'The Hills: New Beginnings' Stars Mischa Barton & Brandon Lee Bring "New Perspective," According To MTV Exec

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The Hills: New Beginnings is so close you can almost taste it, and in just a few hours, we're going to feel the reboot on our skin. Today is the day The Hills newbies Mischa Barton and Brandon Lee make their The Hills debuts, and it sounds like they're more than ready to bring the "new" to the New Beginnings. As Viacom executive Nina L. Diaz recently told The Hollywood Reporter, the two new The Hills cast members deliver "a fresh, new perspective" and "really opened the group up to new things."

Last October, MTV confirmed that The O.C. star and '00s icon Barton would be part of The Hillshighly anticipated return to the small screen. Though she was not a part of The Hills' original run, there is a Von Dutch hat-wearing connective tissue there. As Diaz told THR, "Mischa was on The O.C. at the same time as MTV’s popular series Laguna Beach, which was originally titled Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which then became The Hills. We loved the art-imitating-life aspect."

While The Hills/Laguna Beach/The O.C. connection influenced this casting decision, it was only one of several reasons why the actor who played Marissa Cooper was deemed a good fit for New Beginnings. Diaz explained,

While Barton was not on The Hills, she, like the members of The Hills cast, were major players in the early '00s Young Hollywood scene. It is a bond as strong as the straps on a pair of Rainbow flip flops. As Barton recently explained to E! News, "[The Hills cast] was like a family that was easy to join because I've known them on and off for years."

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Several days after MTV shared that Barton would be in the reboot, the network announced that Lee would be getting into the mix, too. Lee not only was not on the original show, but he would've been too young to be on the original show: Born in 1996, Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s oldest son was 10 years old when Lauren Conrad didn't go to Paris. But hey, now he is 23 and, as Diaz said in the aforementioned THR interview, "the perfect fit for the series." She told the outlet,

Speaking of Jenner, remember when his ex-stepsister dressed up like Lee's mom for Halloween? What a world.

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Now I cannot wait to see what not-dull moments The Hills: New Beginnings has in store for us.