Ultimately, a helpful guide in knowing who to ask for an autograph from! If you weren’t a fan of some of these stars and starlets before, we’re sure you will be now. Join us for a walk on the red carpet as we recount some of the best in-real-life celebrity fan encounters!
Celebrities can make for wonderful wingmen as proved by Michael Cera helping a fan impress some female friends. While you would think a celebrity wants nothing more than to be left alone over a quiet drink, the more-than-accommodating Michael Cera graciously fulfilled a fan’s request to play along as if the two were old friends.
We can imagine Michael Cera getting his autograph pen out as the fan approached, but instead of an autograph, the fan asked the “Juno” actor to begin laughing uproariously. Michael played along, and, well, we hope the fan got a date!
Former National Basketball Association champion Charles Barkley proved that his humor and generosity stretch as far as his legs do to this fan. The confident fan put his starstruck urges aside and made friendly eye contact with the basketball legend while ordering a drink at the bar. Barkley jokingly (or...maybe seriously?) asked the fan if he wanted to order a drink for him.
The fan immediately remarked on his dire financial circumstances compared to Barkley’s somewhat healthy financial situation. The good-natured Barkley laughed, and the two landed up sharing a drink...on Barkley’s tab, of course!
Who would have ever thought that Aaron Paul, most well-known as a bad boy, Jessie Pinkman, from "Breaking Bad" would be a diehard romantic at heart? A recently engaged couple was sharing their wedding ideas with friends while at a vineyard. Unbeknownst to them, they had an eavesdropper in the form of Aaron Paul.
In a turn of events, it was the actor approaching the fan rather than the other way round! Paul was so enthusiastic about their plans that he even shared pictures of the engagement ring he got for his wife.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Everyone’s favorite rock and rollers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have a reputation of being incredibly approachable and warm to the general public. A fan who was working as a valet at the time got to experience this legendary friendliness when he helped them out of their convoy at a hotel.
The band’s bassist, Flea, is known for his disdain for clothing and emerged still putting his pants on! He made up for the awkward moment by taking five minutes to make small talk with the fan. We do wonder which part about Flea he best remembered...
Never one to disappoint fans, Adam Sandler ensured that a grueling work day did not stand in the way of sharing some meet-and-greet love. The goofball actor best known for his comedic roles in slapstick classics such as "The Waterboy” was shooting a film in this fan’s hometown.
A throng of admirers gathered around, hoping to catch the actor’s attention, but the production staff announced that Sandler was exhausted and needed to relax. He must have had the power nap of all power naps as he was out a few minutes later, paying heartfelt attention to every fan.
A fanatic “Saturday Night Live” fan and their friend found themselves standing before their icon, Bill Hader, while waiting in line to score tickets to be part of the "Saturday Night Live" audience. The duo had been waiting in line for hours when Hader appeared out of nowhere to strike up some chatter with the excited line of fans.
When Hader approached the fan, they could not help but become total fangirls and gush with admiration. Hader wished them luck on getting tickets which, luckily, they did. An excited Hader spotted them in the building and was thrilled to see them make it.
Every nineties ninja wannabe had one idol: Mr. Miyagi. While we cannot confirm this fan’s martial art aspirations, we can be assured that Pat Morita cemented himself as one of their heroes. The fan’s mother was working in the advertising industry at the time and coordinated a lot of the scheduling for the actors.
At the height of his “The Karate Kid” fame, Morita called to speak to the fan’s mother, who was not home at the time. Instead of hanging up, Morita engaged the young fan in a full conversation.
We are yet to hear a negative account of “Game of Thrones” superstar Peter Dinklage. The notoriously cordial and congenial actor is yet to let a fan down. This fan recounts their encounter with the humble Dinklage, who, by the fan’s impression, was seemingly overcome with confusion at the fuss all his fans were making over him.
The actor, forever a professional, shook it off and called this fan over. Instead of just taking a simple photograph, Dinklage encouraged the fan to join him in a series of ridiculous poses.
Dave Chappelle is known for his disdain of the glitz and glamor offered by Hollywood and has instead opted for the small-town life – out in Ohio of all places.
A Chappelle fan who was a college student at the time recounts his numerous encounters with the controversial comedian at their local coffee shop. In his most memorable meeting, Chappelle took almost an hour out of his time to sit and drink coffee with the fan while discussing some insider secrets of the screenwriting world.
