Many people agree that it’s an awful feeling to meet a celebrity you look up to and realize they are a horrible person. We’ve all read about (some of us even met) celebrities who are rude to everyone and full of themselves, despite trying to look nice on the media.
Fortunately, it seems that the vast majority of celebrities are really nice people and treats those who surround them with respect. Don’t believe us? Scroll below to read a list of stories compiled by Bored Panda about the nicest and friendliest celebrity encounters.
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“I ran into Hayley Williams from Paramore in a Sephora last year. She was very sweet and didn’t seem bothered to speak to me at all. She also had really nice skin, I kinda regret not asking her what facial products she uses.”
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“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 acknowledgement.
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.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Natalie Portman. I was working with ABC as part of the interview team years ago (before The Phantom Menace even came out).
I was talking with her for a while when she casually mentions that she is going to be in the new Star Wars film.
Being 17 and huge nerd, at first I just thought she was fucking with me.
But then she said, “Yeah, I guess I’m Luke and Leia’s mom.” and laughed.
I was so dumbfounded I actually said, “Take me with you.”
“To the Star Wars.”
She laughed and it was the greatest feeling in the world.”
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“Bruce Willis told me that I have “some pretty cool spiderman skills”
I was in walmart and there was somethng that i needed on the top shelf and near the back. at the time i was only 5foot (im 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.”
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“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.”
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“Charlie Day. We high-fived at a house party at midnight on new years. Dude crushed at karaoke.”
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“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 to run 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”
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“Elijah Wood. I was working in a 6 star hotel bar, I walked up to him and explained that what I was about to say was frowned upon before complimenting his work as Spyro the purple dragon.
He was pretty happy.”
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“I met Joe Biden a few years ago. He’s a genuinely friendly guy…and hilarious.”
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“Daniel Radcliffe. Met him in vancouver Canada when he came here randomly. I was working at a bar he dropped by. Super chill guy. Took a photo with quite a few people, but I never got one because I was too shy to ask him.
He seemed to be very genuine, and not overexcessive with his money. He wore pretty simple clothes as well, I think like a regular plaid shirt and jeans.”
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“Pulled up next to Will Arnett in Winnipeg traffic. Got him to roll down his window and I was like “Will! What the heck are you doing in Winnipeg!?” He laughed and said “I know right? Must of made a wrong turn in Saskatchewan” That was basically all, I wished him well and he ended up getting away as his lane was moving faster.”
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“DMX. He giggled at me being all excited to meet him. He jokingly held one of my knees because it was shaking.
Then he gave me a hug. His hands were so big that his pinky could reach my elbow but his thumb was just under my shoulder. He wasn’t very tall, so it was kinda crazy how big his hands were.
He was so nice.”
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“Drunk Ron Perlman gave me a hug and took a picture with me outside of an In N Out in LA. He shuffled past me, and I turned to him and said “Hey, are you Ron Perlman? I loved City of Lost Children!” and he replied “…what? Ron Perlman? Yeah, I’m Ron Perlman…Yeahhhh, I AM Ron Perlman!” and we exchanged the aforementioned hug. Nice guy!”
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“When Tracy Morgan did his AMA it was my birthday and I asked him to tell me his favorite joke. He ended up taking a picture for me, wishing me a happy birthday on Twitter, and telling me I was the coolest dude on Earth.”
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“I was having dinner with my family for my cousin’s 21 at a fancy hotel restaurant and John Travolta walked in. He stopped by our table and said “Happy whatever the occasion is.” We told him it was a 21st, and he waved goodbye to us and walked over to his table.”
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“Mark Hamill. This was at Celebration (a Star Wars convention) and my boyfriend paid for his autograph, but he called me “sssssmokin”. I got hit on by Luke Skywalker. Sniffles I’ll never forget you.
Seriously, though, he is just lovely.”
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“I met Kristen Wiig as she was coming out of a coffee shop. Struck up a conversation with her, we talked and laughed for a couple of minutes, and then I gave her a hug. Nice lady. Really pretty too.”
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“In 2002 I won a radio contest to see John Mayer play in NYC. Since Im an artist, I made a painting of him in the hopes I might get him to sign it. After the small show, people line up to take pics with him. When I get up to him, he is genuinely nice and immediately starts signing it when his manager comes over and says “No autographs, just pictures!” And John goes, “Dude. She fuckin painted shit” and he finished signing it.”
