What is it with people that they have to be so star struck when they see a celebrity in their midst? As a long time New Yorker living in Manhattan for over 15 years now I have bumped into my fair share of stars from movies, tv, and music, yet I have never gone out of my way to acknowledge any of them. I don’t get all googley eyed and stalkerish when I see one as many others seem to do. I just don’t get it. Maybe after all these years I am just a jaded New York citizen as many of us become living here. We see it all here and just go on about our normal daily activities. I do have to admit that with my occupation I have had access to some movie premiers and events where I have hobnobbed with a few big names. Still, I have never begged for an autograph or pestered any of them for a photograph. It just doesn’t feel right to me, and honestly I could care less who they are or what they do for a living. I have my own life to live.
Here is but a sampling of those that we have bumped into from film and screen –
Cynthia Nixon jogging alongside me in Central Park. It was an early morning and I went out for a run. Not many people were in the park yet and it’s one of those times you feel as if you have the city to yourself. I’m in my own little world jogging along the path and I just happen to look over at the person running a few feet away from me and it’s Cynthia. We did the “good morning” thing and I just nodded, smiled, and moved on.
Mayor Guiliani. This one was pretty funny. It was the afternoon before Mother’s Day. We were in our local Hallmark store picking up a few things. All of a sudden a bunch of “Men In Black” type dudes came into the store and took positions by the entrance and in each aisle. They all had earpieces on. In walks the Mayor. He is picking out Mother’s Day cards. My fiancee’ is standing right next to him looking at cards and they start chatting. He admits he is last minute shopping for a card for his mom and she admonishes him for waiting so late. He laughs and admits he is pretty bad. It was funny and surreal to see and hear her let him have it. Back then he was a larger than life figure in the city, and had a certain presence about him. Taller than I thought too.
Mayor Bloomberg in the subway. It is well known that he takes the subway but this was the first time I ever really saw him on it. A few years ago I was grabbing the #4 train up to Yankee Stadium to a playoff game and I see him standing there surrounded by his “Men In Black” and some other people. He was talking about the game, the issues, etc. I listened in a bit and moved down the platform where I knew it would not be as crowded. In person he is a really tiny guy.
Tom Selleck walking along 2nd Ave smoking a cigar with a friend or maybe his agent. This dude is huge. Seriously, he is a big guy. He could have been a pro athlete back in the day, and I think he almost was. Very nice man as he spoke with people who approached him while waiting for the light to change at street corners.
Keanu Reeves feeling pretty “toasty” in front of a restaurant on 2nd Ave. We were walking by and I noticed this bearded dude sitting in chair against the front of this nice restaurant looked toasted. It was Keanu! We saw a waiter hand him an espresso as he smoked a cigarette and these two young girls ran up to him and asked for a picture. He was actually quite the gentleman as he put down his drink and smoke, posed for a picture, and chatted with them for a bit. He then retook his position and stared ahead in a fog. Bet he had a hard partying night!
Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon dining at a place around the block from us. We walked by and they were sitting right in front on the sidewalk seating. Enjoying $10 fajita night! Hey, they are regular people just like us. Plus, the fajita night here is a pretty damn good deal!
We’ve seen Anna Paquin a few times around the city. At Zum Schneider and at the Central Park Boathouse. Hanging out with friends along with the normal crowd. Both times having wine. Or was it True Blood?
Matthew Perry just hanging out on a street corner on the UWS leaning cooly against a wall. Just people watching or chilling out thinking about how rich he became off of Friends.
Anthony Bourdain with his family at our local brunch spot. Seen them here a few times now. Love his tv shows but would never bother him while eating. If the food here is good enough for him then we will keep going here.
Half the cast of Mad Men at a speakeasy. Honestly, I don’t watch the show that much so my friend had to tell me who they are. She went and had a cigarette with them, and said they were pretty cool.
Lou Reed waiting for a bus. That’s a true New Yorker.
There have been so many over the years that there are too many to list. Some I have totally forgotten about I’m sure. We have also seen many local sports stars since a bunch of them live and party here in Manhattan. Part of the fabric of living here I guess.
Still, I just can’t see myself running after anyone for an autograph or a picture. What about you? Any celebrity stalkers or starfuckers out there?