Let’s be honest, Hugh Laurie’s “House M.D.” character, the fussy Dr. Gregory House, is the last doctor we would want to make a home call on us. As good fortune would have it, though, fans report nothing but impeccable bedside manners from the distinguished British actor.
The actor is celebrated for his well-disposed nature, and fans have highlighted that he engages with fans on a very personal level, even being able to remember their names. Yeah, so Hugh, feel free to make a house call on us any time you want!
Scuba mask. Check. Wetsuit. Check. Splashing around in the Atlantic in the hopes of Aquaman in the form of Jason Momoa coming to ask if we need CPR? Check. As if being one of the sexiest men alive is not enough, Jason Momoa has earned himself the reputation of being one of the most affectionate and warm-hearted celebrities working today.
The actor loves interacting with fans and is known for happily playing along with any gag or ludicrous photo request. He went viral for a series of fan photos that seemed to portray him stealing fans' girlfriends!
Tom Hanks has never played a villain in a movie before, and after reading what fans have said about meeting him, we can understand why! The famed American actor has often been spotted joining everyday folk in museums, at concerts, and now even at Disneyland. This fan spills the beans about the time Tom Hanks took the reins and guided a group of two dozen schoolchildren through Disneyland. The tour guide merely followed in his shadow.
Hanks’ expert knowledge of the theme park revealed just how often before he had taken up this activity!
Danny de Vito
What? Do you mean Matilda’s dad is actually a nice guy?! Every 90s kid can recall the mean-spirited and money-hungry character Danny de Vito played in the film version of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda.” Fortunately for his fans, that persona remained on set.
A lucky fan happened to be staying in the same hotel as the “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” cast, and his date managed to get Danny de Vito’s attention. Instead of a quick hi and autograph, the ever-so-accommodating de Vito pulled up a chair and spent the next two hours chatting with his admirers over drinks.
Legendary B movie actor Bruce Campbell, of cult classics such as “Evil Dead” and “Maniac Cop,” proved that a career in killing zombies had no effect on his charm. The fan’s star-struckness was somewhat delayed as the actor walked in for a meeting at the company she was working at.
When Bruce and his assistant walked in, she simply wrote down his name and called back to her colleague, "Bruce Campbell is here to see you,” before realizing it was THE Bruce Campbell! The actor chuckled at her surprise and made small talk before his meeting.
Fans seem to be perpetually surprised at Scarlett Johansson’s overwhelmingly friendly disposition. Are fans expecting an ice-cold shrew? We also have to wonder why people would think she’s not friendly!
A coffee-loving fan got to experience the full might of the sociable Scarlett while waiting for coffee at the crack of dawn in New York one morning. She did not mind the early morning interruption as the fan told her that one of their favorite movies is “Home Alone 3”, a film in which Johansson had a less than “starring” role in!
In a touching story, funnyman Gene Wilder showed a fan his patient and caring side. Wilder’s spouse at the time, Gilda Radner, was undergoing chemotherapy, and her highly publicized health struggles were taking a toll. A fan recalls when he delivered medicine to the house and a struggling Radner yelled at him for an issue with the delivery.
Maintaining professionalism, the driver left, but before he could exit, Wilder ran out of the house to apologize with a hefty tip and gratitude for delivering over a weekend.
Sir Ian McKellen has been thrilling fans both on and off screen for almost seven decades. In light of the longevity of his career, some headlines have hilariously posed the question, “Is Ian McKellen still alive?” The English actor certainly is very much alive, and his devoted fandom continues to be indulged by his highly agreeable and excitable attitude towards his fans.
A fan experienced a true movie-worthy coincidence when Ian McKellen walked in, sat next to him in an almost empty theater, and proceeded to engage him in a conversation about the movie throughout the movie!
Canadian actor Nathan Fillion, best known for his role as Captain Malcolm "Mal” Reynolds on the hit television series “Firefly,” went incognito to watch a movie at a local theater. A theater employee managed to foil Fillion’s disguise after remarking to the patron that he “kind of looks like” Nathan Fillion. Fillion, seemingly impressed with the eagle-eyed employee, slid his sunglasses off his nose and looked the theater employee in the eye, confirming his suspicions.
The actor has a sizeable appetite, apparently, as the fan commented that he bought SIX boxes of popcorn! Yikes.
Being one of the most recognizable faces of one of the most recognizable bands in the world has had no negative impact on Nick Jonas’ ego. The silky-voiced musician, one-third of the Jonas Brothers band, booked a table for his entire family — including grandparents — to celebrate his little brother’s moving to college.
