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October 19, 2016 01:05 PM

Ever wonder what famous people are like when they’re not giving interviews, filming movies or zipping around on Citi Bikes?

Eighteen people took to Reddit to share their real-world encounters with celebrities. (Though nothing will EVER top the time Tom Hanks crashed a non-famous couple’s wedding photo shoot.)

1. “I met Daniel Radcliffe at a pub in Dublin. Really nice dude. I told him I like his work, and he thanked me then introduced me to his friends. We chatted for a little about life, and then I let him be.”

2. “When I was younger, my grandmother and I ran into Robin Williams eating alone in a Whole Foods. We approached him and introduced ourselves, and he immediately cleared a space for us to sit and chat with him. I was pretty young at the time, so he spent most of the time trying to make me laugh by doing voices. I may have been too young to truly appreciate it at the time, but looking back I can easily say it’s one of the greatest moments of my life.”

3. “I met Drew Carey a few years ago outside a fancy hotel in D.C. I spotted him and nicely asked for a photo. He said not now, but he would return in 10. He came right up to me 10 minutes later and took the photo, made a few jokes with my camera, shook my hand, asked me my name and had a nice small convo. Class act, Mr. Carey.”

4. “I met Shaq at the Cheesecake Factory in Sacramento shortly after he invested in the Kings. It was my brother’s birthday, and he said, ‘What?! Happy birthday little man!’ and shook his hand. Then he said, ‘Hey! Get my new friend here some cheesecake!’ He shook the rest of our hands and went on his way. Incredibly nice guy. And huge.”


5. “Paul Rudd is just as nice and pleasant as you’d imagine. I met him after a Broadway show, and he stopped to take pictures with everyone who lingered.”

6. “I served Harrison Ford ice cream once. He was very polite, but stern-looking. He kept his head low like he just wanted to get his cone and get out of there before anyone realized who he was, so I obliged by doing my best not to freak out.”

7. “I was serving John Krasinski one night. He was in the bar with a few of his friends. The boss had given us the OK to let them stay and drink after hours with the staff. He was a super nice guy. He kept asking if he could bring a buddy, as it was his birthday, and he had been filming all day. We thought nothing of it and said ok. At 3 a.m., he tells us his friend is around the corner, and asks us if we could turn off the lights, light sparklers and sing happy birthday. We obviously say yes to this. Right before the door opens, he says, ‘By the way, his name is Matt.’ The door opens and we start singing. I walk up to the front door with my hand out to greet him, and by the time I got to sing ‘Matt,’ I realized it was Matt Damon. All of them were super nice guys!”


8. “James Earl Jones is very gracious and at times even a bit humble. Really nice man.”

9. “I met both Jon Bernthal and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Natural History Museum while I worked there, and I saw a couple others. DiCaprio loved the Butterfly Enclosure, and Bernthal was super cool and down to Earth.”

10. “I saw Robin Williams at an ice cream shop. I was on vacation. I got my ice cream and went outside to eat, and then he came out with his and actually sat down at my table. We talked for a solid 45 minutes. Best day of my life.”

11. “I used to work in a coffee shop and had a second job in a restaurant when I lived in L.A. a few years back. I got to meet Will Smith who was a complete sweetheart with a loud-ass booming laugh.”


12. “I met David Bowie once. I was torn between melting into a frothing mess and pretending I was cool with it all. I’m sure it showed — I have no poker face skills. I handed him the papers he came in for. He paused, smiled at me ever-so-slightly and wished me a good day. I don’t think I breathed the entire time he was there, I was so tightly wound. I can’t even remember if I said anything.”

13. “I helped Sandra Bullock at a clothing store I used to work at find shoes for her and her son Louie. She absolutely glowed. Wonderful woman. I would suggest meeting her. So nice. Cute kid. 10/10 would help try on shoes again.”

14. “Tony Bennett is the nicest guy ever. I was coming home in military uniform, and he sent a breakfast from first-class back to me.”

15. “I met Anna Kendrick at a tube station a couple of years back. She was incredibly sweet despite being stressed about not being able to find her way somewhere. I helped her out. Also, she’s tiny.”


16. “I’m from Alaska, and Sarah Palin threw the opening pitch for opening ceremonies for Little League. As I was leaving, I walked past her, and she grabbed my hat off my head and signed it without asking. The confused 12-year-old me took my hat back and scurried off before realizing the governor had just signed my hat.”

17. “I spent a few hours with Ronda Rousey. She was very pleasant. Tons of people approached her asking for pictures or autographs, and she was so nice to everyone. She’s patient, professional and personable — still very intimidating, though.”

18. “Vince Vaughn was just as you would expect: Chill and funny. He had nervous eyes, though.”

All posts have been edited from Reddit for length and clarity.

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