Getting life advice from a reality TV star doesn't make a lot of sense. But in the case of Whitney Port, formerly of The Hills and The City, life advice is totally up her alley. This past Saturday, the MTV sweetheart stopped by the Mall of America to sign copies of her new book, True Whit, a guide to navigating through your twenties. In between camera phone pictures and tweenage screams, Whitney talked with City Pages about her book and life after reality TV.
[jump] City Pages: So how is the book tour going so far?
Whitney Port: It's been so great! We've had some problems with the storms and everything, but just getting out and meeting everyone has been really fun.
CP: The book itself is all about navigating through your twenties. Did you find it hard to write a book like this, seeing as how most of your readers have watched you grow up over the past several years on TV?
WP: The book is definitely different because it's more of a behind-the-scenes look. On the show you watched me go through my twenties in terms of my career and launching my fashion line and my personal relationships on a surface level, but the stuff I talk about in the book goes much deeper than that. It was nice because it let me portray my life the way I wanted to, as opposed to what producers wanted my life to seem like.
CP: A big part of True Whit is you sharing your life experiences and helping readers to learn from those stories. So what's something that you've done in your life that you wish you could do over or go back and change?
WP: For me personally, the biggest thing was allowing some stuff to appear on camera that I probably wish I hadn't. But the other thing was when I went on job interviews and I didn't really feel all that well versed or prepared for all of the questions I might get. Looking back on it, I do regret not being more prepared when I would go into those interviews.
CP: Talking about interviews, what's a question you've gotten that you were really unprepared for or taken back by?
WP: The question that I always get that I'm never really sure how to answer is where I'm going to be or what I'm going to be doing in five or 10 years. That's a daunting question because in your twenties I don't think any of us really know the answer and that's the pressure of it all. I think we get caught up in worrying about how every decision we make right now is going to make or break our future, so I get really stumped when it comes to that question. Part of this book is really about that question itself, and how we need to just take things day by day.
CP: So where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
WP: I have no idea! I know for sure I'll still have my clothing line because that's always what I wanted to do, even before the television show. Location-wise, I'll probably be in Los Angeles since that's where I grew up. Other than that, I feel like it's all up in the air and I feel like it's okay to be that way.
CP: What's the one misconception about you that you hope this book will help to clear up?
WP: I think that some people may have thought I wasn't very assertive and maybe a little air-heady, which I think is easy to take away when you're watching the show. I think that too when I watch myself, which is a result of having producers kind of controlling the situation and portraying me like the victim. So I do hope that people realize that I have something to say--something useful at that--and that I'm really a strong, young woman.