While there were no great shakes from the day, the fan recalled how affable the young Jonas was to the staff. And, of course, left a fat tip.
Skateboarder and all-around bad boy Bam Margera, who comprised part of the infamous “Jackass” crew, helped boost a fan’s self-esteem to new heights in this exchange.
The fan, in school at the time, recalled that he was on the receiving end of playground criticism for his choice in footwear: skate shoes with checkered laces. Margera, a skater himself, was so impressed by the young fan’s creative spin on the footwear that he spent ten minutes learning how to recreate the technique.
The eternally endearing Steve Irwin has often featured in fan memories as being the pinnacle of celebrity encounters. A fan recounts the time when, during a family holiday, he had the fortune of coming face-to-face with the famed “crocodile hunter” after an afternoon dip.
The fan, eleven years old at the time, ran into the elevator, straight into the gap-toothed grin of Irwin. We are not sure what type of hotel this was because Irwin instructed the young fan to alert him if the child came across any crocodiles in the hotel pool.
Adam Savage busts any myths about celebrities being too arrogant and full of themselves. Savage, one half of the iconic “Mythbusters” duo, was headlining a science expo when a fawning fan had the opportunity to share a heartfelt confession to the television personality.
The fan admitted that Savage was his inspiration to study engineering thanks to “Mythbusters.” The sentimental Savage took this to heart, and the fan recalls him becoming particularly excited about having such an influence on the fan’s future.
Bill Murray did not drop his deadpan persona when a fan bumped into him at a museum in Dallas, Texas. The admirer struck up a conversation with the actor and, at the conclusion of it, asked Murray for directions to a particular exhibit. The fan seems to think that Murray deliberately gave him the wrong directions!
To Murray’s credit, though, the fan also remarked that Murray made a joke that went over the fan’s head. Perhaps getting lost was the price to pay for not finding Bill Murray funny!
Funny man Nick Offerman, most noted for his role as Ron Swanson in the long-running NBC sitcom "Parks and Rec," has another side to him that most fans do not know about: carpentry. That’s right, Offerman is a passionate woodworker and has even authored a book on the subject as well as having founded a woodworking shop.
A devoted fan took their shot at making an impression at knowing this, and the genuinely surprised Offerman hung around to share some professional pointers. If any critic calls his acting wooden, we’re sure he would take that as a compliment!
The bigger they are, the harder they fall...for their fans! Behemoth WWE superstar Brock Lesnar took no offense to this fan’s starstruck stare. Lesnar, who was catching a quick bite in a hospital cafeteria while his wife was in labor, could not help but notice the besotted glare of this fan and motioned for him to join him.
The fan recounted gushing to Lesnar about his son being a huge fan of the wrestler. We are definitely sensing some projection there, dad.
Hello Dolly! The quintessential country star Dolly Parton has sung and embraced her way into fans’ hearts for over five decades. The petite Parton has not lost any of her southern charm, according to fans. This particular fan confirmed the reputation of the singer having a highly affectionate nature as Parton wrapped her arms around the fan upon meeting.
The diminutive Dolly, measuring under five feet, commented how happy she was that the fan was of equal height! The fan did mention, though, that Parton was wearing heels, but we’ll overlook this, Dolly!
Clint Eastwood, the titan of Hollywood of notoriously steely “Dirty Harry” fame, is a true softie at heart, as this fan reveals to us. The fan was working on a movie set, and during a quiet moment, the set worker dropped his professional guard and approached Eastwood to introduce himself.
Eastwood was very happy to get into the conversation until he reached into his pocket and pulled out a peanut. A squirrel appeared out of nowhere and came to eat right out of Eastwood’s hand!
Neil Gaiman made sure a fan did not go home without an autograph. The devoted fan stood in line for hours, hoping to get Gaiman’s John Hancock on his favorite book. Unfortunately, Gaiman was using a black pen that would not display the signature on the dark-covered book.
Instead of shrugging, Gaiman had everyone in line wait as he rummaged around what the fan refers to as a “kid’s pencil case.” Eventually finding a silver pen, Gaiman went on to scribble his signature for the fan. Neil, do not forget to return the stationery to the children.
Carlos Santana is supernaturally nice to his fandom. A fan recalls the time when meeting Santana on a world tour for the release of an album, the musician added a little extra flavor to the experience by playing the guitar the fan brought for him to sign! Maybe Santana is just in the habit of boosting his fan’s egos.
