Not since John Edward has a medium taken the country by storm the way Theresa Caputo has since her TLC show Long Island Medium debuted a year ago. Her reality program is a blend of day-to-day life with her family, spontaneous readings for strangers and more formal connections with the dead for paying clients. She’s loud and gregarious, with gravity-defying hair and fabulous shoes. Caputo has started doing live readings and netted both a Priceline ad and a skit making fun of her on Saturday Night Live.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution chatted with the rising star:
What did you think of the “SNL” sketch?
I thought it was hilarious. They did it perfectly. My only thing: They didn’t get my hair high enough!
You get people to cry at the drop of a hat. Do you always keep Kleenex with you just in case?
I don’t mean to make people cry. It’s their loved ones! They’re making them cry. I think I should take stock in tissue paper!
We heard you first started speaking to spirits at age 4. Did you realize you were special?
I thought it was normal. Then my friends started telling me it wasn’t normal, that only crazy people heard voices. So I started blocking them out. I suffered a lot of anxiety. Only later in life did I realize I was communicating with spirits.
What do you say to skeptics?
I totally respect skeptics. I get it. They don’t have to believe in what I do. I just want a skeptic to experience it before they start judging me.