Cavallari: The sports questions are tricky. You just have to be so careful about what you say. Any little thing can be taken out of context or like what happened to Gisele (Bundchen) over the Super Bowl last year. She said one little comment and it got completely blown out of proportion. (Bundchen, who is married to New England Patriots Tom Brady, was recorded making comments about the Patriots' loss.) I try to stay very neutral on that subject and not say too much ... I'm learning as I go.
AP: On "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills," you were portrayed as more of a mean girl to Lauren Conrad's nice girl. Did that do you justice?
Cavallari: (Laughs.) The one thing people always say when they meet me is, 'Wow, you're actually really sweet!' Someone one time actually told me the best advice they could give me was to meet as many people as possible because I'm so different. So, you know, it just is what it is.
AP: Does it ever bother you that people have that perception?
Cavallari: It really bothered me at first. The first episode of 'Laguna Beach,' I cried and cried and cried. I was so upset. Now it's been so many years I'm used to it. You know with 'The Hills' it was fun because I was playing myself as a character so I could play it up and have some fun, and I actually enjoyed that more rather than 'Laguna Beach.' I felt they tried to manipulate us more and put us in situations and put things in our heads, so I sort of embraced it more with 'The Hills.' ... It's gotten me where I am today so it's working, I guess.