Once Santana returned the freshly signed and fingered guitar, the fan decided it was time to turn the guitar into an ornamental piece. After having Santana’s fingers on it, the guitar was probably ready for retirement anyways!
Exalted American rock ‘n roller James Taylor makes sure to go the extra mile so his fans know he appreciates them, as evidenced by this Connecticut interaction. The waiter admits that he was not a fan of Taylor's. Instead, his dad, who was not present at the time, was the true fan. Taylor showed his appreciation and simply went on to enjoy his dinner.
However, after paying, he asked if he could quickly pop into the kitchen to see the waiter. He handed a note to the waiter for his dad, simply reading, “Dear dad, carry on, love, James Taylor.”
Gary Sinise has used his star power to be a voice of change in advocating for the rights of American military veterans. The “Forrest Gump” star played double-amputee Lieutenant Dan in the classic Hollywood film. Sinise produced a documentary about a small-town family whose sons had gone to Iraq to fight and came to the town for the debut screening.
A fan tells us that Sinise’s heart and soul are devoted to the betterment of veterans’ lives, and he interacts with fans as equals.
Johnny Depp may have courted controversy in his highly publicized defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard in the recent past. Still, his generous and jovial persona is famous off-screen. The beloved actor is known to spontaneously arrive in full Captain Jack Sparrow garb to brighten the days of hospital patients.
He took it a step further and decided to surprise everyone at the actual “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disneyland. He remained in character, striking up conversations with all and sundry around him while patiently waiting his turn to go on the ride.
Taylor Swift does not lose any points on the fan-loving leaderboard. The “You Need to Calm Down” singer took the opportunity to do a meet and greet with fans after a concert. This fan details just how effortlessly Swift connected with her, up to the point that the fan remarked Swift seemed like an old friend catching up!
Even more mind-blowing was that Swift recognized the person next to the fan as a fan page creator. Yes, it’s official; Taylor Swift follows and keeps tabs on her fan pages!
Sammy Hagar, also known as “The Red Rocker,” took pity on a firefighter in the scorching Californian heat one day. The firefighter was fixing a hydrant across the road from where Sammy Hagar was living. In a kind gesture, Hagar brought out two beers to share with the man.
The firefighter, of course, had to politely refuse as he was on assignment at the time. Hagar struck up a long conversation before wishing him well. When the job was complete, the firefighter returned to his vehicle to find Hagar had left the beers for him!
Lucy Lawless left a fan speechless when the fan finally got to meet his childhood heroine at an event. The fan humorously recalls how he had memorized a speech to recite to the “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress so as not to seem like a bumbling, starstruck idiot. His plan utterly failed, though, because he could not get a single word out upon meeting Lawless!
The gracious actress seemed flattered rather than annoyed and rewarded his nerves with an embrace.
Barack Obama’s well-known charisma is not just a myth. The former president of the United States of America has earned himself the reputation of being one of the most genuinely engaging and kind public personalities. A fan struck it lucky and was able to meet Obama several times over. The fan recounts how, at every event, the former president made a point of interacting and conversing with everyone individually.
The fan went on to say that Obama remembered their name, even on their third encounter. Ok, at this point, where does the line between fan and stalker become blurred?
Ayyy! Henry Winkler, who shot to international stardom as Arthur “Fonz” Fonzarelli, has delighted fans for over four decades on the small and big screen. The soft-spoken actor, producer, and director has never let his ego get the better of him and is a true fan favorite, even off-screen.
A crew member working on a film production starring Winkler recalls how he would stand in line for lunch just like everyone else on set. When crewmembers insisted Winkler go first, he replied that he was simply giving his stomach time to get hungry!
“The Office” star Mindy Kaling, also known for her voiceover work as Disgust in Disney-Pixar's “Inside Out,” certainly did not disgust this fan who went into a state of shock upon meeting Kaling. The fan recalls that once she had Kaling’s attention as she walked down the red carpet, she froze and could not bring herself to ask for a picture together.
The patient Kaling took control of the situation and offered to snap a pic with the dumbstruck admirer.
Bill Nye, the science and very friendly guy! A fan was assigned a station at the reception of Bill Nye’s apartment block. Bill had been living there for a long time, so he was on a first-name basis with the staff. Rushing out, he gave a friendly wave to the new concierge before realizing he did not recognize him.
