If you want something badly enough, it'll happen. I am now a firm believer in this philosophy.
... And in walks, Robert Pattinson. (HA, I wish)
So the story all begins when ...
I heard that Twilight star, Robert Pattinson had been spotted around the city lately and jokingly told my roommate that I was going to meet him. There are over 8 million people in New York, I never actually thought that this was a remote possibility. I'm not even one to "gush" over male celebrities. Yeah sure, Brad Pitt had his moments, ok maybe James Franco isn't so bad himself...
The point is, I never really thought too much about this Rob fellow. I thought he was cute in Twilight, a bit pale, but I guess that comes along with being a vampire. Then I saw an interview with him on Ellen DeGeneres and discovered he was British. Which basically means he could have been cussing like a trucker and still be utterly irresistible. He was also Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter. (Brownie points for that one Robbie ol' pal) So his appeal was starting to grow on me.
I really did try hard not to jump into the R-Patz love pool with everyone else. (The odds are too high)
Try as I might, his charm eventually won me over and my 13 year old, adolescent self made a startling recovery. As soon as I heard that he had been spotted around New York, my ears perked up that much more whenever he was mentioned.
I soon started discovering that the places he'd been seen were places I had been ... THE NIGHT BEFORE, THE SAME NIGHT, OR THE NIGHT AFTER!! Too close for comfort.
Rob - spotted at Black & White bar (I was there the night before & a few times since!)
Rob - spotted at the Gramercy Hotel's, Rose Bar (I was on the rooftop terrace the SAME night for this one!!)
Rob - spotted at the Bowery Hotel (I was there the night after!)
I was starting to think that my luck was cursed. Sometimes the harder you try, the harder it is to find what you're looking for. So after awhile I kind of gave up on my witch (or in this case 'vampire') hunt. I actually thought he must have gone back to film the Twilight sequel, or to London or Hollywood or wherever it is that he lives.
FASTFORWARD to June 15, 2009 :
It's 12:30 on a Monday afternoon. I take the elevator down from my office for my lunch break. First order of business was to grab myself a coffee. (Did I mention it was a Monday?) I really love a good cup o' java (to be blogged about later I'm sure!) and I'd heard of this place near work that supposedly grinds a mean coffee bean. I stroll down University Place until I reach my destination. I order the house blend with skim milk, and continue on my way to find a cafe for something more substantial.
That's when I noticed commotion a block away from where I was standing. I thought maybe there was some parade I didn't know about. Then I noticed the camera crew. A movie set! Curiosity killed the cat but I kept inching closer.
And then I saw HIM rounding the corner. My heart literally skipped a beat. NO. NO WAY, I thought. This was NOT happening. A pinch mark later, I realized it was. It actually took me 15 MINUTES to remember that I was using the same bag from the day before that had my camera in it. The entire time I just kept thinking, "This isn't happening, this isn't happening, this isn't happening." I've seen a few celebrities before, but none that made me paralyzed in my tracks. What do you do when you see a star? I didn't want to run over screaming I LOVE YOU like a crazed teenage fan (although the thought did cross my mind). My first inkling was that I should go over and introduce myself politely.
"Hi Rob, How are you?" "My name is Louise." ....right, because that doesn't sound stupid at all.
So I just stood there gawking. Eventually I thought to take some pictures of this event I jokingly said would happen (not really thinking it would!) I found that whole part comical. It was the 1st day of filming (I later found out it's for a new movie called "Remember Me") so there weren't too many mobs of people. Being on the movie set was pretty cool in itself.
An experience for the books, thats for sure!