But in the job you have, do you feel a lot of pressure? I mean, you’re making decisions that will have a big impact on people’s lives, which I imagine could also be pretty daunting.
You do, and in particular on Sell houses, because people come to the show because they are in a rather difficult situation. It’s different from other shows where it’s an opportunity or it’s a dream: it’s really a moment of desperation, and all of them have a story that being able to renovate and sell their house is going to change their lives. And they are so grateful for what you do. They see how hard everyone is working and it’s quite overwhelming for them. In fact, you get to know them very well in a short time.
It must give you – and everyone working on the show – such a buzz to see how happy you’ve made someone. It looks like real feel-good work.
This is such a feel-good job! And you know, as a team, after the renovation, we always stay in touch with what’s happening with the family, have they sold the house – everyone is really invested in what happens after the renovation. It’s so lovely, and you feel totally connected to them. It stays with you for a while.
How quickly did you find the on-screen chemistry between you and your co-stars?
Well, it was helped by Covid, actually.
Thank goodness something was.
I know, it was the silver lining. We were all stuck together for long periods of time, so we spent a lot of time making dinner together, Dennis and I started running together, Andrew and Dennis walked every day. We just spent so much time together that we kind of accelerated the learning period outside of work, which was good.
What a beautiful picture you paint. Makes me want to work on your show.
It’s really nice to work on a great show.
Is there a big difference between the way you work on a day-to-day basis and the way you work when you’re doing it for TV?
No, the biggest difference is the delay. You have fewer options because you have to choose what can be done in a certain time and what is available in a certain time. This is probably the biggest difference. But the decisions you make about how that space, that room, is going to be used are pretty much exactly the same. I think viewers of the show, as well as people who would walk through a house – if a room isn’t designed well to live in, even if you’re not an interior designer, you’ll feel some discomfort with her anyway. I think if it appeared on screen, if it wasn’t well thought out to live in, on screen, I think viewers would know it’s not right, even if they couldn’t see it. ‘articulate.
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