Nina Dobrev, reaching out

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

After lunch on the set of ‘The Vampire Diaries’, we always do touch ups for the next round of shooting. One day I had Nina Dobrev in the touch up chair, and I noticed that she had been crying and she continued to cry through my work. I had to ask her what happened. She got up and left the chair and Continue reading

Nina Dobrev, the Sweetheart

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

The Vampire Diaries is the most difficult show I have ever worked on. It’s so physically demanding with a tremendous amount of running, hustling, schlepping, setting up and breaking down, and moving heavy crates containing the actors’ bags, backup supplies and so on. I would get so exhausted that I would need the entire weekend to recuperate. Nina always knew exactly what I needed. Continue reading

Katerina Graham, Humble Star

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

It was my first season on the Vampire Diaries, and we started shooting in the hottest time of year in Atlanta, Georgia. Overly hot and muggy when it’s not pleasant there. One day on location, we had an exterior shoot on, of course, the nastiest, muggiest day imaginable. During a scene with Kat, while a lens was being changed, I saw she was suffering from the heat and brought a fan to her. She took the fan from me, but whispered to me

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Ian the Compassionate

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

I have seen evidence many, many times of Ian’s extremely down-to-earth nature and have decided that he is definitely an incredible role model for other actors. This goodness makes me his biggest fan.

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Ian the Grateful and Gracious

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

Ian Somerhalder is one of the hottest properties in acting right now. With multiple Teen Choice Awards, a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, and countless other accolades, you would think he would not need to take time to schmooze with the little people. I know personally that such is not the case. He stands up for us little guys, is very generous, always helping others, and generous with gifts. Most importantly, he finds joy in Continue reading

Ian Somerhalder’s generous gift

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

Thus far, I have been blessed to work with Ian Somerhalder for the past two years. Hopefully there will be many more to come. He’s a gorgeous human being and has the biggest human heart to match. One early morning while working on ‘The Vampire Diaries’, I noticed that Ian was extra happy. Ebullient. Intrigued, I asked how he was doing. He answered, “ I am going to buy Jess a Continue reading

Simon Baker Stands Up For The Little Guy

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

I was working on the show ‘The Mentalist’. It was a second season show and the scene was being shot in a casino. I was doing makeup on an extra, who was playing the role of a beautiful Vegas showgirl. After putting on her final touches, we were ready to shoot the scene. The assistant director (AD) team had placed all the BGs (extras) in position and we were ready to shoot. Continue reading