“I just play one on TV…”
Rule number one: the celebrity is not the character he or she played on film or television. Don’t expect them to become Doug Ross or Meredith Grey. Celebrities are simply people with their own distinct personalities, some of which do NOT come with a dash of diva. I know this. However, entering into my latest Hollywood experience, I was still an anxious mess. What if they hate what I ordered for lunch and throw their ham sandwich back at me? What if I have to pick out all the green M&Ms, trim the skin from their apple, or run all over LA to find pineapple lime kombucha? What if their “first-class, exclusive motorhome” isn’t up to snuff? I showed up for a shoot once and the celebrity gave me her size, which was smaller than her ACTUAL size, so I had to run all over Manhattan buying new clothes. Hence the apprehension.
That’s why on our most recent shoot when our celeb came out of hair and makeup shouting, “Kate!?! Kate!?!” I went into hiding. The urge to vomit was very real. I thought “Oh no, here we go… He hates everything. He hates the script. He most especially hates me!” After he finally located me in video village, it turns out he was just trying to tell me he was ready to go. He was so “normal” and down to earth I felt like an idiot. My experience with celebrities has taught me a lot, so I thought I’d share some of my insights.