Celebrity Stalking, Southern fangirl style

Written by on May 16, 2012 in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC - 45 Comments

There are a whole lot of blogs on the interweb. A lot of them are crap. (Not this one. Don’t you dare say this one. I will internet cut you if you do.) Among my new favorite finds is What She Said, mostly because I love the way Kristin writes, and because I think she may be me in a parallel universe (She lives in West Virginia, which is just far enough away from here to be another world.) So, I’m stealing her blog post idea of celebrity encounter stories, but I’m not technically going to call it stealing, because if you are the same person, you can’t steal from yourself.  (I rule at blog post larceny justification and run on sentences.)

Thus, I give you my Stalker Sarah experiences, in no particular order.

In 2005, John and I saw Michael Imperioli standing on the street outside of a school in TriBeCa, waiting on what we assumed were his children. We’ll never know for sure, because we were too chicken to do anything besides loudly whisper to each other, “It’s Chrissy! Holy $#*^! It’s Chrissy!” while he ignored us from ten feet away.

You's wanna meet at Bada Bing?

On a separate trip to NYC, we passed Jonathan Rhys Meyers at La Esquina. He was leaving as we were coming in, and I noticed that I was passing a man in the skinny hallway by coat check, but I was too busy judging some girl’s dubious skirt choice who walking in front of me to see him. John has never let me live it down that he looked Mr. Can’t Control Himself In Airports in the eye and I didn’t even notice him.

I once saw LL Cool J at the mall when I was in college. He and his wife left out of the service entrance of bebe before I could accost him. His loss, fo’ sho.

He had clothes on when I saw him.

Last summer we went to Atlanta to celebrate a friend’s fortieth birthday, and attended a Braves game. By chance, one of the friends with us has a brother-in-law who plays keyboards for the B-52s, and the B-52s happened to be playing a concert after the baseball game that night. Because of that connection, we were allowed up into the box where the band watched the game prior to their show. By the time we arrived, all of the band members except for Fred Schneider had left the box. I was introduced to Fred, and I promptly shrieked about how “TICKLED I AM TO MEET YOU!” Oddly, he was not as excited to meet me as I was to meet him. Time was short, so I didn’t get to tell him about how I went to UGA and we *must* have so much in common since we lived in Athens 20 years apart.

image courtesy of Zimbio.com

Rock Lobster!

A few weeks later, due to the same people with the musical family connections, we attended a Guster and Jack’s Mannequin concert, and hung out on the Jack’s Mannequin tour bus after the show. They were so kind, and out of the seven of us, I was the only one who was familiar with either band. So I loved it, and may or may not (definitely did) have developed a high timbre to my voice and giggled incessantly.

Jack's Mannequin drummer Jay McMillan, me, and my bra strap.

I also met Ric Flair last summer while we were waiting to eat at The Cowfish. No matter what you have to say about the Nature Boy and his less than stellar life choices, it was still exciting to meet him, and he was so, so nice. He did appear to be at the bar with a hooker, though, so I washed my hands after I shook his.


In what will only be exciting to Georgia fans, last week at Charlotte’s UGA Day we met football Coach Mark Richt and basketball Coach Mark Fox. We only had a football to sign, so we asked that Coach Fox sign it as well. I’m still trying to decide if this was a huge faux pas in the sporting world.

They asked if we wanted to take Frat Boy the Younger out of his stroller for the picture. Um, nopey. We keep him contained in public, thanks.

What about you? I’d love to hear your celebrity encounters, and to see your pictures. Please tell me about them in the comments section, or shoot me an email at SparkReviews at gmail dot com, and I’ll potentially feature them soon.

P.S. For Charlotte area celebrity stalking, be sure to follow @CelebsinCLT for loads of fun information.









45 Comments on "Celebrity Stalking, Southern fangirl style"

  1. Nichole May 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm · Reply

    I don’t have any pictures, but I did Paula Abdul came to the movie theater I at worked at in high school three times. I’m pretty sure she saw three Antonio Banderas movies.

    • Tricia May 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Reply

      Hahahaha. That cracked me up.

  2. Karen May 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm · Reply

    Mine are decidedly more B list than yours.
    1) I walked past Fantasia Barino in South Park Mall, and then totally turned around and said loudly “wait, was that her?” when told what had just happened.
    2). In junior high, I chased a few members of REM down Peachtree Street, having jumped up from my dinner when we saw them through the window.
    3) I went completely mute upon meeting Verne Yip – YES, THAT AMAZING DESIGNER FROM TLC’S TRADING SPACES – while sitting in a booth at Willy’s Mexican Grill. My friends proceeded to tell him that we all should be like total besties because we lived in his neighborhood and worked at the neighborhood pool… which I’m sure is just like the same thing as working with him on the show (oh god, I wanted to be Genevieve).
    4) During the Atlanta Olympics, I ran into Coach Steve Nunno between events. I kept hoping he’d ask me on the spot to train with Shannon Miller and his other elite gymnasts, but no such luck.
    5) Zach Galifinakis and I totally dinned together at Intermezzo Pizza last summer, albeit about three tables apart. It took full restraint to not go over and sing “we’re the three best friends that anyone could have” to him. I think that was a wise choice.
    6) And I shall not mention last month’s encounter with Claire Danes, as I fear it may upset you. There’s (bad) photographic evidence, snapped (hopefully sneakily) through the airplane seats.

