The Hills: New Beginnings star Ashley Wahler - who is married to fellow cast member and former The Hills and Laguna Beach star Jason Wahler - opened up recently about some of the reasoning behind joining the famous reality TV cast. She explained that one of the main reasons was to make friends.
Fans first met Jason on Laguna Beach, which aired in 2004 and followed the lives of affluent teenagers in Southern California, and were later re-introduced to him on The Hills. The spinoff focused mainly on cast member Lauren Conrad's life in Los Angeles after she left high school. While Jason was known to be a player during his time on those shows - he was Conrad's on-again/off-again love interest and was the reason she didn't take the Teen Vogue internship in Paris - viewers will get to see a different side of him on the recently premiered The Hills: New Beginnings. In the nearly ten years since The Hills went off the air in 2009, Jason has gotten sober and met the love of his life, Ashley, with whom he shares a daughter, Delilah. He's gone from heartbreaker to homemaker, and Ashley, who appears on the spinoff alongside her husband, is excited to show fans this softer side of him.
Ashley said she and Jason talked a lot about whether or not they should go on the show, but ultimately decided that they've "gone through so much" and are still happily married, and they wanted to share that experience with others. She told Cosmopolitan that "It seemed like a no-brainer that right now, our society needs people that are going to try and help others," referring to his battle with addiction. In addition to helping others, Ashley wanted to make friends, and it looks as though she succeeded. Ashley is seen posing with The Hills: New Beginnings co-stars (seen below via her personal Instagram) with the caption reading, "Love these crazy kids."
Since filming started, the professional hairstylist and colorist said she's gotten close with cast members Whitney Port and Mischa Barton, who starred in The O.C., which originally inspired Laguna Beach. While Barton was quiet and guarded at first, Ashley explained that she "plowed through." She said she likes to get to know people "on a different level than just surface," adding that she and Barton are close friends. Ashley added that she and Port also bonded because of the fact that they both lost their fathers.
While it sounds like Ashley decided to star in The Hills: New Beginnings for the right reasons, that doesn't mean other cast members won't try to bring the drama. Spencer Pratt, for instance, is returning and is already talking about beef with his sister Stephanie. The two apparently haven't spoken since the original show aired; though maybe they'll take a page out of Ashley's book and try to build some bridges instead of burning them this season.
New episodes of The Hills: New Beginnings air Mondays at 10 pm EST on MTV.