Inside the Octo-Family Circus
A behind-the-scenes look at Nadya Suleman as her TV special films
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2009 10:05 AM CST
This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman looking at a ultrasound of her unborn twins at an in-vitro fertilization clinic in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/KTLA)

(Newser) – As the paparazzi follow Nadya Suleman around, a film crew shooting OctoMom: Me & My Fourteen Kids films them filming her…and John Bowe records it for the New York Times Magazine. From the British film director to the children’s welfare representative ensuring labor law compliance, people who expect to dislike Suleman end up finding her surprisingly likable: “These kids are very sweet,” says the labor law rep. “And the mom is very sweet.”

Bowe totes up the toys—"trucks (dozens), balls (hundreds), books, monkeys, bears, babies, Ernies, Berts, trolls"—and nannies (one to four, depending on the time of day) that make Suleman’s home seem like a daycare center, realizes the impossibility of getting a picture of mother and babies without most of them in tears, and hears Suleman explain why she agreed to sell exclusive filming rights for $250,000: “It’s a Catch-22,” she says. “I’m damned if I do what I need to do with the media to support my kids, and I’m damned if I don’t. If I don’t, I can’t take care of them. I think 99 percent of people would have made the same decision.”

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whyme
Jul 30, 2012 2:41 AM CDT
People PLEASE leave this woman alone already! What? you all are going to punish her for the rest of her life?? Not one of you are doing ANYTHING for her to help her with these poor kids you're sooo concerned about. THEY ARE HERE NOW, SHE IS TRYING TO CARE FOR THEM. What more do you want from her at this point?? NO, I haven't sent her any money, but I'm not bashing her or fact she needs help either AND I sure as heck won't discourage anyone else from helping her if they feel they should!! There are MANY families that have received help after have lots of babies. What about they cry that a woman has the right to her own body when deciding birth or abortion?? Ya can't talk outta both sides of your mouth!! THEY'RE HERE NOW AND NEED TO EAT JUST LIKE YOURS DO!!
Guest
Jan 20, 2010 3:42 AM CST
Hoezo was jij erbij dan?
Guest
Jan 20, 2010 3:41 AM CST
Zielig!!!