You Heard It Here: Hollywood Hearing

I can’t believe it’s July 1st! Since I missed the post last month, I figure I owe you guys one of my bigger stories. (Did I just hear a deafening whoo-hoo?)

This one happened about 23 years ago, give or take a year. I was on a set working as a stand-in. (And forgive me for being vague, but I’m not going to drop names on this one. Any of my stories that involve any type of pain -on my part- I’ll avoid outing the abuser. Although anyone who wants to do some detective work might be able to figure out from reading older posts…just sayin’!)

I was sitting on the sofa in the living room set of this particular sitcom and I was working with the main cast since the 12 year old actor I was standing-in for was in school. Well, the actor playing her mother was supposed to whack her on the back of the head. You know… kind of a smack, but not anything really bad. I knew I was going to get popped on the back of the head, but I didn’t expect the flat-hand that smacked me right over my ear. My whole head kind of erupted and popped at the same time. My first thought was, “WTF?” But I was young and stupid and the show must go on, right? So I’m waiting to say my line and I noticed that I couldn’t really hear the other actors in the scene. I mean, I could hear them, but they sounded distant.

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It only took a few lines before I had to say something, but when I started to speak, I couldn’t hear my own words from my right ear. I couldn’t believe it! My eardrum had popped or ruptured or whatever happens when someone smacks you so hard you lose your hearing. After trying to get a few words out, I finally turned to the actor behind me and said (rather loudly), “I can’t believe it! You popped my eardrum! I can’t hear anything!”

I guess I should tell you that I was talking to one of the biggest sitcom stars of that time. I continued with, “I’m going to sue your ass!” To which she replied, “Get in line.”

Needless to say, I didn’t sue her because as I mentioned, I was young and stupid and I didn’t want to lose my job. (I really did love my job.) I never got any sympathy or an apology from her. I sulked at work for a few days, but my hearing came back and I was once again 100% so I let it go.

I really did shock myself with my response and looking back on it, her reply was classic. I should’ve expected it. Actually, she did something even more violent another time, but that’s a different story for a later date!!

Speaking of dates… today the blog tour for Against The Wall continues at Just Romantic Suspense. Stop in and comment for a chance to win Living Dangerously!

So what about you? Did you ever surprise yourself or someone else by standing up for yourself with an outburst? I’d love to know!

Comments

You Heard It Here: Hollywood Hearing — 6 Comments

    • LMAO!!! You gave me my first laugh in weeks!!!!!! Swear to God! Thank you for that. Especially today. OMG. I’m going to be smiling about this all day. Thanks.

    • Hi Robena,
      If my eardrum hadn’t healed, I’d be mad at myself for not suing. Trust me. But I was young and healed fast. Thank God! LOL. Interestingly enough, it was the same actor (who hit me) who taught me how to speak up for myself. I’d say it came back at her, but she didn’t care. Thanks for popping in!

  1. I can’t believe Rosanne didn’t even apologize! (Okay, I don’t know if I got the hitter right, but that’s my guess and I’m sticking with it).

    Whomever it was, for the rest of the time you worked together, I hope whenever she spoke to you, you said, “Whut?” 🙂

    • Hi Sam,
      Look at you and your detective work! (For the record, I will neither confirm or deny. ) But yes, we worked together for two or three years after that and mostly got along fine. She is not one to apologize for anything. Still isn’t to my knowledge. Thanks for coming by!!