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SepiaTemptress
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(1/11/22 6:24 pm)

Keeper of David's Pecs,
Arms, and Butt

Set visit experience
Since people were asking me about my set visit, I’ll give you all the details here.
As many of you know, I am acquainted with some people who work on the show. One of them in particular, Kevin G. Halaroy (yes, the producer), was rather fond of my website and quite pickled with me, if I do say so myself. So I got invited to go and watch them film a few scenes of “Henry Adams.” Of course, as many of you are aware, I live in New York, which is on the opposite end of the country from where “Henry Adams” films (mainly in the LA area). But I wasn’t going to turn down an opportunity like this so I made some arrangements at work and before I know it, I was on a plane to visit California. It hadn’t quite hit me that I was going to meet all the stars of the show in person – especially David and Simon. I guess I was in a sort of comatose state of shock – or more realistically, I was afraid something would fall through and I wouldn’t be allowed on set after all. Well, I didn’t have to worry about that at first because I got there a day early so that I could sightsee. I arrived on a very early morning flight (fell asleep on the plane which I have never been able to do in the past – I’m quite a light sleeper but fortunately, everyone else slept too) – got to LAX and then went and got a rental car. That line took forever because of some mishap with a disgruntled customer, which really irked me. Almost half an hour later, I was all set and on my way. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to Disneyland or Universal Studios but I figured Disneyland was further so I’d get it out of the way and if I had time at the end of my trip, Universal Studios would be near LA, where I booked my hotel. So I ventured out to Anaheim, waited in line to get my ticket (also took forever! But I didn’t buy it beforehand because I was afraid I wouldn’t have time to go) and then went on some rides. Disneyland by yourself was both annoying and relaxing. Annoying because parties of eight would run in front of me before I got in line, when the polite thing to do would let the party of one stay in her position in front. But it was relaxing because I got to plan the agenda without any debate. I ate at Blue Bayou, the restaurant you see from “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and got some mushroom dish that they serve. I am a vegetarian and that is the only thing they serve without meat. By the way, I found out the Chicken Florentine has pieces of bacon in it for those semi-vegetarians who don’t eat beef or pork but eat chicken (although that’s quite hypocritical if you ask me). Anyway, I’ll talk about Disneyland in another thread if you guys want. But the next morning, I was supposed to go on set. As you could imagine, I couldn’t sleep. It didn’t help that the bed was really lumpy and it hurt my back whenever I turned. Not lumpy but I could feel springs or something and it was a mess. The next morning, after only a few hours of sleep because of both anxiety and a horrible mattress, I went to the main counter to complain about my mattress but no one was around that early. So I made a mental note to tell them when I got back and rushed back to my room to shower and get ready. Before you knew it, it was 7AM and I was on the road to get to the stages. The call time was at 8:30 AM but I didn’t know how bad traffic would be. Well, fortunately, almost nobody was on the freeway that early. I quickly got on the 10 (after being a little worried when I saw the 110 and thought that might have been the freeway) and found myself at the Alton Lewis stages. Yes, the show has its own “soundstages” instead of using another production companies like Warner Bros or Universal. The first thing I noticed were a bunch of trailers and some tents set up with food laid out on tables. I stopped by the security and gave them my name and said that Kevin G. Halaroy had invited me for a set visit. The lady looked at me as if I was making it up (who would have the balls to walk up to a TV taping and blatantly lie like that?) and then got on her little walkie talkie. She began communicating with some guy and I kept trying to interject, telling her I had flown from New York and that Kevin himself had personally invited me. Then I got a little nervous. What if the Kevin I talked to online was an imposter? But then I realized he wouldn’t have known about the calltime or the location of the studio. Unless it was some mastermind who was a Henry Adams expert. My heart began to sink but then, after five minutes, I heard a voice “ok” me. It was Kevin, who was on set! He came out to greet me. He was kind of short but very pleasant looking and very friendly. He showed me to the crafts service table and told me to help myself to breakfast. It was all free! So I had some fruit but I was too nervous to eat too much so I just sort of loitered around. Everyone kept looking at me like I was an invader and trying to figure out if I was maybe the guest star or something of that day. I didn’t speak much and kind of stood against the wall and, every now and then, Kevin would come around and tell me “Hey, follow me” and I would walk with him while he went around his routine. All of the crew seemed like family and they all joked around with each other and it was fun to watch everyone be so happy. Finally, GINA SORENSEN (!!!) walked out from her personal trailer past me. She had a question about her wardrobe and was talking to the costume lady. I just stood there, gawking at her, my mouth open. She noticed me and turned and smiled but then returned talking to the costume lady. Neither of them wanted to acknowledge me or asked me who I was so I didn’t have an opportunity to introduce myself. Usually in situations like this, I’ll take the initiative but since I was on their territory, I didn’t know what was standard and didn’t want to seem like a nuisance. After Gina was done talking, she walked to the crafts service table and politely said “Hello” to me. I was such a dork, all I could muster in response was “Yes. Hi.” I wanted to tell her how big of a fan I was, how beautiful she looked (both on television and in person) and what a pleasure it was to meet her but all I got out was “Yes. Hi.” Gina started joking with a crew member and then about three minutes later, without even realizing him approaching, DAVID GALAGOS wandered over. I almost fainted, especially since I noticed someone standing near me but didn’t know who