So I should probably start off by saying that I've met my fair share of celebrities over the years, and I'm also very obsessed with celebrities. I don't know what it is, but every time I see someone famous, I tend to freak out. No matter how many times I tell myself that they're just ordinary people, I still end up at a loss for words and losing my cool every time. I have slowly learned to calm down over the years, but I still freak out on the inside just a little.
It was back in 2011 when my mom asked my sister and I if we wanted to go see this off-Broadway play called, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" in New York. At the time, I didn't really have a clue what it was, I just said, "OK, sure, why not?" My whole family absolutely loves Broadway shows, so any chance I got to see a play, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. When we arrived at the theater, I took a look at my playbill to see who the actors were and what the play was all about. I get to the page that has all of the actors on it, and all of a sudden I see Alexis Bledel and Nikki Blonsky's name next to their headshots. I immediately gasped in excitement, and my mom and my sister looked at me like I was crazy.
I knew Bledel starred on "Gilmore Girls," which, at the time, I hadn't really watched much of. On the other hand, Blonsky had starred in the Broadway movie version of "Hairspray," and me being a total theater nerd, I had seen "Hairspray" on Broadway, and I knew every single line of every single song of both the Broadway and the movie version. So, to say the least, I was very excited to be at the play to see them perform. I told my mom and my sister that we absolutely have to meet and get a picture with them after the show.
The lights in the theater then started to dim, and the first actor walked out on stage. Since I didn't know much about the premise of the show, I didn't really know what to expect. After watching the first few minutes, I immediately loved it. It was essentially like watching the vagina monologues, but with a different storyline and more comedy. It was absolutely fantastic. About two hours had passed, and the show finally came to an end. I grabbed my sister and we rushed outside to make sure we wouldn't miss anyone coming out of their dressing rooms. About 25 minutes had passed and we were all still waiting there. If you've ever waited by the stage door after a broadway play, it takes (what seems like) 100 years for everyone to come out. It was also the middle of winter in New York, meaning it was about 20 degrees outside at the time, so we were practically frozen at this point. We were about to head home when, thankfully, everyone came out their dressing rooms.
Now, we weren't the only one's eager to meet Bledel and Blonsky, and it took awhile for us to even reach them. When I got up to the front, Bledel was standing right in front of me and I immediately panicked. When I actually spoke to her, I also forgot everything I knew about her. I walked up to her and said, "Hi! You did really amazing in the play. I also really loved you in '7th Heaven.' She then looked at me oddly and said, "Oh, yeah? What was your favorite episode?" I then proceeded to say "Oh, I don't really know, they were all so great!" After I had taken my picture with her, I walked away realizing what I had just said to her. She never starred in "7th Heaven," she was on "Gilmore Girls." I could tell from her face that she felt kind of insulted, but at least my sufficiently awkward encounter with her was over.
I then moved on to get my playbill signed and to take a picture with Blonsky. For some reason, I have this habit of whenever I meet a celebrity somewhere because they are in a certain production, I forget what I'm actually there to see them for. I end up the telling them that I loved them in every other show or movie they've ever been in except for what I actually came there to see them star in. So, naturally, I casually fangirled when I actually got to speak with Blonsky, and I said, "Oh my god, I absolutely LOVED you in 'Hairspray,' you were fantastic!" She smiled and thanked me kindly, and then my sister and I crowded around her to take a photo. She was also probably one of the nicest celebrities I've met.
So, it was a pretty successful night all around. I got to see a hilarious off-Broadway production, and I also got to meet and take pictures with two of my favorite actors. I will never never forget the day that I met both of them.