"It feels like I'm graduating," she told Us. "I'm taking the next step and growing up and maturing and moving on in my life."
It's been a busy summer for Patridge -- who has been promoting the new horror movie Sorority Row, in which she has a starring role.
"I moved to Los Angeles to be an actress, and before I got onto The Hills, I was going to auditions and castings and working full-time at [film studios] Quixote Studios and Smashbox," she told Us.
Although she became a star thanks to her The Hillsrole, Patridge told Us being on a reality series made her "comfortable in front of the cameras."
"I feel like it's helped me a lot going to auditions and sitting in front of the camera... blocking the camera out and just getting into character," she added.
Patridge's new reality series is currently slated to premiere sometime next year.
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