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CSI: Pasadena

Jan 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Celebrity Sightings, Featured Articles

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My dad is not a big fan of Hollywood. And by Hollywood I mean the industry, not the town. He can’t stand all of the overindulged, self-absorbed actors, even though his own daughter is one (minus the overindulged, self-absorbed part, of course). :) He just barely tolerates my stalking and often asks me why I care so much about celebrities. But there is one actor and one show that my dad absolutely loves – and that’s loves with a capital L-O-V-E-S. That show is CSI: Miami and that actor is David Caruso. My dad often walks around the house randomly quoting characters from the show saying “H is on it!”, he nicknamed his Harley Davidson “H”, and he has so many CSI: Miami reruns saved up on TiVo that he often burns through all of the memory causing my mom’s shows not to record. Yes, my dad loves himself some Horatio Caine. When we were in New York this past December, my boyfriend and I just had to snap the above photo of Horatio Street for my dad. :)

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So when I found out that CSI: Miami would be filming in Pasadena last Wednesday, I just had to drag my dad out to stalk it. Except truth be told, there really wasn’t much dragging involved. My dad, who normally hates stalking with me, was more than a willing participant this time around. He was absolutely floored at the possibility of meeting his TV idol. And so was I. CSI: Miami has always been my favorite CSI and I, too, love me some Horatio Caine. I also love me some Emily Procter. I am absolutely obsessed with her cute little Southern accent – I want one just like it. :) So on Wednesday morning, bright and early, we showed up at the Pasadena location where where they were filming. And I have to say that it was an absolute dream day!

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The crew truly could NOT have been nicer to us. When we arrived and told them we were big fans of the show, they welcomed us with open arms and invited us to take a seat to watch the crew setting up the scene. One of the A.D.’s told us that David Caruso would arrive on the set within 45 minutes and that he was very fan friendly and would most likely take a photograph with us. Let me tell you we were floored! And I have to say that watching the crew set up for the scene was almost as exciting as watching the actual filming. It was amazing to compare the real life overcast grey sky that was above our heads with the orange and pink sky that appeared on the filming monitors. It turns out that a special filter is placed on top of the cameras during filming to make the sky look more bright, sunny, and “Miami-like”. It was eerie to see.

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Just before actual filming was to begin, a large water truck came by and sprayed water all over the street. I had known from watching a director’s commentary on DVD a while back that streets are often wetted down prior to a film shoot – for some reason, wet streets look better on camera than dry streets – but I had no idea how it was done. So that was very cool to see. If you’ve never noticed this phenomenon before, you will now. :) Start looking at streets in the background of your favorite television shows and movies – nine times out of ten they will be soaking wet. One of the crew members was joking that while you never see it rain on CSI: Miami, miraculously somehow the streets are always wet. LOL

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After the street was sprayed, a white van pulled up and out stepped David Caruso. And I just about died. There he was, Horatio Caine, in the flesh, aviator sunglasses and all. He immediately waved to us and said “Hi guys!” while a make-up artist put the finishing touches on his face and hair. Then he called us over and introduced himself. It was unbelievable! Last October, when my dad and I got to watch The Closer be filmed, not one cast member came over to talk to us. So this was quite a surprise! And when my dad handed over his CSI: Miami Season One DVDs to be signed, David seemed genuinely touched and told us how appreciative he was to meet fans of the show. He also gave us little autographed pictures of himself. Then the A.D. called him over to begin filming and David gave both my dad and me a hug! :) A few minutes later while they were setting something up for the shot, David walked over to us once again and asked if we wanted to take a picture with him. He really could not have been sweeter and I can honestly say that out of all the actors I’ve met in my eight years living in L.A., David Caruso was by far the nicest. A crew member told us that on one occasion when they were filming in Long Beach, a large tour bus filled with 75 German tourists pulled up, and got very excited that David Caruso was there. David stopped filming and proceeded to sign autographs and take pictures with each and every person on that bus!!! My dad kept saying “I just knew he’d be nice!” :) I hope that when I become a successful, famous actress that I will be that nice! :)

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After our pics, we got to watch David film a scene with Elizabeth Berkley (of Saved by the Bell and Showgirls fame), who play’s H’s ex-wife Julia on CSI: Miami. I cannot even tell you how amazing it was to be standing less than five feet away from David Caruso as he filmed a scene. And I just about died when he did his trademark putting-on-sunglasses-and-staring-off-into-the-distance move. It was the coolest thing ever! I was very impressed with how quickly filming moved, too. I’d say David filmed his scene in less than forty minutes, which in Hollywood time is almost unheard of! What I was most impressed with, though, was how happy the cast and crew seemed to be. There was a lot of joking around between takes and A LOT of laughter in the air. Everyone seemed to be really enjoying their jobs and like they were just happy to be there.

