The following are short interviews from Awardsline’s dialogue section.
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are nominated for Lifetime’s Project Runway in the Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program category. The duo took the Emmy home last year for their hosting duties on the fashionista show, and Klum won in 2009. Project Runway is also nominated in the Outstanding Reality Competition slot this year.
DEADLINE: How have your and Heidi’s roles evolved over the past 13 seasons?
Tim Gunn: My involvement was never to be on television. I was a consultant. My being on the show happened at the very last minute. So I never had any interaction with Heidi until I actually met her when the designers were arriving for Season 1. My knees were shaking so badly, I could barely stay upright. I mean, I was in the presence of Heidi Klum—supermodel. I have more interaction with Heidi now on judging days, where I used to have absolutely zero. And now there’s a “Heidi Klum Challenge,” and that means she does the workroom rounds with me, so she gets to experience what I do. There’s more interaction by virtue of the fact that we’ve been together so many seasons, and there’s certainly more closeness.
DEADLINE: How do you measure success for the contestants on the show?
Heidi Klum: There might not necessarily be a “next Michael Kors” because, how long did it take Kors to be who he is? (Season 4 winner) Christian Siriano is a big designer now; he has his own store in Manhattan and sells all over the place. That happens very rarely. Even if you win, you need financial backers, you have to have that personality, you have to push, push, push all the time. You can’t just expect to win and think, “Yeah, I’m the next Michael Kors.” It just doesn’t work that way.
—Anna Lisa Raya
Anthony Bourdain is nominated in two categories this year: the Informational Series or Special slot for his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown as well as the Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program category for his work on ABC’s The Taste. Last year, Parts Unknown took home the Emmy for Best Informational Series or Special.
DEADLINE: Do you have an outline of ideas you want to focus on in Parts Unknown or do you wing it?
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: Pre-production is super important. There are some countries where our plan goes out the window, such as in the Congo or Libya episode, and you have to react very quickly. Our fixer on the ground is crucial, and CNN helps us find them. There also are those that I know from being part of the chef mafia. We’re constantly sending them our wish list for a country, whether it’s historical or cultural questions we have. If it turns out that the subject I’m sitting down with isn’t working, we’ll scratch that and I’ll see something shiny across the street and chase that down. We’re working with digital cameras and there’s never a take two. We make it deliberately difficult for our editors; there are no establishing shots. If I do a second take, it destroys the relationship I have with the subject.
DEADLINE: Are you inspired by any specific documentary filmmakers?
BOURDAIN: We’re more inspired by the films we love and directors of photography than documentaries. We’ll choose a location based on our obsession with, say D.P. Christopher Doyle or director Wong Kar-Wai. We wanted to make each and every episode of Parts Unknown feel like a standalone film with its own individual score, its own look. Our marching orders are: Let’s cause confusion and concern at the network. Whoever liked last week’s episode, they should do a double take in the next episode and wonder if it’s the same show.
Photography by Mark Mann