CNR: People Revealed The Good Vs. Bad Celebrity Encounters They’ve Had, And Their Stories Are Too Juicy To Ignore

CNR: People Revealed The Good Vs. Bad Celebrity Encounters They’ve Had, And Their Stories Are Too Juicy To Ignore
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“I was an extra on Dead Poets Society, and when I told Robin Williams how much I appreciated what he did, he said, ‘Hey, I appreciate what YOU did.'”

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most interesting encounters they’ve ever had with a celebrity, and boy, did they deliver. Here are their juicy stories.

Note: Some submissions were pulled from this Reddit thread by user u/Netwinn.

Disclaimer: We can’t confirm 100% of these stories, but some of these people are supposedly speaking from their own experiences meeting celebrities.

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Tom Hanks


ABC

“This is my mom’s story: Tom Hanks was in our town because we have a typewriter store and he was shopping there. On the way out, he passed by a bunch of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and he decided to help them sell their cookies for a while. That’s right: Tom Hanks was casually shopping for typewriters and ended up selling Girl Scout cookies on the way out because he’s THAT wholesome.”

—anajones597

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Whitney Houston


Disney

“Whitney Houston was a producer on The Princess Diaries movies, and my mom worked on set for the sequel. My mom happened to mention that it was my birthday, and Whitney took some of the balloons that can be seen onscreen during Mia’s bachelorette party, and told her to give them to me as a present. It was the best birthday ever!”

—dianaquinn

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Hugh Grant


Universal Pictures

“I met a lot of celebrities while working for an airline, one of them being Hugh Grant. One time, he sat in First Class 1A on a 747 (which is right in the nose of the plane), so there was nothing but a wall in front of the seat. It’s standard procedure for the cabin manager to go around to every first-class passenger and personally introduce themselves. When my manager got to Hugh, the conversation went something like this: Manager: ‘Hello, Mr. Grant, my name is…’ Hugh: ‘Oh, FUCK OFF.’ My manager proceeded to swiftly move on.”

—u/lightningpaw_

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Taylor Swift


buzzfeed.com

“I met Taylor Swift at the Reputation celebration release party. She ran over to hug me as soon as I walked in the room to meet her. She was so kind! I opened up to her about how much her music has helped me, and she proceeded to call me an angel, and then listened and talked to me about my anxiety.”

—kierag4477bc313

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Jason Momoa


NBC

“I couldn’t believe the size of Jason Momoa’s hands when I met him, and my dumb starstruck brain made me say, ‘Holy shit, your hands are huge’ and he said, ‘Holy shit, you’re right!’ He wrote, ‘Holy shit, it was nice to meet you’ in my autograph book. Then later on, when he walked past my husband and me with his entourage, he waved and shouted, ‘Holy shit, it’s you again!'”

—sarahed1990

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Alec Baldwin


NBC

“One day in the Hamptons, I ran into Alec Baldwin and his wife and their two dogs. I was 6, so I wanted to pet their dogs. Mind you, they left their dogs outside of the store, so I didn’t know they were theirs. They quickly yanked their dogs away from me and yelled at me. I was fucking 6.”

—dhockey

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Gwyneth Paltrow


Apple Music

“I worked with Gwyneth Paltrow’s children for eight weeks at a camp, and we got paid $5 an hour. Parents usually tip $100 or more at the end, but she didn’t tip at all.”

—mattymo56

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Snoop Dogg


buzzfeed.com

“I met Snoop Dogg in an elevator at LAX. He was with an assistant and we asked if we could take a picture with him. The assistant said that Snoop wasn’t able to take pictures at the moment. My uncle chimed in and said he was going to break our hearts, and Snoop said, ‘Snoop don’t break any girls’ hearts!’ We got a picture outside the elevator.”

—travelingskiier

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Carrie Fisher


Lucasfilm

“I once met Carrie Fisher at a book signing. When it was my turn, she kindly said, ‘Hello’ and all I could blurt out was ‘I love you!’ She hilariously replied, ‘I know’ (like in the Star Wars films). Carrie then told me she liked my Empire Strikes Back shirt, and I couldn’t help but just stand there and cry of happiness. Nicest woman in the galaxy!”

—skylarm4a70cea3e

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Steve Carell


NBC

“When my mom was a nurse, she met Steve Carell when he was starting out on The Office (one of his family members was sick). She said he was super down-to-earth, and he even got the hospital staff coffee and donuts every morning he visited.”

