Didn't Disappoint

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

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.

Camille’s dinner party is probably one of the most action packed moments we’ve had on the show thus far. Camille originally wanted to have a full on party but ended up deciding to host an intimate dinner gathering. We knew there would be fireworks when Taylor invited Cole to the dinner and as always were excited to see what mischief PC would cause. I think Camille and the other guests expected PC to have a little fun at their expense and were even kind of looking forward to seeing what he would cook up… and as always… he didn’t disappoint.

What surprised me the most during the dinner party though was Taylor. She stole the show (and PC’s attention) when she announced that she wanted to be an elephant trainer. She said it very matter of fact without a hint of sarcasm, and much like the kids, I had no idea what to make of her proclamation. Well after a bit of introspection, I remembered that at fifteen years of age we should all want to be elephant trainers. The world is still such a magical place where you are only limited by the richness of your imagination. So why not dream to be a philosopher or an animal trainer or a dancer. Why not dream to be all three as Taylor does. The truth is that our most vivid dreams eventually become reality and Taylor dares to dream some of the most vivid dreams of anyone I’ve ever known. This is surely a part of why Sebastian, Cole, and now PC are intrigued by Taylor and why she continues to impress and perplex me even now.

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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...


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