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“I’ve had several conversations with Terry Pratchett. He was amazingly accommodating with his fans. We all miss him.”
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“Margot Robbie. I work at a restaurant in NYC, first time I served here I treated her like a normal person, didn’t acknowledge that she was famous or anything like that although she is probably my number one crush of all time. I was really nervous to even talk to her to be quiet honest. Her and her boyfriend were EXTREMELY personable we talked about the rangers for a bit and kind of chit chatted. She paid the bill, left a very generous tip and told me I created an outstanding dining experience and asked if they could talk to my manager. One of the biggest compliment boosts of my life. They come back and I wait on them often, I would nearly consider us friends now as we are on a first name basis.”
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“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 with 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.”
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‘I met Katherine Heigl in the airport in SLC, Utah. I was traveling for work, and the rest of the dudes I was with were arguing about whether it was really her.
So I walked up and asked her.
Up close you could definitely tell it was her. She’s just as gorgeous in real life. She was nice and friendly, not bitchy or dismissive like people usually end up saying about meeting famous people.
Me: “Excuse me, I’m really sorry to bother you, but I have a quick question.”
Me: “Are you who we all think you are?”
Her: “Who do you think I am?”
Me: “Katherine Heigl.”
Her: “Yes I am.”
Me: “Awesome, sorry to bother you, have a nice flight.”
That was it. I left her alone after. I figure most people probably have bad experiences with celebrities because they do the whole “OMG I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN SIGN MY EVERYTHING!!”‘
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“I met George Clooney/Ryan gosling “on set” when they were filming ides of March at my college. I wasn’t really paying attention and somehow blended in with people while I was on my phone and ended up in the lunch area for them since it was a building I usually cut through. How no one stopped me before I ended up there was beyond me, but I saw this food there and being the poor college kid I was, decided I’d try to sneak some food from whatever this event was. (Usually events going on in that area don’t care if you take food since they are trying to attract people.) so I’m walking out past the tables and it was like bam.
Clooney there at the table casually chatting and I’m like “holy shit, George clooney!”
And he was like “holy shit, that’s me!” shook my hand. Chatted for a bit, then he waves over security to escort me out lol. Made sure they just escorted me out , Totally classy the whole time. I think the backpack gave it away that I was not supposed to be there, just glad I wasn’t charged with anything.”
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“I met Jonathan banks (mike in breaking bad) last year while they were filming better call Saul here in Albuquerque off set. He’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. We talked a bit because I’m a Albuquerque native and a lawyer here as well and got a selfie. As a huge breaking bad fan it was an awesome experience.”
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‘Junior Seau. From an earlier post: I volunteered to help with his foundation’s event where the recognize a local sports hero. That year it was Jimmie Johnson. They auctioned off goods to raise money for the charity with Junior as the auctioneer. … At the end, us lowly volunteers were in the kitchen, getting a sandwich meal they had packed for us after cleaning, and in walked Junior with a double armful of live orchids. They had been the centerpieces on the tables at the auction. I thought everyone had left but us. He goes to every lady in the room and gives her one and thanks her for volunteering. He shakes all the guys hands and smiles and talks for second, calling everyone “Buddy”. I was actually the last guy he stopped at, being the closest to the door, and he shook my hand and thanked me. If you never met him, he was a stunningly immense human being, like a mountain of muscle. He saw my wedding ring and gave me the last orchid and said: “This is for your wife. Tell her it’s from Junior Seau and that her husband did a good thing today. She probably wonders what your doing out this late. Thanks, Buddy.”‘
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“Tony hawk. I met him at a modest mouse concert in Hollywood. I told him thanks for introducing me to awesome music through his video games and he laughed. Nicest dude ever and such an awesome ambassador for skateboarding”
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“I met Christopher Eccleston in morrisons around the time of the doctor who revival, he told me that the tardis was parked in the car park but I couldn’t tell anyone cause he was on a secret mission. He gave me a £2 coin too. He was very nice. I was like 8 years old by the way.”
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“I met Steve-O at one of his comedy shows, he was so sweet and offered to stay as long as needed after the show to take pictures with every person. He then posted all those pictures on his website!”
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“Megan Fox is so sweet. She posed photos with us and we sat down with her in her booth talking about her makeup and hair mostly.”
