Last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the lovely Helen Fielding, author behind the best-selling Bridget Jones series of books. Helen was in Toronto for a couple of days doing press for her latest work “Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy”. It was an amazing experience and Helen is seriously hilarious and witty – just as her much-loved protagonist Bridget is! Most times it was hard to believe I was there ‘working’, as I was so entertained. I don’t have half of Helen’s wit, so instead of more words…here’s my insta-photo diary (and a video from CBC’s Strombo show) of my days with Bridget Jones’ creator:
prepping for day 1 of press for Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy
Helen chatting with the ladies of CTV’s The Social
Side note: As I was waiting on standby for Helen, I was literally startled by a guy rehearsing some enviable dance moves nearby. Lo and behold, it was Jason Derulo (with a killer set of glitter pants to match his killer moves!)
On set for Etalk. One of many interviews on Day 1.
At a book signing in Toronto, hosted by Lainey of LaineyGossip fame and CTV’s The Social. I loved seeing how Helen interacted with her fans and how they interacted with her. Helen and Bridget Jones are obviously well-loved. That sums up Day 1.
Early start to Day 2 with a morning interview at CTV’s Canada AM
Sneaking in a selfie at the CTV studios with a bunch of my on-set essentials :)
See what my on-set essentials are.
Helen with Maurie of Toronto’s Kiss 92.5 FM radio
Fast forward many interviews later and then an interview for CBC’s George Stroumboulopolus Show (I love Strombo!)
#ahamoment | As I was standing by for touch-ups, I realized that about five years ago I was in the same studio watching the Strombo show with my make-up class. Our make-up teacher had brought us there for a class ‘field trip’ to see the between the scenes of a live TV show. Back then, I didn’t know where make-up would take me, but just knew that I loved doing it and wanted to make a career of it. Being there again in-studio was a good reminder that progress isn’t always obvious in the pursuit of what you love, but hard work pays off ….so aspiring artists, stick to it! :)
After a full two days of press, Helen’s trip to Toronto is capped off with an Elle Canada event. Helen with Noreen Flanagan (right), Editor of Elle Canada
Make-up + Hair for Helen Fielding: Rhia Amio (www.rhiaamio.com)
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