OH BOY, wasn't this THE experience? The show will always be dedicated to super special 25 year old actor Thomas Protopapas, a very unique friend of mine and an irreplaceable loss to many people, even years later. We first met during the auditions, and did he stand out as Thomas always did, even by sitting in the waiting room with this "Thomas style" shiny jogging pants. The whole production crew always said how professional and gentle Thomas was and that was long before the tragic accident. His character in the show, Alex, a rich spoiled brat with second thoughts, who stood out, as the first transsexual actor did in the history of Greek TV and in family primetime at 9pm: Lisa [played by the unbelievable Mina Orfanou] is the ultra-ambitious & sexy transsexual sister of Marcos: the widower with three very special teens who, from being poor, was hired as the President of a Natural Products multinational Company, because he saved its owner's life.
People ask me how can a woman be so beautifull and funny at the same time?
The original show is "LOS ROLDAN"; a huge success in its Argentinian original version and counting many adaptations around the globe. The good thing about adapting it was that the story was equally balanced between characters and events, and therefore gave much-much space for localization and adding our style to the show, in contrast for example with the Greek version of “Modern Family” where the characters, plot and lines intertwined continuously. The success of “Meet the Royals” was not expected because we didn't know if so many ‘first timer’ protagonists would be adopted by a large audience. To minimize the risk, we did a whole run of auditioning more than 600 talents aged 15-25, to hand pick around ten. All of them are still very active and for sure a huge part of the show’s success, along with Greek star-actors like Kostas Koklas, GerasimosSkiadariesis, VasilikiAndroutsou, Zeta Douka, just to namedrop a few. :)
I won't get in deeper about "Vasiliades special ingredients" [an ugly expression I must admit] because hey, I have to make a living also with these kind of knowledge. It really helped that we had a whole year for preproduction, and therefore all the time to perfect the scripts with writer Vicky Alexopoulou and production company’s execs Eygenia Christopoulou and Alex Balasinos, practice with the actors, create "the visual" of the show with multiple TV series director & good friend Pierros Andrakakos; and finally get the characters & visual results we planned from the start. People liked it and thank you mucho for that. Personally I was very much into the romance between the son of Marcos, rasta-hair car mechanic, Leonidas (Panos Vlahos) with sensational Nefeli (Katerina Geronicolou), his cruel lender’s only daughter and childhood love of Alexis (Thomas Protopapas), the son of the Isnogood wannabe caliph (GerasimosSkiadaresis) in the place of President Marcos. At the end Leonidas would have gotten the girl, let me just tell you that. :) Expect in the not so far away future, the next step in family comedies! :)
Performs: Martha Karayianni, Kostas Koklas, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Vassiliki Androutsou, Zeta Douka, Alexandra Paleologou, Mina Orfanou, Katerina Geronicolou, Panos Vlahos, Aggelina Paraskevaidi, Tomas Protopapas, Nicos Anadiotis, Melina Spetsieri, Maria Miriokefalitaki etc.
Director: Pierros Andrakakos
Script Head: Vicky Alexopoulou
Dialogues: Yiannis Diakakis, Nicos Papadopoulos, Gogo Fotiou, Costas Kalafatis, Eva Pantazi
WATCH a portion of "meet the royals"