Forever the gentleman, Nye turned back to introduce himself to the new staff member. Nye wrapped up the meeting by informing the concierge that he was to soon return with Chinese food. Sadly, it appears he only got dinner for one.
Jack Black gives the crowd what they want. The “School of Rock” actor was inundated with autograph requests from adoring fans while standing in line to order a burrito for lunch. He graciously complied before receiving his lunch and finding a spot to eat. The fan tells us that Black sat right next to him and his girlfriend and struck up a conversation with the couple.
The fan must have made an impression because, as he recalls, Black spent almost an hour chatting to the duo. The fan’s girlfriend landed up getting the final autograph of the day!
A fashionista fan received the highest compliment she could have from singer Lady Gaga of “Born This Way” and “Bad Romance” fame. The fan had painstakingly recreated an outfit Lady Gaga had once worn while appearing as a guest on the “Jimmy Fallon Show.” The songstress was so impressed she requested that her wardrobe assistant come and see it.
As if this was not enough, Lady Gaga proceeded to warmly thank the fan for showing up and displaying her handiwork. So, it seems that Lady Gaga is not so good at having a poker face after all!
Comedienne Tina Fey sure knows how to wield her star power without making any enemies in the process. The multitalented performer arrived at the restaurant this particular fan was working at. The restaurant was full at the time, so the fan informed Fey that she would have to be put on the waiting list to get a table.
The restaurant manager, naturally, had no second thoughts about writing Fey’s name before everybody else’s on the list. The actress took this in good faith and kept the wait staff entertained throughout the evening.
American football icon Troy Aikman is a true extrovert. The former quarterback is known for getting into lengthy and personal chats with fans, and this barista, while maybe not a fan at the time, certainly was after their encounters with the sportsman! The barista recalled that when they were working at a popular coffee shop in Dallas, Aikman would often come in and show genuine interest in the staff members he would interact with.
The barista could not help but think to themselves why Aikman would care so much about them while being a legendary football star.
Ian McKellen appears twice on this list. That’s just how nice of a celebrity he is! A fan and former student tells us of the time that the fan’s former school approached McKellen to give a presentation on homophobia.
The ever-gracious McKellen accepted and enthralled students with his passionate speech. At the conclusion of the speech, McKellen lightened the mood after the heavy topic and encouraged the students to keep studying. Channeling his inner Gandalf, McKellen yelled that the students “Shall not pass!” if they did not study!
One small step for man, one giant leap away from the spotlight! No, that is not the direct quote of Neil Armstrong, but fans have highlighted just how humble the famed astronaut is and constantly diverts conversation away from his moon-landing accomplishment.
The astronaut is long retired but occasionally shows up for public events. This fan got the full Armstrong treatment when he refused to talk about his Apollo 11 mission and instead asked the fans questions about themselves!
Ron Perlman has smashed the stereotype that guys from hell are baddies. The heavyset actor, famous for his roles in “Hellboy” and “Sons of Anarchy,” brought a fan’s dreams to life as she got to express her childhood dream of meeting him.
After fulfilling her wishes for a picture, the actor was kind enough to call her friends over for a group shot. The soft-hearted tough guy gave his fan an affectionate smooch on the head before the group made their way home, with the fan’s mission accomplished.
Distinguished British actor John Rhys-Davies is seemingly a petrol head. A fan remembers meeting John Rhys-Davies at a meet and greet and the “Lord of the Rings” actor could not help but observe the ingrained oil stains on the fan’s hands.
The fan enlightened the actor that he was, in fact, a mechanic, and the actor’s eyes lit up. He went on to tell the fan he currently had a Jaguar being custom built and shot the breeze about all the details around it. As a parting gift of recognition, the mechanic got a free photo.
Before Ben Folds was Folding his Fives, he was “Ben the Babysitter!” A fan – and in some sense, a client? - recalls Ben Folds’ humble beginnings as her babysitter long before striking it big in the music industry.
While away studying at college, the fan received an unexpected phone call from their overexcited mother, who insisted that she had someone wanting to speak to her. The person? None other than the fan’s once-upon-a-time babysitter Ben Folds whom the mother ran into while out shopping.
A Star Trek fan got more than his fair share of Captain Picard while attending a Star Trek convention. The starry-eyed fan recalls meeting famed actor Patrick Stewart at the convention. Patrick Stewart paid close attention to the fan and engaged in a brief but engaging conversation. After receiving his autograph and selfie, the satisfied fan thought all his Captain Picard dreams had been fulfilled.
