Taking movie roles that came along, things only started to truly happen for Feldman when the actor met his wife. "The night I met him, it was my 19th birthday," Susie recalled of their auspicious meeting in 2001.
"But it was love at first sight. It really was. In a month, I saw what an amazing person he is and he really brought out the best in me because I myself was on a negative path. With him going through what he's gone through, it was inspiring and helped me see what was important to believe in and stand up for.
Instantly inseparable, the months leading up to their wedding were captured for Corey's 2002-2003 season of "The Surreal Life."
"We had a very negative experience with 'The Surreal Life," Susie said. The couple was married in the season finale officiated by roommate MC Hammer on October 30, 2002. "The end result of that reality show was so negative and disheartening for the two of us to watch. It was nothing like it was in real life. They portrayed my husband in such a negative manner."
Now the couple is eager to show the world that their relationship is not what was portrayed on VH1. "They produced so many misconceptions of us or him," said Susie. "Corey Haim said that this A&E show is an opportunity to give people a glimpse of how we really are, and how much my husband and I really love each other."
Between "The Lost Boys," "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream," the team of the Coreys struck a chord with audiences. Since those years, the offers to reunite have flowed, but none produced the same chemistry potential of "The Two Coreys."
"Whatever the media or the world's perception of us that is out there, the reality of us is when you really break it down to bare bones, we just work well together," Corey said. "We have a sense of timing for one another that is incomparable to anyone else I've worked with. We just know how each other thinks on a comedic and emotional level. We also know how to hit each other in the heartstrings."
Sounds like compelling television.
"A lot of the show is set up with the objective of entertainment. So it's not like Corey had no place to stay. It's more the juxtaposition of throwing him into that fold," Corey said. "But none of this is contrived, it's all very organic."
"The Surreal Life" led Susie and Corey to resist the reality format, but "The Two Coreys" proved a different experience. "It was much more appealing to do a show this way because both Coreys were executive producers," Susie said. "I knew that there would be some creative integrity to it and nobody was out to fabricate personality traits."
Another positive was the ability for the couple to use the medium of television to make change in the world. "We do a lot of work behind the scenes with animal rights and other issues, so we make a good team publicly as a husband and wife to send a message to the world about the things we feel are important," Corey said. "Every episode you'll be able to derive something positive from it which is something that is not on most television shows these days."
If the chemistry strikes the America public, would Susie and Corey entertain the idea of a scripted sitcom? "Yeah, sure--we're an entertainment family," Corey said. "I had a great time working with her. She is the ultimate professional. Corey and I are more akin to improvisational humor and being able to think fast. Our scenes always just seem to come together. The fact that Susie didn't have that background and jumped in with both feet, it was very inspiring. I would love to do something more with her."
Although he ranked eighth in VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" feature, Corey's lofty professional aspirations lie firmly in front of him.
As a thespian, his professional highlight arrived in 2004 in the Barcelona, Spain--set independent film "The Birthday." The picture is indicative of the type of work he is striving to attain for the remainder of his career. Nominated for Best Picture at the UK Catalonian International Film Festival, the film allowed Corey to stretch his acting muscles. "The reasons I loved that film is it is a role for me as an actor that I was able to remove myself from entirely as a personality," he said. "That's what being an actor is all about."
Regardless of how "The Two Coreys" is received, other projects are sure to follow Susie and Corey. And why not work with the person you love the most? "Exactly -- it is what we've definitely been working at," Susie said.
What most describes the teen icon turned television star's thoughts when it comes to his career is how he responded when asked when was the moment he knew he was successful -- a realization many would assume arrived during Corey's Tiger Beat years. "I haven't had a made-it moment," Corey said. "When I get there, I'll let you know."
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