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17 People Share How They Accidentally Met a Celebrity

Sometimes we forget that celebrities are ordinary people like us. They just happen to be famous. They need to run to the store to buy things, go outside to have a snack, visit the movie theatre, or catch a taxi. Here are 17 Reddit users’ stories that prove you may accidentally meet a VIP just around the corner.

  • “I met Tom Holland. I was his Uber driver. I geeked out for a second, initially. He kind of popped out of nowhere, even if it was a non-celebrity, but since it was him I was startled and blurted out, ’You’re a Spider-Man.’ He responded with, ’No, I’m not,’ and proceeded to ask about my day. Super nice, we talked for a bit, and the rest of the ride we both enjoyed our own music; he put his AirPods in, and I with my car speakers. Luckily, I didn’t freak him out too much because he left a nice tip through the app.” © ***est_**** / Reddit
  • “My buddy and I met Quentin Tarantino in Austin. We weren’t sure it was him at first so my buddy walks up and says, ’Anyone ever tell you you look like Tarantino?’ He replies, ’Yeah, my mom.’ And proceeds to walk out the door. We were huge Pulp Fiction fans and totally messed up that encounter.” © my_other_side96 / Reddit
  • “Saw Ryan Gosling at my brother’s graduation. His mom was graduating with a master’s degree from the same school. Ryan sat in front of me. He clapped for every kid who got on stage to get their diploma. I was so tired from such a long ceremony that I almost didn’t even clap for my brother.” © yuri_yk / Reddit
  • “Met Jensen Ackles, couldn’t figure out where I knew him from. Asked him if we went to high school together. That was a no. Eventually figured out I knew him from Days of Our Lives (this was before Supernatural.) He was nice and very accommodating. We have a mutual friend so I get to hang with him every so often.” © Nope****this / Reddit
  • Chad Kroeger. He is incredibly down-to-earth and kind, no matter what you think of his music. Met him backstage in 2002 when they were absolutely massive. At one point I approached him and asked him a couple of questions about the main riff on one of their older tracks, and he was like, ’You play one of our songs? I need to see this!’ He spent like 10 minutes teaching me some of the nuances of the riffs and the solo. I grew out of their music long ago but I would 100% shake that guy’s hand if I ever saw him again.” © darthvirgin / Reddit
  • “My dad worked on Equus when Daniel Radcliffe starred in it. He got me a ticket to the Christmas Eve show, and afterward I was brought backstage. As I was walking into the dressing room, Daniel was just standing in the doorway and said something like, ’Pardon me,’ so I could get in like he was in MY WAY. I remember turning bright red and telling him he was fantastic and he shook my hand and thanked me for coming. He was so genuine and chill. My dad who was a part of the crew got to interact with him pretty frequently, and he also said he was one of the most down-to-earth people he’d ever met. All in all a really cool guy, and a phenomenal actor.” © iambabyhands / Reddit
  • “I met Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore (when they were married) when they rented a nearby house for the Super Bowl in town. I was super young and a bunch of us rode our bikes to see them. He made a point of walking out to hug and take pictures with everyone and was all around a super charming guy. He drove around the neighborhood a few times the days before and would always smile and wave to everyone.” © LunasTunas / Reddit
  • “I worked at a coffee shop when I was younger. Robin Williams came in while I was working and I took his order and made his coffee. I was completely starstruck, he was my favorite movie star when I was a kid. I didn’t have much interaction with him. He was courteous but wanted just a coffee and something to read. What really struck me was that there were maybe 60 or 70 other people getting coffee or looking at books, and every single one of them was staring at him the entire time he was there.” © DrColossusOfRhodes / Reddit
  • “I met Renée Zellweger and she was so much kinder than I ever could have imagined. This was when hurricane Harvey hit Texas. I was working at Austin Pets Alive and we took in thousands of animals from hard-hit areas. It was insane. One day, Renée Zellweger just showed up to volunteer. No warning, no fanfare. She spent a week volunteering. She did laundry, cleaned out poop-covered crates, and drove vans of dogs (not a pleasant job with the smell and the barking). She was truly amazing. So so nice and hardworking. The laundry room was next to my office so we became friends over the week she was there.” © arabelladfigg / Reddit
  • Steven Tyler is an angel. My stepson, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair was a huge Aerosmith fan. When they were in Denver I managed to get a couple of backstage passes. As soon as Steven saw us he made a beeline to my son telling him what a cool wheelchair he had, I had one of my biker buddies give it a flame paint job. He squatted down so he was at eye level with Chris. My wife wrote him a thank you note. One evening the phone rang and there was a guy asking to talk to Chris. I asked who it was and he said: ’This is Steven Tyler.’ He talked to Chris for over 30 minutes and told him that he was welcome backstage at any show, any time.” © trippinrip / Reddit
  • Brad Pitt is a top-notch guy in real life. I met him in Malta while he was filming Troy. I was guiding a group of students as a group leader on a holiday trip and we saw Pitt just walking out of a cafe. He took time to take lots of pictures with all the kids and was really nice to everyone. Among my group were a bunch of teenage girls who almost fainted.” © Heiminator / Reddit
  • “I met Ryan Reynolds before he became famous. I was in a stall in the ladies’ room of a restaurant and someone came in and used the stall beside me who was definitely not female. As I was washing my hands, he came out of the stall and gave me a puzzled look. Then he got a look of absolute horror on his face and checked to find out he was, indeed, in the ladies’ room. He apologized, and I told him I wasn’t going to report him or anything. Came back to the restaurant and scanned the place to see if I could find him. He spotted me looking for him and came over to chat. Very flirty and funny, we had a great conversation.” © Delilore / Reddit
  • Hugh Jackman. He’s known for being nice but I didn’t expect him to be so genuine and actually keep the conversation going and to keep asking questions and showing interest. It must be exhausting considering how many people he meets every day, yet he is always on.” © Ninerism / Reddit
  • Stephen King was nicer than you’d probably expect from his books. My hometown is where he spends half the year and he came to see a movie at the theater I worked at in about 2018, and I sold him the ticket. He was with his son celebrating the release of their book and he asked for a senior ticket because ’he was closer to dying’ I said, ’Well, we’re all gonna die sometime!’ and he laughed.” © sarabera263 / Reddit
  • “I saw Pete Davidson about a year ago walking around the streets of NYC. We stared at each other for a few seconds because I knew I knew him from somewhere, and he knew that I probably knew him too. His facial expression was like: ’Aren’t you gonna say something? Don’t you know who I am??’ I said nothing because I normally don’t like to be that guy.” © trombone7777 / Reddit
  • David Tennant is absolutely lovely. I’ve met him multiple times due to my workplace. He once asked me to look after his coat and tipped me $50 for doing so. On another occasion, I had a long chat with him about Doctor Who since I’m a massive fan of the show and have been for as long as I can remember. He is a brilliant example of how meeting a celeb you love doesn’t have to be a disappointment.” © craalm13 / Reddit
  • “I met Bill Murray, he came to a restaurant I served at. When he came in I made eye contact with him from across the bar and my heart literally dropped. After his meal, he came and sat at the bar and chatted with everyone who was working, cracking jokes but very low-key. He asked for a tour of the place since it was a new restaurant, and as he was walking by me he said something like, ’I want to see what’s behind this magic curtain back here,’ and playfully punched me in the stomach, as I gazed wide-eyed up at him with the biggest smile on my face. He was super chill, very humble normal-seeming guy.” © chiaseeds00h / Reddit

Do you know somebody who accidentally ran into a celebrity, or have you met a VIP yourself? Tell us in the comments!

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