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When David was wrapped for the day he had a crew member ask for my address as he had some CSI memorabilia in his trailer that he wanted to give us. How nice is that! Then, as we were leaving the set, one of the crew members told us to stop back by later in the afternoon when the rest of the cast would be there filming a different scene. So, of course, a few hours later my dad and I headed back to the set. :) As soon as we arrived, one of the A.D.’s ran over to us and handed me a large envelope from David Caruso. Inside was the memorabilia he had planned to send me, including several photographs autographed to both me and my dad, a Horatio Caine bobble head, and some CSI: Miami postcards and buttons. That was just such a nice thing to do, we couldn’t even believe it!!! My dad was especially excited about the bobble head which is now sitting on his desk. :)

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As if all that wasn’t enough, a few minutes later the same A.D. walked over with Rex Linn who plays Detective Frank Tripp on the show. Rex introduced himself and, like David, seemed genuinely happy to be speaking with fans of CSI:Miami. Rex signed my dad’s DVD’s, posed for pictures with us, and even let me hold his prop gun. :) Like David, Rex could NOT have been nicer or more outgoingly friendly to us.

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While we were speaking with Rex, Eva La Rue came out of the house where they were filming and Rex took us over to meet her! Eva was also completely friendly and super down to earth. And gorgeous in person – much prettier than she even appears on television.

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Then the most amazing thing happened. Are you sitting down for this?? Rex asked if we wanted to go inside the house to watch a few scenes be filmed. Did we want to go inside and watch filming with Detective Frank Tripp as our personal tourguide????? Is he crazy? Of course we did! Rex then took us through the backyard of the house where a scene was being filmed, introduced us to virtually every crew member on set, explained what all sorts of equipment was, and what was happening during the filming. Rex is an amazing man and I could not believe he was taking time out of his busy day to give us a tour of the set. I mean stuff like this just doesn’t happen in real life!

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Once filming began, Rex led us over to the monitors and pulled out Emily Procter’s directors chair for me to sit in. I was like WHAT? I can’t sit in her chair!!!! LOL

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After we watched a bit of the filming that was taking place in the backyard, Rex was called inside to finish up a scene he was filming in the house with Eva La Rue. He told us we could come inside to watch, so we, of course, followed him. That scene was especially exciting for us because we got to watch firsthand as Eva administered one of the flashlight tests that the CSI shows are so famous for. SO COOL! After that scene, Rex was wrapped for the day, but he told us we could go back outside to watch more of the filming in the backyard.

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Which we, of course, did. :) And that is when we got to meet both Megalyn Echikunwoke, who plays the new medical examiner on the show and who was very sweet . . .

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. . . and my fave, Emily Procter. Emily was a total sweetheart and she really does have Calleigh Duquesne’s cute little Southern accent in real life. I love it! Emily was wrapped for lunch at that time and we ended up walking out of the house behind her. On her way outside she made it a point to stop to thank the L.A. County policemen who were on duty and she gave both of them autographed pictures of herself. I was completely amazed at this. Not just Emily, but the entire cast seemed to be just so appreciative, thankful, and friendly. It was so heartening to see. And it just made me love the show even more than I already did. What a truly amazing group of people!

Sitting back and looking at these pictures of me on the set of my favorite TV show makes me think about how much I love L.A. As much as I say I want to move to New York, it’s days like this one when I realize I am right where I am supposed to be. :) More importantly, though, being on the set was a truly extraordinary experience for my dad. Especially since he just recently got out of the hospital and has been sick on and off for the past few years. I believe having such a memorable encounter with the cast of his favorite television show brought him some much needed healing in a form he never would have found in a hospital or a doctor’s office. :)

Until next time, Happy Stalking! :)

Stalk It: CSI: Miami was filmed at 887 El Campo Drive in Pasadena, right around the corner from the Brothers and Sisters House. Look for the episode to air sometime in March.

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  1. Thomas Cole says:

    I am a huge CSI fan and I am so thrilled that David Caruso is actually a really nice guy. He has really got a bad rap in the past. Keep up the great work.

  2. Cal says:

    So nice to read about your wonderful encounters with the CSI: Miami cast and crew! It’s true…you devote your time and interest to these shows, spend money on the DVD’s, and would be so disappointed if you did get to meet them and found them to be self-centered and rude. Glad you had such amazing experiences, and I will watch the show with your comments about their kindness in the back of my mind. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cassandra says:

    Can you tell me how you found out where they would be i live in Quebec Canada and i am a HUGE CSI Miami fan ever since 2002 :) i would love to meet Emily Procter however its going to be hard to fly to where they are shooting, rent a hotel etcetera and if i’m spending so much money i want to make sure i get to see them :)
    Thanks in advance

  4. Dawna says:

    THANKS for posting your experience. I too met David Caruso on the set in Long Beach…at the beach, on Aug. 16th. My 18 yr old granddaughter was with me and was so impressed with him. He was so personable and gracious. He went to his car and got me the autographed card and even went back and got me a rubber bracelet with HORATIO on it and was so humble when he gave me these items. Everyone on the set was nice to us too and let us park in the CSI lot so we wouldn’t have to pay for parking. Everyone in my family has to be a CSI Miami now fan because I dominate the TV when it is on and tape every season 8 episode and have all the other season dvds which they buy me for Christmas. I would love to have the bobblehead doll of Horatio. Trying to find where to purchase it. If you find out let me know. I am so happy that you met everyone on CSIMI. What a treasured memory. Good for you and your dad!!!

