A few months back Sian got a call from Virgin (the airline/holiday/everything else group, not immaculate concepulate of the late Jesus Christ…although that would have been cool too).
They asked Sian if the company could shoot a couple of ‘celebrities’ that were out here in Barbados here with us for some promotional stuff. Our friends got excited. My toes curled up.
I hate this nonsense. I hate the very word ‘celebrity’. It makes me think of all the god awful Hello guff that seems to plague our shelves incessently these days. Not only has journalism suffered for it, but so too has entertainment. Remember when we watched shows that were written and performed by skilled, talented, devoted craftsmen?…I do. I got a Theatre Degree. And my heart physically hurts every time another ‘I’m a Celebrity – Shit on you’ show comes out.
So, when Sian told me we were shooting Ollie, Jamie and Francis from the ‘Made in Chelsea’ TV show, I was dreading it. I assumed to meet a bunch of jumped up, attention seeking socialites with little or nothing to say.
And boy was I wrong. Very very wrong. Because these three lads were utterly, utterly lovely.
And I don’t mean lovely in the kind of ‘we’re working together, so let’s all get on’ kind of way, I mean it from the very real, very rare, ‘I want to invite those guys to our house for dinner’ way. They really were great.
The first thing Jamie said to me was ‘ we just needed a break – well, to be honest, we don’t really do anything, but we wanted to get away for a bit…I guess that sounds awful’ and I adored his honesty.
I also loved the fact that nothing was too much for the boys – jump in the sea? Sure. Play cricket with this guy? No worries.
And they refused to let Sian carry anything. Ever. Which was very sweet and really very rare in people these days. They were polite, courteous, funny, and ridiculously good looking…it made our job a breeze.
Because Sian and I live here in Barbados, and because we both despise the ‘Celebrity Big Brother – give me a final chance to be famous’ kind of shows, we had no idea what Made in Chelsea was about. But the boys didn’t mind – in fact, I think they kind of liked the fact that they were working with apparantly the only two Brits on the island who had not recognised them. Even while we were shooting, people were smiling, and waving and cooing and asking for autographs…but they didn’t mind, they took it in their stride, they let us do our thing, and we got some great shots.
So, if you’re reading this boys, thanks a lot, you have restored some faith in this old fart’s appreciation of the ‘celebrity’…now excuse me, I believe I have Made in Chelsea on Channel 4 On Demand…
You can see the article in the Daily Mail here: Daily Mail Article. Please note that the Copyright is FIRMLY held with Colorbox, the company I work for – and all of the shots on here link back to our Facebook page. Please like away, and you can see the full shoot on there too 🙂
Thanks for reading guys, keep on snapping x