By BILL HARRIS
Special to The Lede
Toward the end of an interview with Jessica Mulroney on the set of her upcoming inspirational wedding series I DO, REDO, there’s a knock on the door. A member of the TV crew enters and says, “So sorry to interrupt, but I need to get that microphone from you.”
Mulroney looks down to see a wireless mic still attached to her clothing. “Oh my God, has it been on the whole time?” she asks with a laugh, realizing that this type of circumstance has been used many times in television and movies, to great comic effect.
No, she is assured, the mic has not been “live.” But the whole situation is a clear indication of the world Mulroney has entered as host of I DO, REDO, which is coming to CTV in 2020. With production having begun on the series, which gives couples a second chance at a fairytale wedding following sad circumstances that ruined their first attempts, Mulroney - an internationally acclaimed wedding expert and celebrity stylist - provided us with an update:
Q: Hosting a TV show sure makes for long working days, doesn’t it?
Jessica Mulroney: “I've been doing television for a long time, but I've been doing mostly short segments. There is a lot of pressure when you have to be in a lot of scenes. Set life is certainly a very different life, especially with three children at home and other work that I have to do. I am learning a lot about making television that I didn’t know! But this show means so much to me, and I believe in the concept so much, it's all worth it. Everybody, including the crew, they're always smiling, feeding positivity!”
Q: Not coincidentally, positivity is one of the main themes of I DO, REDO, in terms of taking bad memories and replacing them with good ones, right?
Jessica Mulroney: “Listen, there are a lot of wedding shows out there, and they’re so entertaining, and so fun, but they tend to focus on things that I don't really focus on, like the bridezilla-ness, and the dresses, and the craziness, and the cattiness. This show is about people who have gone through difficult times right before their wedding, or the day of their wedding, and it kind of didn't go as planned. That is a really special opportunity. So we’re doing it for couples that have had a tough go, right before what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, or one of them. We're seeing a lot of raw emotion, which is great.”
Q: This actually is a show where, the more tears we see, we know it’s going well, because that means it’s reaching people.
Jessica Mulroney: “You know, a wedding is a huge financial weight and it's a huge emotional weight. When it doesn't go as planned, it can be a very difficult thing for the couple to get over. They sometimes don’t let go of it, and there's so much regret. So to be able to help these couples deal with that emotional baggage that they're carrying, and release it, is really meaningful to me.”
Q: Tell the truth: How often will we see YOU crying on I DO, REDO?
Jessica Mulroney: “Well, I don't have a great 'cry face' so it's going to be very embarrassing for me … but I can tell you that I’ve been crying a heck of a lot!”