Heidi Montag had never seen MTV's reality docu-drama Laguna Beach, and she had never heard of its star, Laura Conrad. 

That all changed when Conrad enrolled at the San Francisco Academy of Art and became a classmate of Montag's.  The two moved to Los Angeles together and the Laguna Beach spin-off The Hills was born... with Montag loving every minute of it.

"Reality TV is a really fun, privileged world, and I'm just happy to be a part of it," Montag said in an interview published in Stuff magazine's March 2007 issue.  "I mean, if you need a minute to yourself, you aren't going to get it, but you just have to realize it's what you signed up for, because those difficult moments are what make for a much better show."

Despite having her every movement and interaction caught on camera, Montag said she doesn't take any of it too seriously.  "With friends it's hard sometimes," she told Stuff.  "You're like, 'Wait, I didn't say that!' Or you say something you don't want a friend to see and then she sees it, and you're like, 'Ahh, just kidding!'"

Montag began dating Jordan Eubanks in the fall of 2005, but because of relationship problems that plague many young couples, she broke up with him after 8 months.  "That was easy," she told Stuff.  "It was the best decision of my life.  I should have done that much sooner."  With no beaus for her or Conrad, Montag promised the second season of The Hills -- which currently airs on MTV on Mondays at 10PM -- is "a million times better" than the first.

"It's very Sex and the City, a lot more about sex and hooking up with guys, parties we go to and the whole Hollywood scene instead of us just sitting at home with our boyfriends," Montag told Stuff.  "It's a much friskier show now." She added that she felt "more reserved" during The Hills' first season.  "But now I'm like, 'Whatever - I'm going out with a bang.'"

The Crested Butte, CO native gushes that she's even rubbed elbows with some other reality television starlets: The Simple Life's Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.  "They have a different version of [what it's like to be on reality television], but we're definitely our own little community."

Montag and Conrad left San Francisco to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles -- but L.C.'s gal pal quickly dropped out upon learning the school wasn't the right fit.  Montag has since found her "dream job" as an event planner with Bolthouse Productions and is also recording her own album.

"It's under wraps right now, and I'm not sure what the details are, but it's something I'm passionate about, and you'll probably see some it this season," she told Stuff.  "It's a mixture of Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.  I want to bring older elements and albums into it, too.  It'll be very sexy and fun; it'll be very Heidi.  I want to make a new genre."

In five years, Montag said she hopes to have "a couple of hit albums" as well as appearances in "some movies."  But in the meantime, The Hills is her home.

"I just take things as they come and try not to have too-high expectations.  I'm having a lot of fun and that's all that matters!," she told Stuff.  "It's nothing but parties, having fun and meeting amazing people."