—mickeylala

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Oprah


NBC

“Oprah didn’t tip me on a $200 lunch — instead, she signed a napkin for me and acted like she was doing me a huge favor. The kicker was when she walked in, they gave away all of my other tables so she didn’t have to wait for anything. So I made $4/hour for two hours for the privilege of serving Oprah, and she went on and on about signing a napkin that I never asked for.”

u/MommaBearJam

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Ed Westwick


The CW

“I met Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl at Coachella. I never watched the show, but I recognized him — he grabbed my slice of pizza, took a bite out of it, and then spit it out and gave it back to me.”

—tdee94

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Angelina Jolie


BBC

“Waaay back yonder when I was 13, my mom and I met Angelina Jolie. After trying so hard not to freak out, Angelina and my mom just oh-so-casually hung out for 15 minutes, talking about raising kids and which diapers to use and other child-rearing stuff while I stood off to the side gasping in disbelief. Before she had to leave, she wished me good luck with school and all the things I wanted to do in my life, and when I said that she was my role model, she THANKED ME. I was so overwhelmed, I’m surprised I didn’t pass out.”

—ravenbard

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Michael Jordan


Warner Bros.

“My dad and I were picking out birthday cards for my mom at Walgreens when Michael Jordan and his son came into the same aisle to look at some cards. My dad kept his cool and continued to look through different cards, giving him his personal space. I, on the other hand, was 9 years old and in awe, so I was definitely staring at him. After M.J. picked out his card, he winked at me and gave me a fist bump as he walked by. It didn’t really set in until I was older how cool that was.”

—Jim__And__Tonic

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Gene Simmons


Westinghouse Broadcasting Company

“My dad ran into Gene Simmons at a bar in Baltimore in the late ’70s after one of Kiss’s shows. My dad wasn’t a huge Kiss fan, but he appreciated their music and told Gene something along the lines of, ‘Awesome concert, thanks for the show.’ Gene looked at my dad and then promptly replied, ‘I hope the next time you’re sucking ass to impress someone, you pucker up more’ and then walked off. My dad was pissed and told his friends it was time to go, and the bartender stopped them on their way out. Before he left, Gene and his entourage told the bartender my dad was paying for their drinks — it cost my dad almost $100 to pay for their alcohol.”

—u/squirrel-ninja

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Dolly Parton


Netflix

“I met Dolly Parton twice while working at Dollywood. The first time we were in the park before the season started, and she was shooting commercials. When we got there that day, they had turned our shop into her dressing room, so we weren’t allowed in at first. But when she found out, she let us in. There were buffet tables set up and she told us to help ourselves, and that she didn’t need all of that food anyway! In-between takes, she talked to us about what we were doing, where we were going to college, what we were studying, and so on.

The second time was a year later before the park opened. She was doing an interview with one of the local news stations up in the balcony of the big emporium shop. I was with a friend down below watching, and when it was over, Dolly leaned over the railing and yelled, ‘HEY! I remember you! Stay right there!’ She came downstairs, gave me a big hug, and asked how I was. That was one of the most surreal moments ever — a flipping legend like Dolly remembered me a year later.”

u/BattlePriestess

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Rihanna


buzzfeed.com

“It was 2008 and I was continuing my college gig of waiting tables at the illustrious TGIFridays. Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ was everywhere, including the sound system at the restaurant. The other staff members told me she loved going there whenever she was in Chicago. A couple of weeks later, I walked in at 4:30 p.m. for my dinner shift and there she was — she couldn’t have been nicer or more gorgeous. She took a photo with me and signed a stack of napkins for those who wanted them. #bestshiftever.”

—matthewf460296b89

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Samuel L. Jackson


Lucasfilm

“Samuel L. Jackson was hands down one of the kindest and sweetest people I have ever encountered. In the ’90s he ran a celebrity golf tournament a few times — when I was 12, I remember asking him if I could I bother him for an autograph. His response — word for word — has stayed with me every day since: ‘Sweetie, don’t ever apologize for wanting to talk to me or ask for my autograph — I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for you!’ He gave me a sweet smile and hug (with an autograph, of course). I’m 36 now, and still feel like he’s one of the most gentle and true spirits I have ever come across.”

—b3rmyblue

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Nick Lachey


Netflix

“I was managing a sandwich shop in college near Nick Lachey’s home, and he and his (genuinely really nice) wife would come in from time to time. We’d usually comp his order since the entire shopping plaza would instantly show up and stack a line out the door and around the corner. But, he never tipped us — he even elbowed his wife when she tried to — and he never looked at anyone or said hi to them the entire time he was at the restaurant.”

—u/skitdiddle

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Nicki Minaj


Fox

“I’ve worked with Nicki Minaj before and while on a set with her, I was told not to look at her face. She also had people move out of the room before she would come in the room. It was a whole ordeal.”

—alannan4bf3ecfa1

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Pierce Brosnan


MGM / UA Distribution Co.

