Brynne’s life may be charmed, but she’s obviously very lonely
EVEN before the second episode of Brynne’s Bedazzled Life is done, Brynne Edelsten has removed her microphone and asked for the camera to be turned off, words I don’t think many of us thought we’d ever hear her say.
I don’t know if she regrets agreeing to do this show. But after the first episode this week it’s pretty clear the producers had to go the same direction Being Lara Bingle went in, and which had so many people moaning: the set-up storylines.
Cameras aren’t just installed in a corner of someone’s house and left there. You thought Lara Bingle was dull? Brynne Edelsten has the world’s most boring life. She has deep, deep ennui of the kind that drives a person to shop. To buy new clothes while she gets her walk-in daywear wardrobe organised. And apparently, according to the narration, the ‘‘ public’’ has a ‘‘ seemingly endless fascination with her wardrobe choices’’.
But after the dinner she makes for her husband at the end of the first episode — and it’s the first time she’s cooked anything since they’ve been together— it’s clear this show’s focus cannot be this marriage or this unattractive man. I’ve read other reviews of this show, and I keep hearing ‘‘ car crash TV’’, but I’m afraid I didn’t find it that way at all. But I could see why in the second episode reasons were presented for Brynne to be out of the house: training for Juddy, her adorable little dog, the one Edelsten wants to see on a spit. Training for Brynne, with former AFL player Paul Licuria. Brynne’s acting hobby.
She comes across as very lonely. I think it’s this more than her niceness that immu- nises her from the sort of criticism someone in her position might normally attract.
The only part of Brynne’s life that looks bedazzled to me was her array of full-length sequined gowns— unworn.
I’ve spent some time gossiping to Brynne — I’m not claiming in any way to know her, it’s just been a few minutes here and there randomly chatting about stuff — and she indeed seems very sweet. And I’ve wondered (also while watching this) whether she was a dumb blonde, but I came to the conclusion she’s less about artifice and more about trying to fill a hole. Hard to know for sure though. Because there’s always the husband, and that question there— like, what the what? Eddie McGuire had him on Eddie McGuire Tonight this year, and not even Eddie, who did everything but defibrillate, could warm him up.