“I was jogging at the San Francisco Marina back in 1988 I think it was and I saw Robin Williams sitting in the side of his van just chillin’. I said, “How you doin’ Mr. Williams?” He said, “I’m doing great, you running from the cops?” I laughed and stopped to chat with him for about 5 minutes. He was absolutely delightful. Such a fond memory. I wept when I heard he died.”
“Jim Carrey gave me a ride to the gas station after my car ran out of gas in Bel Aire. I told him I was a huge fan of Ace Ventura and I could mimic his laugh from the movie. Then we both had our heads out the window cackling away. He bought my gas and drove me back to my car. One of the greatest moments in my life.”
Tom Hanks at Best Buy. He was in line in front of me with a cart full, all by himself. I was only buying a bottle of water because they didn’t have what I was looking for. I just blurted out” Forest Gump is my favorite movie” like a creep, and he turned around, and said “that was my favorite movie to make! I’m glad you love it.” He then chatted with me while about movies as we stood in line. When it was his turn to check out while they were ringing up his stuff he said “oh let me get that water for you” and paid for my water. He kept talking to me and then we walked out and he said “nice talking to you! You’re a very nice young lady and always remember… life is like a box of chocolates.. you never know what your gonna get” in his Forest Gump voice. IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.
“Keanu Reeves. I remember seeing him while walking through New York a long time ago when I was a young, probably very annoying pre-teen. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I obnoxiously mimicked the bullet dodge motion from The Matrix. He looked back at me, laughed, and mirrored the same move in acknowledgment. It’s such a great memory because I feel like anyone would have been justified in getting annoyed and shrugging this stupid kid off, but instead, he was a good sport and humored me. I’ll never forget it.”
“My sister was waiting tables in NYC and ended up serving Patrick Stewart. She didn’t want to bother him, so she just did her job, but at the end of the night, she told him how much she had enjoyed seeing him in a production of Hamlet that year (2008), and that she hoped he was planning to do more theater in the US. My sister was prepared to leave it at that, but apparently, he was so thrilled at someone who wanted to talk about his theater work (as opposed to Star Trek), that he ended up talking to my sister for a while about his experiences on stage. Just a really nice guy who loves acting.”
“When I was younger, my grandmother and I ran into Robin Williams eating alone in a Whole Foods. We approached him and introduced ourselves and he immediately cleared a space for us to sit and chat with him. I was pretty young at the time, so he spent most of the time trying to make me laugh by doing voices. I may have been too young to truly appreciate it at the time, but looking back I can easily say it’s one of the greatest moments of my life and Robin has always had a special spot in my heart because of it.”
“Bruce Willis told me that I have “some pretty cool spiderman skills” I was in Walmart and there was something that I needed on the top shelf and near the back. at the time I was only 5foot (I’m a bit taller now). and so I scaled up the shelf and over to the side to get the food item that I needed. When I got down I noticed this guy watching me, and I realized it was Bruce Willis. and he complimented my shelf climbing.”
“Paul and Linda McCartney once came into a restaurant I was hostess at. I greeted him and his wife, led them to their reserved table, said my lines and left. When they were leaving he leaned towards me and thanked me for treating him like a normal person. He knew I knew who he was because Linda had said that she loved my necklace. It was a yellow submarine from the Beatles album.”
“Steve Zahn lives in my city and frequents the gas station I work at. One day he helped a man push his truck onto our lot and then gave the guy a twenty for gas. He talks to everyone like he’s known them forever, drives a big pick-up truck, and he’s always smiling. Another story about him- one day while driving home my mom stopped to help an old man who had fallen out of his wheelchair at the end of his driveway. She’s tiny and was struggling. Steve pulls up, hops out of his truck, helps her, they high-five, and he gets back in his truck and leaves. I like to think Steve Zahn is just cruising around all day looking for people to help.”
“Hayden Christensen. he came up to my bar. Nice guy really. I acted like I didn’t know who he was, and when I gave him his beer I said “May the Force be with you, Ani.” and he smiled and said, “And also with you”. Then he left a huge tip. 🙂 Made my year.”
“Met Bryan Cranston once at the Bellagio whilst on holiday in Vegas… I was a bit fanboyish and blurted…” omg its Heisenberg!”… almost immediately his facial expression went angry… and he walked straight up to me and actually muttered “How dare you to call me out like that…if people knew who I was, I wouldn’t be in this business… next time you call me out like that be ready for a barrel”… then he smiled and starting laughing and we ended up talking for about 10mins or so about BB…. gave me an autograph.. I was so happy… asked him if he wanted to join a few of us for a drink but he politely declined as he was waiting for his Mrs and daughter… cool guy!”
“Renee Zellweger – I served her once when I was honestly having a really shitty day. She had 3 kids in tow, dressed in yoga pants and a tshirt.. nothing about her screamed celebrity and I was focused on other stuff. I messed up twice on her order and she honestly couldn’t have been nicer about it “Oh no problem, just bring it when you can, etc etc” Still went out of her way to make small talk.. I only found out who she was when I went running her credit card and it said “R K Zellweger”. Kids all thanked me after the meal and she gave me a hug on the way out and an amazing tip for subpar service. It was a total dream”
My grandma met Adam Sandler in an elevator in Mexico. She didn’t speak English but Adam was kind enough to try and speak Spanish with her. She was delighted, she loves his movies.
“I went to a signing by Tim Burton. The line for him was out the building and around the corner. Everyone was being told that Tim wasn’t going to be able to see everyone. I was lucky, I was near the front. We were also told that we could only get an autograph and picture then had to move on. Tim was amazingly nice and constantly had to be reminded not to shake people’s hands and talk to them because he had limited time. He also ended up being late for a private showing of one of his movies (I can’t remember which one). He was late because he made sure he saw every single person in line. He was just overall a kind and humble man and very sweet. He even looked over my aspiring animator friend’s portfolio and gave her his email, asking her to send him her progress as she improved. A truly great guy.”
“I met Marilyn Manson (emo 16-year-old me’s hero) and he let me pet his cat while I freaked out about getting to meet him. He’s nowhere near as scary in person as his persona or stage character. He’s actually very sweet and somewhat shy. He really didn’t know how to handle a young girl absolutely bawling tears of joy just from his presence, haha. He also picked up my sister for a picture because we couldn’t get both him (roughly 6’2″) and my sister (roughly 4″10″) together in frame. Overall he’s a really chill guy!”