Are you hooked on the soapy TV drama Revenge? I wrote a couple of posts last fall after it premiered, telling you about the real houses where the pilot was filmed. Since then I’ve learned more about them. So today we’re going to take a closer look at both Emily’s beach house in the Hamptons (both the real one and the TV version) and Nolan’s place. Then next week I’ll give you a tour of Grayson Manor and that fabulous pool house!
In some overhead shots of Emily’s beach house it looks like that (above). And in others, there’s a second staircase down to the beach that people seem to use more often than they do the front door. Can you spot all the changes from the real house above and the altered version below?
The screened porch we saw in the pilot (filmed on location in North Carolina–not the Hamptons) is gone, and there’s a bump-out that makes it impossible for characters to walk all the way around the porch now.
They show the porch so often, and so much of the action happens on it, that they built part of it on a soundstage in California, surrounded by a blue screen. Here’s how it looked when they shot that scene (above) of Emily walking down the steps to the beach:
How wild is that? They shoot the scenes on the porch and then fill it in with the surroundings and backgrounds to make it look like the characters are really on location:
Emily and Daniel stand on the (pretend) beach in front of her house:
The front door leads directly to the kitchen:
Most of the characters tend to use the back doors off the beach, though. It’s hilarious to me how they always seem to be open, and people are always walking right in on her without knocking.
In the video tour I’m going to show you at the end of the post, you’ll see that most of the time there isn’t even glass in those doors (the only exception is winter scenes, when they make it look like there’s frost on them).
Emily spends a lot of time on this sofa, going through her father’s things and working on her laptop. The furniture in this room seems to move around a lot and change periodically.
I love her kitchen with the wood countertops, beadboard, and glass-front cabinets:
I watched every episode in the first season twice on Netflix to get these screenshots. That’s how obsessed I am!
She has a great wood fireplace in the living room:
Her bedroom is just as feminine as the rest of the house. In the video tour we’re told that the soft and beachy decor is used “as another kind of disguise for Emily.” It looks so innocuous, you’d never guess what her real intentions for being there are.
Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman, who plays Daniel Grayson, are reportedly dating in real life. (Did you know he’s British?)
In the second season that premiered a few weeks ago we saw Emily’s guest bedroom for the first time when Nolan moved into it:
The real house that they use for the exterior shots is in Southport, North Carolina, and it’s on the market for about $1.5 million. Here’s how it looks in the listing:
The real house has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a pool (that Emily’s version doesn’t have).
You can see a lot of similarities in the real house, like the layout of the first floor and the placement of the staircase (although the one on TV isn’t painted white).
The real house also has the beamed ceilings that we see in Emily’s.
When we see the house on TV, it has these double doors:
Scenes from inside, however, show a single, solid-wood door that doesn’t match the exterior:
Here’s an overhead view of the real house where you can see the pool that it has–as well as a community pool next door where the Grayson property should be (for all the photos and info, check the listing):
Now, while we’re at it, let’s take a quick look at where her trusty sidekick Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) lived during the first season:
Nolan sold this house between seasons one and two, but we saw a lot of it last year. He said he moved out because of all the “bad juju.”
Looks to me like it was shot on location in a real house but I’m not sure where.
In his lower-level study, Nolan has a window looking out into the pool:
Amanda and Jack by the Infinity pool:
The back of the house at night:
Check out this really fun video tour of the sets hosted by Ashley Madekwe. It gives you a better idea of how they make it all work (if it doesn’t come up for you here, you can watch it on YouTube):