14 April 2013

Clearing the Air (a photo story)

Popping in for an update on the cast of Checkmate who are finally back to filming after a long hiatus.  Since they had the feature length film come out in August, this season is shorter and therefore getting a much later start.  Brie's older sister Lily is directing this one.  Here she is offering guidance for Stacie and Valerie's next scenes.

Val is making sure she understands just what Lily is expecting.

Across the room, Brie surfs the internet during a short break.

She's nothing short of surprised when Shane shows up to talk.  They haven't done much talking since they broke up while filming the movie almost a year ago.  They haven't even seen each other since they finished the press tour in the summer.
Shane:  Hey...I was wondering if we could talk...

Brie discards her tablet to the table with a sigh.
Brie:  I guess so...

Shane:  I just wanted to try and clear the air between us.

Brie isn't sure she's ready for this conversation but she stays silent.
Shane:  I know things ended badly between us, but...
Brie:  If you say you want to be friends, so help me--

Shane:  No!  I mean, I'd love that.  But no.  I'm not asking for that at all.  If we got to that point someday, that would be great.  But I get that it's too soon.  I just came over to apologize.  I don't think I ever really did after everything that went down between us.  But I'm sorry it ended the way it did.  

Shane:  And I get that things are probably going to be awkward between us for a while.  But we're both under contract to play these characters for at least another two years and I want it to be as painless as possible.  Work is hard enough without a feud going on here on the set.  I don't think either of us need that added drama in our lives.  And I certainly don't want the job you used to love so much to start stressing you out.

Shane:  Please say something.

Brie:  I don't know what you want from me, Shane.

Shane:  I don't want anything from you.  I honestly just want to say I'm sorry.  And I also wanted to say that I hope you're happy because if anyone deserves to be happy it's you.

Shane:  And Martin--I hope that he's okay too.  Some of my fans are brutal and it sucks and I'm sorry for that too.  I know Martin's tough, but he doesn't deserve some of the remarks they've been making and neither do you.  He seems like a really great guy.

Brie feels a bit less icy after this, seeing as he really is sincere.
Brie:  Okay.

Brie:  I really appreciate this.  I do.

Shane is surprised when she actually hugs him.
Shane:  Thank you for hearing me out...

Brie:  I don't know how to go back to being friends though...at least not right now.  I'm just not sure I'm ready for that.
Shane:  I understand.  I'm just glad you listened.
Brie:  Thank you, Shane.
Shane:  Bye, Brie.

Val and Stacie are both a little shocked to see that their costars are speaking again.

Brie collapses against the vanity with a sigh, feeling somewhat drained.

Martin arrives on set.
Martin:  Hey, Brie.

Brie:  Martin?!

She rushes to him.
Martin:  What's up, babe?  Are you okay?
Brie:  I'm just really happy to see you.

Martin:  I'm glad to see you too.  You wanna tell me what's going on?

Brie sits back down and tells him about her conversation with Shane.  Martin listens without interrupting.
Brie:  You're not mad at me, are you?
Martin:  Why should I be mad at you?  You're allowed to talk to other guys, Brie.  Even ex-boyfriends. I trust you.  And if it's going to make your experience on set better again, I'm happy you finally talked.  It was long overdue.  Come here.

Martin kisses her forehead.
Martin:  Feel better?
Brie:  Much.