‘Paradise Hotel’ is Kristin Cavallari’s new destination
Kristin Cavallari has led something of a charmed life anyway, but for the next several weeks, she’ll be in “Paradise.”
As Season 2 of her E! Entertainment Television series “Very Cavallari” winds down, the reality-show veteran plays host on Fox’s revival of “Paradise Hotel,” premiering Thursday, May 9 (and also airing Mondays and Wednesdays in subsequent weeks). The program has game elements – as singles try to keep from being evicted from a tropical resort, though one is sent packing each week – and a social-media aspect, since viewers can help steer the competition and decide who stays in it.
“Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” and “The Hills” alum Cavallari won’t sit on the sidelines in “Paradise Hotel,” since she says her job also is to “stir the pot a little bit. Because it’s a game, the contestants are going to try to present themselves in the best way possible to the other contestants and also to the audience, and that’s a very tough thing to do on a show like this.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” adds Cavallari, “because not only is this a big network show, but I remember ‘Paradise Hotel’ from back in the day (2003 and 2008). It’s sexy and fun, so I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”
Explaining she’s not involved in MTV’s upcoming sequel series to “The Hills” because of her schedule, the Nashville-based Cavallari – also an author and lifestyle-brand owner — appreciates that more about her is known thanks to “Very Cavallari,” which encompasses her marriage to former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler (with whom she has three children).
“It’s the first reality show I’ve done that I can stand behind and say, ‘This is really 100-percent me,’ ” she reflects. “I’m also an executive producer on it, so being part of the creative process is something I can check off my bucket list. That was always a dream of mine.”
However, Cavallari is content to be simply for hire on “Paradise Hotel.” She notes, “I just have a front-row seat, and it’s not about me.”