A GIF Guide To Meeting A Celebrity: Expectation Vs. Reality

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Part of my duty as a celebrity enthusiast is inventing the perfect meetings with famous people and, subsequently, being disappointed because it is actually impossible to live up to an ideal. It’s kind of like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character in (500) Days Of Summer when he thinks Summer has invited him to a p-a-r-t-y when she’s really just invited him to a regular, boring party. You know the scene I’m talking about (unless you are a mutant who hasn’t seen that movie, in which case you should check yourself before you wreck yourself).

It’s like I can’t help myself and the second a famous person says something remotely relatable or funny, I’m like, “welp, that person seems like the perfect candidate for my new best friend whether they’re into it or not.” But then, one day I happen run into that same famous person (thanks to the opportunities afforded to me by overcrowded cities) and I become convinced that the Body Snatchers have wreaked havoc on the perfect person that I once created and made them normal or, worse, divas. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about, considering the fact that I’ve met at least four B-list celebrities and have been thiiiis close to meeting at least a quarter of a dozen more. If anyone were going to make blanket statements about what it’s like to meet a famous person, it probably shouldn’t be me but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be!

So, with my newly-bestowed Power Of The Sweeping Generalization, I present to you the ways that imagining meeting a famous person is nothing like actually meeting a famous person.

Spotting Them

Expectation

Little Girl Sly

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Your inner monologue is super chill. “Oh, look, it’s (insert perfection here). I wonder what they’re doing in a Ruby Tuesdays?”

Reality

Ms J ANTM Stare

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“OH mY GODdddD, THAT IS (insert same perfection). Am I staring?? I know I’m staring. Stop… I can’t… stop it, you creep… I can’t help it, I’m actually positive that they are sparkling beneath the fluorescent lights in the ceiling.”

Acknowledging Them

Expectation:

Jon Hamm Head Nod

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“Cool head nod, cool head nod,” you repeat to yourself maybe in your head but, more than likely, out loud. You are cool and you will tilt your head slightly upward with ease to denote the extreme level of cool that you are in possession of.

Reality:

Andrew Garfield Nod

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Your head develops a mind of its own and does some sort of convulsive movement instead of the very cool-as-a-cucumber one that you planned so thoroughly in your head and it is creeeeptastic.

Walking Up To Them

Expectation:

KRisten Wiig Strut

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You decide it’s now or never and you should —nay, must!— approach them and say something, anything, to them.

Reality

Cat Fall

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In your mind you’re walking like a normal human who doesn’t have legs made of jello. In real life, though, not so much.

Talking To Them

Expectation:

Phil Dunphy Talking

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You’ve got this, you little social butterfly. Weather, sports, bagels: all things that people love to talk to strangers about.

Reality:

Welcome To The Dollhouse Dancing

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Of all of the things you’ve spoken about in your entire life, you can’t think of even one topic. Has talking always been this difficult? Do you even remember how to say things at all?

Asking For A Photo

Expectation:

Cat Begging

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“Hey, would you, like, mind taking a photo with me? I’m such a fan!” Just like that. Easy, like Sunday mornin’.

Reality:

Doctor Who In The Rain

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It actually does not happen. You rephrase how you’ll ask for a photo approximately 40 different times in your mind but not one of them comes out of your mouth because you can’t bear the thought of being that fan. You know the one.

Telling Everyone About Your Meeting

Expectation:

Despicable Me Scream

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They will be super thrilled for you.

Reality:

Zooey Deschanel Oh Okay

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They will probably not care all that much. But that’s okay because you know who will care? Your journal. Your journal will care.

So, in conclusion:

Amy Poehler Lower Your Expectations

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(Lead Photo: WENN)

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    • Jenni

      I always regret not getting a photo because I’m playing it cool.

      • Olivia Wilson

        Same here. Maybe I’ll hire a professional photographer to follow me around for this specific reason.

    • Cassy

      AH! Loving the Doctor Who gif (:

      • Olivia Wilson

        It’s one of my favorites, I use it whenever I can!

    • That_Darn_Kat

      Back in 2007-2008, I lived in a part of Washington that houses a lot of celebrities/producers/etc who work in Vancouver. While working at a gas station/coffee shop/ice cream parlor (it was a small town), David Hewlett would come in fairly regularly. He played Dr. McKay on Stargate Atlantis. I always treated him like any other customer, and his wife said he appreciated that, but I am a little bummed I never asked for a picture or autograph before I moved. He was always really awesome, and his dog (and son!) are the cutest.

      • Olivia Wilson

        But at least you have this cool anecdote that makes you seem like his good pal, haha.

    • Dan

      I love this humorous post, which certainly sheds light to the fact that many celebrity meetings can end in tears. However, I am still going to try to see some of my favourite celebrities after reading this rather motivational post. http://www.isaywhatever.com/celebrity-news/item/245-my-meeting-with-a-celebrity

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