Meanwhile, Loren and Melissa navigate the intrigues of high school life and mean girl Adriana (Hunter King); Melissa's brother Phil (Robert Adamson) gets mixed up with the wrong people; Eddie's father, 1980s musician Max Duran (Carlos Ponce), hopes to end his son's relationship with the duplicitous climber Chloe (Melissa Ordway), who is cheating on Eddie with the ambitious Tyler (Justin Wilczynski).
That is, until the villainous and manipulative Marissa enters the picture, doing everything in her power to win the promotion for herself.
Then, enter into the equation a horny lesbian receptionist, an overly authoritative Chinese boss, Jacob's demented grandmother and ...
When the two finally meet, Eddie realizes his girlfriend is being unfaithful and a relationship blossoms between him and Loren.
"The show's about what happens when the rock star lifestyle collides with your every day, average, high school senior." Cody and Brittany admit that they both have musical backgrounds too.
In an environment like this, in which all the performances have soft edges, and no one is steering the scenes too aggressively, acting out is the only sort of acting that gets noticed.
His frazzled energy isn’t realistic but is instead fantastical and a running commentary on the stiltedness of the rest of the proceedings." Ed Martin of Media noted that creatively the series "so far has been a bit on the safe and sterile side, even more than Degrassi and certainly more than the often quite edgy fare on ABC Family." Variety's Brian Lowry wrote that though Hollywood Heights was "tailored to [Nickelodeon's] demo with a musical component and teen-tempting leads ...
But with Loren's cool single mom Nora (Jama Williamson) and sassy best friend Melissa (Ashley Holliday) egging her on, she enters and wins Eddie's own songwriting contest, and worlds collide.
As Loren is increasingly dazzled by (and welcomed into) Eddie's celebrity world, he is realizing how unhappy he is, trapped in a machine of his own making and at the mercy of his many fans and demanding manager Jake (Brandon Bell).
The telenovela's success led to the making of a film, Más que alcanzar una estrella, and a sequel telenovela, Alcanzar una estrella II, starring Sasha Sokol and Ricky Martin.
Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times noted that the series was produced by executive and creative personnel "whose combined credits include what seems to be every major network soap opera of the last 50 years as well as 21st-century reality soaps such as The Hills and The City." He wrote, "If Heights is not particularly novel—it is, after all, based on a series two decades old—neither does it reek of must and mildew.
Played the role of Eddie Duran on Hollywood Heights.