18 People Who Accidentally Met Their Favorite Celebrities and Shared That Joy With the World
Celebrities face mass amounts of attention from their surroundings every day and it’s easy to assume that they get tired of it. Either way, some of them find time to say some warm words to their fans or even help them. In this article, you’ll read about Keanu Reeves who played along with a teenager he met accidentally; and Cara Delevingne who calmed down a crying man in the airport. You’ll even learn about a time James Franco taught a new driver how to fuel up her car.
When I was young, I saw Keanu Reeves in NYC. I yelled out, “Yo, Neo!” And then I 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 noisy kid off, but instead, he was a good sport and humored me. I’ll never forget it."
- “Paul and Linda McCartney once came into a restaurant I was a 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 toward 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.”
- “I was once giving Paul McCartney a lift. That day my mom had a birthday, I gave him my phone and he sang ’Happy Birthday’ for her.”
“Tom Hanks was standing in line at a cash register with a full cart, while I was standing right behind him with one bottle of water. Having seen him, I blurted out, ’Forrest Gump is my favorite movie!’ He looked back and answered, ’Mine too. I am glad that you like it.’ Then we chatted a bit about movies and when it was his turn to scan his products, he said ’Let me pay for your water.’ Then we went out and he said with the very voice of Forrest Gump, ’It was nice to talk to you! You are a nice girl and keep in mind that life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“I was in a supermarket and there was something that I needed on the top shelf near the back. At the time I was only 5 ft. 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 realized it was Bruce Willis. He complimented my shelf climbing by saying that I had some pretty cool Spider-Man skills.”
“Jim Carey gave me a ride to the gas station after my car ran out of gas. I told him I was a huge fan of Ace Ventura and I could mimic his laugh from the movie. Then we had our heads out the window cackling away. He bought my gas and drove me back to my car. One of the greatest moments.”
- “I was jogging around the back of the San Francisco Marina and I saw Robin Williams sitting inside of his van just chillin’. I said, ’How are you doing, Mr. Williams?’ He said, ’I’m doing great, are 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.”
- “When I was a kid, I saw Robin Williams in an elevator. I knew that he was Mrs. Doubtfire and said aloud to my mom, ’This is Robin Williams!’ My mom got embarrassed and whispered, ’Don’t stare at him. He lives here.’ And I asked, ’Where? In the elevator?’ He laughed and so did I, he showed me his tongue and left.”
“I served her once in a restaurant. 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.’ I only found out who she was when I went to run her credit card. Her kids all thanked me after the meal and she gave me a hug on the way out and an amazing tip for subpar service.”
“I met Ed Sheeran in high school. It was before he became famous. I approached him to chat after he finished his concert for a small audience. He is the nicest and kindest person I’ve ever met. We had been talking for about half an hour and then he recorded a message for my answering machine. So if you call me and I don’t pick up, Ed Sheeran will greet you.”
“Several years ago I was going home for my birthday. At that time, my girlfriend was living in New Zealand and came to my hometown especially to congratulate me. She could stay for one day only but my flight was delayed. I sat and started to cry. I was trying to hold back but I couldn’t. Then a beautiful girl sat next to me, gave me a handkerchief, asked if I was OK and listened to my story for about an hour. One year later, I saw her photo and realized that this nice and kind girl in the airport was Cara Delevingne.”
“James Franco taught me how to fuel my car up. I got my driver’s license one week before the meeting. I came to the gas station and didn’t know how to top my car off. Suddenly I heard a strangely familiar voice asking if I needed any help. I turned around and there he was.”
“We passed him walking down a street in LA. My daughter said, ’I swear that’s Jack Black!’ We doubted her so she yelled (he’s about 10 yards away) ’Hey, are you Jack Black?’ He stops, turns around and says ’I am.’ Then he walked back up to our group, took a picture with my kids, chatted with my husband and signed autographs. I was with a group of 6 teens and he engaged each of them in a conversation. So very cool!”
“Once Hayden Christensen came up to my bar (he was Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars). 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.”
“I was hurrying to my studies and, having come out just around the corner, literally bumped into Natalie Portman. I dropped all my things right in the middle of the street and shouted, ’Damn! Sorry!’ But she only smiled at me and wished me a good day.”
“My sister approached Mickey Rourke 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. Now my sister has a dog named Mickey.”
Joe Lynn Turner
“Joe Lynn Turner (the singer from Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) was giving a concert on a ship in Saint Petersburg in 2011. My friend and I had our rock band and that’s why his father, the sound engineer, asked us to help him set up hardware for the concert. When Joe arrived, he came up to introduce himself, thanked us for our work and invited us to the upper deck where he was going to sing away. Just imagine: there’s pleasant weather, you are swimming along the Neva River surrounded by glorious architectural ensembles and there is a rock star sitting in front of you (the rock star whose songs you grew up with), singing his best songs. We had been listening to Turner for half an hour as if it wasn’t Turner at all but instead, a close friend.”
“I was watching a play in a small theater in Chicago and David Schwimmer was sitting right behind me. I couldn’t immerse myself in the actions happening on stage because I was totally focused on how Ross from Friends was laughing.”
Bonus: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson photobombs his fan
Have you ever met any celebrities in real life? We would be glad to read your stories in the comments!
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