Bump into anyone famous this festive season?

I don’t know about you, but when it gets this close to Christmas it’s hard to not get excited like a little kid. And if you’re extra lucky you may even have holidays booked or loved ones visiting. In just 12 more sleeps – me, Farmer and our 2 little terrors darlings head off to Tasmania for a huge family reunion. The last one we has was in 1985!! My Dad was the eldest of eight kids so that means heaps of aunties, uncles and cousins. Many cousins have had babies too so it’s going to be a very cool kick start to the new year indeed!! So as I caught myself daydreaming away yesterday of how fun visiting Tasmania will be I suddenly wondered, what would I do if I bumped into someone famous?

It’s a random thought I know (I have plenty more to share -trust me) but while we are all having fun with family and friends this festive season, it’s quite possible we may look at the next door picnickers and think “Oh my gosh, is that…?” It could totally happen, those cool peeps are human too – despite what the trashy magazines try to convince us otherwise.  But what my burning question to you is…How do you greet them and still stay cool? Would it be rude to interrupt them having a wonderful time with their loved ones just to pose for a photo or give an autograph? What if they groan and its awkward? What if THIS happens…

That would be mortifying! I’m not sure how you’d recover from that reaction!? But it’s a hard question hey. I’ve met a few famous people in my time but I tend to take the angle “I know who you are but it can be our little secret – wink, wink” kind of angle. I know, what the hell?! I blame my kookiness on watching too much Bewitched and The Love Boat as a child. I have no idea why I approach celebrities in this vein but here’s a few examples;

1. Coldplay – So these guys were very new to the music scene at the time and it was with much excitement The Big Day Out bands were staying in the hotel I was working at. 5 star service meant keeping your cool and not gushing over celebrities. The girls at reception had it sussed who was who and where they were, so when they rang through an order of coffees for Coldplay in the lobby I was MORE than delighted as I’d seen them the day before and simply fallen in love! As I passed out the coffees I couldn’t help myself, I gushed and said “By the way…LOVE your new album!” They all burst out laughing and asked “Which one was that?” So when I questioned “You’re Coldplay right?” they laughed even harder assuring me that that was a first and they were just the road crew! So there’s a reason why management tell you not to gush right? To avoid looking like a douche!

2. Rhys Muldoon (from House Husbands) – I was checking passengers in at the boarding gate and he was waiting in line. As I checked him on board I quietly said “By the way…love your show!” (Here I go again!?) He looked at me puzzled and said “Thanks!”  Turns out he was filming the children’s TV show Lochie Leonard at the time as it’s filmed in WA. I was actually referring to Secret Life of Us. Oh so no wonder he thou…nevermind!

3. Kim from The Block – I bumped into this stylie lady in Perth’s Ikea store. A nearby fan was busy gushing and asking if she really was from The Block. It’s very surreal meeting someone that’s been in your lounge room for a few months. Experienced with celebrities, uber cool me says “Well! This is exciting” and giggled like a teenage girl?!! Oh man! I just can’t help myself!! Luckily she was an absolute darling and totally agreed as she gracefully entertained a few questions from her adoring fan and me standing there grinning like a dork!!

So hence I ask the question What would you do if you bumped into someone famous? Do you have a game plan? And taking a photo of yourself with them in the background is uber douche by the way. It’s a polite greet and selfie then get the hell out of there, unless they are incredibly cool and make you their new bff, see what happens. I did get it right years ago though. This is a picture of me with Iron Maiden’s Janick Gers in a London pub I worked in 11 years ago. He was a regular and a total regular sweet guy. He was often asked for autographs and happily posed for photos. I guess at the end of the day it has a lot to do with the celebrity themselves and your approach, so make sure you nail it! Have fun spotting! Have you got a celeb story to tell? Love to hear it 🙂

Me and Janick - Christmas 2013. Ya think he noticed my shirt shrunk? (dodgy backpacker washing skills)

Me and Janick Christmas 2003. Ya think he noticed my shirt shrunk? (dodgy backpacker washing skills)



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  • Reply Kristy @ Loulouzoo December 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    He he love the shirt, doesn’t look like he noticed! I’m sure any celebrity you may meet in Tas will be charmed by your great sense of humour!

