Kristin Cavallari insists her mean girl image was nothing but an illusion for the cameras.

The former MTV reality star dished about her days on Laguna Beach in an interview with The Chicago Sun-TimesSplash magazine, giving an inside look at her off-screen relationship with the cast and crew.

“The producers were really crappy to me,” the 25-year-0ld said about starring in the wildly popular MTV series. “I felt like everybody was against me and manipulating me, and that forced me to be a bitch.”

During her days on Laguna, Cavallari and arch-rival Lauren Conrad took the term “frienemies” to a whole new level as the pair vied for Stephen Coletti‘s affections from 2004 to 2006.

This isn’t the first time Cavallari has taken the opportunity to shed light (via People) on her TV stint. In a December 2012 appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, she told host Andy Cohen: “I feel like they put things in our heads. We were 17 and 18, and they made it a lot worse than it was.”

After graduating from high school, Cavallari bid adieu to her hometown and moved to Los Angeles “so people could forget about Kristin from Laguna Beach.”

“I was known as the bad girl. And once you have that image, it’s so hard to change it,” she admitted.While Laguna Beach occasionally featured faux storylines, Cavallari admits that The Hills was entirely scripted.“They did everything short of handing us a script,” she claims. “I had two lives: my Hills life and my real life.”In 2005, Cavallari joined the cast of The Hills during the middle of season 5, following Conrad’s departure. “I embraced it, and played a caricature of myself,” she explained of her experience. “l decided to have fun with it this time.”She may have found herself on a new show, but the catty feuds followed suit. Cavallari regularly quarreled with her Hills costars Audrina Patridge and Stephanie Pratt, but nowadays, the trio has made peace. “People are always surprised by how nice I am in real life,” she said.While the cast remains on good terms, don’t expect a on-air reunion anytime soon. “We’ll see. I don’t see it actually happening,” she exclusively told Celebuzz.“So much has happened in my life since The Hills,” she added. “For me to mentally go back to the place would be difficult. I’ve sort of moved on from it all.”With the drama behind her, Cavallari is putting focus on her main priorities. The blonde beauty is now a proud parent to 6-month-0ld baby Camden with fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The trio currently reside in Winnetka, Ill.Want to relive Kristen’s days on Laguna Beach? Launch the video, above.

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