    However, I do love how, if you take what you said to him directly from your quotes, it sounds like you spoke to Fred Schneider in Yoda-speak. TICKLED I AM TO MEET YOU!

  3. Tami May 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm · Reply

    Please, oh please let me gush some more about my chance meeting, ahem, stalking of Scott Avett from the Avett Brothers! I will email you! ;-)

    • Tricia May 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm · Reply

      Do it, Tami!

  4. Heather May 30, 2012 at 7:27 am · Reply

    Dammit! I got nothing! I am always the one who is in the bathroom, getting a drink, running late when the Celebs show up.

    So not fair!

    I am so jealous you saw LL Cool J!

    • Tricia May 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm · Reply

      It was back in the mid 1990s, but I remember it well. Still trying to figure out why he didn’t ask me to be his girlfriend, though. ;/

  5. Michelle May 30, 2012 at 8:45 am · Reply

    Hilarious post! Super cute blog! Found you from SITS!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:02 am · Reply

      Thank you so much for coming by, Michelle!

  6. Tara @ secretsofamomaholic.com May 30, 2012 at 8:48 am · Reply

    Since my son is begging to watch the incredible hulk cartoons on yout ube right now- I’ll keep this short!

    I met Drea De Matteo at a Yo Gabba Gabba show! She sat in the same row as my daughter & I…she was doing the dancey dance! I told her she was awesome when she sat back down & we struck up a brief conversation. She was so sweet and down to earth- like I was hangin with one of my girls.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:03 am · Reply

      I love her! That is so very cool that you got to meet her. Makes going to see “Yo Gabba Gabba” a little more bearable.

  7. Raquel May 30, 2012 at 9:25 am · Reply

    Hello! Found you via SITS! Oh that Kristin is hilarious! I follow her cooking blog. Great photos….one day I will have to do a celebrity post. I have seen a few (Pierce Bronsen, George Wendt, Paris Hilton…), and got picture with some . I live about 40 minutes from L.A. in Orange County and the airports are good places to catch them.

    Love your personality! Going to check you out on Pinterest next. :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:04 am · Reply

      Raquel, I love hearing about celebrity spottings. I’m going to check out your blog, but please let me know when you post about it so I don’t miss it.

      Thanks so much for coming by!

  8. Briana May 30, 2012 at 9:28 am · Reply

    Visiting from SITS! I am jealous you were near Jonathan Rhys Meyers! Crazy or not – I love those lips! :) I went to a Shooter Jennings (Waylon’s son) concert a couple years ago and met him. His girlfriend, Drea de Matteo, was sitting nearby, looking absolutely gorgeous. Then, last year when we went to his concert again, IN Nashville, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen came in and sat on the stairs below us! Exciting!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:05 am · Reply

      You are the second person to comment that they saw/met Drea de Matteo. That girl is everywhere!

      Thanks so much for coming by!

  9. tori nelson May 30, 2012 at 10:11 am · Reply

    Love that you gave your bra strap a photo shout out. Sister deserves a little recognition every now and again.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:05 am · Reply

      My bra strap is a celebrity in her own right. She has had so many cameos, I may as well just go ahead and get her a SAG card.

      Thanks so much for coming by!

  10. Jennifer May 30, 2012 at 10:21 am · Reply

    Such a fun post! Can’t say I’ve ever had a celebrity sighting, but loved reading all about yours! Happy SITS Day!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:06 am · Reply

      Thanks so much for coming by, Jennifer!

  11. Ilene May 30, 2012 at 10:27 am · Reply

    Loved this post. I am a semi-recovering celebrity stalker who worked at a concert venue in college and there, trained myself to act like I was too cool to gawk..but on the inside I still did and still do. One of the most exciting moments for me at my job was a 3 second encounter with John Taylor from Duran Duran. Call me corny, but I still smile when I think about it. happy SITS day! 1

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:07 am · Reply

      Nene, don’t go into recovery. It is much more fun to gawk!

      Thanks for coming by!

  12. Jennice May 30, 2012 at 10:34 am · Reply

    I work at JFK International Airport and Ive run into several celebrities. Ive seen Russell Simmons, Paris Hilton, Swiss Beats, Paula Patton, Angie Harmon,Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hank Azaria, Cameron Mathis,the actor who played Charlie Banks on One Life To Live, Redman, and Rev Run. I always manage to keep my composure because I’m at work. I never ask for autographs because I figure they get accosted enough and I don’t want to impose but I always tell my boss that if Denxel Washington walks into my terminal, all bets are off and I going into full groupie mode. I’ve loved the man since I was six and Im still in love with him after 17 years.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:10 am · Reply

      OH! That is the best job ever! And I totally get the Denzel love. He is very pretty.

      Thanks so much for coming by!

