We live in a society that holds celebrities up as some kind of pinnacle of perfection and awesomeness. We almost never see them undone or anywhere other than events, so it can be easy to forget that they're just people like us (okay not like us, but still people.)
Every now and then, we "regular" people come into direct contact with a celeb - and most of the time it's a completely uneventful moment. Smile, wave, maybe a selfie and that's it. Everyone goes about their day, maybe you get a cool story out of the encounter. Sometimes, though, it's a total awkward cringefest that has us wondering why life is even like this. Why are celebs like this? Why are we like this?
Like... WHY, though?
We'll get to our celebrity cringefest stories in a moment, but first let's check in with Twitter, where Sarah Kay shared her embarrassing story and then asked for others to help her feel less alone in her awkward. Twitter obliged. There were tears. We snort-laughed. Good times had by all ...
1. The Tweet That Started It All
We love Sara Bareilles... and no, we won't tag her in... or will we?
What’s the worst you’ve ever embarrassed yourself in front of someone you super admired? One time Tommy Kail introduced me to Sara Bareilles & I was so overwhelmed, I looked her directly in the face & just said, “oh wow.”😳🤦🏻♀️— Sarah Kay (@kaysarahsera) February 28, 2018
(Don’t you dare tag her in this.) https://t.co/EzKWS6p6X9
Great, now Joe Jonas has an inferiority complex. Poor dude probably thought you wanted one of the other Jonas brothers.
i met @joejonas 2 years ago at radio meet and greet. i had taken some pills to help me relax but apparently they didnt work. as he walked in, he smiled at me and i immediately looked down (idk why i was so nervous). when i looked back up he looked disappointed. worst thing ever.— spooky angelica (@plumprincess_) March 4, 2018
Nobody offers us vending machine snacks ... :-/
Stared at Jamie Lee Curtis digging thru purse 4 change 4 vending machine snacks 4 her kids. She looked up & asked if I wanted my own snack.— A. Greg Raymond (@AgregRaymond) March 1, 2018
4. Thor Who?
Yeah we had to look it up. It's an Australian soap opera he was on from 2004-2007. We'll let you have the joy of doing an image search. It's glorious.
I met Chris Hemsworth at the Thor: TDW Premiere and I had planned on saying how much I loved him in his new film at the time, Rush, but I got so nervous that I just blurted out "I loved you on Home & Away!" He didn't know what to say so he just laughed 🙈— NowhereGirl (@almasRazakazi) March 4, 2018
5. Hip Check!
Guys please do not get all ice hockey on the celebs...
6. Stating The Obvious
Followed by "Yo Rock, you muscley!"
i met the rock once and managed to forget a whole monologue i had planned and ended up saying "yo rock, you bald!" so. yeah.— jhaunay (@wrightmywayout) February 28, 2018
Wait... even with the yodeling she actually came over to talk? Is she a sheep? Someone look into this.
I made an absolute heel of myself when I saw Natalie Dormer at the Catching Fire premiere. I straight up yodeled her name until she came over and then I told her she's the prettiest person I've ever seen and took a failed selfie.— grandma becca (Known Gay Mess) (@drinkwaterkids) March 1, 2018
She didn't stop for any more fans after that haha https://t.co/ixuyGtsGRV
8. Serenading Gwyneth Paltrow
In all fairness, you probably could have pulled it off had you committed to the choreography.
I used to work at a restaurant and was setting up the table closest to the entrance for dinner service as the song 'My Girl' played. As the chorus finished I sang the last 'my girl' really loudly and made direct eye contact with Gwyneth Paltrow. She backed away in horror.— Sean Wilcox (@Wilcox_Music) March 1, 2018
Broken pen, ripped poster... WHY LIFE, WHY?
I met Sophie Turner (Sansa from Game of Thrones) and asked her to sign my poster, she tried but my pen didn’t work so I said “I’ll make it work” and proceeded to scribble on it until it ripped. One of her people felt sorry for me and lent me a pen 🤷🏼♀️— Kayla Burditt🧚🏻♀️ (@_dragonstoned) March 1, 2018
11. Here, Sign This Picture Of Someone Else
Oh good, someone caught the awkward on film.
12. Probably Not Getting That Job, Ever
"Probably to get security" ... ... ... probably right.
13. Apologizing To Cardboard
That laughter will ring in her memories forever.
I met Michael Caine at a book signing once and for some reason instead of walking away like a normal person I decided I needed to back away without taking my eyes off him— Meg Mercury 🕸 (@Megan_Mercury) March 3, 2018
I backed into a cardboard cut out of him which I apologised to profusely
I could hear him laughing at me
14. So Very Small
... but did you remember to mention he was smaller than you expected? We feel like he might totally want to know he was smaller than you expected.
