bookstores everywhere?
This book didn't require much planning. It's like if you asked Michael Jordan to write a book on how to dunk, or Bono to write one on how to be a rock star.
Q: Aren't you worried that revealing your strategies for becoming a celebrity and remaining in the public eye may have a detrimental effect on your fame?
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: We're not worried at all. Our fame has never been about being liked. Being liked is fine, and we love it when people come up to us and say nice things, but we're famous because we keep people guessing.
What's more surprising than a famous person telling people how they did it?
Q: You reference Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the book as two celebrities who really know how to manipulate the press to their advantage. Are you at all concerned that [Brangelina] may have a negative reaction to your description of them?
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: Well, we wouldn't want to piss them off. She might steal Spencer - you know, because she steals people's husbands! But seriously, we would love to sit down and discuss fame with them.
Q: What's on your agenda in 2010?
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag: Adopt an African baby, date Vince Vaughn, shave our heads, pretend Spencer is trapped in a balloon and have octuplets.