I’ve always been fascinated by how couples met and evolved their relationship. I love meet cutes, first date descriptions, first kiss stories, first “time” experiences, and proposal moments. I always thought it would be a cool idea to collect these stories and create a compilation book, like a Chicken Soup for the Soul book with interesting meet stories. Instead I was given the opportunity to produce and host my own show on the topic with Kinetic Content (The company that created Married At First Sight and 90 Day Fiancée.) It’s called The Story of Us.
I love how my parents met. It’ll be 40 years ago on January 31st. My dad used to admire my mom from afar as she worked at a makeup counter at a New Jersey mall. On her 20th birthday, he ran into her at a bar and said, “I’ve been watching you.” Naturally freaked out, my mom gave him the cold shoulder. A couple hours later, he came back up to her table to apologized. They saw each other every day for a year from the day they met. They married 2.5 years later and have now been married for 37 years. My dad is still in awe of my mom every day like he was at the mall.
Another one of my favorite meet stories…Two of our good family friends (and now their kids) wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for their dad dialing the wrong number! Yep! Their dad got the wrong number, and their mom said, “You sound cute.” They had chemistry over the phone and then met in real life. They got married and had two daughters!
Inspired by these kinds of stories, on The Story of Us I will sit down with eight couples and listen to them share all the milestones in their relationship. Think about the short interview clips that run throughout When Harry Met Sally. If you listened to our I Don’t Get It podcast episode about romantic comedies, you know I feel like Hollywood is in a draught as far as telling these love centric, uplifting stories go. Creating this show is my small contribution to ending this draught. I figure I may not be able to write a screenplay, but I can interview people and few people have as much romantic curiosity as I do.
Here are the first three episodes…
Episode 1: It Takes Two
Episode 2: It Feels Like The First Time
Episode 3: Can’t Help Falling In Love