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“I met James Hetfield while working at a hotel in the 90s. I was a waiter at a big Italian wedding and he stopped by and said ” what is goin’ on?”. I said “wedding”. Dude was super nice!”
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“Kings of Leon back in 2005. They got me drunk for my 22nd birthday after the show. Nice dudes.”
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“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. 😀 So yeah, he was very nice!”
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“Vanilla Ice. He was doing one of those ’90s Nostalgia’ college campus tours in the UK back in 2005/6 and being a genuine fan of his, I went along to the show in Glasgow. The show itself was great, he played a lot of his harder and heavier material that I’m a fan of but 99% of the crowd just wanted to hear Ice Ice Baby. When he eventually played it at the end, it was the updated, modernised version of it…the crowd didn’t seem that taken by it.
After the show he was signing stuff. Mostly just flyers or people’s bodies etc. I gave him my copy of his Hard To Swallow CD which caused him to double take. I told him I’m a big fan of his rap-metal material and he reacted with genuine happiness. He told the bouncer to let me and my girlfriend into his VIP spot and told us we could drink what we wanted while he finished signing stuff.
He joined us some time later and I spent the night partying away with him and hearing lots of stories, some funny, some pretty messed up about the record industry. Then we went to a nearby Casino where he proceeded to happily drop hundreds onto the roulette table.
An experience I’ll never forget, he was very humble and we genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. The guy knows the world views him as a parody, and he made peace with it. He released the rap-metal albums knowing they weren’t going to go far, but done it for himself and regrets nothing.”
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“Retta (the person who played Donna on Parks and Rec) came by my school last year for stand up. She was extremly nice and easy to work with. She took pictures with everyone and autographs, even though her knees were bad that day. Apperently she also gave the person in charge of the event her complimentary bottle of wine that the hotel gave her.”
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“Christina Hendricks. I had an awkward job at a radio station back in the day and she was in doing the usual interview and promote X product/brand. We had a little talk, made each other laugh. She was very funny and talented and was really easy going. The show I worked on was famous for being quirky and some celebrity guests were asshats, but Christina rolled with it and everyone had a great day.”
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“Tim Tebow. Incredibly humble and genuinely enjoyed being around and helping out. All behind closed doors with no press. Huge smile on his face and he did most of the heavy lifting for the charity event.”
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“I met Tanner Foust once at a racing event. He was incredibly nice and talked with us a bit about Top Gear and the details behind a jump he did at the Indy 500. He seemed really excited about what he does and even signed my hat! Was overall a pretty great encounter.”
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“BJ Novak walked by my friend and I in the middle of the night on an otherwise empty street. She said ‘what’s up BJ Novak?’ Like they knew each other. He waved back.
The next day he came into our restaurant and we named a burger after him. It was a good day.
Really nice guy.”
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“Michael Douglas. He’s a huge UCSB basketball fan and my school played his on our home court. He was in the stands and word got around. Once the game was over people started approaching him to sign their ticket stubs. He was as patient and cool as could be. He must have signed at least 100 autographs (myself included) and was really nice. I thought it was very nice of him to do that and I’ve always had a positive impression of him.”
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“David Lynch. Was his driver on set for a couple of weeks a long time ago and he was the nicest guy ever. Not very chatty but super nice.”
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“Brian Johnson. Random empty dive bar in the East Village one afternoon. I sat down and realized who the other dude at the bar was. We traded rounds as we chatted and watched soccer for a couple hours. The guy is extremely nice and down to earth.”
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“Steve Martin – This was 12ish years ago. I used to work at the Ride for Atlantis at Caesars Palace Forum Shops. I was doing the ride portion and you are required to give a speech and get people ready to ride the 3D motion ride. Well my girlfriend (now wife) was in the section before me and called me on the phone we had and whispered “oh my god, I just gave Steve Martin the pre-show speech!” and she hung up. The doors open and people started filing in and lo and behold there was Steve Martin with his entourage. He smiled at me, said hi and shook my hand and sat in the back. I went up, gave my speech and during my speech people would usually talk while they buckled in and he was hushing people around him and held his attention to me for the entire thing. At the end of the ride, i took his 3D goggles i issued to everyone and he said thanks again to me again and gave me a handshake. They all left and all I could think about was how damn polite he was. The thank you’s and hand shakes felt genuine. You can tell when people are just saying thank you to say thank you or what not and it felt like he actually gave a damn. My wife and I still bring it up to this day.
