Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Oprah Experience

First, I had to decide on my outfit. After spending 3 hours shopping Wednesday night I decided on a turquoise DKNY cardigan. {This cardigan, only bright turquoise.} I wore it with a white tank, grey trousers, and grey flats.

I drove up to Chicago on Thursday. After getting to Natalie's apartment, we only had about 45 minutes to get ready before we had to head out to the movie screening of "Just Go With It". Since we couldn't take our cameras into the movie theater we took some photos of ourselves in her apartment before going to the screening because we're super cool like that.

The movie screening was really fun {sans the extremely whiny girl next to me}. I was elated when we didn't have to sit through any previews--the movie just started playing! Another cool thing was that Natalie sat next to the lady whose company created the inflatables {the cruise ship and snow globes} for "Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things".

"Just Go With It" was very funny. Adam and Jen had great chemistry. Jen looked gorgeous, like always. Adam was looking pretty darn good. One of my favorites, the handsome, Dave Matthews makes a cameo in the movie too. I plan on seeing the movie again with Brad when it comes out on Feb. 11th.

After the movie, it was back to Natalie's apartment to get some sleep. I set 4 alarms on my cell phone, as well as a regular alarm clock. My mind was racing so I don't think I fell asleep until midnight. I was up at 4:00 AM to get ready. Yeah, 4:00 AM. For Oprah.

We were out the door by 6:00 AM and in line at the studio by 6:30 AM. My friend, Brittney, met up with us because Kait couldn't get off work to come to the taping. We were numbers 71, 72, and 73 in line.

{We took this after the show. It was not light outside at 6:30 AM.}

I don't have any pictures of us inside the studio because cameras were not permitted. We only have our mental pictures. :) I'll make an Oprah plug right now-- you can see what I saw by watching "Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes" on OWN. We might be on an episode of "Season 25" because they were doing filming for it when we there. A camera crew came into the waiting area and told us to cheer and clap, but to not look at the cameras. It was kind of awkward to be yelling, cheering, and clapping but avoid looking directly at the cameras.

We were called into the studio around 8:15 AM. We sat in the upper section right by where Oprah enters. We weren't 10 feet from the stage like what I would have wanted, but the studio is very small {it looks much larger on TV} and we got to see everything that was going on from where we were sitting. PLUS, with the way the guests' chairs were positioned they were looking right at us {and vice versa}.

Oprah's staff amped us for about 15-20 minutes. They asked the audience members questions. They asked us if we had any questions for them. We danced a little. Her staff is very nice, and they all seem to love their jobs.

When Oprah came out it was surreal. It was like watching her on TV but I was there. She looked beautiful. I loved her glittery purple skirt. Her hair and make-up looked perfect. May I borrow her "people" for my wedding day? ;) She complimented us {the audience} on our attire and thanked us for taking off work and being there. She was pretty funny too. I was surprised when she said sh*t a few times too. It's like hearing your teacher cuss. Made me laugh.

She started by talking with the American Idol judges via satellite. I'm not an AI fan, so I'm not going to expand.

Then, Jen came out. I don't think this will be a surprise to anyone, but she's gorgeous in real life. She looks just like she does in film and print. She's so tiny. I love how down-to-earth she is. She seems like such a genuine, grounded person.

Next, Adam joined them on stage. He wore a suit, which I thought was cute. Dressing up for the Oprah! :) I love him. He was funny and charming. He seems like such a normal person too. I'd have a beer with him.

It was honor being able to see both Jen and Adam in person. Oprah, too.

Piers Morgan was Oprah's next guest. He was pretty funny and an interesting guest. Plus, you gotta love a British accent.

When the taping was finished, Oprah thanked the audience again for coming to the show. She said she knows that many of us go through a lot to come to the show-- take off work, buy new outfits {Natalie & me}, get manicures {Natalie}, get our hair done {me}.... Haha!

The episode will air on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd. Look for my turquoise cardigan. Natalie is sitting to my left wearing a green cardigan. There's a man in a pink shirt sitting to Natalie's left.

Now, "Attend The Oprah Winfrey Show" can be crossed off my bucket list.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you had a good time! Sounds like such a fun experience.
    Thanks for the mini-review of the movie too.


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