A few weeks ago, we shared the news of The Lexie Project, Heather Demetrios' follow-up, er, project to Something Real which officially launches today! In honour of this multi-media storytelling experience, Lexie herself stopped by FYA HQ for a chat -- with a cameo from Heather!
THE ACTUAL BOOK RELATED QUESTIONS
Hey Lexie and Heather! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me. So we know what Heather's been up to lately (I'll Meet You There and the Dark Caravan Cycle, holla!), but Lexie -- what's been new with you since we saw you last in your family's reality show, Baker's Dozen: Fresh Batch?
LEXIE BAKER: Hey! Always love hanging out with my fave bloggers. In terms of what I’ve been up to… well, I’m sure you heard about the whole Real Life debacle. But for those of your readers who haven’t, I was on this show that started up not too long after I graduated high school. It was kind of like The Real World. There were a bunch of us living in a house and, you know, drama. And before you even ask: No, Seth Jerrick and I aren’t together anymore. Yes, I’m still mad he broke up with me by writing a note on a box of condoms. Anyway, now I’m doing The Lexie Project, which is a show about me trying to make it in Hollywood. So far, so good. First episode is next week. And, of course, I’m letting Heather Demetrios write my novelized memoir. Which is super nice of her because I so don’t have time to write a book. Or, like, literary skills.
A couple of your siblings famously quit Baker's Dozen, but you've chosen to embrace the spotlight. Have you ever considered walking away from fame?
LB: No way. How boring would that be? I mean, I’ve been famous my whole life. Being non-famous…I’m honestly not sure what I’d do with myself.
Real talk: what did you think of your sister Chloe's own novelized memoir, Something Real? Do you feel you were accurately portrayed?
LB: Ah, water under the bridge. Chlo did what she had to. I think I was sometimes portrayed as ditzy or camera hungry, but I guess that’s all I let Chloe see—like, she only saw how I played the game, not who I am. Look, you do what you have to in this business. She wasn’t able to do that, so she got out. It’s important for people to know that she didn’t lie at all about anything I said, but all that psychoanalyzing about why I couldn’t hold down a relationship was going a bit too far. I mean, what is so bad about getting laid, am I right? For the record, I’m happy, I’m living my life on my own terms—and so is she.
Heather, you previously worked with Chloe for Something Real. How have the two processes -- and co-authors -- differed so far?
HEATHER DEMETRIOS: Well, Chloe and Lexie are very different, as I’m sure you all know, but both are professional—which isn’t surprising, because they’ve been working since they were born on camera. They get that I’m writing a novel about their lives, not a straight up ghost-written memoir, so in many ways, they become characters in their own stories.
The major difference is that Chloe and I had time to go over everything together, whereas Lexie and I are putting her story out in real time. In many ways, it almost feels more authentic. Lexie’s much more involved in the process, since she’s blogging and tweeting and all that while I’m writing the novelized memoir. Chloe just said, “do right by me and we’re good.” Lexie’s more like, “do right by me or I’ll cut your face.” Kidding! But Lexie…she’s a CEO in pretty packaging. Don’t let her fool you. She’s one of the savviest girls I know. Both have become friends.
Do you have any plans to work with another Baker in the future? (Hint, hint: BENNY!)
HD: Oh, Benny. I adore that boy. I’ve gotten to hang out with him a lot because he and Lexie live in the same city, so whenever I’m in LA it’s like this whirlwind reunion that involves margaritas (I should mention that they are underage, but in Europe they’re allowed to drink and, also, I disagree with the drinking law. If you can die for your country and get married and drive a car—dude, you should be able to have a few, you know?).
Benny’s a huge part of Lex’s story, just like he was in Chloe’s. But there is no way in hell he’d ever let me do a novelized memoir about him. It’s funny, people think Chloe’s the most private Baker, but it’s really Benny. He knows how to fade into the background. He’s the real enigma. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for, right?
Speaking of the other Bakers: Lexie, can we expect any of them -- esp. the fame-adverse ones and their hot boyfriends -- to visit you once The Lexie Project starts up? Or even joining you on your roomie's Youtube channel? Will Heather make an appearance, too?
LB: Oh, you’ll see plennnnnnnty of my fame-adverse siblings and their boy toys. No offense to Patrick, but Matt is totally the hot one. Sometimes Benny and I pretend to arm wrestle over him. I might pop onto Noelle’s YouTube, but the others…nah, I doubt it. And even though Heather has a degree in theater, I don’t think you’ll see her there either (although, I bribed her with a year’s worth of Coffee Bean and I can already see her cracking under the pressure).
Big picture time. Lexie, what are your hopes for The Lexie Project -- both the Metareel show and the novelized memoir? For your career in general? Tell me your ultimate aspirations!
LB: My whole thing with The Lexie Project is that I want people to see the real me. Not the kid on Baker’s Dozen, not the sap on Real Life, and certainly not the version the tabloids have of me. I want people to know I’m an actual person and that I’m serious about my future—I don’t expect anything to be handed to me. So, for my career, I basically want to be a combination of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn (not the sex symbol Marilyn, but the actress and icon Marilyn). Throw in a little Meryl Streep while you’re at it. What I’m saying is: I want to be the real deal—one of the greats. Also: I want an Oscar. I mean, while we’re dreaming, I can have it all, right?
