MANILA – Before writing “Besties” with celebrity friend Georgina Wilson, actress-model Solenn Heussaff initially wanted to do a book with her brother, food blogger and restaurateur Erwan Heussaff.
“I wanted to write a book with her brother,” she said referring to Erwan, who is the boyfriend of her other close friend, actress Anne Curtis. “I had a lot of people comment about my workouts and my diet, and I said, ‘Erwan, let’s partner up.’”
Heussaff held on to the idea and eventually dropped it “for a while.” The next thing she knew, she decided to do the book with Wilson instead, citing comments from their fans.
“I started seeing all the feeds on Instagram and people comment, ‘Georgina and Solenn are the Blair and Selena of the Philippines.’ I’ve seen that comment millions of times,” she said, referring to Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, the two core characters in TV's "Gossip Girl."
“And I think it’s a good time in our life as well. She’s (Wilson) 29, I’m turning 30. We’ve been through a lot, we’ve met different people and tried different jobs, so it’s good to share this with the people who always ask us questions.”
Released under ABS-CBN Publishing, “Besties” is Heussaff and Wilson’s way of letting fans into their personal lives.
“So I said let’s put everything we know, whether it’s legit or not – what we believe in, what our friends believe in, what we’ve learned along the way that we live by… We started with fashion, then from there we did makeup… and then diet and food,” Heussaff said.
She added that the book also serves as a reminder to women that celebrities like her and Wilson are just like them, too.
“We felt that it’s very important to do it now because nowadays, there are so many young girls who look up to people in showbiz, up to magazines. And they’re probably not aware that it’s all Photoshopped, we’re fully made up. I think it’s just amazing and the photographers are very good, but we don’t always look like that.
“Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I don’t feel good about myself because I don’t look how I look in the magazine. Yeah, it happens. And it’s very annoying because we’re smart people, like we shouldn’t think like that. So how do we write it in the book to help other people feel confident?” she said.
Meanwhile, Heussaff advised those who are planning to get a copy of “Besties” not to take the book too seriously.
“Just take it lightly, don’t live by this. Just make sure that you’re surrounding yourself with good people and remove all the negativity for you to be able to do what you want,” she ended.