Earlier this week, Twitter user @MavenofHonor did everyone a solid and tweeted, “Now, more than ever, we should share our most mundane celebrity encounters.” She included her own example: “For example, in 2002 I saw Diane Keaton in the Gap.”
Now, more than ever, we should share our most mundane celebrity encounters. For example, in 2002 I saw Diane Keaton in the Gap
— Mave (home version) (@MavenofHonor) May 13, 2020
While Mave’s story may indeed have been mundane because that was the entire point of her tweet and the roundup, nearly every response was from someone who actually had a pretty exciting or at least surreal celebrity encounter. What’s even more exciting is that some of these celebrities responded to random strangers’ tweets about these encounters, and one of these celebrities was Seth Rogen, who wrote: “I’m in a shocking amount of these” and then shared his own mundane celebrity encounter: “Also I once saw Magic Johnson at a Cold Stone creamery.”
Also once I saw Magic Johnson at a cold stone creamery.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 14, 2020
I guess Rogen’s encounter could be called “mundane” too (though not to me), because it certainly isn’t as exciting as getting a selfie with a pre-POTUS Barack Obama, or having Shaq fawn over your baby, or walking in on Meatloaf in a…very inappropriate situation at a Bubba Gump Shrimp. And to bring it full circle, Diane Keaton is in a surprising amount of these as well.
Also Deniro! I opened a door and he was behind me, and I looked at him and he motioned for me to go first.
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) May 14, 2020
I rode a roller coaster that Alanis Morissette was on.
— The Smocking Hamberder (@Durdnthecreator) May 13, 2020
In 2001 I saw Robin Williams walking down the street in San Francisco. He saw me looking at him and gave me a smile. He seemed nervous.
— Goats? (@Gooooats) May 13, 2020
Did cardio next to Barack Obama at hotel gym in NYC when he was running for POTUS In 2008. Told him if he was thinner he would look like Barack Obama just before I noticed the nearby secret service agents.
— scotia626 (@scotia626) May 14, 2020
Oh no!! That’s funny and also clearly true, the disappointment and you getting stuck inside 😂😂😂
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 14, 2020
My sister has worked for Larry David for a long time. The first time I met him, I shook his hand and asked “How’s it going?”. He answered, “Well, I bought some new socks today.”
— Tim (@tfairchild77) May 13, 2020
I have a lot of very mundane celebrity encounters.
1. I sat next to Ron Jeremy on a flight to LAX. He slept the entire time. I couldn’t shake the fact that I knew what his dick looked like.
— Jeremi M. Gosney (@jmgosney) May 14, 2020
I sat next to @IanMcKellen on the Tube one night. I didn’t clock it was him b/c I was admiring his sharp attire w/ cool socks 🧦that didn’t match. My brother leaned over & whispered in my ear “Gandalf” 🧙♂️I sat in silent awe of his superb style & didn’t bother him rest of the trip pic.twitter.com/F4qXeWCb8N
— Beth Elzer (@macbethdc) May 14, 2020
I sold Dennis Franz shoes.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 13, 2020
I saw Rachel McAdams at the opera in 2014. pic.twitter.com/dzJx4XxjyB
— Amy B 🌞🌜⭐️ (@amybuchwald) May 14, 2020
I saw Wilmer Valderrama at Churchill Downs last year, except I wasn’t sure it was him and had to take a stealth photo and consult Twitter to be sure. Then I saw myself in his Insta story. It me. pic.twitter.com/SxAPnKq9if
— Tessa “Professional Buzzkill” Duvall (@TessaDuvall) May 14, 2020
One time at the Gap in 1993, two girls mistook me for Ethan Hawke and I gave them my autograph. 10 minutes later I ran into Jason Kidd.
