Filming a TV show on a yacht is no small feat for the production crew, but it's also a challenge for the boat's crew, who have to navigate performing their daily duties and taking care of charter guests while a bunch of cameras capture their every move.
So, it's no surprise that one Below Deck Mediterranean fan asked Season 5 crew members Malia White and Robert Westergaard what "the most challenging part of working on a yacht while the cameras are around" is during their appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home on July 13 (clip above). "Ignoring them," Malia first said of the cameras. "I think logistics, too. Like for deck crew, we're so busy just doing our job that we forget that there's people logistically that we have to watch out for or that we have to coordinate with."
Rob said he especially finds it difficult to pretend the cameras aren't there. "I think the hardest part for me is trying not to speak to them, because I just want to speak to everybody," he said. "I find myself talking a lot, so that was hard."
Unlike Malia, who first appeared on the show as a deckhand in Season 2, Rob was completely new to the world of Below Deck Med, having only "watched maybe 15 minutes of it" before joining The Wellington crew, he told Andy Cohen on WWHL: @ Home. "I don't really watch TV," the deckhand explained.
However, Rob said he didn't want his lack of familiarity with Below Deck Med to prevent him from seeing what the show was all about. "It's a new experience. I'm all for experiences," he said. "If I limit myself in anything in my life, then I feel like I'm not giving it a chance."
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