- Mob City
- Private Lives of Nashville Wives
- Rizzoli & Isles
- Save Our Business
- Screen Actors Guild Awards
Once is a blue moon do you get a script, or a story told on television with such incredible heartbreak. But life is full of heartbreaks. Casting young Tanner Buchanan for the role of Michael/Michelle Brand was a daring choice both for the actor and the production. To have a teenager astute enough to play the part of a teenager with gender dysphoria was brave. I didn't want to be cliche about the choices Michelle would wear in public, and was very careful to make the character look real in her fashions. Terry Salazar and I hit JCPenney at Westfield Fox Hills Mall and started pawing through the girls section. The little pale pink t-shirt with three dimensional flowers seemed a perfect fit and the little white tiered ruffled skirt was great. Since Michelle would be "buried" in this outfit, I had to make sure that the garments were light enough to show dirt and distress. We added Pink Keds, our writers request and lace edged ankle socks and magnetic earrings since Tanner didn't have pierced ears and a little rhinestone and silver "Love" necklace from Claires boutique.
Getting to work with an actress like Gail O'Grady was a dream come true. Loved her on NYPD Blue and now as her turn as a scared and confused mother it was a treat. First we bonded over our mutual love for Neiman Marcus popovers and then we got to trying on clothes. Gail's over sized Vince sweater and skinny J Brand jeans was a perfect at home look for having just "buried" your child. Gail loved the Tory Burch beaded sandals.
Kris and Rusty finally get to go out and-- to an outdoor movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We were trying on a bunch of hip and trendy jeans for her date look and nothing looked right. Madison said, "Well, if it were me, I love maxi skirts" and BAM I pulled a vintage 1970's hippie dippy maxi skirt from stock, added a little scalloped Top Shop tank, some fun beads and bracelets and American Eagle sandals. I love when a collaboration like this happens and you have a great look camera ready in a matter of minutes!
Be sure to watch the special psa spot that the cast shot and lets put a stop to bullying of any kind.