— Jason Bell (@503jason) May 13, 2020
I was working at a car rental company and noticed a gentleman standing at the end of of the line. I immediately recognized him as Thee Chubby Checker. We exchanged pleasantries I was geeked(starstruck).He wanted something low key so I gave him a Toyota Prius. pic.twitter.com/hZBKpOakwm
— My Mama Called Me Yilly (@YillyStewart) May 14, 2020
You say hi to them anyway if you’re a fan. I got to meet @IssaRae back when she gave a local social media talk back in ’12. We’re HUGE @awkwardblkgrl fans. A friend works for her now. My one memorable star encounter. I am fulfilled x proud of her @insecurehbo @BlackLadySketch 🤩 pic.twitter.com/d6XWjUzNIV
— Ashlix (@SceneByAshlix) May 14, 2020
In 2015, I saw Danny DeVito outside of LAX looking at his cell phone. As I walked up to him, with my phone in hand, he looked up at me and said “wanna take a selfie with me?” pic.twitter.com/knZZjUNV2X
— MIKE* ⚾️ (@Vitto_Rio) May 14, 2020
He is!! pic.twitter.com/bhDWv6VWGM
— tom cavanaugh (@dogface999) May 14, 2020
In 2008, I was waiting to enter a concert venue in Detroit when I saw Emma Stone on her phone in the parking lot. She said that I was the first person to ask her for an autograph. #myonlycoolstory pic.twitter.com/py7oR5p0i2
— Mrs. Biondo (@MrsBiondotweets) May 14, 2020
Was in a cat cafe on a date and in walks Ben Affleck with his kids to the same 70 min sessions with us. He’s my fave Batman and I thought I was having a fever dream. Really nice dude. His little boy kept saying I need a playful cat! So I whispered “cat man” pic.twitter.com/uKeDDpbDdc
— Chris Boulos (@Brokencinema_) May 14, 2020
First time I had ever been to LA. First night there. I’m sitting outside a restaurant, waiting for our table, and Jack Nicholson walks by. pic.twitter.com/z0VAgpgzIc
— Danny Neckel (@DNeckel19) May 14, 2020
“Steve, it’s George. The fuckin’ toilet is fuckin’ busted. I don’t know what’s up with the mother fucker, but it’s not doing what it fuckin’ should be doing. Again, it’s George. Call me.”
— Ꭰ.Ꮭ. ᎷᎯᎡᎿᏐй 🐢🧙🏼♂️🌹 (@dl_martin85) May 14, 2020
i saw alex trebek at the 9/11 memorial. i told him my parents watched jeopardy and he asked why i don’t watch it with them 🥴
— a bean in a boot (@_ymaddie) May 13, 2020
i introduced noam chomsky at a talk he did. afterwards, i said ‘hey noam, can i get a selfie with you?!’ and he was like ‘a…a…a wha–‘ and i clicked
— Aisha Ahmad (@aishaismad) May 14, 2020
Jodie Foster asked me where the Nintendo DS’ were in a Target.
— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) May 14, 2020
Oh. Pierce Brosnan, Pink, Justin Theroux, and Charlize Theron have pet my dog. Probably more but I’m bad at faces. He’s a starfucker.
— Lauren Hough (@laurenthehough) May 14, 2020
It was so awkward for me. I thought I was interrupting you and the buttons.
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) May 14, 2020
Walked past the black Allstate guy with a blonde 1/2 his age in West Hollywood.
— Nayamka Roberts-Smith, LE (@LaBeautyologist) May 14, 2020
I once saw Arnold stuck in a tux while trying it on at the Armani store in Beverly Hills. He had the jacket on but couldn’t get it off and he was waving his arms around and yelling.
— LHD (@lkhd7) May 14, 2020
I walked in on Meatloaf masturbating in a Bubba Gump Shrimp bathroom
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) May 14, 2020
Zooey Deschanel being mean to me at Starbucks
— cinnamon bun (@notsofiacoppola) May 14, 2020
Claire Danes looking for a seat on the Amtrak Empire service upstate, with a kid and a small dog.
— Lizzie O’Leary (@lizzieohreally) May 13, 2020
The LA radio station I worked at sent me to cover a movie premiere party. Mic in hand, I asked Tom Hanks for a few words. He said no, not now, something like that. I nodded, began to walk away. I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Tom. “So sorry. All yours. What can I do for you?”
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) May 14, 2020
I rang up Alan Rickman’s groceries once.
— Alexander Ward (@AlexWard777) May 14, 2020
I once ordered a chicken sandwich while standing next to Kate Moss.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) May 14, 2020
You call it mundane. Right now, a train to Manchester is about the most exotic and adventurous thing I can think of.
— Victoria Coren Mitchell (@VictoriaCoren) May 14, 2020
Was in line behind Don Cheadle at the ATM at the old Santa Monica mall. After we got cash we went upstairs to Orange Julius & got in line… behind Don Cheadle again
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) May 14, 2020
Bumped into LMFAO (2011 at the height of ‘Party Rockin’) in the hotel where we were having the Urology department holiday party.
I swooped in and aggressively told him he HAD to take a photo with me because one day he would need a urologist and karma would reward him! pic.twitter.com/mX6CoCitaG
— Ashley ‘stay HOME’ Winter MD (@AshleyGWinter) May 14, 2020
Weird Al Yankovic at Burger King in Omaha, just off Dodge Street. Talked a bit, signed my fry holder. Around 1995. Bonus info: it was 30 minutes after the first time I ever smoked pot.
— Jotham Sederstrom (@Jothamist) May 14, 2020
When I first moved to Hollywood, Pauly Shore, wearing a drug-rug, was in front of me in line as I bought my first bag of groceries. Then the next day, Ron Jeremy was in the bank when I was opening an account. Which is kind of exactly what Hollywood is like.
