Entertainment Music Pink Describes the Awkward Moment When She Met Steve Buscemi, Jokes 'That Guy Hates Me' Pink told Steve Buscemi that her stage name was inspired by his character, Mr. Pink, from the 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 18, 2021 10:10 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Pink is recounting a past run-in with Steve Buscemi that didn't go exactly as planned. While appearing virtually on The Tonight Show Monday, the 41-year-old singer opened up about the time when she met the actor years before she was a big star. The conversation began after host Jimmy Fallon told the "Who Knew" crooner about a previous conversation he had with Buscemi, 63, during a prior appearance on the late-night series in February 2020. During that show, Buscemi told the late-night host that Pink ran up to him before she was famous and said her stage name was inspired by his character, Mr. Pink, from his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. Asking Pink if the story, which he called "pretty insane" was true, the singer confirmed it was indeed "a real story." Pink's Career Through the Years Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage; Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images "But to be fair, I ran at him on a New York street. I physically — I'm like a hummingbird with my love," Pink said. "I'm very aggressive." "I remember I was dressed in, like, a silver ensemble and I had short pink hair and a tongue ring and I [was like], 'You're Steve Buscemi and you're Mr. Pink and I'm Pink and you're pink and I'm going to be so famous and I just love you,'" she continued. "And he's like, 'What the f---?' He was like, 'Ahhh.' I would've reacted that way too. I was a lot." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. When asked by Fallon, 46, if the pair have met again since that day so many years ago, Pink said they have not. "No. I mean, all this time, for like 20 years, I was like, 'That guy hates me,'" she joked. RELATED VIDEO: P!NK Answers Questions from Kids, Talks Girl Power & Her Favorite Color (It's Not Pink!) Back in early 2020 during Buscemi's Tonight Show appearance, the actor similarly recalled his initial meeting with Pink. "I remember she did say her name was Pink," Buscemi recalled. "She said, 'I'm Pink and I have an album coming out soon.' This was like 20 years ago." "And she said, 'I got my name sort of because of your character in Reservoir Dogs," he continued. "And it was very flattering — this was Pink ... but I didn't know who she was." Explaining that he was "so anxious and nervous" at the moment because he was set to meet Paul McCartney later on, Buscemi added, "I don't even know if I said anything to her." "And later, of course, you know, I find out who Pink is and I love her," he told Fallon. "And I just always felt bad because I hope she didn't think I was being rude or was not interested."