Producer

Producer Lenid Rolov gives you behind-the-scenes dish on Camille's party.

Jul 13, 2009

My personal favorite moment in episode four is a very small one. It comes toward the end when Jessie and PC are at Aroma café. Jessie is giving PC a hard time about standing her up (rightfully so) and PC announces that he’s not letting her start drama and runs out of the café laughing. Jessie can’t help but grin gleefully at PC’s whimsical charms and they share an unadulterated moment of youthful giddiness. This small but telling interaction reveals perfectly the bond these two friends have and also the luminous light of youth that shines so bright within them and makes me happy every time I watch it.

Speaking of PC standing Jessie up… we were as surprised as you were that Camille showed up at Dean & Deluca while Jessie was waiting for PC. I know it feels like something engineered by evil reality TV producers but even though Manhattan is huge, the UES is what amounts to a small village, and this café is where Camille chose to get her coffee after school. We’d been shooting Jessie waiting for PC for over thirty minutes and were just about to call it a day when a producer spotted Camille about to walk in. We quickly threw a microphone on her and let the action play out.

This episode featured a nice sampling of the kids friends… Gabe (Sebastian’s wingman), Ayala (Taylor’s classmate), Maite (Camille’s friend), Dan (Camille’s date), Kat (PC’s friend) and Cole (Taylor’s date). We all felt very lucky to have such dynamic supporting players on the show. I can’t say enough about how much value they added to the series (I can listen to Maite talk for hours and Cole is the kid I always wish I’d been in high school). I look forward to you getting to know each one of them better in future episodes.