TV Trailer Makeover
Ever since I became an actor my home away from home has been my on set trailer. When I was a kid I started out in a honey wagon, which is a block of six or so closet sized rooms attached to one another on wheels. Once I’d earned my stripes I was upgraded to a triple banger (I realize how that sounds but I didn’t coin the phrase) which is three slightly larger rooms attached to one another on wheels. After the triple banger came the double banger. Yup, you guessed it, two even bigger rooms attached to one another on wheels. I have fond memories of my trailer neighbors, the other actors in the adjoining room, and being subject to their blaring heavy metal music (Brendan Fehr on Roswell listened exclusively to Metallica at ear splitting decibels) or their blaring afternoon television shows (Justin Chambers on Grey’s Anatomy loved him some Judge Judy.) I know you wouldn’t think it but I actually miss those shared trailer days and my co-star neighbors! I really love those guys! Anyway, these days, after almost 30 years in the business of being an actor I have upgraded to a single trailer all my own. Making my at work space feel homey, comfortable and peaceful is usually my first priority when I start a new job.
Most trailers are pretty basic and kind of masculine in decor. My trailer on Suits is no exception. There’s a lot of dark wood, brown suede and brown accents. Honestly when I first walked in I was kind of at a loss decor wise. I didn’t know if I should bring in some bright colors or funky patterns or just some candles to try to lighten the mood. Luckily my super space savvy girlfriend Lisa Zolinger was visiting me in Toronto and took control of the trailer redo situation. She effortlessly and graciously saved me from making the wrong purchases and some terrible design mistakes! Lisa and her husband Josh are a realtor dream team in Orange County, CA, and it often falls to Lisa to stage the houses she and her husband are selling. She has cultivated an incredible design eye and a real talent for taking a space and transforming it without ripping out, remolding or demoing. She pulls together textures, colors and accents that compliment each other and the space perfectly and her take on my trailer is kinda extraordinary. I still can’t quite believe what she was able to accomplish with a small budget, a few throw pillows, some new bedding and a couple of table accents! Well, take a look for yourself and be amazed!