I met Andy Black at Warped Tour last year & when I approached him all I could think about was how small he actually was. So our whole conversation was me telling him his height was exaggerated & that he was actually small, there's a pic where you can tell he's tired of my shit.— sed (@sedugly) March 3, 2018
15. "It's The American!"
We cackled. Way to make us look like not-spazzes, there, Kelly.
When I met J*sh Gr*ban, i was studying abroad and I was the only American in a theater of Europeans. (Long story short) At the stage door I exclaimed “it’s me! It’s the American I can show you my passport!” He just goes (clearly wanting to get tf away from me) “ok I believe you”— Kelly (@kellyamma) March 2, 2018
16. 2 for 1 Deal
Twice the celebs means twice the awkward!
I cried so hard meeting Gina Gershon backstage at Bye Bye Birdie that she couldn’t understand a single word I was saying and my mom basically had to translate and John Stamos was very worried about me so he made me sit in a chair to make sure I don’t “choke and die” from my tears— laura j. brown (@laurjbrown) March 2, 2018
17. A Rose By Any Other Name ...
would probably have been a tad less awkward.
18. Charlie Cox's Wife
Now we're imagining Charlie Cox at a winery using the Shaggy defense like:
"Oh I saw you on the TV!"
"It wasn't me."
"Now you're here at the winery!"
"It wasn't me."
"But, you're standing with your wifey?"
"It wasn't me."
I saw Charlie Cox at a winery. He pretended not to be Charlie Cox....despite being with Charlie Cox's wife. I think he didn't like me— Mark Fry (@FredDurstsPhone) March 2, 2018
19. Screaming In Wonder Woman's Face
20. Dog Concussions
... but is the dog okay?
Once saw Gerard Butler in Bondi Beach and at the exact moment we made eye contact, my dog who was in my arms at the time decided to flip out and I dropped him on his head. Mr Butler was very kind and pretended not to see it and we got to chat. Thanks for being cool @GerardButler— Jimmy Connoley (@regularjimmy) March 1, 2018
21. Harry Potter And The Existential Crisis
Do any of us truly know how we're doing? Truly?
Met Tom Felton at FanExpo. Cried after photo op, then when getting an autograph in my copy of Deathly Hallows, he asked how I was doing and I replied "I don't know"— Dayna // 202 (@daynagasaki) March 1, 2018
22. Makeup Advice
Whatever it was, it was magic.
I once met Scott Weiland after a stone temple pilots show and I asked him what kind of eyeliner he used because it didn’t smudge or run during his performance 🤦🏻♀️— Dena (@denacutrone) March 1, 2018
23. More Tiny Celebs
You guys know they're not born 9 feet tall with a spotlight on them, right?
Mine is also Sara Bareilles. I was interviewing her at the Wildhorse in Nashville like 10 years ago & when I saw her, instead of the carefully rehearsed introduction, I just screamed “YOU’RE SO TINY”. I also asked her drummer who he was. 🙊I need a do-over, I was 23.— Eva Knievel (@that_bird) March 1, 2018
24. Before And After
We're sitting here looking at pics... and we're honestly not sure we loved him before.
2015, while in line to use the bathroom at Malibu Wines, I told Mario Lopez I loved him before and after his jheri curls. Blame it on the alcohol.— Araceli Alvarez (@gWillikersCheli) March 1, 2018
25. Which He Didn't
Now we're sitting here coming up with alternative pronunciations.
So now onto my story. Let's set the scene for you. It's Warped Tour in South Florida - which means it's approximately 525,600 degrees outside in the shade. I'm young, overweight, insecure, awkward, and sweating so heavily that I can smell myself - and I smelled like KFC biscuits, which is not a natural scent for a human being.
I turn a corner, huffing and puffing as I trudge through the crowd desperate to find shade and some water. My eyes are cast downward so as not to risk the sun reflecting off of the blood-red eye shadow I had used to fill in my entire eye socket (because emo) and so nobody would dare speak to me (because edgelord.) And then I bumped into someone hard enough that it caused a sweat-splash. I look up. Then very up. Did I mention I'm 4'10? And then the reality hit me.
Oh God. I just crashed all my biscuit-scented sweatiness into Davey Havok.
A.F.I. was one of those bands that changed the whole world for me. I was a card-carrying fan club member! I wanted to tell him how he changed my world view, not just with his lyrics or by being bard to my very soul, but with his politics, his shirking of gender norms, his decision to stand on what he believes in and what is best for him regardless of whether it was "cool" or not. Young me was inspired by Davey in ways that super-old me still can't articulate. Being a writer and performer, I could totally do this!
Or so I thought.
What happened was a misfire somewhere between brain and mouth that caused me to emit a blurting screech like a mountain goat and shout:
"DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!?!"
"I should hope so."
Followed by this face:
If you've got a cringey encounter to share, sound off in the comments!