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As Andy Warhol Once Said....

...everyone will get their fifteen minutes of fame. 

Well, I used up about three of them from the gratuitous extra work I did out in LA, but it looks like the heavens are looking down on me once again and are granting me a few more minutes o' fame. 23 to be exact.

Before launching into the history of my "stardom", allow me to backtrack a bit...

A few months ago, I had posted that I was looking for a new abode in Paris, and was packing up the chambre de bonne to start over in Paris...yet again. Within hours of publishing this post, I received a note from the witty, insightful and sage Mary Kay at Out and About in Paris, requesting me to contact her...asap! Intrigued by the "asap", I followed her instructions and contacted her, assuming that she had a lead on a fabulous piece of property that was tellement moi!

While MK didn't have a lead on a place, she had something way more interesting and put me in contact with the producers of House Hunters International to help us look for a new place, as well as document our apartment search in France! Trop cool

When I'm not WeTVing, I'm totally HGTVing and couldn't have been more enthusiastic to participate in this segment. How ironic that I had to go all the way to Paris to finally get on American television as something a little more than being a moving object floating behind Mischa Barton at Newport High.

Being on the show means that we'll get some help "hunting" for our new place, and act like total cheese balls on television, but it also means that we're coming out like Diana Ross. Full face, real names, curtains down, word up. I've hidden behind the walls of this blog for over a year, and now I'm dropping the facade and revealing myself. Why does this scare me so much? 

There is a definite reason why I didn't succeed as a working actor.

Last week, we filmed the back story at my mom's house which means that she will also be coming out (prepare to be entertained), and are continuing the full story in Paris this weekend...as we select our new place. I can't offer too many details, but here are some peeks from last week's shoot!
My bedroom at my mom's turned into a set.
So cool...

Barbie got shuffled out into the hallway
and wasn't invited to film with us...

So I gave Babs her 15 minutes that she was so desperate for.
Fame whore.

Going through my wardrobe.
What to bring, what not to bring...
The existential crisis.

My shoe and accessory closet, or as Aurel calls it, "my panic room"
serving as the perfect fashion background.
My hard work of building those shelves from scrap wood and painting the walls Pepto-Pink will finally get seen!

 The crew packing up after a long day...
and Aurel enjoying his first taste of Hollywood!

We had a blast with the crew who made us feel comfortable even though the two of us were nervous wrecks! Filming reality tv is much harder than it looks! Who would have thought? I know, I sound like a Kardashawhore, but it's true! We will continue our HGTV ride as this weekend kicks off the second portion of the episode, documenting our life in Paris. Talk about ending the summer with a bang! Thank you so much Mary-Kay for the lead, and I will keep you all posted on updates!

Bon week-end!

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  1. WOW my wife Susan is a big fan of this show.
    Much appreciate if we can find out when this will be broadcast.
    Also since we will be vacationing in Paris between sept 20 and oct 06 I am going to bribe MK to tell us what street we have to visit so we can brag that we were there.
    Cheers
    Conrad and Susan

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    1. Bribed? I can be bribed, Conrad. A glass or two of wine is all that it takes! But first I'll have to get the street addresses from Mlle Ella!

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    2. Thanks Conrad and Susan! We have a few months until it airs but I will most definitely keep you posted!

      We had so much fun and am so happy to have been a part of it! You'll be pleased to know that the folks at HHI are such great people! Great memories.

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  2. Wow, I'm so excited, for a number of reasons. I love House Hunters International and even though our cable is very basic now, I'm going to have to upgrade as soon as I know when this episode is going to air.

    This is so cool.

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    1. Thanks Jenna! We had so much fun! What an experience! I'll keep you posted for sure. : )

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  3. I'm SO excited because not only am I going to get to watch you on HHI but Aidan's episode airs 13th September! This is so EXCITING!!!

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    1. Yessss! In fact, Aidan and I had the same director who was just so much fun. We had a blast with the crew...sarcastic English folks!

      I have been in touch with Aidan and we're trying to figure out how to see it from France! Is there a way to watch live American tv?

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  4. Your mom is going to make an appearance?! Now I'm REALLY excited!!! I love your mom! I can't wait to see the episode and hear more about what happens when you film this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your closet and room. It will be fun comparing them with the film crew's shots, although I can't believe that they exiled Barbie!

    Break a leg! (Or is that expression only used for stage productions?)

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    1. Yes, my mom will be in it! Oh God...be scared. The stuff that came out of her mouth! I wonder how it will be edited! Oh my mom....

      For licensing reasons, Babs was out! There was some drama on the set because of it. No one buts Barbie in the corner! Haha!

