A Night of Zero Stars

I came THIS CLOSE to asking what was in that fanny pack.

Last week I was visiting family in Los Angeles and, unfortunately, my failure followed me across the country. I did not achieve the one goal I had for myself during my trip — to see a major celebrity. I have no idea as to how I walked around LA for seven whole days and did not see one famous person. I did, however, come very close but JUST missed a few.

Our first evening there, we took a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We just happened to be there during the premiere of the film Hobbs & Shaw, starring The Rock, which was being shown at the Dolby Theater. The only problem was The Rock and the rest of the stars from the movie were already inside when we got there. We missed them walking in by maybe an hour. I tried to piggyback on this missed opportunity by posting this photo on Instagram and giving a shout-out the The Rock:

But he ignored me.

Later in the week we went to Disneyland. I stood in line to meet celebs such as Chewbacca, who gave me a big hug and made me feel warm and safe and happy, and Darth Vader. Vader was terrifying. The dude was freaking huge. Before our photo op, he zeroed in on me, got up real close and personal, and asked me where I was hiding the rebel scum. He said he could tell I knew because he sensed that “the anxiety levels are high in this one.” Vader, tell me something I don’t know.

On our last night, we went to this really cool outdoor screening of the film Rear Window, which was projected onto a building in the middle of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I walked by Mel Blanc’s grave, but I’m not really sure that counts as spotting a celebrity.

I was rushing to get a spot on the lawn while the rest of the family lagged behind, and when they caught up with me, they said they spotted some woman who was all dressed up and looked like Grace Kelly. They said they didn’t know who she was, but she definitely looked like a celebrity. I was all, yeah, whatever, it’s probably just some rando who’s into Grace Kelly.

Well, it turns out it wasn’t a rando. As I was rushing to sit on the grass for two hours to wait for the movie to start, the rest of my family was looking straight at Oscar-winner BRIE LARSON, aka Captain Marvel.

However, right before the movie started, an actual bonafide celebrity provided the introduction. Peter Bogdanovich made a surprise appearance. For those who don’t know, he directed The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon. He was also a good friend of Alfred Hitchcock and shared some pretty hilarious yet very sweary stories about him. It was cool to hear him talk, but I’d have rather, you know, seen Brie Larson.

It turns out I am star-crossed in the most real sense of the word.

  1. LJ Conrad

    July 22nd, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    You never know, maybe you did see a celebrity but you just din’t know who they were. Despite your ‘bad luck’ that trip sounds FREAKING AWESOME. Darth Vader joked around with you, you were near Brie Larson even if you didn’t know it, and you got to watch one of the best movies ever introduced by a director of another of the best movies ever, plus you saw the grave of an absolute icon like Mel Blanc. What I would give for a holiday like that, celebrities or no celebrities!

  2. Meredith

    July 22nd, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I think that’s pretty likely – the celebrities probably just look like regular people and I didn’t notice them. And yeah, it was an amazing trip! And seeing Peter Bogdanovich was definitely a highlight! A fun time all around.

  3. Marianne Dougherty

    July 22nd, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    You need to hang out in Calabasas or Montecito to see celebs. They don’t live in Hollywood or hang out there. Sadly. Come to the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February. You’ll see all the stars there and can get autographs and listen to them be interviewed about movies. Brie Larsen was there two years ago. It’s the best time.

  4. Meredith

    July 22nd, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I had no idea. The film festival sounds amazing. I would love to go there one year!

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