That is until that evening when Patrick Stewart recognized him in the same restaurant. The fan was thrilled that Stewart remembered his name and continued their conversation from earlier.
Benedict Cumberbatch does not let dinner time get in the way of courtesy. A fan happened to come across the dashing British actor tucking into some street food in Malaysia. The fan recalls being hesitant at first but eventually plucked up the courage to introduce themself.
Cumberbatch took no offense to the sudden interruption and gladly held a conversation with the fan. After offering a selfie, Cumberbatch took off. Not before sharing the leftovers of his meal with a person in need. As if we needed more reasons to love him.
Monty Python member John Cleese has reportedly always found delight in fan interaction — even being the one to initiate the exchange! A fan, whose partner was working as a stagehand, accompanied him to work one evening. While hanging out backstage, John Cleese walked into the room.
The fan did not want to bother him, but instead, it was John Cleese that struck up a conversation with her, remarking that he really liked her brightly colored purple hair. The ministry of funny walks would be proud!
A loyal fan recalls the time that legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde shared a few tears and beers with him back in 2007. Wylde unexpectedly entered the bar along with his fellow bandmates. Wylde happened to choose a seat right next to the fan who, at the time, was wearing a t-shirt bearing the face of Dimebag Darrel, the lead singer of Pantera, who had recently passed away.
Wylde took the opportunity to share memories with the fan about Dimebag. A heartfelt conversation took place over the next forty-five minutes, leaving both the fan and Wylde teary-eyed.
Cat got your tongue? A common side effect of meeting celebrities appears to be speech loss! This fan tells us that even though she had met Adam Lambert on numerous occasions, she still lost the ability to articulate herself each time! Adam Lambert has been a fan favorite since his humble beginnings on the reality television show “American Idol.”
Lambert, the gentleman that he is, recognized the fan upon seeing her yet again and exclaimed how happy he was to see her “again!” In a case of cringe, the fan stuttered her way throughout the conversation.
The late Chester Bennington never refused a fan their recognition. At the tender age of seventeen, Chester Bennington gave this fortunate what would become his most cherished memory: allowing him to play on stage with the band.
The Linkin Park frontman asked audience members to volunteer to shred a few riffs onstage with the band. The story does not end there, however. Bennington would always remember the fan at subsequent press releases and autograph signings, calling him aside specifically to catch up.
This may come as a surprise, but Jada Pinkett-Smith has a first love, and no, it’s not Will Smith (although we are sure he features high on the list). Instead, it’s heavy metal! The pint-sized rocker has stretched her vocal cords for the bands “Wicked Wisdom” and “Sevendust.” Wicked Wisdom was on hiatus for a few years until Pinkett-Smith revived the band in late 2021.
A fan who was apparently aware of this fact bought tickets to see a show when she was still touring with Sevendust. The fan has only good memories of the “awesome and kind” songstress.
Hollywood nice guy Will Smith makes sure fans get an interaction even when they were not aware he’s even around! While walking past the movie set of “Men in Black 3”, an unaware fan was approached by a bunch of burly men. No, the fan was not trespassing. Instead, the muscle was part of Will Smith’s security detail. They approached the fan and his friends, asking if they would care to meet the jovial actor.
The group at first thought they were being had until a smiling Will Smith himself stepped out of his trailer.
Hollywood golden girl Natalie Portman oozes charisma, according to any fan that has been blessed enough to exchange a handshake and conversation with her. A fan that was employed in the film industry has had the honor of working with and meeting a number of celebrities, but the one that stands out for her was Natalie Portman.
The actress, famous for her roles in “Black Swan” and “Thor,” does not hold back when engaging with fans and admirers. This fan insists the charm and charisma of the Portman magic are real!
Who would have thought that the man who coined the term “idiot sandwich” while pressing two pieces of bread against someone’s head would actually be the nicest guy of them all? Chef and television star of reality shows “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” may portray a razor-tongued tyrant on the shows, but this fan reports just the opposite.
The fan met the celebrated chef at a book signing, and instead of a quick autograph and disinterested handshake, Ramsay gave the fan his undivided attention.
“Conan the Barbarian” actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is anything but barbaric to his fans. A devoted fanboy had a chance encounter with the musclebound Austrian superstar at a gym in California. The fan waited for Schwarzenegger to finish his workout routine before approaching him for a photo. As the fan remembers, Schwarzenegger was too happy to oblige and talked to the young fan about his exercise regime and future ambitions.
