Cast Blog: #NYCPREP

Awkward!

I Have to Admit

A City of Energy Vampires

Kudos

Hear Me Sing

High Standards

On Being Jessie and PC

Chillax!

Didn't Disappoint

Personal Moments

The PC Show

I Promise

Just Wait

Benefit of the Doubt

Innocent Intentions

Kiss and Tell

I Could Relate

Kids are Kids

Mini-Adults

Real NYC Action

Get To Know Me

One Big Playground

Awkward!

Get insider scoop from the producer on what you didn't see at Zoe's party and in PC's therapy session.

I just got back to NYC from Los Angeles yesterday and am blogging from Café Gitane… my favorite downtown café. It’s an insanely beautiful day and even though every day in Los Angeles is insanely beautiful, I feel a great joy for life here in NY that I rarely do on the West Coast. I’ve lived in LA for nearly a decade now (which is freaking crazy) and when I came to Manhattan to shoot “NYC Prep," I decided I’d be open to the possibility of moving back here for good. I’ve worked in NY before (“Growing up Gotti” & “Real Housewives of NYC”), but this was the first time I considered making a permanent move. Well I had so much fun on this show that last week I packed up my Los Angeles apartment, sold my car, and signed a one year lease on a New York apartment. Next chapter of life starts now.

The centerpiece of episode two of “NYC Prep” is Zoe’s party. Zoe is a classmate of Jessie’s and was kind enough to let us shoot her eighteenth birthday party, which was very exciting for us to cover because it was the first private school party we were able to shoot for the show. Now this may be an obvious assertion but shooting a party that has a DJ, dancing, low lighting, takes place in a large space, and is being attended by most of the cast and their friends is what one refers to as a production nightmare! Luckily, we had a truly talented and tireless production team and crew and it was while shooting Zoe’s party that we first realized that we had become an unstoppable well-oiled machine.

A lot happened that night (Camille/Jessie confrontation, Kelli getting upset, Cole showing up, and Sebastian & Taylor’s full on lip-lock) and somehow we captured it all on tape. What we didn’t have time in the episode to show you was Jessie flirting with the DJ (check out their “date” in the bonus clip) and Dan (the long haired guy who Camille is dancing with) asking her out.
Earlier in the show you got to see Sebastian and Taylor’s first date. The full two-hour date was actually a lot more awkward. As it was happening, I remember being at a complete loss on whether it was going really well or really badly. It was kind of impossible to tell. Then I remembered that even though Sebastian and Taylor often act like adults they are sophomores in high school, one of the most awkward stages in life, and even though they seemed uncomfortable with each other to me, they were actually completely comfortable and communicating in a way that made sense to them. Afterward, I realized they both had a great time and were completely into each other.

Finally, I wanted to touch on PC’s therapy session. This is probably my favorite part of the episode because I love getting into a persons head and PC did not hold back. It really touched me when he spoke about quitting ice hockey because he wasn’t the very best. I was glad the therapist called him out on being way too hard on himself because PC is insanely hard on himself. During the full session they spent a lot more time on this topic and it became evident that PC is working hard to assuage his fears of not being the best at something and that the therapist is one of the best in the industry (loved her!). You’ll be able to see PC tackle some of these fears as well as another therapy session in future episodes.

Thank you for reading my second blog (and for watching the show!). Feel free to leave me comments (both positive and negative) or ask me any questions you would like answers to in next weeks blog. Hope you enjoy episode two and keep watching because the episodes only get better!

A City of Energy Vampires

Camille talks Harvard tours, high school boyfriends, and her chat with Sebastian.

Hello All!

This was the second to last episode (or penultimate in SAT books) of the show and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by for me. As the show comes to its dénouement it really begins to encapsulate the high-intensity lifestyle that most people in New York experience, and what makes the city unique. Candace Bushnell is famous for writing Sex and the City and I love her description of New York as:

"...a city of energy vampires – people really feed on each others’ energies and that’s why New Yorkers talk fast and gesture and they’ll come in and say ‘Oh my God you won’t believe what happened!’ That’s a normal greeting in New York."

One example of this is Taylor’s relationship with Cole; in a very short time-frame Cole went from being the ex-boyfriend, to boyfriend, to the ex-boyfriend yet again. If no one understood why I didn’t want a serious boyfriend in high school, can you understand now? While having a boyfriend certainly comes with “benefits” it can also add to the unnecessary and sometimes petty drama that I already get from other aspects of my life even without the quickly changing tides of relationships. I like both Taylor and Cole and I really hope that they can either work things out or move on amicably.

Regarding this episode’s first scene, here’s a French word for Sebastian: touché. I love verbal jousting and being witty (although witty is basically just a fancy word for smart aleck,) but Sebastian really did get me at our meeting at the art gallery. I think both Sebastian and I have different means of attaining the same end (i.e. staying single,) so neither one of us can fully empathize with the other’s situation (or for that matter give each other advice.)

The tour of Harvard was something I’d been holding my breath for. Not only is it a school I am interested in, it was my first real college tour. Any High-Schooler will tell you that imagining four years of pure independence is fun – but walking around and realizing that I will be going to college in less than a year was really exciting. I’m so glad Kelli and Maite were there to support me through the tour because it was very…interesting. Scarlett was appropriately dressed in scarlet and all she lacked were the horns and a forked tail to complete her ensemble. Or better yet I can picture her in a hoop skirt and bonnet standing in front of Tara, clutching a musket to defend the plantation from Yankees like me.

Although Scarlett’s appearance was costumed I don’t think anyone could doubt her intellectual capability. Don’t worry; after Scarlett’s theatrics we did get a better look at the university when the cameras weren’t filming as we went to classes and public informational tours. However, I think that Kelli said it best: she wants to visit several schools before setting her sights on any particular institution.

Get ready for next week’s finale – I think it’s going to be crazy...

Veritas,
Camille