Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Welsh star shares 'brutal' filming secrets from American reality TV show

Lucy Edmunds on a boat
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A Welsh star of a popular American reality TV series has shared what it was like to film for the show. Lucy Edmunds, who is from Cardiff, appeared on Below Deck Sailing Yacht, where she worked as a junior stewardess on the Parisfal III yacht on the fourth season of the Bravo TV series.

The series is a spin-off of Below Deck and documents the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a 177ft sailing yacht during charter season in various countries around Europe such as Greece, Croatia, Spain, and Italy. Lucy previously described how it took her "two days" to adjust to the show's hectic filming schedule.

In an interview with WalesOnline ahead of the series' final episode in July of last year the 24-year-old said: "Filming is 24/7. There's no time off apart from in the bathroom when you go to the toilet. Even then you're straight out and there's a camera on you. You've constantly got a camera in your face but as soon as you're used to it you're fine."

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According to Lucy her tasks on the yacht were "anything and everything". This included making beds and cleaning up after guests onboard. The junior stewardess said that she had not seen the show before she joined it. The programme was first aired back in 2020. For the latest TV and showbiz news sign up to our newsletter.

"I was just basically treating it like my job and I thought that if I just be myself then people are either going to love or hate me," she said. "I just wanted to treat it like a job, really, rather than reality TV. I literally finished university and then a week later I'd moved out of my house in Cathays and was on a flight to Sardinia.

"The response to me on Below Deck has been amazing and I'm really lucky to have had so many nice comments. I'm quite clumsy and klutzy and I guess the narrative of the dumb blonde was portrayed and then people thought: 'Oh actually, she's got it going on. She got a 2:1 in university!'"

When asked to describe Below Deck to someone who'd never seen it before Lucy said: "It's literally the most relatable reality show out there. We're filmed working and there is nothing that isn't filmed. It's like in a normal job – there's going to be times where you don't want to work, you're upset, you're tired. There are always times in your job where you're like: 'I don't want to be here' or: 'Go away'. That's all filmed and it's just the reality of working on a super-yacht."

She then recalled how the "wildest" moment in filming came when she got the chance to try a whiskey shot that was worth $1,000. A self-confessed "vodka gal'" Lucy said she was sceptical about having the shot. She said: "Boss, the owner of the yacht, asked: 'Lucy, have you ever had this before?' 'No never, I come from Cathays. I drink £5 vodka.' He gave it to me and then I got told after it was the price it was and I was shocked."

The reality TV star then went on to explain how she felt that the experience of appearing on the show had "changed" her. She said: "It made me realise that I need to not take myself as seriously as I do. I'm so hard on myself and anything I'd mess up with I would go over the top. If I did one little bad thing at work I would think about it for days."

When asked if she would have done anything differently if she appeared on another reality series she said: "I wouldn't take myself so seriously. I didn't realise I was such a cry baby. There are phone calls with my dad on the show – I would call him a lot after I'd cried and he would calm me down. I need to realise that I'm 24 now and I can do it myself and just chill."

Lucy then confirmed that she had plans on continuing with her TV work, saying that she was keen to try out presenting. She said: "Presenting is definitely a big thing I'd love to do. I hope that my presence on camera is good but any more reality I'd definitely consider. I wouldn't do a dating show though – that's not for me."