Saturday, October 23, 2010
"The Buried Life" cast explains how they stole Rob’s hair
On Monday’s all-new episode, cast members Dave Lingwood, Ben Nemtin and Duncan and Jonnie Penn accept a dare from their fans to steal a lock of Robert Pattinson’s hair. “It seemed like the most impossible thing to do from the list our fans sent,” says Jonnie Penn. Now able to cross another item off their list of things to do before they die, Jonnie dishes to UsMagazine.com on the group’s R-Pattz game plan.
UsMagazine.com: Way to be the envy of women everywhere now that you’ve bonded with one of the world’s hottest vampires! How did this whole plan come together?
Jonnie Penn: The item we wanted to cross off our list was No. 48: accept a dare. This season on the show, we wanted to do things that were really difficult and we asked the audience to challenge us to do something we didn’t want to do. Stealing a lock of Robert Pattinson’s hair seemed like the most impossible from the list our fans sent us on Facebook. Someone wrote in asking if we’d steal Mike Tyson’s tiger from The Hangover, which sounded also very difficult, but could also be deadly, so we decided not to do that one.
Us: Were you a Twi-hard when you began this task?
JP: I was as familiar with him as the next person, but we had to do research online and on Twitter beforehand.
Us: You didn’t have R-Pattz posters on your bedroom walls?
JP: No. But now I do! [Laughs]
Us: Dave and Duncan joined you on this task, which involved a movie premiere, an after-party and a tiny pair of scissors. Who was the one who actually yanked out his hair?
JP: Honestly, it wasn’t a tackle and take down. We told him Rob we were dared to steal a lock of his hair and asked if he’d do it. He looked at me like I was crazy, but he ultimately said yes. We explained that it wasn’t something necessarily that we were asking him for, but we told him the truth that we were put up to it. I guess he considered it and figured one little hair wouldn’t hurt. He played along, which I commend him for. We chatted a little bit — he was with two friends.
Us: Do you know if Rob watches The Buried Life?
JP: I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets asked about this. That would be cool if he watches. We could use a vampire on The Buried Life!
Us: So, do you prefer Rob bearded or clean-shaven?
JP: Well, No. 15 on our list [of 100 things to do before we die] is grow a moustache, so anybody who can cross that off before me I commend!
Us: So where did the hair end up? On eBay?
JP: We talked about exploding it out of a cannon, and Duncan joked about putting it under his pillowcase so he could sleep at night. We also considered using it to grow another Robert Pattinson, but none of those ideas panned out. I feel like we did the right thing with the hair in the end, which you’ll see on Monday’s show.
Us: While you were vampire hunting in L.A., Ben traveled to Rochester, Minn. to visit with Lexie, who wanted help crossing an item off her own life list.
JP: It’s a cool opportunity to become friends with someone that lives across the country just by sharing a common experience and Ben and Lexie really hit it off. Lexie’s list item was to make it OK to talk about depression, which is a pretty big goal. We thought that maybe we couldn’t solve the whole thing in one fell swoop, but wanted to try. She emailed us and we contacted her from there. The big saving grace in helping Lexie was the charity To Write Love on Her Arms. We’re big fans of them for sure. They helped Ben put on this event and made Lexie feel like she wasn’t alone in this goal. It takes a lot of courage to be that one person to speak up.
Us: I hear you had a special guest at the event.
JP: It didn’t make the episode, but Ben told the audience he had a special guest who was filming some vampire movies and everyone went nuts. Everyone was surprised it was just a Robert Pattinson cardboard cutout! I think Ben even cut out a bit of his “hair,” but that didn’t count.
Us: You got the real thing anyway!
RP: The challenge was to get the biggest celebrity in the world and get a piece of his hair and we managed to do it in a way that anyone could do. So this is your step-by-step guide to meet Robert Pattinson!
Find out what happened when the guys cornered Rob to steal his locks — and what they did with the famous strands — when The Buried Life airs Monday at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on MTV.