Inside the 'Bling Ring' 'Hills' Obsession
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
September 16, 2013
It's no surprise that the "Bling Ring" -- a group of fame-obsessed teens who boldly robbed celebrity homes belonging to the likes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Audrina Patridge in 2008 -- would be obsessed with the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle portrayed on the MTV hit The Hills, but in this exclusive clip from The Bling Ring Blu-ray/DVD, the real-life group's alleged leader Rachel Lee's obsession is explored on a deeper --and surprisingly disturbing -- level.
Writer Nancy Jo Sales -- whose Vanity Fair piece The Suspects Wore Louboutins served as the basis for Sofia Coppola's much buzzed-about The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson -- explains Lee's obsession in the clip, which stems from a deep admiration for Audrina Patridge's style.
"Audrina Patridge had this very Southern California girl look that Rachel really emulated, and she wanted Audrina's clothes," Sales explains. " ... They go into her house in the Hollywood Hills, she and Nick [Prugo] approach the front door, the surveillance camera is looking down on her, and she kinda tosses her hair around -- she's kind of languid. She almost seems to be posing. And when I watched it, what I thought to myself was, 'She wants Audrina Patridge to see her.'"
"She was before one of the faces in the crowd -- would never stand out -- [and] here she was doing something that would get their attention," another commentator explains.
Watch the clip to see actual surveillance camera footage of Lee's odd behavior at Patridge's house.
The Bling Ring Blu-ray/DVD will be released Tuesday, September 17.