Wasn't it a blast seeing SJP finally walk into the "Project Runway" design room? I thought so. Every year, I beg the lady to appear on "Project Runway" and every year she thinks about it really hard, gets really tempted, and respectfully turns us down.
This year, we figured that her successful clothing line, Bitten, provided a natural bridge to our Runway. We were right! I rang up the always classic Parker after she'd had a minute to digest her appearance on one of her fave shows.
YOU'VE BEEN SUCH A FAN OF THE SHOW FROM THE START, WHAT WAS IT LIKE ACTUALLY BEING ON THE SHOW? SURREAL?
It was surreal -- that's a great word for it. It was funny that after all these years I wouldn't know better how different the scale between real life and TV is. I kept saying "It's so much smaller and the runway looks so much different than it does on tv." You end up saying everything that people say who've not worked in the industry for 30 years and are going into a studio for the first time. When you're in the audeince it's a different feeling. I had the same feeling when I went on the set of "Sesame Street." I was saying, "This is Oscar's trashcan!? It's so SMALL!" I never thought i'd be there as a participant. To be part of the conversation and decision heightened the quality of the experience. It was so weird for me, I felt like I was hypnotized....
TALK TO ME ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF JUDGING, AND IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD NOW THAT YOU'VE SEEN THE EPISODE?
Judging was as I suspected: Thrilling to see the runway show and awful to have to lay down opinions publicly.