It’s the one year anniversary of the release of Luke & Bella: Two Streets Over. To celebrate, here’s an interview with the hero himself, Luke McGillicutty.
Q: Luke, you’re an experienced photo journalist. How did you come to be attached to the Two Streets Over project?
A: Yes, I was a photog for a number of years, going all the way back to my days in the Navy. There were a lot of times I was sent into some dicey situations, undercover as a journalist. Later, I worked for network news until I got burned out from all the mayhem. I was retired and living on a boat in Tampa when I got a call from my old pal, Charlie. He convinced me to give this thing another try.
Q: And how did he do that?
A: Well, for one thing he promised me that it would be completely different, a happy one-hour weekly travel show rather than death and destruction. And he said that I’d have total control over the stories. (laughs) Oh, and he told me I’d be partnered up with a redhead with great ‘gams’. He actually said that.
Q: He meant Bella Grant. Talk about meeting her.
A: Bella? (shakes head) When I first saw her she took my breath away. I was waiting in the airport lounge in New York and I was this close to flying my ass right back to Tampa when she walked into the room. Her red curls looked like fire, and she locked eyes with me like she owned the place. She wasn’t the frilly female I’d been expecting. She was smart and funny and gorgeous…and Charlie was right about her gams. (laughs)
Q: And you got along right from the start?
A: Like I said, Bella’s smart. She knew exactly what she wanted this show to be and she wasn’t at all shy to say so. It didn’t take long at all for us to click professionally.
Q: Or personally…
A: Or personally. Hell, I knew I was in love with her almost from the start. But we have a job to do and we take that seriously.
Q: Of all the places you’ve covered so far, what has been your favorite?
A: (pauses for a long moment) Mykonos. Without a doubt.
Q: Why Mykonos?
A: (shakes his head) Bella knows why. We’ll leave it at that.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: (smiles wistfully) I don’t know. But wherever it is, with Bella. (laughs) You’re going to get me in trouble, make me ask a question I’m not sure I’m ready to ask.
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