As you may have read last week, my dear friend and college roommate Sarah, and her fiancé were the stars of HGTV’s House Hunter’s International last week!
Me and Sarah in August 2011 at our girl Ashleigh’s wedding…
And back where it all began…. Shout out to Sigma Delta Tau’s Delta Deltas!!!
Okay, enough reminiscing. So Sarah and Tom appeared on the show last week (see previous post on back story here).
Did anyone watch???
How freaking adorable are they???
Well after the show aired, Sarah shed some light on the whole experience, and I figured what better use of a home decor blog, right?
So here goes…
J: How did you get to be on the show?
S: We have a very good friend in San Francisco who is English, and he has a good friend who worked for the show in London (the production company is based in London). We had always joked about applying for it when we moved to Tel Aviv but never followed through. He wrote us at the beginning of 2012 and introduced us to his friend. She had put out some feelers looking for people who just moved internationally, and he thought we would be a good fit. When my parents were visiting in February they filmed a short video of the two of us that we submitted and the rest is history…
J: Okay everyone wants to know… Did you get compensated for being on the show?
S: We did get compensated for being on the show but I am not sure I am allowed to tell you how much
J: Tell me about your experience with working with House Hunters International.
S: The people at the production company, Leopard Films, were awesome to work with! They were very on top of everything, really thorough, and really interested in making sure that everything ran smoothly and turned out well. It was a pleasure working with them. We filmed for 3 full days in Tel Aviv and 1 half day in San Francisco. We were shown 3 apartments by a realtor, all of which had something we were looking for in our new home. On the last day we had to pick one.
S: I have to say the Tel Aviv portion of the show was a little exhausting, but we had an amazing crew who really helped us get through the whole thing. They only film with one camera so every shot needs to be done about 4 times (if you have enough energy during all 4 shoots) so we had to repeat the same thing over and over and over… I did enjoy the overall process and it was fun feeling like a reality TV star for a few days. Now I am just worried about the cheese factor…it’s a pretty cheesy show!
J: If you had the choice to do it all again, would you?
S: As I mentioned earlier, it was pretty exhausting, but we had a lot of fun doing it and we felt like stars, so I wouldn’t mind.
J: Months later….are you happy in the apartment you chose?
S: We are very happy with the apartment. When we looked I did not know much about Tel Aviv but I love the area we live in and if we were to move again we’d stay in the same ‘hood. In my last year and a half in Tel Aviv, I have seen some much nicer apartments so moving doesn’t seem like a bad option to be honest. One of the things I thought I liked about the place we chose (before we chose it) was that it had room to “expand” but we don’t have an elevator and we’re on the 3rd floor so in retrospect there will be no expanding there!
J: What is it like watching yourself on TV?
S: It was so bizarre watching the show. My mom was visiting last week, and we woke up at 5:30am to watch. Tom said he was going to continue sleeping, but 1 minute before it started, I burst into the room and told him I couldn’t do this without him so he woke up and the 3 of us watched together. We thought they did a great job with the editing and we were glad we didn’t come across too cheesy. We had received some great advice from our good friend Rachael (her House Hunters episode aired this summer) and she suggested that we try to agree on everything, not to have one of us come across as too domineering, and to not give in to their antics. I think we did a good job with that.
J: Alright…Any “inside scoop” you can share?
S: When we went to Dr. Shakshuka [restaurant featured in the show], we had already been filming in the heat for about 4 hours. We were all starving and sat down for some shakshuka with the camera just sitting on table beside us. When it came time to shoot again, we had to order and eat another shakshuka… it was delicious the second time around.
We weren’t crazy about our real estate agent, and when we went to see the apartments they made us wait outside sometimes for 30 minutes or so until they had everything set up so they could really get our first impressions. As you saw from the episode, Ari was very disappointed because he really wanted us to like the apartment with the hot tub in the bathroom…I think it suits his lifestyle and needs a little more than it would suit ours.
We did get engaged the day after the filming as they told you during the credits. I knew it was coming soon, but had no clue when, and during the filming I kept thinking, ‘maybe Tom’s going to propose on the show, that would make for a good episode’… But I’m glad he waited until the day after.
J: What other HGTV shows do you watch?
S: Unfortunately in Israel we do not get HGTV, but when I was living in the states I would watch it for inspiration. I like the garden shows specifically, and it’s great as a background channel because there is always something interesting on. I prefer House Hunters International over House Hunters (sorry Rachael Kansas), it’s just way more interesting.
CONGRATS TO SARAH AND TOM ON THEIR ENGAGEMENT!!!!!!!!
LOVE YOU BOTH!!!