Steve Martin, if you are out there. You rock man. Seriously.”
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“Sarah Silverman is probably the nicest most appreciative celebrity I’ve ever served and I’ve served a lot of a random and very famous celebrities.”
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“Was at the Star Wars Celebration in London in 2007. Went to get into a lift with my girlfriend but a ton of people were getting out and some were still in. I saw a hand come out of the lift, take my girlfriends arm and pull her in, I followed and stood next to the guy who had pulled her in.
I said nothing, I was COMPLETELY star struck! My girlfriend had no clue who he was. I thought it was nice that he would actively get people into his lift. Wish I’d been able to speak to him.
Fun fact, I’d only been dating my girlfriend for a couple of months at the time, and she took me to the celebration as a surprise because she knew I was a big fan, she’d never seen Star Wars at that point. She is now my wife!”
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“Stephen Colbert. I asked him if he could take a picture, and he took my camera and snapped a photo of a tree. I got my photo with him only after he offered to take a picture of just me. Incredibly funny guy!”
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“Warning: David Bowie Story.
Years ago I was working backstage at a theatre in NYC. We were hosting a ballet company that was doing their annual holiday time money grab. This particular year it was a production of the Nutcracker aimed at children. Word travelled quickly that David Bowie was in the audience with his wife and kids. The organizer of the ballet passed them a message through the ushers that asked them to stay after to meet the dancers and take pictures.
When the time came to collect David Bowie from the audience and usher him backstage, I was somehow nominated and as a huge Bowie fan, I was star-struck and panicked. I quickly devised a plan wherein I would greet Freaking David Freaking Bowie and walk him quickly to the backstage entrance, say “right through here, sir”, and duck into a nearby restroom. Getting to the stage from that particular door was a bit of a labyrinth (ha) but the thought of trying to keep it together while walking them the all the way to the stage was just too much.
All goes according to plan until I go to enter the restroom. David Bowie pivots and says “Oh, is that the restroom?” Whatever happened next was a total blur, but the next thing I know I am alone in a small restroom (two urinals and a stall) with David Bowie. Me and Bowie. Pissing in tandem.
You know how sometimes your brain throws out the most bizarre thoughts in the the most awkward situations in order to make you laugh? All I could think of was “I wonder if he’s spinning his testicles like those metal balls in Labyrinth…”
I remained frozen, eyes forward, unflinching, dick in hand as David Bowie flushed, washed his hands and exited. That was my uncomfortable brush with greatness. RIP, Bowie. We love you.”
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“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.”
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“I liked meeting Ted Dibiase. I’m in a wheelchair and when I met him I said I loved his wrestling and my brother and I would wrestle all the time… but that’s not why I was in a wheelchair. I was super excited to meet him, he laughed at my joke, talked a bit more, then we took a pic together. He put the belt on my shoulder and the thing weighed so much. Really cool guy.”
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“I peed next to JK Simmons, at Laguardia. He wasn’t an Oscar winner yet, but still very well-known. I didn’t want to bother him while his wang was out, but at the sink I told him how much I love Spider-man. He smiled and said, “Hey! Me too!””
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“Nelson Mandela. He had a Christmas party every year at his house for the poor children in the area where he grew up, my dad worked for coca cola and they sponsored free stuff for the kids etc. so my family would always get invited… He was very nice and always gave me ice cream, I called him uncle Nelson.
His daughter apparently shagged the fridge mechanic one year too.”
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“My dad met James Woods. He was on the phone, and my dad walked up to him to ask for an autograph, but was going to patiently wait until he was done. James Woods saw what was going on, put his phone call on hold to sign something for my dad. When my dad whispered “thank you,” He put his phone down again to say “You are very welcome.””
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“Bill Murray and his son came into an inuit art gallery (Eskimo on Madison). The owner and I were the only ones there. Then a UPS delivery person came in and freaked out about seeing Bill Murray on her birthday. Murray had his son pick up her feet and he picked her up under her shoulders and they rocked her back and forth while Murray crooned “happy birthday… to yooooou.”
After that, I chatted with him a bit and he was super nice.”
