People Share Their Best Unexpected Celebrity Encounters
Celebrities are just like us, believe it or not, and it's always really exciting to run into one of your idols.
The people here share their favorite positive celebrity encounters.
When we were in the 11th grade, my friends were getting high in a park when Bill Nye pulls into the parking lot. We thought it'd be funny to go ask him how to make bombs.
He said that he would love to 'show us how to blow ourselves up'. Can't say I blame him for that.
Robin Williams was an awesome guy.
17 years ago, my Dad's dad killed my grandma and then himself in a drunken rage. We held a massive service at the church my dad's mom attended in San Francisco. It was obviously a hard night for my dad. My parents stayed late in the city to clean things up and spend time with family. It was about 2:30 AM when we finally started making our way home, but before leaving the city, my dad wanted to stop and get a doughnut at some random doughnut shop we passed by.
We all went inside, and lo and behold, Mr. Robin Williams was there, sitting in a booth eating a couple doughnuts and drinking some coffee. He noticed our well dressed, solemn looking crew walk in, and pretty quickly after we sat down to eat the delicious treats, he came walking over. Now, I admit fully that I do not remember what he said to us, but I do remember what he looked like and I remember him Introducing himself as Robin (Which is my aunt's name, I think thats why it caught my attention).
He ended up joining my family at our table and (as my Dad always said) he just started making pleasant conversation, which quickly turned in to him making my parents smile, and soon after he had us all laughing. I couldn't tell you what they laughed about, but I remember seeing my parents laugh and smile for the first time in weeks. My dad remembered that so fondly. He always said it was exactly what he had needed in that time, and that he appreciated the way Robin Williams went about it. It wasn't that he was a celebrity, he was just being a nice guy who saw a bunch of sad folks and realized he could probably make a difference. And he did. I loved hearing my dad tell that story because you could tell that moment meant a lot to him. I'm sad he felt the need to go.
Threw up on Arnold Schwarzenegger's foot outside a restaurant. His response was an immediate: "It's ok kid, I throw up every time I eat here too." His wife then proceeded to run inside and grab me water and a bit of bread to settle my stomach. They were both incredibly nice about it all.
I spoke with Larry David when they were filming Curb Your Enthusiasm in NYC a few years ago. He is exactly like he portrays himself on his show. He ended our conversation with "I think we're good here."
I met Jimmy Fallon during a showing of The Book of Mormon musical. Some friends and I had amazing seats during the first month of its initial run in NYC and during intermission we noticed that Jimmy Fallon was directly behind us. My friend is ballsy as can be and just struck up a conversation with him which I of course wanted in on. First thing I noticed is he is much taller than I had expected. He was at least 6' and his face was a bit huskier than what it appears on television. He also has a deeper more gravelly voice too. His face was caked in makeup so I imagine he had just finished up filming his show.
He was polite and we got a picture with him but I could tell he really wasn't interested in talking with us. That was until we told him that we were former LDS missionaries.
Then he got REALLY excited and started asking us all sorts of questions about the show, if we were offended, if we were still missionaries etc. He just lit up after that and we talked for a few more minutes.
The best part was he had a Book of Mormon cast member on his show a couple months later and he mentioned he had met some "Mormon missionaries" in the audience who loved the musical. It was great to hear that he remembered us!
Jimmy Fallon is a pretty nice guy.
I'd really like to talk about Adam Sandler. I'm not (nor ever was) a fan of his movies, but I worked at a large Manhattan restaurant which he frequented often - this was several years ago.
He was always accompanied by an entourage of his friends - never really celebrities, I got the impression they were childhood, high school, etc friends.
In any event, they would order nearly everything on the menu. I'm talking, literally, hundreds of dishes and proceed to gorge themselves silly. All the while, Adam would barely eat as many, many people would approach and ask him for a photo, a handshake, or a joke.
He obliged everyone. He was patient, kind and compassionate to every person that came up to him. He never ate, he just took his crew to town and held court, kindly and humbly, making sure to thank everyone who approached him for taking the time to say hi, congratulate him on a movie, or what not.
This particular restaurant was frequented, at the time, by celebrities quite often and they varied in their appreciation of the public. Adam Sandler was in a class of his own. I have always maintained that he is the nicest guy in the business out there as he proved it again and again.
