For three brief, wonderful seasons, viewers were immersed in the lives of the teenage stars of Laguna Beach.
That was over a decade ago, but the cultural impact of that ahead-of-its-time reality series cannot be measured.
And now, former star Stephen Colletti has confirmed that MTV is talking about hosting a reunion.
Speaking to People, Stephen Colletti teases a Laguna Beach reunion.
“They’ve been talking about it,” he reveals.
“MTV has been,” Colletti says. “They’ve been putting out some phone calls for it.”
So they’re weighing their options and perhaps testing the waters.
He cautions viewers to not start belting “Coming Clean” just yet, however — even though it’s a great song.
Colletti says that he’s reluctant to dive back into reality television, saying: “It’s not really my journey.”
“I think I’ve done enough reality TV for a couple of lifetimes at this point,” Colletti admits.
That’s fair. He also went into real-life acting on One Tree Hill.
“I think we can let that one go,” Colletti says of the possibility of him doing more reality work.
“That ship,” Colletti states. “Has sailed for me!”
“We were just such young little kids,” he says.
That might be an exaggeration, but they really were just teenagers during those Laguna Beach days.
“What I loved about being on that show,” Colletti reveals. “Was everyone that we were working with and shooting the show with.”
He describes that “they made us feel kind of comfortable.”
“Looking back,” Colletti reflects. “We were very comfortable hanging out with these people.”
At the time, Colletti wasn’t even sure that the show would be a hit — or even finish filming.
“It was like, ‘Nah, this isn’t going anywhere,” Colletti recalls. “We’re just having fun, and it’s just going to end up in a box at MTV’s offices. It’s not going to be on air.’”
So many great success stories begin with doubts. But he was having a fun time with it anyway.
“There’d be a time where Kristin was walking into the surf shop back in the day,” Colletti says. “And they’d let me hold the camera and shoot her and follow her in and teach me the style they wanted to shoot it.”
That’s a rare opportunity — getting real, in-the-field, experience behind a camera.
“Those are the memories that I have from it,” Stephen says. “It’s usually pretty positive. But you definitely look back with a smile and remember that we were quite naive little children.”
So, does he keep in touch with the rest of the cast? Well … sort of.
“We see each other at different times, back home in Laguna for the holidays or whatnot,” Colletti reveals. “It’s not a constant conversation, we’re not buds texting each other every day, but it’s all cordial.”
Of course, as the good folks over at The Ashley pointed out, the Laguna Beach cast did hold a bit of a reunion in 2014.
They also note that Kristin Cavallari has already made her return to reality television — joining E! with her own show, Very Cavallari.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to keep listening to “Coming Clean” on repeat.
But specifically the Bermudez & Harris Herbal Essences Mix, of course — we’re not wild animals.