Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday 9/12/12 
9pm EST (8pm in Minnesota)
Investigation Discovery Channel

I'm going to be on TV again! Well, me and my friend Kate (she's my character witness) and of course Jo, Laura and Nicola. That's right, our story was chosen for the excellent--and highly addictive--Investigation Discovery Channel program "Who the Bleep?" It was formerly called "Who the Bleep Did I Marry?"  but the show's scope has broadened to include ex-girlfriends/boyfriends/significant others of con men and women living double lives (e.g. Simon Reid), and not just their spouses.

The team from Sirens Media --Brigette, Diana, Eric and Johnny--flew in from D.C. to Minneapolis to film interviews with me and Kate and film B-roll footage. It was really nice to stay put for a change--they came right to my door!

A film crew in the living room! I felt like a stah.
I had such a great time with everyone! The crew was cool, so personable and so much fun; I liked them all right away. The interview was a little nerve-wracking (they always are) but Diana, who interviewed me, was awesome and made me feel at ease. The fun part of it for me was shooting the B-roll. They filmed me walking down the street, talking on my phone, typing at my laptop, petting my cats (Audrey really took to being in the spotlight. I swear she's a Leo), writing in my notebook, making tea, and gazing out of my front window. Both Brigette and Diana kept apologizing for how much B-roll they had to shoot, but I didn't mind at all. You haven't lived until you've strolled around Uptown, trying to look nonchalant while you're being shot by a professional film crew, and everyone walking by is trying to figure out if they should know who you are or if there's some kind of weird new reality show being shot in Minneapolis or if someone is making another indie film or what. It's not like shooting on the street in Manhattan, where they're so used to film crews and famous people milling about that they barely even notice anymore.

Me in front of the duplex. This wasn't taken during the filming, but
I'm wearing the same top in the interview. Close enough.

After they filmed me, Kate came over and they interviewed her and shot some B-roll of her by herself, plus some footage of us just chatting, goofing off, sitting in the garden, and walking around the block.

Some really cool things about the experience:

  • They highlighted the fact that I'm a writer, which rocked! In most of the Simon Reid stories I'm referred to as just a blogger (not that just being a blogger isn't cool) but it was gratifying to actually be taken seriously. I talked about my book a bit in the interview--I won't know until the show airs if that part made it into the final edit--but still, I really appreciated their interest. 
  • During the shoot Diana and Brigette pointed out all the paintings that my roommates and I had hanging on our walls. Most of it was original work by our friend Rachel, who is a professional artist. They said they'd love to feature it but they would need a signed release from her first. Rachel was living in Asheville, NC at the time but she was able to get the paperwork quickly enough for some of her work to (hopefully) make it onto the show!
  • The whole crew really fell in love with Uptown. We went to lunch twice at Common Roots (a restaurant that has a special place in my heart--the site of my first date with John) and got several gallons of coffee at Urban Bean, where Diana ended up buying an "I heart MPLS" t-shirt!
A few weeks after the Sirens gang shot my segment, they flew to the UK to chat and film with Jo, Laura and Nicola to get the rest of the story...a story which will be beamed around the world courtesy of Sirens Media and the Investigation Discovery Channel tomorrow night, 9/12 at 9pm EST (just in case you needed a reminder). Like I said, "Who the Bleep?" (now in its third season) is super addictive. Go to their site and get comfy, because once you start watching clips of the show it's hard to stop! 

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BaddyLongLegs said...

Oh AndiePants, you are at the top of my list of people I want to hang out with. We could grab a few mocktails, a pack of smokes and dish about boys for hours.

From one queen to another: STAY FIERCE!


andiepants said...

Cheers to you, Queen Baddy! And thank you so much for the kind words. xo

Ms Sparrow said...

I loved seeing you on TV again! You are so poised in front of the camera.
Was Audrey the kitty who sat with you on the couch? The place where they show you coming down the steps, is that the place where you used to work or where you're living now?
(Inquiring minds, you know.)

andiepants said...

Thanks for watching, Janice!

The episode was filmed at the duplex in Uptown where I lived with my roommates until recently. It didn't look that impressive outside but it was beautiful on the inside, huge with lots of space and natural lighting. The crew loved filming there. And yes, that's Audrey with me. That wasn't set up--she just decided she wanted some camera time and jumped up on the couch with me. The crew loved her, of course (what's not to love?). :-)

Kellie said...

I'm watching your story tonight on the Discovery channel. I can so relate. My story is a little different, but still makes me say who the @#$&* did I marry? I married "The Facebook Burglar" who committed crimes in the US, had two affairs, and escaped to Canada. http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/escaped-pa-prisoner-kayaks-into-canada

It was inspiring to see you and the other women he conned take back your lives by confronting Simon Reid. I was able to do that too, (tracking him down via good ole Facebook), and have since now found happiness and TRUE love. Thank you for sharing your story!