So yesterday, the kids were extras in a scene that was being filmed for the TV show Army Wives. It is filmed almost entirely here in Charleston and has been gotten fairly popular. The production company that does the show is a client of my company and so I was lucky enough to have someone "on the inside" who hooked us up! We got to be involved with a really cool scene - one that had two of the main characters in it, as well as being close to the action. We had to be there very early (6:15 AM) but I was told that that wasn't really that bad - most times it is around 5! Anyway, we checked in, filled out our forms and then headed to wardrobe, where they chose clothing for the kiddos scene. I had packed all their cutest play clothes and Celi's hair accessories but in the end, they were wearing exactly what they would be wearing to school.
We left for the set a little after 7 and I was surprised to see where the filming was done - a government housing complex just around the corner from my office. Apparently the folks who live there are given a stipend to basically put up the inconvenience of it and the show gets it's enlisted housing set, so it works for all parties involved. Anyway, there were about ready to roll when we got there so we immediately met with the guy who is in charge of making sure that the background was right. He was very cool and super nice to the kids, which I was initially a little worried about, so I was really happy with that. After he arranged everyone, he told the moms that we could go watch the scene through the monitors, which show what the cameras see and is under a tent. Apparently this is a big deal as lowly extras, etc., are usually just sent off to the side out of the way. So, while I am standing in this spot, I look to my right and there is one of the stars of the show getting her hair touched up! We were THAT close! A few minutes pass and then I hear the guy from earlier wanting to know where the mom for the blond boy in the blue stripey shirt is...hmmm, this is Will we're talking about - he's probably looking for yours truly. I round the corner with all kinds of nightmare visions in my head but then realize that I haven't heard any crashing, banging or screaming, so that made me a little less worried. Anyway, I think Will was kind of overwhelmed with it all and was not being terribly cooperative with his "mom", so I had to hide on the side of the house where they were filming. This was cool because Will felt better with me there and also because I got to watch the scene super close up. Pretty cool for the first 11 takes, not so much from thenceforth.
So we finally get a break and go to the restrooms, where I inadvertently had a very embarrassing conversation about the lack of toilet paper with Joanna Kerns, who is directing this episode. Awesome. That was just great. That is not a conversation I would have wanted to have with anyone, let alone with Maggie Seaver. Who happens to be quite tall, btw. And looks great, in case anyone is interested.
So the kids did a couple of other things and Celi got to run around in the background a bunch. Will would have been doing this same thing had he not looked at the in-charge guy and said, "I ain't doin' nothin' else!" and was sent to sit with me. I couldn't decide what to be more humiliated about - his behavior or his GRAMMAR! That would be bad for anyone, but for someone like me, it was HORRIBLE! I could feel the color creeping up my face as I apologized about fifty times in rapid succession. The guy was totally gracious about it and said how it had made his day to be told off in extreme southern by a five year old! Seriously.
We finished up around 11:30 and went straight to lunch. Then to WalMart (again) for a reward for being good and Valentines, then back home for some rest. We were all worn out! The kids conked out early last night and I was down for the count by 9:30 - being a star is hard work! Celi did especially well and had a great time, so I really hope they call again. Not to mention, they are both getting checks in the mail to the tune of $105 each! Keep your fingers crossed...