Snoop Dogg. I opened for him in 2013 and he came up to the booth during my set for a smoke and a chat. Really sound bloke.
I'm going to say that I have met Cher a few times, not only did she remember my name after a few years, she had asked about my, then sick, mother, who had since passed. Cher seemed really upset by the news and it made me choke up, because in my opinion, here was a true diva, and she remembered me.
She was NOT a diva at all, in the bad sense, just a totally cool person.
I met Steve Buscemi outside of a comedy club in LA. My friends and I saw him smoking a cigarette alone and I went up to him and said "Hey, you're Steve Buscemi. Can I have a hug?" Then he said "You want a hug?" He shrugged and gave me a hug!
My girlfriend met Chris Pratt on a red eye flight from LAX to Orlando. He waited around and took selfies with everyone waiting for their bags while he waited for his. She tried to take the fastest picture ever because she was embarrassed to bother him and he made sure the picture was good before she left.
Chatted briefly with Tim Tebow at a restaurant once. He was nice enough then, asked me what I did and how it was going and all that jazz. Then, i saw him maybe a month later at another restaurant, and we happened to make eye contact. As he was making his rounds through all the fans and whatnot, he stopped by where I was sitting, addressed me by name, remembered my job, and asked how that all was going. I was blown away. I don't give a crap about all the religion stuff he does, but he's just a genuinely good person.
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I met George W. Bush at an event. I realize most people hate him here on reddit but he is one of the most charismatic fun-loving guys I have met. He gives and does so much for charities it's ridiculous. He has a fantastic sense of humor and even without the camera's rolling wouldn't bash Obama. His wife was very gracious and the picture of how a first lady should be.
Nick Offerman was the dude. Met him after an American Ham show at his (now our) alma mater for a pic. He got down on a knee for it because I'm in a wheelchair, hence lower to the ground. I sort of joked that he didn't have to do that, and dead serious he goes, "son you should make everyone take a knee for you." Took me a while to figure out he wasn't joking, he was saying have enough self respect to ask people to accommodate you. That guy is operating on another plane of existence.
Gary Sinise. He does free concerts with his band, the Lt. Dan Band, for veterans all over the country. I saw him perform in Ft. Riley, KS, a few years ago. It was about 100 degrees outside and humid as hell, and they never let the energy level drop or seem tired or anything. At one point, there was a problem with a speaker or microphone or something and they had to pause to fix it, and he immediately took off his guitar and stepped down to the crowd to sign autographs and talk to people. He's incredibly sweet and kind, and he does so much for veterans and families.
I was walking down the street in Hollywood once and completely lost. I asked a guy for directions, he was super nice and pointed me straight back to the strip where my tourist self wanted to be...
Didn't realize until he started talking that it was Hugh Grant.
I lived in the same building as Pharrell in Miami. I saw him on a regular basis (we took the same elevator up to our units). Not only is he one of the nicest celebrities I've ever met, he's also one of the nicest people. He is incredibly soft spoken and humble. And his kid is adorable and well mannered. His bodyguard, Ben, is also really cool. My friend who also lives in the building accidentally took the service elevator and ended up in the hall behind his unit. Ben was there, and ended up giving my friend a whole tour of Pharrell's apartment. Pharrell also gave him a signed set of shoes. Every interaction I've had with both of them has been great. I couldn't have asked for better neighbors.
Lady Gaga. I worked room service and the bar at a hotel she was staying at. She ordered room service and I brought it up. She was in casual cloths and was extremely nice and courteous and tipped well. It seemed like no more than 30 minutes later she was at the bar all Gaga'd out talking with some of the regulars. Not a spectacular story but it caught me by surprise. When I heard she was staying I expected her to be a super diva like some of the other ones we had stay.
Johnny Depp was actually super nice.
Was walking to work one day, I believe on the day Pirates III came out, and he was down in the tunnels. Got to walk up and shake his hand, talked to me about my job, shared some insights about working as Jack Sparrow, and how he always is so thrilled when he gets to be the character.
Sat next to him at a radio head concert. And he was sitting next to Pierce Brosnan as they were filming together at the time. It was also before the end of breaking bad.
I have met quite a few Celebrities as my girlfriends father was quite famous back in the 80s (still kind of famous) so I have met them at parties.
