Failing to balance life and drama, ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’ revolves around a group of teenagers who traverse the highs and lows of youth. The reality television show chronicles the lives of teens attending Laguna Beach High School. With the hot-headed rebellion of youth and the heartbreaking realizations of first love, this MTV series features several remarkable moments. Originally released in 2004, it gained momentum for its quintessential representation of the drama accompanying young people. Years later, fans continue to wonder about the whereabouts of cast member Stephen Colletti. So, if you’re also curious to learn more about him, look no further because we’ve got all the information right here!
Who is Stephen Colletti?
Born in Newport Beach, California, Stephen’s early years were marked by jovial fun. Growing up alongside his elder siblings, John and Lauren, he always possessed an experiential personality. Therefore, he didn’t hesitate to join when approached for MTV’s ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’ while attending Laguna Beach High School in California. The series set the stage for Stephen’s illustrious career. However, at the time, he was just a teen often embroiled in matters of the heart.
Initially, Stephen had found himself gravitating towards Kristin Cavallari, so we got to witness his heartwarming experiences of young love. However, their relationship was soon impeded when Lauren Conrad came into the picture. Not too late, Stephen began drifting apart from Kristin, leading to a dramatic parting on the show. The television personality even went on dates with other people but couldn’t see himself with anyone. Ultimately, he decided to part ways with the production after season 2 and did not return for the third iteration. While several reasons for his exit have been purported, he has chalked off the reason for his departure to his desire to pursue new opportunities.
Where is Stephen Colletti Now?
Having been the center of a fair share of highs and lows on ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,’ Stephen went on to solidify himself in the entertainment industry. In fact, upon dropping out of San Francisco State University in a year, he relocated to Los Angeles and appeared in another MTV reality show, ‘The Hills.’ Later, he briefly served as a Video Jockey (VJ) for MTV’s ‘Total Request Live.’ However, he was catapulted into mainstream success after he portrayed the role of Taylor Swift’s love interest in her ‘White Horse’ music video. The same innocent and naive demeanor that earned him this part in the pop music video was also reflected in his character of Chase Adams on ‘One Tree Hill.’
Following his feat on ‘One Tree Hill,’ Stephen also held minor roles in productions like ‘Suicide Note,’ ‘Hit the Floor,’ and ‘Summer Forever.’ He has even appeared in the television movies ‘All About Christmas Eve’ and ‘Hometown Christmas.’ Most recently, though, he collaborated with his ‘One Tree Hill’ co-star and friend James Lafferty to produce the original comedy ‘Everyone is Doing Great.’ The duo actually managed to crowdfund the production of this show. It was released on Hulu in 2021 and has since been renewed for another season. Stephen has also appeared on another former ‘One Tree Hill’ cast mate Lee Norris’ ‘Married With Television’ podcast. Nevertheless, in addition to pursuing acting, he is still connected to his ‘Laguna Beach’ roots.
Stephen co-hosts the ‘Back to the Beach with Kristin and Stephen’ podcast alongside his former co-star Kristin Cavallari to relive the past. Years after their relationship became the center of attention on the reality show, the duo now uncover the untold stories of their once uber-popular MTV show. Apart from a booming career, Stephen also enjoys equal happiness in his personal life. The actor is in a relationship with Alex Weaver, a NASCAR host and reporter. The couple regularly attends race car events and even likes to travel together. Moreover, it appears as if Stephen is extremely close to his sister, Lauren, and her own growing family, especially as they often travel together too. Naturally, it is apparent that several more professional and personal milestones await Stephen Colletti in the future!
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