I’ve met a couple of cool celebrities over the years. It’s a weird experience seeing a famous person up-close. They always look…different. Surprisingly, only one celeb I ever met acted like a total dirtbag, most of the other ones just seemed like normal folks for the most part.
These AskReddit users offered up their celebrity encounters for us to devour. Do you have any of your own? Let us know in the comments!
1. Walter White
I was fortunate enough to meet Bryan Cranston once whilst on holiday in Vegas. I was a bit fanboyish and blurted: “It’s Heisenberg!”He turned to me and then immediately, his facial expression went angry. He walked straight up to me and actually yelled: “How dare you 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 Breaking Bad. 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 woman and daughter.
2. Robin Williams
I met Robin Williams when he was in my city filming a movie. On his day off he randomly showed up at a children’s hospital and did the whole Patch Adams thing. He was an amazing person.
3. Harry Potter
Met Daniel Radcliffe at pub in Dublin. Really nice dude. I told him I like his work and he thanked me then introduced me to his friends. Chatted for a little about life and let him be.
4. Drew Carey
Met Drew Carey a few years ago outside a fancy hotel in DC.
I spotted him and nicely asked for a photo. He said not now, but he would return in 10. He came right up to me 10 minutes later and took the photo, made a few jokes with my camera, shook my hand, asked me my name and had a nice small convo.
Class act Mr. Carey.
5. Green Day
I think I’ve posted this before but here goes: In 2005 when I was 19, and had a really bad stutter, I met Green Day. Tre Cool pointed and laughed in my face, mimicked my stutter, said “Freak out much??!” and just walked off when I tried to talk to him.
Cut to 2014, Green Day again in town, a friend and I decide to go bowling. Walk into bowling alley on street I live in, and are completely surprised to discover Green Day are in there bowling. I walk up to bar to get a drink, Tre Cool also walks up to bar, and says hi to me. I think “Screw it” and say “Hi, you know I met you a decade ago when I had a bad stutter, and you mocked me for it, so check it out, no stutter now!” He apologised and said that he knows he was a jerk back then, he probably thought I was so in awe of him that I couldn’t talk, apologised several times, and gave me an AAA pass for the gig the next day, and said come hang out tomorrow so I can prove I’m not an arsehole. So yeah, well and truly accepted that apology and no longer think the guy is a jerk.
6. Han Solo
I served Harrison Ford ice cream once. He was very polite but stern-looking. He kept his head low like he just wanted to get his cone and GTFO before anyone realized who he was, so I obliged by doing my best not to freak out.
Went to see Keanu Reeves’s band play the Viper Room in the 90s before the joint shut down. My friend’s older brother knew the management so we got to stick around after the show. I got to talk to Keanu for a couple of minutes, the dude was chill as heck, exactly like you’d think.
As we were leaving the venue, we all exited through the same door and Keanu saw this homeless guy begging for change outside. He walked up to him and gave him a wad of cash and handed him his coat just like that. My gut tells me the coat wasn’t cheap either, it looked expensive. This was during winter and I remember it being pretty cold even for LA.
God tier class act, been a huge fan since that night.
8. Shaq Attaq
I met Shaq at the Cheesecake Factory in Sacramento shortly after he invested in the Kings. It was my brother’s bday and he said “what?! Happy birthday little man! shakes his hand Hey! Get my new friend here some cheesecake!” and he shook the rest of our hands and went on his way. Incredibly nice guy. And huge.
9. Robin Williams, part 2
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.
10. Ziggy Stardust
Met David Bowie once.
Was torn between melting into a frothing mess and pretending I was cool with it all.
I’m sure it showed, I have 0 poker face skills. I handed him the papers he came in for. He paused, smiled at me ever so slightly and wished me a good day.
I don’t think I breathed the entire time he was there, I was so tightly wound. Can’t even remember if I said anything. I just remember the pause and kinda-smile.