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“Jude Law -was traveling on a train from Waterloo – London, I was sitting on the seats that face each other, he got on to my carriage, pushed his fancy laptop suitcase on the overhead space and sat opposite me. [Internal Fangasm] he looked up and gave one of those head nods (since i was staring). “im really sorry to disturb you, but you are Jude Law arn’t you?” he said yes and laughed how it must be rare seeing celebs get on a normal train. We small talked about weather – he signed the plastic label of my cola bottle (yeh…didnt have much on me) Thanked him millions before having to get off at my stop. Best experience.”
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“Malcolm McDowell was super awesome. I worked at a small FBO and he flew in. I was recently obsessed with A Clockwork Orange. So he came over to introduce himself and my dumb ass says “How’s the wine?!” He started laughing uncontrollably for a minute or two and said NO ONE ever quoted that to him. Spent about 30 minutes talking about that film and Kubrick. Such a great dude.”
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“I met Whoopie Goldberg at ComicCon a couple years ago. She was interviewing cosplayers for a hobby segment. She seemed genuinely interested when asking about what character people were dressed as and having them explain the setting they came from.
She liked my Slenderman costume and called me out of a crowd to come get interviewed. After it was done and she and her posse was walking away, she lagged behind them and I sorta stammered out, “Thank you, Ms. Goldberg!”. She stopped and turned around, and said, “Please, it’s just Whoopie.””
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“Sandra Bullock. I was working at a retail store in the Pittsburgh airport alone one morning. Slow day, no customers for about an hour, then she walked in. Sold her a portable charger for her phone and we chatted about Pittsburgh for about 5 minutes. Really nice lady.”
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“Alan Ritchson from the new TMNT movies and BMS. went to knoxvilles in Edmonton the first time he was there. tried to take a selfie with him and my camera was the wrong way and i didnt realize it. found him in the crowd after figuring it out and explained what happened. he took another picture with me and was super cool about it.”
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“Ran into Ernie Hudson randomly at starbucks. I mostly left him alone and let him enjoy his coffee but when a group of women realized that “you’re that guy!” He was super nice and took tons of photos and talked with them all for a while. When I left, I just shook his hand and told him I was a huge Airheads fan. That got a smile. All in all, a pretty cool dude.”
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“Ozzy. I was working as medic at Ozzfest and after he played, we got called to his bus. A stage assistant was sick from eating old chicken that had been sitting out all day. Ozzy asked where the nearest ER was and we directed him to a remote one away from concert traffic on their way way home. Everyone piled in a limo and drove to this little hospital ER eight miles away. Only one nurse recognized Ozzy and suggested they call the police for security.”
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“Years ago, when Richard Gere was dating Cindy Crawford, my wife was doing some shitty grunt work many aspiring models did at the time, handing out some flyers on the streets of Chicago. The wind whips up, blows all the the flyers out of her hands, as she’s struggling to pick them all up, this dude (Richard Gere) runs over to help her out. When they get them all off the ground, he hands a stack to her and says “Don’t worry, it gets better” then smiles this warm, charming-ass smile and goes on his way.”
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“Norman Reedus. Went to the premiere of the Boondock Saints II in Boston, and he was there with some of the other folks from the movie. The producers threw a party at a club afterward and invited everyone who attended. My friend smokes, so we’d be outside a good amount of the time…and Norman was usually out there smoking. Probably talked to him for about a half hour, and got some pictures with him. Super, super nice guy. Remember asking him what he was working on and he said something about either being scheduled to go down to Georgia or having just finished filming in Georgia for some zombie thing. Didn’t think much about it at the time, but it’s super amusing in retrospect.”
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“OJ Simpson in Vail, CO around 1992. I was around 17 at the time, walking in front of shops with my dad after skiing and saw a big black guy (kinda stood out at the time) and he saw us staring at him. He gave us a big smile and said, “Hey guys!”. My dad was like, “That was OJ Simpson! Holy shit!”.”
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“Mohammed Ali. I was in the airport lounge for American in New York waiting for the early flight to Chicago. He came in with all his entourage and sat in the seats across from me. I pretended to read my newspaper (this was the early 1990’s) but was watching him the entire time. When one of his “people” went to the coffee service I went up to him and asked if I could say hello to Mr. Ali. The guy said “Sure! He loves it when people come and talk to him.” I went over to Ali and introduced myself, we shook hands (he has GIGANTIC hands) and he invited me to sit down next to him. We sipped coffee and chatted for about 25 minutes until I had to leave for my flight. He can’t sign autographs because of his Parkinson’s, but he was the nicest, kindest man. I’ll never forget it.”