it was until I looked, thinking it was just some normal person. Ladies, he is absolutely stunning in person. He kept goofing with Gina and grabbed her in an embrace from behind and then began walking with her. It seemed like they were dating but a few months later, I asked Kevin about it and he said they were just really close. (I hope he’s telling the truth!) So then, after three hours of doing nothing, they finally began rehearsing the scene. I had no idea it took so long to film a TV show or maybe they were just running behind that day. So we went into the set (Kevin had to drag me along, seeing me nervous) and they told me I had to take off all watches or cell phones or anything that would make noise. They also pointed to a red light on the outside and said if it was on, they were rolling inside and I couldn’t enter or make any noise that would affect the taping. So I learned to hold my breath, which wasn’t hard because I suddenly became very shy (and anyone who knows me knows what an extrovert/Type A personality I am). So they began blocking the scene with the guest stars and the extras. The episode they were filming was “Henry Adams: Movie Star,” which – as many of you know – is one of the worst episodes. But watching it be filmed, everyone treated it like it would be the most classic ever. Because David was playing two roles, he kept having to remind himself which character he was playing during the scenes. The first scene they filmed is when Darla notices the resemblance between Henry and the movie star and calls Professor Beckett to ask if it’s a trap. Professor Beckett’s lines were read by some script supervisor who spoke in monotone. They obviously have him record his lines later. This took a few hours to do the scene from all angles. Then it was time for lunch. Everyone sat in this big picnic area. However, the actors disappeared – probably in their dressing rooms or trailers. The guest stars were out there but they spent their time trying to convince the writers and directors to bring them back for future episodes (but since it was about a traveling film production crew, there’d be no reason they would have stayed in Little Town.) I sat near the back and some lady asked me if I was an extra and I said, “no, actually, I was invited here by one of the producers, who is my friend. I’m from New York.” Everyone then thought I was some big important person and kept asking me questions and I just tried to answer the best I could. One teenaged extra girl (the one who jumps up and down in the bathroom scene) asked me about shopping in New York to which I really had no idea how to respond. Filming resumed and now SIMON COPELAND was on set. Unfortunately, I was given something called a “call sheet” which breaks down the scenes and actors each day and Aaron Copeland Jr. was listed as being “ON HOLD”, meaning he wouldn’t be on set that day unless they needed him last minute. Unfortunately, Aaron was the only actor who I had chatted with before (online, when he used to come here and had an open account) and my only chance to break into the reserved world of actors. Kevin told me he was going to head out but that I could remain for the rest of the night. Of course, I wasn’t going to turn that down. I thanked him and he said “Thank you. You’re a big supporter of the show.” Well that made my day. So the rest of the night, they filmed the scene where Simon is David’s new assistant while David pretends to be the movie star. Gina mostly hung around in the sidelines and talked to people. After about the 100th take, I decided there was no reason for me to stay much longer because it got rather monotonous and I think I was starting to weird people out. So I just sort of tiptoed out when the red light went off, thanked the security guard on my way out (she had no idea who I was), and got in my rental car and went back to my hotel. I went upstairs and then remembered how crappy my bed was. I went downstairs and complained but they said there was little they could do at that hour (it was now about 11 PM). I slept on it again that night and it wasn’t so bad. Maybe it hurt so much before because of the nerves of the upcoming experience. I wrote in my journal the next morning, noted to thank Kevin for the opportunity, and then the maid service came in and said they were going to switch out the mattress. They did and it didn’t feel much different but I decided not to complain (in fact, the new one kind of felt worse but you get what you pay for, I guess). I then went to Santa Monica that day, and the next day finally made it to Universal. I’m not a big roller coaster fan but I finally got the courage to go on “Revenge of the Mummy” after talking myself out of it twice (one time, I got to the very front of the line but then crossed over the coaster to exit when they forced me to decide). Luckily, it wasn’t that crowded so I didn’t have to wait too long. And then I returned back to New York and went to my miserable job and no one really knew what a great experience I had had and treated me like I was nothing special. So that sucked. But oh well...



Founder of the first Henry Adams fan site, The Unofficial David Galagos Website
Member #2 of the Simon Copeland Appreciation Society
MARSHTUTIME
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(1/11/22 6:57 pm)

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Re: Set visit experience
Cool! Thanks!


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JackRabbit5
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(1/11/22 7:16 pm)

Re: Set visit experience
If you ever come to LA again, let me know. I’ll pick you up at LAX (I live in Valencia, about 45 minutes away).



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CDaddy45
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(1/11/22 7:22 pm)

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Re: Set visit experience
I’m jealous!

- Carlton, also a big supporter of the show ;)



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CookieGrl27
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(1/11/22 7:43 pm)

Re: Set visit experience
Did you take any pics Sepia?

::dying to see some behind-the-scenes shots::

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SepiaTemptress
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(1/11/22 8:04 pm)

Keeper of David's Pecs,
Arms, and Butt

Re: Set visit experience
Alas, no. I didn’t want to look like a “fan.”




Founder of the first Henry Adams fan site, The Unofficial David Galagos Website
Member #2 of the Simon Copeland Appreciation Society
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