“I ran into Pierce Brosnan while on vacation in Hawaii before Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond. He was in a gift shop and we bumped into each other. Out of surprise, I pulled out my finger gun and shot him in classic Bond fashion, right in the gut — Pierce then staggered back and held his stomach, slowly dying in this gift store in front of me. As a 12-year-old, it was the coolest thing ever.”

u/pattymaboy

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Chloë Grace Moretz


NBC

“My girlfriend and I happened to be in Provincetown during the Provincetown Film Festival, where Chloë Grace Moretz was due to receive an award. We were at a small bar taking up two of the eight seats (the rest of which were empty). Chloë walked in with four other people and they were standing there looking for a spot to sit — I said, ‘We can move down and you guys can have the rest of the bar’ thinking we’d just get a ‘thanks!’ and that’d be the end of it. She and her crew (including her brother, who was also super nice) chatted and joked with us for hours. When we left, I asked for the check, and they had already taken care of it. It was a great experience.”

—jmfox1985

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Kamala Harris


Giphy: @kamalaharris / Via giphy.com

“I met Kamala Harris on a flight to Detroit when she was going for the Democratic debates. I said, ‘I’m so sorry, but could I get a picture with you?’ and she told me, ‘Only if you don’t say sorry.’ It warms my heart to this day that I heard that from one of my biggest inspirations.”

—fsiemenssss

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Miles Teller


NBC

“I met Miles Teller at a bar — he told my friend to buy him a drink, and he still refused to take a picture with him. He ended up smacking my phone out of my hand — I’ll never watch another movie with him in it again.”

—u/lb02528

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Richard Simmons


YouTube: Richard Simmons / Via youtube.com

“I saw Richard Simmons at a Toronto airport back in 2011, and eventually a small crowd gathered around him at baggage claim. One woman tried to talk to Richard (she was quite excited and really wanted to chat with him), and genuinely said nothing to provoke his awful response. The immediate words out of Richard’s mouth were, ‘You know, just because it’s an all-you-can-eat restaurant, it doesn’t mean you have to eat it all.’ The woman was a little bigger than average, but nothing to suggest she drove restaurants out of business. Everyone was shocked.”

—u/turbanned_athiest

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50 Cent


Shady / Aftermath / Interscope / Universal

“50 Cent was recently in Omaha for a meet-and-greet scheduled for two hours. About 10 minutes after the specified end time, someone from his team went out to the end of the line of people waiting and said 50 Cent would stay and say hello to all those still in line at that point. He stayed more than two additional hours to do this, essentially more than double his agreed-to time period — those in line were so hyped to see 50 Cent. It was a very kind and gracious thing to do.”

—gogogogogo

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Vivica A. Fox


World of Wonder

“I used to be a bartender at a hotel, and Vivica A. Fox came in with a guy late one night after an event. He ordered a drink for himself and a house red for her, so I turned to her and asked if she preferred cab or merlot. She gave me the DIRTIEST look, like, how dare I address her directly, and flounced off to a table without answering. The guy said, ‘Just give her red, whatever…’ and didn’t leave a tip (they ordered four rounds, and no tip each time). They also complained that someone else came in and sat at a table near them and tried to get me to make them move. The other guests didn’t even try to approach her or anything — she was just mad that they dared to sit at a neighboring table.”

—u/kalinkabeek

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Jim Belushi


20th Century Fox

“Years ago, us kids waited for Jim Belushi and John Candy after they shot Only the Lonely in Chicago. I asked Belushi for an autograph, and he literally called us a bunch of piece of shit, stupid kids, and to get the F out of there. Then came Candy with a big old smile and cigar hanging out of his mouth, and he spent the next 10 minutes signing autographs and thanking all his fans.”

—urboy23

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Katt Williams


HBO

“I met Katt Williams while working at Starbucks. He ordered his grande, nonfat mocha with one pump of hazelnut. I asked him how he was doing, and he responded with, ‘I don’t see how that’s any business of Starbucks.’ He then wanted a polar bear cookie and made me go through all of the cookies to find the one with perfect frosting — any flaw (like an air bubble) was unacceptable. He didn’t even tip.”

—u/hoobieguy

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And Robin Williams


Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

“I was an extra in Dead Poets Society, and at the end of our last day of shooting (which happened to be New Year’s Eve), he decided to come into the auditorium where the extras (400 kids) were being kept and he entertained us for a solid 20 minutes. It was such a sweet thing to do — I’m sure he was tired and wanted to be with his family, but it was unforgettable for all of us.

I got to meet him again and told him how much I appreciated what he did on set, and he said, ‘Hey, I appreciate what YOU did.’ Just a kind, sweet man.”

—zooter

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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