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“Harry Styles from one direction and David Beckham . I met Harry two times when he was alone and one time when he was in a pub with David in London . They were just sitting at a table at the back of the room and no one bothered them . I spoke to Harry and asked him a photo as they were about to leave and he said yes , he introducted himself to my mom and he was just very very nice and humble!”
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“I saw Chris Rock at the valet parking in front of the The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. I had a surprised expression on my face that he probably has seen a million times. He gave me a head nod and thumbs up. I finished my smoke and he got into his Maserati. I saw that he gave the valet a $100 tip. Seemed like a cool dude.”
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“Tony Curran at Dragoncon two years ago. He played Vincent Van Gogh in the Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor, which deals with mental health, unsurprisingly. It’s a well-written, emotional episode, and when he asked what I wanted to talk about I just started crying. I told him that was my favorite episode of Doctor Who and he asked if it was difficult, sometimes. He was the absolute sweetest person ever. He actually reached up and brushed tears off my face, and hugged me, and I can’t repeat enough how nice he is. (Sidenote- he was there again last year. He remembered me, not because of the crying, but because he liked my costume and I was wearing the same one.)”
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“Mickey Rourke! My sister approached him at a restaurant in NYC about his dog saying how cute it was and he took the time to talk about the dog, the breed, and offered a puppy of the same breed since the dog had just given birth. My sister explained my parents didn’t allow her to have a dog despite wanting one for so long so he came over to our table and made a case for my sister on why she should own a dog, then offered to personally buy her a dog.
It was a really nice gesture and it’s why my sister’s dog is named Mickey (although she tells everyone he’s named after Mickey Mouse because she’s embarrassed about the story)”
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“I was an extra on Game of Thrones and was next to Sophie Turner (Sansa) for a good few hours. She was really normal, chatty and mostly sang songs the whole time in between takes. The highlight was her jabbing me with an old school bottle opener when I asked if it was sharp”
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“Ben Schwartz, met him as he was leaving set of House Of Lies. Big fan of his early work with Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. Real humble and a real good listener, spoke with him for quite a while, he really kept the conversation going.”
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“Jonathan Frakes (Riker from Star Trek). I was at a burger place and I recognized him (hard not to, he’s tall and had a beard), he noticed and came up to me and shook my hand and chatted for a bit. He was so nice and gracious.
Also he had a beer for lunch. Just like Riker would.”
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“Jay-Z. Sat next to him at a Yankee’s game. He bought me beers, hot dogs and lost money to me on a bet. It was amazing.”
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“I was working with the camera crew ringside at Wrestlemania back in 2011. At the end of the event I was helping with directing traffic out of the arena at the handicapped exit. While there, Gabriel Iglesias and his family asked if they could exit through there because they were nearly robbed on their way in. The lady that was in charge asked who he was and he said he’s a comedian, to which she (in my opinion kinda rudely) replied “i don’t know who you are.” I let her know that I recognised him and she told me I could escort his group out of the arena. As we’re walking out I let him know that I’m a fan and how exciting it is to meet him, he shook my hand and let me take a picture with him. Once they were out of the arena and about to get in their taxi he asked if there was anything he could do for me. I asked if he would be willing to part ways with the ringside chair that was exclusive for the event and without a moment of hesitation he handed it to me and thanked me for escorting him and his family out and to their taxi. My one regret is that i didn’t get him to sign it, but I can say that I got a Wrestlemania chair from Fluffy and that makes me happy.”
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“My husband met Sylvester Stallone while they were shooting one of the Rocky movies. He lived in Philly close to where the movie was shot. He said he was super nice, let him and a few friends walk around the set. He also met Mark Wahlberg when they were making Shooter. Also filled very close to where he lived. (You can actually see his house in one shot when Mark is running down a street in the movie.) My husband said he drove up and down the streets in the neighborhood waving and talking to everyone.”
