Teen Mom OG: 13 Shocking Secrets From The Show’s Creators
Back in 2009, MTV changed the face of reality television when 16 and Pregnant debuted. In the seven years since, the show has spawned the massively popular series Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, giving viewers one of the most authentic reality television series in the genre. Through the years, fans have passionately followed the stories and lives of the stars, and while the girls have often talked about their experiences through the show and through their own books, for the first time, Teen Mom‘s creators have given a very candid interview. From the inception of 16 and Pregnant, to how filming Teen Mom really works and their true feelings about the stars, these are the 13 most shocking secrets from Teen Mom’s creators and producers, Lauren Dolgen, Dia Sokol Savage, Morgan Freeman, Larry Musnik, Kirsten ‘Kiki’ Malone and Amy Kramer.
13. The Beginning
Before getting into the secrets from Teen Mom OG, creator Lauren Dolgen revealed exactly how it all started when she came up with the idea for 16 and Pregnant. “I was flipping through People magazine, and I came across an article about teen pregnancy. It said that 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant in the United States every year. It was like getting punched in the stomach. I couldn’t believe it because it was happening to our audience.” Dolgen was working in development at that time and immediately came up with a concept and pitched it to her boss who jumped right on board and instantly stated, “We should call it 16 and Pregnant.” They started casting as soon as they could but knew it wasn’t something to take lightly. “It was a pretty sensitive arena that we hadn’t really approached before. We really had to handle it in a very responsible way. We decided to connect with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and they became our partners from the very beginning.”
12. First Impressions
All of the creators and producers, except for Kiki Malone, met Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham, Catelynn Lowell, and Amber Portwood during 16 and Pregnant, and revealed how they felt first meeting these young and pregnant teenagers. “Maci was our first girl to have the baby, and it was exciting. All the girls were so different — they had such different personalities and came from such different backgrounds,” Dolgen said. Meanwhile Dia Savage said that her first impression of Amber was that “she had a lot to say and wasn’t afraid to articulate it…and that she and Gary were hilarious and that I could listen to them talk all day. And that she was stubborn!” Meanwhile, she said her first impression of Farrah was that “she was a really vulnerable and scared teenager who was used to acting really strong and powering forward despite obstacles.” Savage added, “Additionally, it was a tricky first shoot because she hadn’t told any of her friends that she was pregnant, and rumors that had been circulating at her school really heated up when MTV cameras showed up.” As for Maci, Savage said, “She took us on a quad ride in the hills of Tennessee. I was trying so hard to hold on to the gear and to the vehicle…and I couldn’t believe I went riding with a girl who was 8 1/2 months pregnant!”