When I was at the Golden Globes back in January I started thinking about how it would be interesting to find an actress who would take the reader into their life and their world through a blog. There are plenty of blogs written by celebrities but with very few exceptions they are not really honest with themselves or the reader or are written by a publicist. I didn't want something like that for everyone. I wanted to see if my experiment would work.
I kind of put it on the back burner and it didn't come up again really until the Grammy's when I thought I would really like to know what so and so did everyday. I could ask her and report on it which is kind of what I do with AP, but it isn't the same. I knew I needed to find a person who is willing to not censor herself and who had a variety of projects, was intelligent and someone that was willing to do it.
At LA's fashion week I saw her and knew immediately she would be perfect. She is an award winning actress who is happy in mainstream or indie films. She works all the time, incredibly smart, gorgeous and always willing to speak her mind. I spoke with her for about ten minutes to just see what was going on in her life but didn't broach the subject of the blog. This was the beginning of problems I hadn't foreseen.
With the exception of one person, no one really knows who I am and I kind of wanted to keep it that way. So, even though I had this actresses phone number I couldn't really call her and ask her to do it. She would probably figure out it was me. So I figured out that I would e-mail her, but I didn't have her e-mail address. Again, I couldn't call her and ask for it and didn't want to call her closest friends to ask them because it would work its way back to her.
Therefore I enlisted the aid of LG who finally managed to secure the coveted e-mail address. Now the question was how do I approach this situation. How do I get this actress to want to blog about her life in an uncensored way for basically a stranger since I didn't identify who I was. I just told her about the blog and what I wanted her to do and waited. Well, she agreed. She's never blogged before and so this will be a process. I gave her some topics that I thought you would find interesting to read. I also asked her to start taking photos of places she goes so we can see the world from her perspective. The other side of the lens so to speak. She has had several films released this year already and has some films coming out later this year as well. She also goes to a fair share of events and premieres and talk shows so it should give us a look into the world of an actress.
Hopefully this experiment will be a success. I don't know how often she will write or send photos, but hopefully at least weekly. In one of her films I think she has the chance to be nominated for an award and so hopefully this experiment will take us all the way through award season next year. I also hope that you will be kind as the experiment begins because this is new for her and it may take some time to make it into something that is seamless.
For now she will remain anonymous, but she can change her mind at anytime. She has never been shy about speaking her mind even in public so she might want to do so, but not right now. For our purposes I'll call her ZX. I just like those letters so don't read anything into it.
Here is the first installment–I have not edited it all
i've never blogged before. i wonder if it's in the scrabble dictionary yet. mmmmmmkay. well, i've put on hold two photo shoots because my boyfriend dumped me. i think he saw it coming and then just went ahead and prepared a speech saying i was unstable and a lot of other miserable things. lately, the most exciting thing is my shower door falling in on me- while i was taking a bath. safety glass my ass. i bled all over the carpet and my landlord suggested replacing it with a shower curtain, which i thought was a cheap, gauche suggestion. but it's been fixed now and i'm through licking my wounds and hopefully will be back to work soon. i've been swimming and taking long runs on the beach. oh jeez, i sound very want addy. well, this is absurd. hope i have something more interesting to report eventually.