As obliging as Schwarzenegger was, we still think it was the best idea that the fan waited for him to finish working out!
A young child fan got to live the dream of almost every 2000s kid: meeting Harry Potter himself. The fan, whose dream came true via the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” spent a few hours on the set of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Even more enthralling was that Daniel Radcliffe himself took the fan on a guided tour of the set, introducing him to all crew and sharing some insider secrets.
Radcliffe left a parting gift hidden for the lucky fan – a wand hidden in Dumbledore’s office. I think even as adults we’re jealous...
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson turned this fan’s world upside down while in the land down under. Of all places least expected to bump into the star, the fan happened to walk past Samuel L. Jackson, sipping on a macchiato with the film crew in a relatively tiny suburb in Brisbane, Australia.
The starstruck fan froze dead in their tracks, and a bemused Jackson noticed the shock on the fan’s face. He broke the spell by recommending the coffee from this café and then reminded them to go watch the movie Jackson was currently filming, “Kong: Skull Island,” once it was complete!
Who could refuse anyone wearing a whoopee cushion outfit? A Will Ferrell fan found himself face to face with the lanky actor at a bar in New York City. Being Halloween, the fan had donned his Sunday best: a whoopee cushion costume for the evening. The fan approached Ferrell to simply share a word of appreciation and a handshake.
After scrutinizing the outlandish costume, Ferrell did not miss a beat when he yelled, “I just want to squeeze you!” The fan did not elaborate if the squeezing did take place or what sound it made.
A not-so-nice-guy rumor seems to persist around “Star Trek” actor William Shatner. This fan proves that the stories are totally unfounded. The fan’s father, a diehard Star Trek fan since he was a child, got the chance to attend a convention to meet William Shatner.
Upon arrival, the staff insisted that the family had counterfeit tickets. Shatner heard the commotion and came to investigate. After pleading their story, Shatner insisted they be granted entry and proceeded to engage in a hearty conversation with the fan’s awestruck father.
Meeting Jude Law at Christmas time? We all know what this fan was asking Santa for Christmas! Jude Law was out and about hunting for a gift for his nieces and nephews and happened to walk into the candy store this fan was working at.
The instantly recognizable Jude Law waited his turn while the staff attended to other customers. This lucky employee finally got to be able to assist the actor and reported that he was incredibly patient and very warm and engaging.
Hollywood black sheep Charlie Sheen has earned a reputation for his fast and hard lifestyle and run-ins with paparazzi and law enforcement. But, when it comes to fans, the “Two and a Half Men” and “Hot Shots” actor has a heart of gold. Sheen had a heart-to-heart with a fan who had recently lost his job.
The actor took his time to impart some advice and, later in the day, when the two crossed paths again, remembered him and jokingly asked, “Have you found a job yet?”
This Ed Sheeran encounter might take the Nice Celebrity trophy! A fan was the lucky draw in a contest to meet the Scottish crooner back in 2013 before a concert that evening. He was exceedingly polite and conversational, as the fan recalls.
To sweeten the meeting, the fan made a shirt as a gift for the superstar. Sheeran showed the expected gratitude at the time. However, the story does not end there... That evening, while the fan was attending the concert, she could not believe her eyes as Sheeran waltzed onto the stage wearing the t-shirt!
Country megastar Garth Brooks does not disappoint on the southern charm expectations. A fan details meeting the singer on two occasions and, on the second occasion, had an even better experience. According to the fan, Garth Brooks is keenly mindful and listens to every word.
Upon meeting Brooks the second time around, the fan had the pleasure of meeting his wife, Trisha. Instead of allowing the focus to remain on them, the Brooks couple spoke at length with the fan and their family. Trisha apparently had no other interest but to take in every word from granny!
Paul McCartney has been saying “all you need is love” to his worldwide audience for several decades and the former Beatle certainly practices what he preaches, according to this fan. The fan was attending a concert held by Paul McCartney, and he and his brother managed to sneak a pic of the legendary singer walking past them backstage.
The two kids, unaware of the rules, inadvertently snapped his newborn in the picture too. A security guard immediately seized their phone. A flustered McCartney ran over to the children and apologized profusely for the mix-up.
Highly dextrous king of Jazz, BB King, knows how to work the crowd. A fan was in line to receive an autograph from the jazz virtuoso and witnessed the couple ahead of them gushing over seeing BB. The husband excitedly asked BB if he could recall having met over a decade ago when his wife was still pregnant.
