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Apr
23
2008

You know I’ve dabbled.

Not long ago, I invaded the personal space of Penn Badgley. You still don’t know who he is? My god, what do I have to do to get you to watch, “Gossip Girl?” Anyway, he’s one of the stars of the CW show and as you may remember, I, inexplicably, tapped him on the arm one day and gushed, “I love your show” like some kind of weird, 30-something stalker mom.

And you may also recall that I recently felt compelled to talk to Saturday Night Live performers Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers when I saw them having a private dinner in the West Village.

But I considered these encounters just two unexplainable, unsettling incidents after a long history of make-believe celebrity indifference. I mean, I’ve spent years pretending not to notice the likes of Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler and Julianne Moore in my very own neighborhood.

And I can still say proudly that I have NEVER, EVER asked for a celebrity photo.

Until last night….

I am just disgusted with myself.

What the heck is wrong with me? In my defense, it’s fashion designer and brilliant Project Runway judge Michael Kors. And if I simply told you (without the mega pixel proof) that I met him at the Publicolor fundraiser (which was a super cool, colorful event), I’m so sure you’d say, “Likely story Kelcey. You know, you don’t have to make stuff up like celebrity friends to be loved.”

But now you can see for yourself. I feel ashamed and embarrassed. Yet somehow… happy.

But I don’t even trust myself anymore. Seriously, how long before I ask for someone’s autograph? That would be rock bottom people. Rock friggin’ bottom.

Anyway, Michael was very nice about the photo. And it’s not his fault that he looks so oily because it was very hot.

And now I can’t wait for the next season of Project Runway because you just know he’ll be rattling on and on about that stylish, mysterious woman he met at the Publicolor fundraiser and how she would just make the most AMAZING model if only she was a lot taller… and a lot younger… and a lot more like Heidi Klum.

Auf Wiedersehen!

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40 Responses to the day i became a celebrity whore

  • I don't think I will ever get over the shock (even though it was over 20 years ago) of seeing a college friend from Texas (who I was showing around the big city) screaming, "It's Woody Allen! It's Woody Allen! Let's follow him!"

    I don't think she even knew why she wanted to follow him. It was instinctive.

  • Nap Warden says:

    How could you not go for the pic!?! I was at a fund raiser, and Fabio was there…I did not get my pic with him. I kick myself all the time! How often do you get a chance to get a pic with Fabio? It could have been our Christmas card!

  • Jennifer H says:

    I have never asked for a celebrity autograph either. I just don't get why people want them.

    If I think you're on that particular precipice, I promise to yank you back from the dark side!

  • Jordana says:

    My latest celebrity siting was Ryan Gosling. I couldn't stop staring (is it really him??) and thank goodness I don't have a camera phone or I definitely would have invaded his space. Michael saw John Heder (Napolean Dynamite) this week as well. Gotta love NYC!

  • Jessi says:

    Kelcey, you crack me up! I don't know famous people when I see them. My hub, he always knows them and he asks for autographs (if baseball players count as famous stars…)

  • Jacki says:

    I am not a fan of any of the people you mentioned, so I am not jealous. πŸ˜‰ Robert Duvall lives around our area, and we sat a couple of tables away from him one night at a restaurant. He's also a patient at the doctors office my sister works at, so she sees and talks to him regularly. She always knows when he is working on a new film.

  • Tara says:

    James Marsden was filming a movie in a neighborhood close to mine in Boca and I couldn't wait to meet him and take a picture with him! Of course I said it was my kids who really wanted to see him! Oh, and yes, I took a shameless picture with him…okay, several! Love him!!

  • wa says:

    If I were you, I would have done it, too.

    My husband & I had our picture taken with George Clooney at a party years ago, but we never show anyone because, next to him, we look like two ugly blobs waiting for liver transplants.

  • Robyn says:

    Aren't you glad you looked so FABULOUS when you met Michael Kors?

    I never see any celebrities, but my husband not only sees them, but they end up talking to HIM! (Karl Rove, Manager for the Yankees whose name escapes me right now…)

    My one and ONLY celebrity sighting was in synagogue for a high holy day. It was Richard Kind (of Mad About You and Spin City fame) and I thought it would be in poor taste to go approach him when he was trying to worship!