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“I was bouncing at a crappy bar in boston around the corner from a venue with a beach boys concert. After the concert, lots of fans come in, i am not really paying attention and one of them has no ID. I tell him he can’t come in, not looking at the the shorter guy he is with who says “he is with me, I got my ID” and gives me his California license. It says John Stamos. I look up and sure enough it’s John muthafucking Stamos with a little smirk, short unshaven still really good looking with a hat on. I let them in and they drink at the back of the bar totally incognito. On the way out he thanks me for letting his friend in. I find out later he was playing with the beach boys and the guy with no ID was in the band. He was a nice, unassuming guy which makes me hate him even more for baggin Rebecca Romjain. Damn you Stamos!”
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“Alec Baldwin attempted to rescue me and my friends about 15 years ago.
I grew up near Wilmington, NC, and my friends and I were out fishing in a small boat. Our lines get tangled up in the motor, we can’t steer the boat, and it ends up washed up on the beach on an island. Waves are constantly crashing over it, filling it with water way faster than we can bail. We send one friend to the intracoastal waterway side of the island to get help. He comes back with some random guy, and Alec Baldwin.
Alec stayed there and helped us for a good 15 minutes, when he easily could have just left these 4 dumb kids who weren’t in any real danger. Super nice guy. Eventually even with their help we couldn’t free the boat, so they took my friend onto their boat (with Kim Basinger and her friend) to their house, where my friend called for help. Eventually some Coast Guard guys came with a bilge pump to free us. Thanks Alec!”
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“I actually met Yao Ming years ago and he was probably one of the nicest guys ever. I figured he’d just say a few things and leave but he stuck around and chatted with me for at least 10 minutes.
I was really sad the day he retired.”
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“Paris Hilton. Met her at the premier of “The L Word”. She could not have been nicer. Introduced herself, asked about what my friends and I all did, seemed genuinely interested, chatted for a bit. She had water in between her drinks so as not to get drunk. The only part about her that sucked were all the leeches that came with her trying to glom on to her fame. When she wasn’t being constantly interrupted by people demanding photos and autographs, I found her very down to earth and clever. The whole shit she does to be famous seems to just be an act. I never thought of her as an idiot again.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Matthew McConaughey. Met him at an airport. I was an employee and he had some TSA questions. Genuinely nice, we had a great chat for about 15min. After he was set, we shook hands, he had his kids all thank me individually and shake my hand as well. His wife was reserved but nice as well.
When he then hopped in the TSA line, everyone FREAKED out in line and was taking pictures, swooning, etc. He looked me dead in the eye from across the terminal and gave me a light wave again and turned out around chuckling a bit.
Very good social interaction, would participate again”
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“Met Steven Tyler about 4-5 summers ago while I was in Italy.
Walked by this linen clothing store that was blasting music at around 10pm, and he was the only one inside, dancing and talking to the employees. He came outside to sign an autograph for two girls and as he turned to go back in we made eye contact. All I could think to say was ” Y-y-you’re Steven Tyler!” and he just replies “Fuck yea I am!” I asked him for a picture and he said “hell yea” and pulled my friends and I close and snapped one.
He was definitely a little drunk, but man he couldn’t have been a more fun, nice guy”
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John Cena was really cool when I met him at a mall thing for my brother years ago. Stayed for 8 hours to meet all the people lined up to see him. This was during his first big fame blow up so I’m sure he was busy. He also does a lot of Make a wish stuff. Blends into his surroundings easily though.”
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“Through a strange series of events, my dad became friends with Mike Tyson for a few months. This was fairly recent.
He came to our house a few times and we got to go to his house once. I would describe him as humble, funny, and genuinely nice. He never wanted to talk about his own boxing career.
One time he just popped in because he was nearby and didn’t want to sit in traffic. Another time my dad asked if he would circle around and wave to our neighbor across the street who was outside. Instead he walked over and talked to the guy for a couple minutes.
He seems to have either been really busy lately or just moved on because he doesn’t call or come over anymore.”
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“When I met Nick Offerman he was nothing but pleasant, funny and polite. Had a little chat about Toronto (where I live and where I met him). He mentioned his wife and he loved Toronto.
At the time I’d never seen Parks and Rec either. I’ll always respect him for his persona, and genuine-ness.”
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“George Takai is a genuinely nice guy. My wife and I were at Planet Comicon in Kansas city last year when he was there, and his line was empty. We were getting his signature for my brother-in-law who is a big Trekkie.
We were expecting the standard shuffle through and signature experience, but he stood up, shook both our hands, and then just talked with us for what seemed like 10-15 minutes, but was probably only about 2.