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  5. Oh! I forgot to say -- thanks for the mention! I'm really pleased that everything worked out for HGTV to feature Seb and you (and your Mom!!!) in this segment! :)

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    1. no..THANK YOU! You're the one that spearheaded this whole project! Thanks for putting me in touch with the producers. It will go in the book of memories. : )

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  6. HHI lost a little bit of its glamor once a friend who was on it told me it was all fake, ie she already had to have found a place to live and then they just made it look like she "chose" between three places. Plus she had to find her own English-speaking real estate agent willing to be on the show too. Just seemed kind of lazy to me on HGTV's part...but despite all that, I still watch the episodes they do for France. And it's super fun to be able to see people you know on it (I know five different families now who have done it in France). I will def have to set the slingbox to record your episode too!

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    1. I think you'll see the episode before us! We won't get our copy until weeks after it airs. Bummer.

      Hahaha tell me how it turns out! I'm kind of nervous. Editing can be your friend or your worst enemy! Ahhhhhhh!

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    2. What a killjoy know it all comment. Let the girl have some fun!

      If you thought reality tv was actually real than you're in for a big surprise. It's all fake.

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  7. Wow! That's so cool! I used to be addicted to that series until like Ksam, I found out how it's actually made. Though I do still watch some of the international episodes! Looking forward to yours!

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    1. I think you guys will be entertained when you see ours. We were so cheesy!

      All reality shows are somewhat scripted, that's entertainment for you. I was upset when I heard that Top Model was fixed! Home improvement shows I can handle if the details aren't 100% accurate, but contest shows, after we've been rooting for our favorites for months? That upsets me!

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    2. Yay for being cheesy! I just can't stand the Americans on the show who seem to be looking for their first place abroad. But cheese, I like!

      Yeah, that's why I really watch minimal reality TV, but my mom loves HGTV and House Hunters, so I got hooked quickly. And it's always fun to try to guess what house/apartment is chosen though apparently for the ones filmed in the US, it's obvious if you know what to look for. And since knowing this, I've guessed all the US ones correctly. The International ones still have a bit more intrigue. Keep us posted on when it airs!

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  8. Saw this very cool announcement on MK's blog! I too heard that the show is somewhat "staged" during the decision making segments. Would love to know the real scoop, unless of course you have signed a non-disclosure agreement ??? Either way, just the experience is very exciting. Let MK know when it will air so we can ALL watch!

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    1. I will keep everyone posted on its air date!

      I read that there has been fuss over the show being real or fake. Perhaps once upon a time it was, but for us, it was real. The three apartments we saw, we had never seen before. I have been in New York for the past few months so it would have been impossible for me to already select these places from the States. Maybe other episodes are more staged, I don't know, but ours was definitely genuine. We had no idea what we were walking into which was the whole fun of it! I couldn't have acted those reactions even if I tried. I'm a failed Hollywood "actress" for a reason! : )

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  9. I am pathetically addicted to this show. Will look forward to seeing your hunt, even if it is staged.

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    1. Thanks Anne!! Since you've lived in Paris, I think you will enjoy our episode! It's very Paris kitch! :)

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  10. I am pathetically addicted to this show, particularly the international version. The spots on France are especially fun. Can't wait to see it.

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  11. oh lordy..one of my favourite shows...for sure I'll be watching...can't wait till they film the scene when you and Seb have to go....the apartment we chose is......(long pause)....

    that show is addictive and I like it because there is a payoff in the end...the people actually get a place...

    can't wait..have fun with the shoot!

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    1. Another love we have in common, Debs! :)

      But I'm told the participants have already found a place when filming begins. Is that true, Ella? Have you already found your apartment?

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    2. @duchess - We couldn't have found a place before filming because we were in New York, and you can imagine finding a place before being in France is close to impossible! I'll write a follow-up post to our experience this week.

      @deb - Hahahahah that part was so funny, because we kept laughing from how serious we wanted to come across, but ended up just looking corny!!! You'll see...

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  12. Yay for Ella!! Ah, isn't it wacky how life works? That you slogged through LA and NOW you are going to hit prime time?!?
    PS. Very aware of how freaky stalkeresque this will sound but I want your gorgeous hair! (See? Warned you.)

    Bon Weekend!

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    1. It is funny, isn't it? Even though it's 22 minutes of reality tv that will be forgotten once the episode is over, it scratches my itch to be seen on tv! One item crossed off the bucket list!

      No, it's not stalkeresque! When played with PROFESSIONALLY, it's quite pretty, when done up by me...Howard Stern! hahaha. So true.

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  13. Way cool...can't wait to watch!

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  14. I loveeeeee HGTV! It's so cool that you Seb will have help looking for a few place andddd on top of that you'll be on one of the best shows ever. Pure awesomeness. Can't wait for the premiere!

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    1. Thanks Sue! You'll probably see it before me! I don't have access to live American tv in France, so let me know how it comes out. : ) I'm so nervous.... (biting fingers)....

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  15. Congrats Ella! That IS fabulous! And your hair is... nothing less than DIVINE .. as your outfit.. as per usual! I love HHI and I cannot wait to see you shining on screen! And your mom! Amazing! I am giddy for you! They are lucky to have you (and your momma).. good entertainment and fabulous style! Your panic room is every girls "dream".. Love the vintage poster touch. Gotta get me one of those. :)
    Ps -- that's not Barbie that's B. Bardot! lol
    ... and I need to get your autograph before you become famous!

