On Wednesday I had the amazing opportunity to visit the set of Desperate Housewives. Let me say it is not an easy place to get an invite to, and the security was tight.
We spent about 2 hours on the set, and got to see some of the sets up close and personal. I was amazed that the houses looked so different in real life than they do on the screen, and I was shocked to see how empty Susan’s house was in comparison to the houses they used for the event which were staged like real homes.
Many of the houses have been used in some of America’s favorite TV shows including Leave it to Beaver. The Beav’s house is right next door to Bree’s house not that you’d know that on screen.
We hung out in Susan’s house for a bit, and noticed the glassless cupboards, super low ceilings, and the stairs that lead to nowhere. Here are the lovely Jenny, Danielle, Laura, and Courtney.
Dana’s house on the show, and the celebs from afar.
A few of us used the facilities in Bree’s house, and while I was walking out I almost ran smack into Gretchen from Real Housewives of Orange County. I knew she was familiar but it was only after I walked out of the bathroom that I recognized her beau, Slade and placed her face. She was super skinny, and so nice to come over and talk to us later in the afternoon. She even graciously took a handful of photos with everyone before we had to move on.
We also spotted Stephanie Pratt, Kathy Ireland, and Brenda Strong (you know the dead Housewife) from afar. There were a few other celebrities who I didn’t recognize, or didn’t know.
We hung out separately from the celebs, so anyone that came over to say hello was automatically someone we all appreciated. I was especially happy to meet Alison Sweeney who seems so very down to Earth and let us take a bazillion photos with her.
We also had an absolute blast together. The other bloggers are amazing women, each with their own voice, strengths, talent, and humor. It was a pleasure to get to know them all, and spend some time talking social media, blogging, and of course being moms.
Here is a photo of the group of us together. Many thanks to Jessica for corralling us, and keeping us happy (which isn’t as easy as it sounds!).
We also listened to the official announcement as special audience members, and heard about the celebrity auction (details to come) that will include items from the celebrities who stopped by among others. I am so glad that Dana Delaney is one of the celebrities using her voice to speak out on this important issue. I would not want to be in her shoes though, she had to be up at 3am to do East Coast press, and yet she still looks gorgeous and put together.
As the morning was wound down Jessica managed to get David Arquette, also very involved with Feeding America, to come over and say hello, and take a photo with us. David was so nice to take the time to say hello to each one of us, and shake everyone’s hand. He not only asked our names, but repeated them back to us and made eye contact with us which is huge in my book whether you are a celeb or just another person.
You can see his photo with David and all the bloggers here: http://twitpic.com/1dw6ap
I’ll be adding more links, but please stop by my Facebook page for all the photos I took of the event.
Reminder: You can sign up to host your own event and rally your neighborhood to end childhood hunger!
Disclosure: As a blogger correspondant for the Childhood Hunger Ends Here campaign I was invited to Los Angeles for this event.