We talked about his musical and when it was coming to the Midwest, and about his daughter’s first job in Iowa, but how she missed the California weather.
He was the highlight of the convention for us.”
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“Jay Leno. And please, hear me out.
When I was 17 (this was in 2010), I got to go backstage at the Tonight Show because I was a huge fan of the show. After the show, he came into the green room and talked to me and my family for a solid ten minutes.
After we had left the studio, we saw him in his car leaving the studio and signing autographs for fans.
The real kicker: the next year, I graduated high school. Out of nowhere, the dude sent me a fucking letter congratulating me on that.
He couldn’t have been nicer to me.”
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“Barack Obama. Back when he was a huge underdog in the 2008 election, he came to my city for a town hall meeting. Showed genuine interest in people’s concerns and shook hands with everyone he could. Class act.”
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“Sarah Jessica Parker. Ran into her in a deli in NYC… Me and my work partner were in uniform on break sitting down having breakfast. We are city workers. She started a conversation with us. Even signed stuff for us. I’ve met quite a few celebs in nyc.. She was by far the nicest”
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“Taylor Swift! I wasn’t even a fan until I met her. I went to a concert with my friend, who is a superfan, and we got picked for the T-Party, which is like a backstage party after the show. She came around to everyone there and spent a few minutes talking with each person. You can tell she genuinely cares about her fans.”
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“Bryan Cranston. I met him once in an audio recording immediately after Breaking Bad He came in, told a short funny story which broke the tension. Then he shook everyone’s hand while greeting them. After the session he signed a hazmat helmet that a producer wanted to give as a wedding gift (bride groom were huge fans). He was also phenomenal in the booth nailing the script and making it his own. A+ all around.”
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“I worked at a hotel for years, and met a few celebrities. The absolute nicest one I met was Luke Wilson. I met him by accident as I was running to catch my ride after my shift, around 3 am. He was coming down the hallway at the same time as me, but neither of us were paying attention. I ran smack into the middle of his chest and fell on my butt. He was incredibly drunk but super friendly and apologetic as he helped me up, I had no idea who he was. I closed with “you look a bit like Luke Wilson” as I carried on my way. He laughed. I found out from my ride that Luke Wilson was actually staying there and then I felt like an ass.”
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“John Waters. The dude is over 70 years old, and he’s still touring doing spoken word stuff. He gave one of the most entertaining and hilarious speeches of all time, and then as the show was ending just said “I’m going to be up here signing books afterwards so stick around.”
You could tell he was exhausted after, as it was pretty late. Sure enough, hundreds of people lined up to get their books signed, and an attendant was there to grab your phone and take your picture with him. He was such a good sport and made small talk with nearly every person.
I had bought pre-signed books before the show because I didn’t know he’d be doing this after, and he offered to personalize them for me anyway. I recommend watching his spoken word special on Netflix if you haven’t seen it already. He’s an amazing man.”
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“John Krasinski. I’ve worked in the industry as a reporter/writer for 7 years and I have never heard a single bad thing about him. Other reporters, actors, valets, friends, writers, crew, makeup artists, photographers…they only have wonderful things to say about him. I’ve met him myself 5 or so times both for work and outside of work and he’s an incredibly genuine and friendly dude.”
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“John Oliver. I worked at my University putting on events for students, we had him come to campus and perform standup. My co-worker and I picked him up from the airport and chatted all the way back to campus. Super genuine and chill guy. He also believed in paying it forward and stayed around after his show answering questions for students who wanted to get into comedy. This was 10-11 years ago so hoping he hasn’t changed since blowing up.”
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“Adam Sandler. I see that he seems to get a lot of flack on the internet from people, but I worked with the guy on a project for at least a month or so (spending hours on end in the same room) and he is actually a really nice person. He looks out for his friends, his employees, works late if it is needed/helpful, and is quite supportive of people around him who are new/trying to grow in their field. He gives words of encouragement for growth, but is honest where improvement is needed.
On top of that he is consistently in practice of the ol’ cordial ‘just-passing-by’ greeting. You know – when you are passing someone else in a hall or on a sidewalk (acquainted or not) and they smile and say “Good Morning!” or even just a smirk and a “Hi”? Not enough people do this anymore. That alone gives someone major points in my book!”
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