  • Abby Siegel says:

    This reminds me of the time when Debbie and I went hiking in Runyon Canyon in LA. We were walking up the hill, and walking down were Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling (they were dating). She was wearing a huge hat and he had a full-on beard/mustache but I still recognized them. Since SB is my all-time fave and I am always told I remind people of her I wanted to say something. Debbie threatened to end our friendship if I did, as she said people don't do that. I always wished I had a pen and paper as I would have written "Speed is my favorite movie" and flashed it at her when we passed them on our way down. I also saw her in the airport with Matthew McConaughey in 1996. Seen countless others but don't have the gall to say anything while I pass them on the street. I was actually just talking about Michael Kors last night….and you look fab in the photo!

  • Sandrine says:

    You look like best friends on this pix, I think it's cool you did it, and you make us smile and laugh so keep doing it…

  • Queen Goob says:

    Ted Turner has a plantation just down the road so on occasion he and Jane (it's been some time, I know) would come to "the city" but basically this is a small southern town the likes of which most avoid. And I lived in South Florida before South Florida was cool so nothing there, either.

    OH WAIT – I saw Burt Reynolds before he had all of the plastic surgery and was still recognizable. He’s a former FSU football player so he comes here quite frequently….now that he’s not filming much!

  • misty says:

    you made me smile… you've made my morning. While I wake up in Idaho and dream longingly of NYC (my favorite place in the world) I can live vicariously through you and your celebrity sightings with out the nerves and stomach butterflies! Woo HOO!!!

  • summerbl4ck says:

    michael kors head looks huge! i never actually saw that many celebrities when i lived in ny, but i am notoriously horrible at recognizing people out of context. i did get excited seeing Sarah Jessica Parker walking near times sq. (she must have been trolling for attention…;-)

  • JoLynn says:

    Iam proud to say I was in a commercial my junior year in high school. It played over the summer so when I went back to school in the fall I was ATTACKED by fellow student's asking question's about it. On that note I will NEVER bother a celeb because I can proudly say, I know how it feel's!!!

  • mp says:

    how funny..i get to tell this story again..I was at a politcal fundraiser a million years ago and Henry Winkler was there..the candidate was late so we had been drinking for a LONG TIME…and there he was…my drunk friend yelled "THE FONZ!"..I gotta tell you he was super!

  • Buffy Blackwell says:

    When James Brown passed away, MC Hammer stayed at my hotel; I had to escort him and I blushed every time he spoke to me. TOTAL LOSER AM I!!

  • Sally says:

    Suburban Correspondent! Woody Allen is a coveted sighting in NYC. Your friend did the right thing.

    Kelcey Kors. New brand.

  • Jill says:

    I saw James Ganolfini from "The Sopranos" on a street in Jersey and I HAD to ask him for a photo. He's the only celebrity I've done that with. Since I live in Jersey I completely cherish the picture. (He was not very happy that I asked for it!)

  • MamaGeek says:

    So this TOTALLY makes you a b-list celebrity via this shot alone! I've never asked a celebrity for an autograph – BUT should I ever meet Bono I must just propose! πŸ™‚

  • Rhea says:

    Mama Bird, tag, you're IT! (I tagged you for a meme on my site, sorry! You're welcome to ignore it if you want.)

    By the way, I'm impressed you asked for the picture…I'm so shy I couldn't have done it.

  • Kristen says:

    How cute is your picture! Love it! And by the way, if you are stunning enough to be the celeb, than ask away!

    Can't wait to read your next post! πŸ™‚

  • motherbumper says:

    LOVE HIM _ LOVE HIM! omg – I would have totally humped his leg, dragged him home to critique my closet and then forced him to be my shopping buddy for the rest of my life. And I am why celebrities smart celebrities pack tazers or mace.

  • Jordana's Aunt Marcia says:

    On plane with Marlon Brando (he was in 1st class), I had stored painting there which was gift for friend in L.A. I went to talk to Stewardess to get it; and she wasn’t there. Other Stewardess told me to return to my seat with the common people, and ‘that you only want to talk to Marlon Brando’…He heard her; called over Stewardess and told her, ‘if she wants to sit next to me and talk, she can’. Obviously I was in my 20’s, and stupid; because I told the Stewardess, ‘no, I really have a painting up here, I’m not trying to talk to Mr. Brando’. I could have had his 8th child.

  • You should be ashamed. I would never do the photo media slut thing. I did however scream “welcome to nu zillan” at Gok when I saw him walking down the street in Auckland a few months ago. Oddly, he did not want his very own photo with me. Bitch.


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