DETROIT – Bikini-clad Audrina Patridge was soaking up some sun by a pool in Los Angeles a few years ago when a reality TV producer spotted the aspiring model-actress. It was a chance meeting that ultimately led to a six-season run on the smash MTV series "The Hills."
These days, Patridge has traded her MTV gig in Hollywood for a web series in Detroit. Yet the 26-year-old beauty continues to attract attention — and maybe an occasional fan melee.
Last week at an airport in Mexico, she was overrun by fans, and earlier this week in Detroit, Patridge had an encounter with a group of prom-going teens at a bakery in the city's Greektown section.
"This one girl in particular came up to me and she started hyperventilating. . Just seeing that, it's like, `Wow,'" Patridge said. "A lot of people, they think they already know me."
That may because her public profile hasn't lessened all that much since "The Hills" wrapped last summer.
Patridge quickly signed up for ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," hoofing her way to a respectable seventh-place finish on the hit show last fall. Patridge currently can be seen in "Audrina,'" her reality series on VH1, and as the face of Bongo clothing, which put a building-sized billboard of Patridge along a main L.A. thoroughfare a few months ago.
Recently, Patridge has been in Detroit filming scenes for a web series called "Dream Maker," which will air on YOBI.tv, a site that hosts online talent competitions. Winners in acting, singing, comedy and filmmaking contests have earned spots in "Dream Maker," which stars Patridge as Tracy Jacobs, a Hollywood talent manager.
Patridge's character is inspired by the economic downturn to start a new firm in Detroit to foster fresh talent and contribute to the rejuvenation of the hard-hit city. Read More...