    Enjoy your holiday x

    • Reply Jo December 18, 2014 at 4:37 am

      Haha! Thanks Kristy! I’m not sure if I can be trusted around celebs – too many face palm moments. Must work on my game plan!! Enjoy your Christmas break too. Was so great catching up this week – always fun laughing our faces off. We didn’t even get a Christmas selfie?! Lol!! Next year,
      next year xx

  • Reply Hugzilla December 18, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I LOLd at your Coldplay faux pas!! I am totally a non-gushy type, so if I ever see someone famous I stay all blase and cool while discretely trying to scope out their shit.

    • Reply Jo December 18, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Way to go Hugsy – I’m like a combination I guess. Act cool then face palm like an idiot. I also met Michelle Bridges earlier this year. You had to line up to get her to sign your book. I had a photo I wanted her to sign and in my excitement I forgot. So I queued up again, and she was like “your’e back!” So I explained I’d driven 4 hrs to see her bla bla bla – another classic douche moment! She was very cool though!

  • Reply Shan @ Forty Up December 18, 2014 at 6:53 am

    OMG love that photo!! But who is Janick??

    • Reply Jo December 18, 2014 at 6:58 am

      He’s a guitarist for Iron Maiden. I’m not a follower as such but my brothers flipped!!

  • Reply Lauren @ Life at Number Five December 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I’m not very good at recognising famous people!
    On a plane back from America when I was a kid Daniel Kowalski (a famous at the time swimmer) was in business class so I got his autograph.
    As an adult though, nothing really. I did meet Ben Roberts-Smith at work. He’s a giant!!

    • Reply Jo December 19, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Did the hosty get the autograph for you or did you ask for it? My very first autograph was on a Qantas flight and it was from Jacko – might be a tad before your time? He sang ‘Im and individual’ Google it Lauren, you’ll laugh your ass off. He was rather cool at the time and hosty gave it to us!All I can say is be prepared Lauren, you will want to be cool trust me! xx

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy December 19, 2014 at 2:00 am

    How exciting to get together for a family reunion! I have unfortunately have not met anyone famous ever, I think if I ever, I would certainly try not to be too gushy!

    • Reply Jo December 19, 2014 at 7:19 am

      It’s rather hard not to gush Steph – the excitement fills your boots like the thought of Santa when you’re a kid, haha! I do love a good reunion, I must find the photo of the last reunion in 1985 – you’ll laugh at my picture xx

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption December 20, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Your a crack! Love the Coldplay story. I would be all non-caring, everyday event but secretly snapping pics on the iPhone. If I have had a few beverages it is a completely different scenario tho!

    • Reply Jo December 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

      There would be no inhibitions after a few drinks! Not the “groupie”style, just the “I so can’t believe I said that!” It’s worth rehearsing what to say, it’s a good laugh anyway!Enjoy the holidays Karin, hope you get plenty of rest…must be getting close hey? xx

  • Reply Fleur @ Our Urban Box December 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

    That was funny!! I could never approach a celebrity in fear I would make a fool of myself. I would just watch from afar. I haven’t met a celebrity yet. Sam’s ( from Sunrise) mum came into work the other day. Does that count? Enjoy your reunion! x

    • Reply Jo December 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Haha! Sam’s mum…kinda counts, haha! Bet she’s as lovely as Sam! I’m predicting you WILL meet someone famous in 2015 Fleur, just who will it be I wonder. Someone from The Block…Scotty Cam? Perhaps he could Backyard Blitz the new place – wouldn’t that be dreamy!Enjoy the festive season Fleur xx

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