Early in the morning yesterday, I traveled to Burbank to model for a segment on Access Hollywood Live and make my official television debut. It was an incredible experience that was thanks to the invitation of stylist colleague Sydne Summer, who often works with the Style Network. Her charge for Access Hollywood was to choose one Little Black Dress and style it four different ways based on four different celebrity styles. Sofia Vergara inspired a glam look. Rihanna inspired an edgy look. Zooey Deschanel inspired a more retro look. And Reese Witherspoon inspired a classic look, which of course was the one I was called in to do.
We were asked to do our own hair and makeup before arriving at the studio to save time, so I dressed in my interpretation of what Reese might wear (vintage, of course) in order to evoke the right makeup for the camera. As most people know, I rarely wear black so I really enjoyed the opportunity to bring this 1960s pique with white trim around the collar out from my closet. I loved wearing it and everyone--including host Billy Bush--were big fans as well.
The segment was a lot of fun to do, both because of the enthusiasm of my fellow models as well as the welcome we received from the Access Hollywood cast and crew. I never cease to be amazed at the talent behind the scenes on these shows, and everyone I met--from hair and makeup to camera and lighting--were so great. And hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover just seem to have a never-ending supply of energy and good humor. A lot of fun. I really appreciated the time people took to talk to me after the show wrapped and share their interesting experiences. They also let me hang out on the floor as they filmed short segments for future shows and kick back in the audience seats that originally belonged to Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Not only was I able to make my national television debut, but I also tapped into my favorite Hollywood history and made a few new friends in the process. Couldn't ask for anything more.
A gorgeous sunrise greeted me on my way from Santa Monica to NBC Studios in Burbank
NBC has a long history as a network, including radio, as you can see by the evolution of its logos
Backstage in my own LBD: 1960s black pique fit and flare dress, 1960s tomato red leather frame bag,
Guess red patent leather peeptoe pumps, vintage pearl drop earrings, pearl choker (repurposed as a bracelet)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno films right next door to Access Hollywood
Today's Access Hollywood set used to be Johnny Carson's for the original Tonight Show
Shown to the dressing room to prep with the rest of the girls
Sydne chose the same simple LBD shift to style four different ways on each of us...
below she steams one to get it ready for my upcoming classic look
Stepping onto the set for our practice run
Our runway and the set before the show
Quick stop in the green room with Jaime Pressly and Dermot Mulroney
Ready for our closeup in our LBDs (from left to right)--Tatiana, Ali, Sydne, Deniz, and me
Lights...camera...action...here's our segment on Access Hollywood Live!
NOTE: Waiting for actual clip from show, so just quickly filmed my TV to be able post in the meantime
After our show, the crew stayed to record bits of Billy and Kit against the green screen,
including an all cast Christmas sing-a-long
Billy and Kit shot funny bits for their Twelve Days of Christmas...
witness Eleven Pippas Piping (above) and Seven Swans a Swimming
Thanks to everyone associated with the show for such a great experience!