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For a guy who was barely featured on Laguna Beach, Talan Torriero sure has dated some hot girls. People magazine caught up with the young hottie to talk about his famous flings, as well as rumors about The Hills being a tad staged.

“They kind of found out who did what, who liked this person and who liked that person, and almost created characters on [The Hills],” Talan Torriero said.

“When you watch it, it has the dynamics of a real show. Laguna Beach was as real as reality shows get. And it was shot in a way that people thought, is this real or fake?”

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The Laguna Beach grad and aspiring actor also dished a bit about a certain pair of high school friends and co-stars, Lauren Conrad and Jason Wahler.

Lauren Conrad, Talan Torriero says, is still a very good friend of his, and her enormous success with The Hills and her other endeavors is very much deserved.

“I talk to Lauren all the time. She’s one of my best friends,” Torriero said. “We had a time where we didn’t really talk, because we just fell out of touch. Recently, I ran into to her and we started hanging out again. She’s a great girl. The Hills is huge. It’s definitely not a bad thing to be in your early 20s and have your own show on MTV and your own clothing line. She has a great future.”

As for Jason Wahler, Torriero’s pal and Conrad’s ex, Torriero says he doesn’t “really talk to Jason … At the end of the day, I know he’s a great guy just from knowing him when I was a kid. We all have different ways of dealing with hard times.”

Talan Torriero also talked about his girlfriends, such as a rumored fling with Tara Conner, who he says “inspired me a lot, because she’s a girl who was put under a microscope by the entire nation, and she was able to overcome adversity.”

As for being Tara Conner‘s current boyfriend, Talan Torriero denies it, saying the rebellious Miss USA stunner is “just a good friend.”

Torriero also explains his appeal to “older women,” including Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, 29, and former fiancée Kimberly Stewart, 28.

“You know what it is? I matured a lot faster than other people. A lot of the girls my age, not all of them, like to play games and I don’t like to do that,” Torriero says.

“I think older women go on a date with me, and then they say, ‘Wait, how old are you again?’ And then they’re like, ‘Well I’m already dating you, I might as well keep dating you.’ I’m not necessarily going after cougars or anything. At the end of the day, it’s just about being happy.”