THE YA QUESTIONS
If your real life adolescence was a YA book...
What would you, the main character, be like?
LB: Um. Heather will kinda kill me for saying this, but…I’m not super into reading. I mean, I read plays and Vogue and fashion blogs—does that count as reading? I do watch the YA movies, though, and I kinda feel like Chloe would have been Katniss and I would have been that girl who’s always trying to kill her. The one that doesn’t take any shit. I can’t remember her name.
I'm guessing you mean Clove? Pro-tip: don't mess with Lexie, y'all.
Who is your secret crush?
LB: I won’t tell you my first secret crush because I know him. But my second secret crush is totally Channing Tatum. I just really, really want to make out with him. And have him dance for me.
Your wish is my command! (Wait, which which Heather book is this again?)
What is your number #1 source of angst?
LB: My weight. It’s really stressful trying to be an actress and not being hungry. Especially because there’s so much good food on set! Someone is always like, do you want something, I’m making an In-N-Out run and I look at my carrot sticks like, fuck you carrots. You guys don’t have In-N-Out in Canada, but trust me, you’d want to stuff your face with their burgers and shakes.
In-N-Out is indeed one of my burger goals, along with Shake Shack! Stupid Hollywood's twisted view on body image for trying to keep tasty business away from you.
At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?
LB: Hmmm. I’d have to say at the beginning of Episode 2. Someone is a total dick to me and I was not having it. Girl power to the max.
And who would play you in the film adaptation?
LB: Oh, that’s easy—Hayden Panettiere. People tell me I look like her all the time.
I certainly see the resemblance, but I had pictured Candice Accola's brand of sass for you when I was reading Something Real!
THE SLUMBER PARTY QUESTIONS
What is your secret power?
LB: I can make a guy do anything I want him to.
Daaaamn -- get it, girl!
What is your #1 favorite food?
LB: Those Little Debbie Nutty Bars. Goddamn, they’re good.
Tell me about your area of expertise.
LB: Social media. I love being online and interacting with my fans. Tumblr is basically my diary. I’ve never been a private person—I mean, that’s pretty hard when you grew up like I did.
If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick and why?
LB: Um…remember the not reading part? But let me run and ask my roomie, Noelle Non Merci (yeah, the famous YouTube star), because she’ll know.
(Runs to living room). Okay, I’m back. She said these are the people she thinks I’d want in my corner:
Katniss Everdeen because she’d aim her bow and arrow at haters.
Emmett Cullen because he’d be an awesome bodyguard.
Jace from The Mortal Instruments because everyone needs some eye candy around and he’d probably beat up the paparazzi if I asked him to.
Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door because she’d be a great hype girl.
Voldemort because, sorry, everyone needs a super bad villain in their lives.
But also Hermione because she’s super smart.
Let’s add Frankie from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks because she’s sneaktastic (Noelle’s words, not mine, obvs).
Celaena from Throne of Glass because 1) every girl needs an assassin on hand and 2) Noelle thinks she’d be really great at breaking into banks, if the situation called for it.
Also, Nalia from Heather’s book Exquisite Captive because she is hella magical (I read that one—for the record, TEAM MALEK).
Arya from Game of Thrones—I saw the show, so that’s mine re: the need for badasses on your team.
Also Romeo because Noelle says I need a boy to talk pretty to me or I can’t, like, function properly.
What is your best karaoke song?
LB: "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé. Dude, I rock that so hard.
Tell me something scandalous!
LB: You’ll see it at the end of Episode 2. I’m not proud of it, but it’s scandalous, all right.
The mysterious Episdoe 2 strikes again! CANNOT WAIT.
What is your favorite adult beverage?
What book have you read (or movie you’ve watched) the most number of times?
Who is your "freebie"?
LB: Well, I’m currently single, so this doesn’t really apply, but it would have to be Channing Tatum. Like, I could be married to the best guy in the entire world, but if Channing came along, sorry, I am totally sleeping with him. At least once. But probably multiple times.
YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?
LB: So easy! Heather, obvs.
Agreed -- I'd totally give her one, too! (AND I DID.)
If you were invited to the FYA slumber party (and obvs, you ARE), what is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring?
LB: We’d have to watch Mean Girls and eat Ben and Jerry’s---like, each girl gets her own pint. These two things are totally non-negotiable.
Girl, you're our kind of people.
Lexie provided the first three options, and the fourth option was chosen for her. The magic number was 4.
Spencer Pratt from The Hills
Xquisite Strip Club, home of Magic Mike
# OF KIDS
A baker's dozen
Bill Gates status
Kate Middleton’s Financial Sitch
The Clintons (cuz they have mad dough)
Net worth of the Snyder family, founders of In-N-Out
My Yorkie, Fred Astaire
A white tiger
A parrot who tells mean reporters to fuck off
An actress in L.A.? WHOA, this was eerily accurate. And deffo meant to be, Lexie!
Thanks for stopping by, Lexie and Heather!