“I got a call from [CBS Entertainment president] Nina Tassler, and I assumed getting into television would mean doing a dramatic, narrative series.I love television, because whether it’s ‘The Sopranos’ or ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Game of Thrones,’ you can tell a story on a massive canvas in terms of characters.”“3” isn’t such a far cry, in Columbus’ view.I’ve watched a lot of Magical Elves’ shows, and Chris Columbus obviously is a movie genius.I appreciate that he’s taking a chance on reality television.”Lopez allows that she took another cue to do “3” from watching ABC’s “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” franchise, but in a different way than might be expected.“One of the biggest things I say is I don’t want someone to fill Kit’s shoes. Her late husband was “just an amazing person, an amazing man, an amazing husband, an amazing father,” she adds.April, 29, who runs her own business as an event planner and stylist, has never been married. And toward that end, for the first time in her life, April says she’s learning how to date, thanks to the show. “It makes so much more sense for me, and I think for everyone, to just become friends first and to develop a meaningful relationship outside of (romance).“It’s framed as a documentary, showing who we really are and what we’re like in the dating process.
“We lean on each other a lot and have some really good laughs, and we really help each other out.”The creative pedigree of “3” is intriguing, teaming a company well known for its success in making unscripted television — Magical Elves (“Top Chef,” “Project Runway”) — with someone who’s just getting into home-screen work: Chris Columbus, the director of such movies as “Home Alone” and the first two Harry Potter blockbusters.“No one could be more surprised than I am,” Columbus admits with a laugh about his “3” involvement.
We all are looking for someone individual for ourselves, and we all have hope of finding that.”Francis claims “3” hasn’t made that tough.
“All of the guys are genuine, nice guys,” she says. It’s been a challenge for me to figure out what I really want, and what’s really going to work long-term.”And friends and family have shown great support throughout the “3” process thus far, Francis adds.
“I feel like this show does things much differently,” she notes. It’s not one girl on her own; it’s three women who have so much different wisdom and knowledge to share in getting each other through this.”And since the women are so different, the chances are slim — though not wholly impossible — that they’ll all zero in on the same man out of the 100 they’re presented with.
“The nice thing,” Harley reflects, “is that in meeting all the guys, we definitely realize that all three of us are unique.