Without missing a beat, BB replied that he absolutely remembers. The wife realized he was playing along to keep the husband happy and simply whispered, “Thank you, BB!”
English actor Bill Nighy, famous for his roles in “Love Actually” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” made a lifelong fan out of this seventeen-year-old fan on the set of “Jack the Giant Slayer.”
The English actor, known for his demure and commanding presence, took the time to get to know the crew on the first day of shooting the fantasy movie. The fan recalls that his position as a runner on the set was the lowest ranking you could be, yet Nighy struck up a lengthy conversation with him and, in closing, told him he’s “a cool guy.”
In a fiction meets reality situation, this fan got the proper “Almost Famous” experience when he got to spend an evening with his classmate, who was a cousin of Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz flew out to spend a few days with her friend, and the fan got to tag along for an evening of wine tasting.
The fan has a few memories of the evening, the least of not was leggy Diaz! The sociable Diaz made no fuss about being a celebrity in the crowd.
Comedian and actress Amy Poehler made the most of this fan interaction for her own amusement! The “Parks and Rec” and “Inside Out” actress roped the fan in on a prank with fellow actor and comedian Aziz Ansari, who was seated in the row ahead of the pair.
While the fan did not specify what sort of pranks were played, they did say that Ansari was ready to give them a tongue-lashing until he saw a giggling Poehler sitting beside the fan.
Ellen DeGeneres got a bad rap over the last few years. Headlines have made the rounds over the previous few years, portraying her as somewhat disagreeable. A fan put these rumors to rest with this endearing story. The fan’s mother and Ellen met on a train ride and seemed to have clicked.
So much so that the fan’s mother invited Ellen to her upcoming birthday party – to which Ellen showed up! The pair have since remained friends and, according to the fan, still send each other letters. Letters? Is that a fancy word for email?
Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian and provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen donned a wetsuit to learn how to surf, and this fortunate fan got to be the instructor! According to the surf instructor, Cohen was spending some time out of Los Angeles on a family holiday and decided it was time he learned how to surf.
We are assuming Cohen is not as natural a surfer as he is a comedian because the fan neglected to mention how he fared! The pair spent two hours on the waves before Cohen departed.
We will let you in on a secret. Captain America has a weakness: two left feet! Chris Evans, a Hollywood hunk and Marvel superhero, might not have been aiming to go incognito with this encounter, but that’s precisely what happened when the mother of this fan’s friend got to experience his atrociously lousy dance moves.
The fan recounts that his friend’s mom accepted Evans's invitation for her to dance, just thinking he was a regular Joe Schmo at the bar. Only once they showed her the “Avengers” movie did she realize who he was!
Johannesburg is not exactly the best city to be suspiciously following people around. Luckily for this fan and his friend, actor Tim Robbins laughed at their antics. The fan was attending a jazz show when he noticed the tall performer in the crowd.
Trying not to fangirl too much, the fan kept his distance until he saw Robbins was about to leave. At that point, he and his friend tailed Robbins out of the club. The vigilant Robbins turned around, and the fan said, “Excuse me, Mr. Dufresne.” in reference to his “Shawshank Redemption” character. Robbins was relieved.
Weird Al Yankovic
Everyone’s favorite goofball, parody extraordinaire Weird Al Yankovic, threw in a sprinkle of good-natured self-degradation when a fan told him that meeting the comedian was the greatest moment of his life. Weird Al remarked that meant his life has not been particularly amazing.
The fan recounts how Weird Al took the time to introduce himself personally to the audience members, shaking hands and taking selfies. We are not sure where the weird part comes in, as Alfred Matthew Yankovic seems perfectly normal!
Funny man Rob Schneider melted this fan’s heart when he took the time to compliment her on being a mom. The fan was getting ready to catch a flight when the comedic actor remarked how beautiful her baby was.
The fan, busy getting all her luggage together, said thanks without realizing who it was until she looked up. The second thing she realized was how nice Schneider’s skin was! When she told her husband of the encounter, he would not believe her until Schneider walked past again and waved at her.
Even though basketball legend Magic Johnson has long since retired from the sports world, he certainly has not lost any of his magic.
A fan tells us of the time the colossal sportsman noticed the teenage fan staring wide-eyed at him during a Father’s Day lunch and graciously called him over. The good-natured Johnson engaged in a conversation with the whole family and obligingly took selfies with the group. Could there be any better way for Father’s Day to go?