None have been nicer than Aaron Paul. I was kind of freaked out and he was suck a nice guy. Funny and he went in for a proper hug when I told him I was a huge fan of breaking bad. He also trolled me a little telling me how he can't wait until fans reacted to his death scene at the end of the series.
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I also met Robin Williams, very friendly and funny. More so then I expected honestly. I went to a dinner with my father and a couple of his co-workers at a fancy Italian restaurant when I was about 18 and about halfway through the meal a few of the co-workers got drunk and started to scream at the waiter in Italian. In response the waiter, and eventually a few other workers, joined in and were screaming back at the co-workers and then in between all of them came Robin Williams gesticulating wildly and screaming mock Italian at both sides until they calmed the hell down and started to laugh at Robin Williams and his antics instead.
When everyone went back to their seats I walked up to Robin Williams, thanked him for defusing the situation, and did the usual "I love your work, It's amazing to meet you" spiel and then he began to ask ME questions about my life, how I am, my age, what I wanted to do and was very friendly and caring. When I was walking away back to my dad he stopped me and said words I try to live by, "Kid, take a good look at those suits. Don't try to end up like them. If you need booze or drugs to enjoy your life to the fullest then you're doing it wrong."
Jeff Goldblum. I was working in an amusement park around the time Jurassic Park came out. Was zoning out at my register, and he was standing right next to me, waiting on someone. I did a double take, not quite sure it was him. He just looked at me, gave a smile like he knew I was trying to figure it out, and said "how you doing?" in that distinct voice of his.
Not that this was THAT nice, but pretty nice, and he's the only celebrity I've met.
Met him in the airport back in 2015. Smiled and took pictures with over 30 people, and at no point did he get sick of it. He's a cool guy.
Is an absolute boss. I was backstage at an event where a video I had produced was being shown. Clinton was the keynote speaker (after John Oliver, Nancy Pelosi). I'm subtly gawking, maybe 15 feet away. I watch him him chat up John Oliver (and his gorgeous girlfriend of the time) when he suddenly turns and we make eye contact. I look away pretty quickly, embarrassed to have been caught gawking and Clinton goes back to his chat. About 30 seconds later though, to my absolute horror, Clinton excuses himself and makes B-Line DIRECTLY to me. Mind you this backstage is full of A-listers and politicians, and he decides to talk to me, the 20-year-old, nerdy fly on the wall. He extends his hand and says "Hi there, I'm Bill Clinton." This was my first time around a famous person (also it has been suggested, the most famous person ever) and I went full-retard. All I manage to muster is..."Thanks for coming Mr. President." He smiles, says thank you to me and walks away.
So...about 10 minutes later, he is surrounded by secret service getting ready to go up on stage. They're reading his bio, and he's talking to Pelosi who has just come off stage. She leaves him and then all of a sudden, he turns around and looks at me AGAIN! Then he raises his hand and motions for me to come over. I FREEZE, I can't believe this is happening...until one of his aides leans down into my ear and nicely reminds me "Get over there! The President wants to speak with you"
So I walk over to Clinton and he puts his arm around me and hunkers down and says "Son, that John Oliver guy is pretty funny. I like him a lot. I didn't get to see him speak though. I wanna make a joke about him, what did he talk about?" At this point, I am panicking. I was certainly there to see him talk, but my brain is frozen and I can't think of anything he might have said. I look around for someone to bail me out, but no one is there and they are finishing his bio, so he's about to go up on stage any second. Suddenly I kind of just snap back into reality, realizing it's up to me so I told him something. You can actually find his speech with the joke on YouTube.
Val Kilmer was pretty cool. Tried to get his autograph for my cousin (we were kids and she loved him) and realized I didn't have a pen or paper. He pulled out his wallet and signed it on a dollar bill with a pen his buddy was carrying.
I met Peter Dinklage at the Premier of Pixels (It was free, I don't want to hear it) and he was a really cool guy. I didn't get to speak with him for very long, but he seemed genuinely grateful when I told him I loved his acting in everything from Elf to GoT. He even apologized for having to cut our chat short to get to his seat, but he did say that it was a pleasure talking with a fan who wasn't just gushing at him. I would love to meet him again, if only to bask in the glory of his epic beard.
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