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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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