Ellen DeGeneres invites Hendersonville do-gooder to the show
Hendersonville’s Taylor Rowe thought she was doing another Skype interview with a producer when Ellen DeGeneres, her idol, appeared on the video.
Wearing her nonprofit’s Live Love Nashville T-shirt, Rowe couldn’t stop jumping and yelling.
“I had this little list of things to say if I ever had the opportunity to tell her — I didn’t say a single thing,” Rowe told The Tennessean Sumner. “My brain went to mush.”
Her surprise interview aired Monday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” when Ellen invited her to the special two-part birthday episodes.
Less than 24 hours later, Rowe was on a flight to Los Angeles.
Why Ellen contacted Taylor Rowe
In 2016, Rowe created the nonprofit Live Love Nashville, selling T-shirts and other items with all proceeds benefiting disadvantaged children in the Nashville area.
Last year, she donated 10,000 school supplies for United Way’s Stuff the Buscampaign, which was then given to 700 children. In December, she gave 300 gifts to the Buena Vista students.
“It’s too bad you’re in Nashville,” Ellen DeGeneres said on her video call. “You’re there, but you better pack because you’re coming here.”
The birthday shows will air Feb. 1 and 2, featuring a selected audience filled with people who have made a difference in their communities.
“Every person there had an amazing story, and they were all so different,” Rowe said. “Just seeing so many people spread so much love and positivity, it truly is an eye-opening experience.”
During commercial breaks when filming, Ellen interacted with the audience, and even hugged Rowe.
“It was the best time I’ve ever had in two hours,” Rowe said.
Boost for Live Love Nashville
On Monday, Rowe’s coworkers at her day job at OMS Nashville had an “Ellen” watch party to see the interview.
“I was so embarrassed,” she said.
Already, Live Love Nashville, which Rowe coordinates alone, has received orders from around the country.
“I don’t think I was prepared for all of this to happen,” Rowe said.
With increasing success, Rowe is considering adding a new design to the collection and possibly expanding her reach to veterans and other impoverished groups in addition to children.
Rowe also took the stage in early January, when the Nashville Predators invited her to a game and featured her story on the jumbotron.