— Rex Hambleton (@RexHambleton) May 14, 2020
streetcar. I scream “STOP THE CAR!” A block later she does. I sprint in his direction. I spot him entering one of my future favorite bars-Igor’s. As I approach I see he’s accompanied by Dave Grohl. They’re both holding plastic Victoria’s Secret bags full to bursting. I had
— Bethany Thomas (@_bethany_thomas) May 13, 2020
holds it in his hand with a fist (like a caveman would). The napkin is in my outstretched palm. He writes the words “I’M KURDT,” turns and walks into Igor’s. He didn’t live much longer after that. I will never forget it.
— Bethany Thomas (@_bethany_thomas) May 13, 2020
— Bethany Thomas (@_bethany_thomas) May 14, 2020
I just recently saw Tony Goldwyn studying the ice cream freezers at Whole Foods.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) May 14, 2020
I was 14 yo in ’71 when Queen Elizabeth, inspecting an honour guard in Toronto, walked just under where I was perched on a tree limb.
If I’d swung my leg I could have knocked her hat off
Security only noticed as we climbed down after she’d moved inside
— Grassy Knoller (@Blair_Langmuir) May 13, 2020
Sean Connery was filming a tourist ad in Edinburgh. He and the crew had lunch at my house and we were chatting. He was tired so, when he said he could use a nap, mom let him sleep in my bed for an hour or so. I wasn’t in it unfortunately.
— sandygamba (@sandygamba) May 14, 2020
Hey Cyd! I’m still wishing you well. xo
— Peter Gallagher (@petergallagher) May 14, 2020
We were vacationing in Oahu in 2006. I recognized Barack Obama from his speech given at the Dem National Convention. My husband took this pic. When I asked him if he was going to run for President he said, “I’ll never tell.” He announced his candidacy two months later. pic.twitter.com/Gd0hmtbm7l
— Right Side of History (@macauley_monica) May 14, 2020
Walking in NYC one day (’99/’00?) & saw a guy smoking a cigar on a big cement window ledge. As I got closer, I realized it was @AdamSandler & before I knew it, I was shaking his hand and thanking him for being hilarious. We had a quick chat – he was *so nice* & super handsome!😍
— J9etc (@j9etc) May 14, 2020
2016 i saw mark mcgrath at a target buying a little girls bicycle helmet. i pulled a “oh hi mark” a la the room and kept on shopping
— everett byram (@rad_milk) May 13, 2020
In 1977, I saw Paul and Linda McCartney in the lobby in a hotel in the former Soviet Union. They were traveling with Wings and, traveling, well, back in the USSR.
— Jenny (@themightyscribe) May 13, 2020
You missed your one and only chance to yell ‘elevation!’
— Greg Gallagher (@ggottawa) May 14, 2020
Charlie Sheen lived up the road as a kid.
One night he got a call he didnt like and shot all the phones in his house.
Cops showed and got stuck at the gate on his private one-lane windy road on top of a mntn, and he wouldn’t let them in and they couldn’t back up. lasted hrs.
— Count Sacey (@BeLikeCaseyG) May 13, 2020
I saw Shaq in a small deli in Miami in 2007,my daughter was a baby and in a stroller, Shaq looked at her and said “hi little baby, look at this face, I might be famous one day.” Later we were walking down the street and he saw us again and yelled “there’s my little baby!”
— Suzanne (@suzrunnr68) May 14, 2020
My wife and I were having breakfast at a restaurant in Beverly Hills and I noticed the man across from us reading his morning paper + drinking tea & told him, “You could make a lot of money as a Sting impersonator.”
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) May 14, 2020
In 2014, I spotted George Lucas checking out Star Wars books at Barns & Noble.
If anyone entered the aisle, he would quickly dash to another one. He moves quickly when avoiding nerds in public. pic.twitter.com/JxWYjcPaKB
— D.D. Havana Nights! (@dirtydancing2HN) May 14, 2020
Roseanne almost ran over me in Beverly Hills when I was a child.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) May 14, 2020
In a very posh lift, I met a hip guy wearing really ripped jeans. In the awkward silence, I blurted out the first thing that came into my head. I said “I used to have jeans like that, but my Mum made me throw them away.” The hip guy remained silent.
It was John Galliano.
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) May 14, 2020
Went to my favorite Ramen Spot in LA & was waiting to be seated & just outta nowhere, randomly sitting there just enjoying his ramen by himself was Keanu Reeves 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/J3oJJTeYZ4
— Mad Skillz (@SkillzVa) May 14, 2020
My shirt made Snoop come and say hi pic.twitter.com/47EGlwSGTa
— #MyMotherWasNotAnEnemyOfThePeople (@Inalein_19) May 14, 2020
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