21 Surprising Encounters With Celebrities! See How It Went For these Guys!
I met Robin Williams in 2004 when he was traveling with some other comedians on a USO tour through the Middle East. I was doing security on the flight line at the time. When he got off the plane, he was shaking everyone's hands and thanking us for our service. When he shook mine he said, 'holy sh*t, you're almost as hairy as I am!' and kept on down the line of troops. Highlight of the tour for me.
#20 Gerald Butler
One time I was in a Subway (sandwich place) in Orem, UT and Gerard Bultler walks up behind me. I look at him, he smiles at me, and then we both pretend that he isn't himself. I say, "You look like Gerard Butler, he's one of my favorite actors." He said, "I get that a lot," and winks. Then he asks, "Well, are you a true fan of his?" And I say, "Of course!" He asks if I knew what he used to do, I reply with, "He used to be a lawyer, before giving that up to pursue acting," and then we spent the next twenty minutes discussing law, politics, and why someone would give up a successful career in law. Then, we shook hands and parted ways.
#19 Emma Watson
Emma Watson has seen me half-naked. I'm in a dance group at Brown and we keep our costumes in the same building where some theatre groups have plays and rehearsals. I was just trying on a bunch of different dance costumes in the bathroom and there was no one else there, so I didn't bother going into a stall. She was in a play there at the time, and I guess just going back and forth to the bathroom to change outfits and fix her makeup between scenes. She walked in and I was just like oh cool, it's Emma Watson and my bra is on the ground.
#18 Paris Hilton
My mom found Paris Hilton incognito in an airport, came to find me, brought me to a tiny lady in a hoodie and big sunglasses in the middle of the airport and said, "Hi, are you Paris Hilton?" Then pushed me in front of her and said, "Here, say hi to my son!" Like I was a weird birthday gift or something. She said "sup." I said "sup." Then she did this weird little laugh. Then my mom goes "Okay bye!"
#17 Alan Rickman
I just saw a play with Alan Rickman in it, in March. It wasn't unexpected, but when they came out to sign playbills, I stood there staring at him. Every person around me was like, "Omg you were SO great in Harry Potter. Like, awesome!" He was really nice and polite, and said "Thanks so much" to every praise.
When he got to me, I realize I needed to say something different, so I blurted, "I LOVED YOU IN GALAXY QUEST!" And he started laughing hard and said (not sarcastically), "Yeah... that was a GREAT movie."
#16 Michael Phelps
A buddy of mine was a student at the University of Michigan while Michael Phelps was training there under Bob Bowman. He and a few friends were walking outside the natatorium and ran into Phelps, who was eating a granola bar while heading in to practice. They were pretty awestruck, and headed over in hopes of a photo or potential blumpkin. Phelps quickly finished his granola bar in order to shake my buddy's hand. As they were shaking hands he transferred the wrapper to my buddy, leaned in, whispered "you can keep that", and promptly walked off.
#15 Rashida Jones
I work at a restaurant and I served Rashida Jones and Adam Scott one night. I live in Iowa, had never met a celebrity before, and am a huge fan of "Parks and Rec" and "The Office," so I was pretty nervous. Like a true awkward penguin, I didn't say anything to acknowledge that I knew who they were while serving them.
Anyway, Rashida left her credit card on the table, and for some reason my instinct was to literally run after them (causing my buzzer to fly off my belt and ricochet off the wall) and yell 'RASHIDA JOOOONES!!!' Her manager turned around and was like, 'Oh, I'll uh, take that...your buzzer thing fell off.'
They were all looking at me like WTF and I just said 'Um...have a great night!' and disappeared behind the corner.
#14 Mick Jagger
When I was seven years old and waiting with my parents in JFK at the AA Admiral's Club, my dad recognized someone and sent me over to ask him if he was in the Rolling Stones. So I went over and asked him, and he chuckled and looked at me and said, 'Honey, I am the Rolling Stones.' It was Mick Jagger.
#13 Bill Murray
Once, while working as an extra on a film set, Bill Murray walked up to my sister and I (who are both gingers), and said 'Did you know that redheads are the most beautiful and rare of all of God's creatures?' After that, we talked about all sorts of weird stuff for 10 minutes. He now knows that I am unaffected by laughing gas.
#12 Rachel Weisz
I sat next to Rachel Weisz on a flight to Malta. I was 15 years old and had absolutely fallen in love with her in "The Mummy" movies. She was my first girl crush and I wanted to be just like her. She was very warm and friendly at the beginning of the flight so I thought, "Don't screw this up by acting like another fawning fangirl."
I never let on that I knew who she was and just chatted happily with her, but as the conversation dwindled she became more sullen and withdrawn. Finally she snapped at me about something (I can't even remember what I said or what she said in response, but it was in an irritated tone) and I immediately sat back and went silent.
Her little son and his nanny were sitting across the aisle from me and I guess the nanny had been eavesdropping. A couple minutes after Weisz snapped at me, she got up to use the restroom and her nanny leaned over and said, "She gets upset if you don't acknowledge who she is." I tried to continue talking to the nanny but she turned back to the little boy and acted like she had never said anything at all.
#11 Elijah Wood
My wife was out back of the Scissor Sisters show in Los Angeles (obviously a while ago) having a smoke, when a guy came up and bummed a cigarette. She did a double take and realized it was Frodo Baggins! Yes, Elijah Wood bummed a cig off my wife.
