The gerbil named Bella becomes a sensation on TikTok

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A new TikTok sensation with thousands of followers is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Bella the gerbil lives in Oregon and has over 14,000 followers on the social media platform. Kyle Bryant and his wife, Marylou, spoke to KPTV about the work they put into creating the show. “We wanted to produce a show that was positive and uplifting because we felt like this world was very negative,” Kyle said. In her videos, Bella is portrayed as a lover of all things ’80s: record players, boomboxes, and dial-up internet included. Marylou said the ideas for the videos came from their children, who are now in their thirties. As for the set, Kyle used his experience building and building film sets and took 80 hours to create a Bella-sized Blockbuster store. “The shelves have magnets behind them, the VHS have magnets behind them that they detached from the shelves because gerbils are gerbils,” he said. Also, Kyle spent 40 hours building Bella’s house. “Doing the photos and coming up with the ideas, his furniture and his surroundings – just like that took a while,” he said. “The floor took a long time. The floor is actually a real floor. It’s pieces of wood that we laid, that we laid individually, it took us about four or five days.” Ready for a behind-the-scenes secret? Bella is actually played by two gerbils – Ginger and Charlotte – who work for a few minutes at a time. And it’s not as simple as it seems to get a gerbil to act. “Usually I take half of the side out and put the camera in there and then I can manipulate the woman where I want where I want her to go,” Kyle said. “I film her, what she does, and then I’m going to put in some movie magic to make it fit the story.” If you’re following Bella, be on the lookout for new settings and scenarios on the way. “We think there’s a community that wants to have something like that, that wants to see that, that wants to have a positive show,” Kyle said. Follow Bella’s adventures on TikTok here.

A new TikTok sensation with thousands of followers is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Bella the gerbil lives in Oregon and has over 14,000 followers on the social media platform.

Kyle Bryant and his wife, Marylou, says KPTV on the work they put into creating the show.

“We wanted to produce a show that was positive and uplifting because we felt like this world was very negative,” Kyle said.

In her videos, Bella is portrayed as a lover of all things ’80s: record players, boomboxes, and dial-up internet included.

Marylou said the ideas for the videos came from their children, who are now in their thirties.

As for the set, Kyle used his experience building and building film sets and took 80 hours to create a Bella-sized Blockbuster store.

“The shelves have magnets behind them, the VHS have magnets behind them that they detached from the shelves because gerbils are gerbils,” he said.

Also, Kyle spent 40 hours building Bella’s house.

“Doing the photos and coming up with the ideas, his furniture and his surroundings – just like that took a while,” he said. “The floor took a long time. The floor is actually a real floor. It’s pieces of wood that we laid, that we laid individually, it took us about four or five days.”

Ready for a behind-the-scenes secret? Bella is actually played by two gerbils – Ginger and Charlotte – who work for a few minutes at a time.

And it’s not as simple as it seems to get a gerbil to act.

“Usually I take half of the side out and put the camera in there and then I can manipulate the woman where I want where I want her to go,” Kyle said. “I film her, what she does, and then I’m going to put that through a bit of cinematic magic to make it fit the story.”

If you’re following Bella, be on the lookout for new settings and scenarios that are on the way.

“We think there’s a community that wants to have something like that, that wants to see that, that wants to have a positive show,” Kyle said.

Follow Bella’s adventures on TikTok here.

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