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    1. Thanks D!! It was so much fun. Especially filming on Long Island! I felt like a local celeb! LOL!

      You're so spot on, my Barbie is so Bardot. That's what Barbie used to look like, now she looks like a "Bratz". Her eyes are huge. I much prefer vintage Babs!

      I'll let you know when it airs or I'll send you a link to watch it, since watching American shows in France is sometimes a challenge.

      Thank you for the uber-sweet comment. I'm blushing...

      :)

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    2. Yeah the big eyes are creepy. ;-\ Bratz dolls are gross.. and make me think of prostitutes.

      Yes let me know when it airs / send me a link! I'd really appreciate it. I can get around seeing American tv online in France if I have to...

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  16. ...and wait.. does that say "DIVA LITE"? ha ha ha!

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  17. This is so cool! My favorite TV channel is HGTV, and I frequently watch the house hunters/home buyers shows. Something about seeing the inside of other peoples homes is so entertaining. Must be the creeper in me. ;) I cannot wait to see your episode and please keep us all informed of airing so I can get my stalk on....I mean, support from afar on. haha

    xo

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    1. I had a feeling you'd get a kick out of this! It was so much fun filming this. It made us feel special!!

      Seeing inside homes is one of life's pleasures. When I walk down the street in New York or Paris, I always glace inside the windows of first story apartments. I like to see the decor, crown molding, curtains, etc...

      I don't know why we love doing this, this odd human behavior, but we do!

      You will be entertained by this episode. I promise! : )

      Thanks for your comment! xo.

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  18. Ahhhh! What were you saying about not glamorous??? Please find a way that I can see this, I want to see your Mum! And seriously, glossy glossy pony hair! That's totally a compliment, I'm just a little bit drunk. Bisous x Gwan

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    1. If I'm sent a link, I will send out an email so all of us in France can watch. I'm slightly worried about how I'll come across after editing attacks the shit out of the footage. Editing has a way of playing with the true essence of a person...I've seen it happen a few times...

      Ooooh drunk Gwan! It's 5:40 here in Paris - time for a drink. Thanks for the reminder. ; )

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  19. Oh, it's so fun! And exhausting too. We did it back in May and felt like it was one of the best experiences ever. I can't wait to compare notes and see yours too! Now. What are you going to wear?!?
    happy filming,
    aidan xo

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    1. I'm SO excited to see yours! we really have to figure out a way to see it close to its air date. I'm so disappointed that you're still waiting for your DVD. If anyone should see it first, it's you and your family - not all of America!

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  20. I just found you on Twitter and when I heard Paris, I was intrigued as I grew up there, but now live in OC, California. I love the international HGTV, especially the tropical islands shows. We uprooted our family and moved to a hut in Belize, then after 2 months, moved to Ambnergris Caye. I can immediately tell when HGTV films in Belize. It's such a small country, where everyone knows everyone. Good luck Ella.

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    1. Wow, what a full life of travels and adventures you have lived!!

      Thanks for your comment and well wishes. We had a blast this past weekend! : )

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  21. Oh MY GOD!!! You're gonna be on my favourite show!!!!:)))

    I met Adrian last year in Paris. She's a hoot!:) When I'm ready to buy, I'll work with her for sure:)

    Remember, a few months back, I sent you a link to her site? How cosmic!:)

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    1. I know!!!! AHHHHHHH!!! You will probably see it before me because we don't have access to live North American tv! I heard that our DVDs of the episode comes in way after it airs. I really hope it comes out okay. It makes me nervous that I won't see it first, hate the way I look, come to peace with it, and let it air. That's entertainment, eh?

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  22. I love that your mom is going to be on it! I recently saw an ep being filmed for Abby Gordon of Paris Weekender, despite the fake-ness it was still pretty fun! Can we please have a party when your episode airs??

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    1. Yeah, it seems like a lot of us bloggers are getting filmed for the show! How cool! I wonder if they'll do like a "Bloggers Week" on HGTV will all of our shows. They should!

      The show will air in like December or January, so let's party before then, to kick off the autumn season.

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  23. how exciting! I love the show, real or not. I'm nosey and I love seeing inside apartments.

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    1. Me too! That's why I always loved Bob Villa on PBS. Home improvement and other's people properties (omg, OPP!) are fascinating!

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    2. You're not the only ones to like looking inside other people's houses, I think it's the little voyeur inside all of us. One of the reasons why I became a Realtor, I just love real estate and I don't miss an episode of HHI and especially love the ones in Europe!
      Can't wait to see yours, how cool!
      Sylvia

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    3. I'll keep you posted on the air date!

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  24. This is so exciting! I love HGTV and I absolutely love the International House Hunters! I feel like I finally get to see behing all these closed doors and places that I never would have seen!! ( ^ Glad I'm not the only one!!)

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