When we wrapped late last night, Audrey took a very long time saying good-bye to people. She hugged everyone multiple times and snapped as many selfies as she could with many of them. How different she is from me, who always quietly sneaks away at the end of every shoot. As soon as we got back to the hotel, she said to me, “I’m sad. I will probably never see them again… I wish it would never end, but I’m also happy that it’s finished…” Then she added, “I miss Tiffanie. I miss Ross. I miss JQ. I miss Houston. I miss Pin. I miss Kyle. I miss Julian…” She named everyone that had had any contact with her during the filming. Her melancholy reminded me of my younger days when I, too, felt forlorn the night after a film was completed, as I knew I would probably never again see many of the people with whom I had grown close to during the intense filming.
Audrey has grown by leaps and bounds in this whirlwind of a spring break. She was kept on her toes and learning something new every moment. Before this film, she hadn’t even expressed any desire to act, but by the end of the shoot, she was practically a pro. Her ease in front of the camera surprised me. Her innocent instinct to trust the things and people around her was a quality that I wish I had more of. I have no idea if Audrey will be an actor in the future, but playing mother and daughter in this little project was the most wonderful adventure that the two of us shared, better than any vacation anywhere in the world.
Who would have guessed that Las Vegas, of all places, would become so special for us?
The first thing I did after I got home was, of course, to cook dinner. Peter had suggested for us to go out, but Audrey and I missed simple, healthy, home cooked Chinese food. These are dishes that I have made hundreds of times in my life. They make me feel that I’m home.
I will try to remember what I used in these stir fries and share the recipes in the next couple of days. So happy to be home!