  13. thedoseofreality May 30, 2012 at 10:35 am · Reply

    First of all, do we both live in Charlotte? I LOVE Cowfish.
    Secondly, I am loving these stories and may also shamelessly steal/borrow this idea for my own blog. Genius.
    Because I am totally cool like this, I will give you a brief tale of a celebrity encounter before I go. I know, I know, I am a giver. When I was in high school, I totally saw Liza Minnelli buying wrapping at Michael’s on Christmas Eve in my suburban Houston neighborhood. The guy she was dating at the time lived near there and apparently even Liza herself needs to wrap gifts. Who knew?!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:12 am · Reply

      I’m actually in Fort Mill, but I grew up in Charlotte. Can’t wait to check out your blog-love connecting with a local.

      Liza Minelli in Michael’s. I’m going to have to process this for a bit.

      Thanks for coming by!

  14. Martine | Work at Home Mom Writer May 30, 2012 at 10:45 am · Reply

    I’ve never met a celeb, at least not a foreign-based celeb! Only local celebs, here in the Philippines. The most was Switchfoot, a U.S. band.

    Stopping by from SITS, by the way. Love your blog! :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:13 am · Reply

      Martine, I love Switchfoot! They were featured on “A Walk to Remember” soundtrack, and I have loved them since.

      Thanks so much for sharing my SITS Day!

  15. Christa the BabbyMama May 30, 2012 at 10:53 am · Reply

    Wow, you’re lucky! I don’t think I’ve had any celeb encounters, and I grew up in NY. Though admittedly, there are a lot more celebs in NYC now than there were then.

  16. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos May 30, 2012 at 11:48 am · Reply

    Celeb encouters are always tricky – they can either go well and everyone is cool or they are just diva and beyond. (I used to work in entertainment during my recovering publicist days) One time that I will never forget was when I went to dinner with my friend MB to the Ivy in Hollyweird. It was Grammy weekend so we knew everyone would be at Chows and Ivy (which as GREAT cocktails btw) should be pretty tame. During dinner, I noticed Hulk Hogan with his family, agent and some hangers on. Towards the end of the evening, MB had to go the restroom and Hogan was pretty much locked up in there for a while with security guarding the door. (Hmmm.. wonder why.) While MB was trapped waiting for the rest room to be unoccupied, I went to get the car from valet. While waiting for the car, this guy started chatting with me about how the paparazzi that were hovering were like vultures and I had to agree – it was a nightmare. I turned to see who was chatty cathy and it was Matt Leblanc aka Joey from Friends. Super super nice guy. He even put up with Hogan stopping him from leaving to get a pic with Hogan and Hogan’s daughter. Sadly, the paparazzi leaned into Matt’s car and almost caused more drama – they really are vultures in Hollyweird.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:21 am · Reply

      I’m so jealous you met Joey. I think I would have gotten really squeaky if I had. Then I would have been all “How YOU doin’?” and everyone would have hated me.

      Thank you so much for coming by. I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  17. Denise May 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm · Reply

    I meet Dan Quayle as a teen. Does that count? :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:16 am · Reply

      Dan Quayle totally counts, Denise. Thanks for coming by!

  18. Kristin @ What She Said May 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm · Reply

    Don’t kid yourself – West Virginia is TOTALLY another world! ;)

    Thanks for the shout-out! Your blurb about seeing Michael Imperioli cracked me up.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:21 am · Reply

      Thanks for letting me grand theft blog post your idea!

  19. Tricia May 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm · Reply

    I love celebrity encounters but never have the courage to approach them (don’t know why – they are just people, right!?)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:23 am · Reply

      You just never know how it is going to go. Are they going to be happy or annoyed to see you? I think from now on I have to at least try. The photo opp and blog fodder will make it worth it, regardless of the outcome.

      Thanks for coming by, Tricia!

  20. Darlynn @The Little Blog Dress May 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm · Reply

    Happy SITS Day! I love this post! My list for celebrity sitings is long and lengthly but always really good stories. Just last weekend, I met Maurice Starr who started NKOTB. This may or may not mean anything to you, but I was so excited!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:33 am · Reply

      I am not scared to admit that I totally know who that is, Darlynn, Where on earth did you meet him?

  21. Meagan May 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm · Reply

    LOVE this post! May have to steal from your stolen idea – ha! just teasing… but seriously, you have made me think about some funny moments of celeb stalking err… sightings that I have been involved in… must get that all organized into some sort of post / scrap book or something along those lines.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:34 am · Reply

      Meagan, please let me know when you do. Thanks so much for coming by!

  22. New York Cliche May 31, 2012 at 11:38 am · Reply

    I just started watching The Sopranos, when I saw the first picture I was like, “No way! That’s Chris? He looks so old!” How terrible am I? He’s such a kid on the show! Great idea for a post, glad you stole it :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 9:35 am · Reply

      Yes, he looks like a baby on that show compared to now.

      Surely you have some good ones from living in NYC? Spill it, sister!

  23. krystle June 7, 2012 at 11:25 am · Reply

    I think I’ve only seen NBA players in person but not actors. Bummer!

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