  5. vero says:

    were did they filmed that i want to know tell me plz i live here in Pasadena and i would like to go to the filming locations !! :)

  6. Sephirayne says:

    Wow! Such a great blog. I love the pictures. Its great to hear that all the cast are so nice. I love the pics with my two favs, DC and Emily. I would love to vist the set sometime but alas i live in the UK so it will never happen.

    Great blog and pics. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jen says:

    I am SO insanely jealous you got to see CSI: Miami being shot! I love me some film locations, but my big thing is finding out where movies are being shot and watching or trying to be an extra. Doesn’t happen so much where I live, but when it does, I’m all over it. I’m so glad to hear the cast was so lovely! It makes watching the show even better, because you can just imagine that right before filming the scene you’ve just watched, the actor was speaking to a fan or signing an autograph or something. It’s totally endearing!

    Happy stalking,
    ~Jen

  8. Chelsea H says:

    AHHH! Lindsay!!!! I’M SO JEALOUS!!! You should take me out hunting with you sometime! =p

  9. Dave says:

    Hey, I didn’t get to see as much as you but David Caruso gave my son the same things–a bobblehead and autographed cards! Check out the rest here: http://tinyurl.com/nvztlw

  10. Kate says:

    Oh my gosh! You are so so lucky! I need to know how you found out they would be filming where. Emily Procter is my idol! I cannot believe you got to meet her! Im like crying now, you see Im an actress and I idolize Ms. Procter. It would be amazing just to share a conversation with her! You have to tell me how you found out about this! (One day, Id love to be on the show! Im really trying to improve my acting career)

  11. Alexa says:

    Can you tell me how you found out where they were filming?
    DIE HARD CSI MIAMI FAN I would LOVE to meet the cast!!!
    THANK YOU

  12. Rebecca says:

    What a wonderful experience for you and your dad. I bet he was on cloud 9 for a few days after. I hope your dad is doing better health wise. Loved the pictures you posted. Thank you for posting them. The one with you and Rex Linn was great. Is that porta potties to the left of you both in the picture? At least they provide somewhere for people to potty. LOL

  13. Tony says:

    L- What a fantastic day you two had!
    The Miami crew was doing some filming across the street from my work in El Segundo last week and they had that same black convertible with them. Probably for the same episode. I watched them for a bit but I didn’t have my camera.
    Thats really great that the cast and crew were so friendly.

  14. Virginie says:

    wow, you guys had an amazing day! I should definitely start watching CSI: Miami.

  15. Kate says:

    First and foremost I would like to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE your blog! I seriously check it every single day and can’t wait to see what place you will be “stalking” next! I often drag my poor boyfriend to many of these places (although I’m pretty sure he doesn’t appreciate it as much as I do :) .
    I also have a question: I live in the LA area as well, and I wanted to know how you find out the location where a TV show will be filming. I think it would be so great to actually see one of my favorite shows (especially The Hills :) being filmed – right in front of me!
    Thank you and keep up the amazing work!

  16. Scott says:

    Lindsay,

    I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to your e-mails yet about BH9 and GJWTHF. Tomorrow. I did catch this blog post, though, and I just had to say I’m very happy for you that you had such a fun day!

    David Caruso’s career was in the toilet when he left “NYPD Blue”, so, really, if it wasn’t for “CSI: Miami”, he’d be long forgotten. It’s really great that he hasn’t forgotten that fact, as seen by just how truly nice he is to his fans. He’s a good person. :-)

  17. Ashley says:

    This story made me really happy to hear! What a fantastic experience, I’m so glad that you & your dad got to have it!

  18. Angela says:

    Hey,
    Totally love this site, and absolutely love the CSI:Miami stalking ;-)
    Im a huge CSI fan and a bit of a CSI:NY stalking pro… Have you heard anything about location shoots for CSI:NY? Ive seen it listed a few times in OLV but as I live in the UK its difficult to get across the pond with only a days notice (although not impossible!!)
    Love the site, happy stalking!!
    Thanks, Angela

    • Alexa says:

      They just filmed CSI:NY in Pasadena two days ago. It was surreal.
      Took lots of pics!! If you could please reply to me about how you found
      out where they were filming, I’d appreciate it!


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