#10 Dean Norris
I met Dean Norris (Hank from Breaking Bad) at the after party for "The Walking Dead" series premiere. I met a lot of the cast from "The Walking Dead," but since it was the very first episode of the series, I didn't really know who anyone was. I saw Dean earlier in the night but didn't want to bother him.
Fast forward about four free drinks, I go back for another. It was 2:02 and they stopped serving when Dean F*cking Norris taps me on the shoulder and asks me what the guy just said. I told him, they can't serve anymore. So he reaches into his jacket and pulls out a crisp 20 dollar bill and says, "So can I have a drink if I do this?" and puts the 20 into the tip jar. The bartender fixes him up a gin and tonic, then he points to a woman he's with, "Can you fix her up to?" Again, the bartender fixes her a G&T Then he points at me and says, "What about my friend here?" (I'm his friend?!) And the bartender promptly pours me a G&T as well. Well, right after that I gush about how great he is great in BB and got a picture with him. Needless to say, coolest celebrity that I have ever met. And he bought me a drink.
#9 Gene Simmons
My brother met Gene Simmons back stage at a show he was playing in. Gene complimented my brother highly on his guitar playing but then said, "too bad you'll never make it" and just walked away.
#8 Lenny Kravitz
My brother had to lose weight for an MMA fight a while ago, and so he was in the sauna at a local casino. Lenny Kravitz happened to be playing at the casino that night and was also in the sauna. It was jus the two of them. They talked a bit, then my brother left because he was feeling lightheaded and needed to cool off.
He took two steps out the sauna and laid face-down on the floor. Well, Lenny comes out about 15 minutes later and he sees my brother, and he wakes him up (my brother had fallen asleep), and says, "Dude, are you okay?" My brother says yeah, he's just exhausted. Lenny asks, "You want me to get you an orange or something"' My brother just says no, he'll be okay. But Lenny insists and he brings my older brother an orange. They chat a little more. Lenny ends up staying at the casino an extra night to watch my brother's fight and he invited me and my parents to sit with him during the event.
#7 Chandler Riggs
I went to a local comic book expo in hope of meeting Chandler Riggs (Carl from "The Walking Dead") and Jason David Frank (Tommy from the original "Power Rangers"). When I got there, Chandler had already shown up. I went to his booth and it was completely empty. Disappointed, I walked outside to go grab some lunch real quick. As I exited the doors, I ran into Chandler standing outside the building, drinking some soda. I yelled 'Damn it, Carl! Stay in the f*cking convention center!' He laughed and said 'Man, that never gets old.' I stood there chatting with him for a few minutes. He's a pretty cool and down to earth kid. A lot shorter than he appears on TV though.
#6 Micharl Cera
I saw Micheal Cera board the L at Williamsburg headed to Manhattan. He was dressed just like he did in Superbad and Juno. Juno had just released. We had an eye conversation. No words exchanged, but he was terrified I was going to speak up or ask for an autograph. I just raised an eyebrow, smiled at him, and chuckled about it to myself for the remaining 20 minute ride. He kept nervously looking back over his shoulder at me. When he got to his stop, he paused and nodded at me in thanks. Almost certain he remembers this.
#5 George RR Martin
I met George R. R. Martin at the Blaze Pizza in Evanston a couple of months back when he was in town to accept an award from Northwestern University. At the time, I was listening to the audiobook of "A Clash of Kings," and he very excitedly told me, "You've got a ways to go to catch up!" When I told him that I've already read what he's published three times and am listening to the audiobook as a new way to experience the story, he just kind of...deflated. He let out a big sigh, and just said, "Yeah, I need to finish the next book. People won't stop bothering me about it."
#4 Nicholas Cage
I saw Nicholas Cage at a restaurant when I was seven. I tried to take a picture of him discreetly and the flash went off. He and his posse immediately got up and left.
#3 Betty White
It was right after the "Golden Girls" (and Golden Palace) had ended. Betty White's career was not in the best place at the time. I was at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and saw a poster promoting a Betty White signing for her latest book about how much she loves animals. I liked the "Golden Girls" so I thought I would swing by the bookstore to take a gander at Betty White. It was so sad. I'll always remember how she was sitting alone at a big table with a stack of books in front of her. People were in the bookstore shopping but no one was buying her book or really acknowledging her. She just sat there, pen in hand, waiting. She would occasionally wipe off some imaginary dust to look busy. I'm getting the chills just remembering it. Of course, I was such a self-involved college kid that I just stared at her from far away. I should have just gone up and talked to her.
#2 Daryl Hannah
I once wanted to get Daryl Hannah's autograph for my friend who had been crushing on her since FOREVER. I couldn't summon up my courage to approach her directly, so I just asked the dude sitting next to her. He put me off very politely. I went back to my friends empty handed and was complimentary of Mr. Nobody's manners. They told me I'd just asked JFK Jr. for Daryl's autograph.
#1 Snoop Dogg
About 2 years ago I was interning at a high-profile recording studio in Los Angeles. Another intern and I were repairing a towel dispenser in a private bathroom for the main studio. When we emerged, we (quite literally) ran in to Snoop Dogg. He gave us a why-are-there-two-white-boys-using-my-bathroom-together kind of look.
Me: "Oh. Uhh...we were...fixing the paper towel...thing."
Snoop: "I ain't judgin'...just gotta be more discreet, my man."
He thought we were banging.
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