■FEATURE “I was actually sitting at my desk and they were like, ‘just so you know we’re really interested in having you become an all-star this season, we think you would work really well with the cast,’” Donovan said. “And I’m sitting here and my boss is looking at me like, ‘why are you on the phone, you’re supposed to be drawing a jacket.’” Donovan said viewers should expect to see “some really amazing designs and some really insane drama, too.” He argued that this season will feature the best group of designers that the show has ever put together and that the work was “exemplary.” “There are a lot of strong personalities this season. I was one of them I can’t deny it,” Donovan said. “We caused that poor camera crew havoc. I hope they got one hell of a raise.” Pope, a Ridgewood resident for the last three years, has a background in makeup and costume design. The Los Angeles native went to school at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and moved to New York 10 years ago to advance his fashion career. Pope said he had been a fan of “Project Runway” before making a spur-of-the-moment decision to audition. The designer, whose pieces are “a little darker” and more “couture,” currently works in the costume department for Saturday Night Live, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera. He said competing on season 12 of “Project Runway” taught him time management skills and forced him to make editing decisions quickly. “Definitely time management, that is the biggest thing coming from Broadway, coming from theater, you have hundreds of hours to do something,” Pope said. “I learned tweaking my design and designing for an 8-hour look.” Pope said he hopes to build his television career in the future. ” It’s fairly new to me,” Pope said. “I’m enjoying it immensely.” The fifth season of “Project Runway All-Stars” airs on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. Sam Donovan on Project Runway All-Stars.
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