The bare cheek of it
ON THE Hollywood scandal scale, leaked nude photos no longer rate as highly as they once did.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t have the power to rattle stars who find themselves snapped without their gear.
Audrina Patridge, 23, from the US reality show The Hills, knows that feeling of humiliation after secret pictures of her posing nude emerged in the media last year.
The Orange County resident had let a female photographer friend take the pictures four years ago. They surfaced when Patridge’s rising status made her a favourite with the gossip magazines.
‘‘When those pictures came out I was devastated,’’ the actor says.
‘‘Those photos were never meant to come out. I was only 18 and had come to LA and a photographer friend said she could help me get comfortable in front of the camera.
‘‘She promised me they would never get out and deleted the ones I didn’t like. Then years later we aren’t friends any more and I’m in The Hills and she released the photos.
‘‘At the time I was so naive, I believed what she said and that it was normal to do this type of shoot.’’
With a fifth season of The Hills having started, Patridge has had time to wise up to the manipulative ways of Hollywood.
‘‘I’ve learned not to trust everyone and people are kind of out for themselves,’’ she says.
A spin-off of MTV reality show Laguna Beach, The Hills documents the lives of Lauren Conrad and her friends who are living it up in Hollywood after leaving Laguna Beach behind.
In the past five years, the program has chronicled the catfights between Conrad and her former best friend Heidi Montag, and Conrad’s lasting friendship with Whitney Port.
Patridge was discovered poolside by show producers scouting her real-life apartment block for a new home for Conrad.
She acknowledges her relationship with Conrad and her posse was manufactured in the beginning, though she says they have since become friends.
The antics and emotional plights of The Hills’ players makes for addictive viewing and Patridge admits her life was much more simple before the show.
‘‘For a few months into the first season I was like, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ ’’ she says.
‘‘In high school I was a guys’ girl and had so many more guy friends and I was friends with everyone. I didn’t have enemies. I was the girl everyone knew but I never had any drama following me around.
‘‘I was never a gossip or anything and then I started filming The Hills and I feel like I’m in school again.’’ The Hills, G Channel 9, Saturday (returns May 2), 12.30pm Hollywood high life Duration: 30 minutes