Probably my best celebrity encounter was the time I met Paul Rudd. I was in college, and we went to a free screening of I Love You, Man in Boston. After the movie, Jason Segel, the movie's director John Hamburg, and Paul Rudd would be there to sign autographs and take photos. Now, you have to understand. I was in love with Paul Rudd. He was definitely my #1 celebrity crush at the time, and he probably still holds that place today.
The man is adorable. And you know what? He's even more adorable in person. He was wearing the softest sweater ever, was so gracious about taking a picture, and even acted shocked and appreciative when I stammered that I loved all his movies but especially his performance in The Chateau, which was a teeny-tiny indie movie I was sure he'd be impressed I'd seen. And he was! Or at least he pretended to be, and I was so grateful.
Sometimes, celebrity encounters do indeed live up to your expectations.
Tell me a story of when meeting your hero(es) lived up to expectations.— Boner Vivant (@Boner Vivant)1548082765.0
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@Doug_Tilley I was once in a disastrous late-night rewrite where the big star of the project was pissed at everyone… https://t.co/pGxlpI5Vtw— Tim Carvell (@Tim Carvell)1548134230.0
Guillermo Del Toro
@Doug_Tilley When I was in film school, Guillermo Del Toro patted me on the shoulder, called me “my boy” and explai… https://t.co/9ynwx6KN8k— Daniel Kibblesmith (@Daniel Kibblesmith)1548134013.0
@Doug_Tilley @pattonoswalt at a book signing w/my daughters. Youngest was painfully shy, but brought along her DVD… https://t.co/5iwimfWBNp— sublimelight312 (@sublimelight312)1548127471.0
@Doug_Tilley I got to meet Bryan Cranston (towards the end of Breaking Bad) and he was so sweet and kind and friend… https://t.co/Gu6yrDQ5D7— Nick Nazzaro (@Nick Nazzaro)1548133930.0
@Doug_Tilley When I was six years old, my asthma prevented me from seeing the Ghostbusters stage show at Universal.… https://t.co/F6uW0u67li— Gordon Jackson (@Gordon Jackson)1548120488.0
@Doug_Tilley When I was in 5th grade, I was part of a screen writing workshop called Young Storytellers. Robert Pat… https://t.co/vVgR2KIzlD— Ezra Sky 🌱 (@Ezra Sky 🌱)1548248453.0
Sir Patrick Stewart
@Doug_Tilley This is the wallpaper on my phone for obvious reasons. I was lucky enough to work w my childhood hero… https://t.co/Y4eQv3XXJ1— Helen Hong (@Helen Hong)1548197804.0
@Doug_Tilley Only told this story last weekend on @dollyparton’s birthday. I was super nervous, as she signed my CD… https://t.co/41guQ26969— Gareth Dimelow (@Gareth Dimelow)1548152675.0
@Doug_Tilley Went to Anthony Bourdain book signing + dinner. He hadn’t eaten, so I asked if he wanted to share my p… https://t.co/plZdOsSlLW— Marie Bouvier (@Marie Bouvier)1548146968.0
Tom HanksImagine talking to Tom Hanks...at any point in his career, really...about anything! I bet that would be a top 10 memory, for sure.
Sir Ian McKellenAn email from Gandalf the Gray himself?! Shut up! This is amazing. What a mensch.
@Doug_Tilley Days after interviewing Pierce Brosnan, he recognized our camera crew and stopped at the airport to ma… https://t.co/b66Qnyolou— Rachel West (@Rachel West)1548100658.0
@Doug_Tilley Met Mr. Rogers on the set of his neighborhood. His warm up included singing hello to Handyman Negri, w… https://t.co/oQpvqMkRNm— Peter Corless 🌎☮ 💛🍦 (@Peter Corless 🌎☮ 💛🍦)1548171652.0
@Doug_Tilley I met Carole King when I worked in Congress. I told her how much Tapestry meant to me and she was so s… https://t.co/emaCw4uDyc— alyssa (@alyssa)1548168320.0
John GoodmanI love this, mostly because I like the idea that John Goodman is partying his face off at Mardi Gras every year. He deserves it.
the first time i met @taylorswift13 she called me beautiful and i am acutely aware that my life peaked in that mome… https://t.co/CjYnOw3Vhf— Will Ganss (@Will Ganss)1548119028.0
@Doug_Tilley Alan Rickman. Spoke to him about a Gruber brother's prequel with him, Jeremy Irons & Ken Brannagh. He… https://t.co/24QyGFZER2— Andy McCarroll (@Andy McCarroll)1548168234.0
Roger and Chaz Ebert
@Doug_Tilley Toronto airport after my film screened there. Chatted w/the nicest lady in the security line. After a… https://t.co/qY13td7pP9— Bill True (@Bill True)1548151028.0
Man, I walked up to Ralph Macchio at a random con and told him “I’m sure you get tired of hearing this but i watche… https://t.co/OJWd7BwOd0— tres (@tres)1548125005.0
@Doug_Tilley Conan O'Brien treated me like I was a friend when I interviewed him on a red carpet years ago, laughed… https://t.co/jSVVLMVAA9— Tanner Thomason (@Tanner Thomason)1548140162.0
Maya Angelou walked in while I was on a shift. I sent a friend to the bookstore as I kept serving her plenty of bee… https://t.co/f5oAWYCNsP— Mona Holmes (@Mona Holmes)1548176361.0
Roger Federer was the best dude when I met him. My grandma is his all-time biggest fan and he talked to her and lau… https://t.co/7yqUrU5yCo— Mitch (@Mitch)1548186380.0
@Doug_Tilley When I interviewed @HamillHimself, he was charming, funny and full of wisdom. I even got a photo featu… https://t.co/40vNYIZObH— Philly Byrne (@Philly Byrne)1548137514.0
@Doug_Tilley I met @GStephanopoulos on the streets of NYC a few years ago, and I asked him for a photo. He said he… https://t.co/ouWqZOG3Nq— Jack (@Jack)1548171757.0
@Doug_Tilley I met Paul Feig at an interview/Q&A. He let the Q&A go on much longer than allotted & afterwards he to… https://t.co/Q70yc25plL— FK (@FK)1548138083.0
@Doug_Tilley A friend of mine saw his hero walking down the street and in his awe stammered "You're Bruce Campbell!… https://t.co/baAmPs2ELz— Cynical Optimist (@Cynical Optimist)1548175754.0
@Doug_Tilley Henry Winkler. One of the kindest, most sweet and funny individuals I've ever met.— Rantz A. Hoseley (@Rantz A. Hoseley)1548138428.0