Monday, January 17, 2011

That time I partied with Colin Firth.

Way back in November, I started a post about a big night I had. I never published it because I couldn't get out what I needed to say without sounding overly gushy, starstruck and lame. I still don't think I can do it. Here's a bulleted list of how the events unfolded. It's hard to be gushy in a bulleted list. 

  • College roommate/good friend called me and said she had an extra ticket for the premier of a Colin Firth movie in New York. 
  • I packed my bags and drove to Philadelphia, by myself.
  • We drove to NYC and checked into a hotel.
  • Taxi dropped us off at the Ziegfeld Theater for the premiere. 
  • I accidentally walked in front of Colin Firth's limo, resulting in being yelled at by a paparazzi and a security guard.
  • We got our seats in the theater (which were in the main area and NOT on the balcony, where the riff raff sat)
  • Decided to run to the lobby for a quick pee break.
  • Inadvertently ran into Colin Firth and his wife Livia in the lobby. Did I mention that our tickets came directly from Colin's wife? She is friends with my friend's uncle. 
  • They stopped talking to the adoring fans and HAD A CONVERSATION with us. I babbled and fidgeted and I think I said "thank you" ten times. Particularly in cases where the phrase "thank you" had no place. 
  • Colin introduced us to his friend, Helena Bonham Carter. HELENA BONHAM CARTER. 
  • Shit was real.
  • They asked us if we were going to the after party. We were invited to the after party.






















  • Watched movie. Standing ovation. Amazing.
  • Caught a cab to Royalton Hotel lounge called 44 Lounge
  • Tons of people were begging bouncers to let them into the party, but it was invite only. We were invited. 
  • Beautiful people, beautiful food, abundant alcohol everywhere.
  • The people we recognized (besides the stars of the movie) were Christine Baranski, Valentino, and Moby. Very random.
  • Drank and people-watched for a couple hours.
  • As Colin and his wife left the party, surrounded by a throng of people, they came over TO US and thanked us for coming and said goodbye. My friend talked to Livia about her uncle while I had an awkward conversation with Colin Firth, in which he touched my back. My friend got her picture taken with them but I froze up and didn't ask. Ah, well. 
     *   We went back to the hotel and freaked out.
  • The end.
  • I hope I managed to give you an unbiased account of the night. Sorry for some all-caps. I'd be really embarrassed if Colin read this, but I'm pretty sure he's not subscribing to my blog. Maybe he's lurking.

    Anyway, the reason that I chose this moment to finally come clean about the fact that I am in fact best friends with a Hollywood A-Lister  met Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter is because he just won the Golden Globe for best Actor! Oscars are next . . . 

    If you haven't seen the movie, go see it!

9 comments:

  1. You did a great job at not sounding gushy.. I would have been completely starstruck. Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter?! I would have no idea what to say if an actor or actress struck up a conversation with me. Lucky!

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  2. AH!!!! I'd have just stood there like a deer in headlights. I LOVE the both of them.

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  3. very well done - and thank you for sharing this story with us! It lets us all know that dreams we didn't even know we had can come true!

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  4. You lucky duck! That whole night sounded amazing!

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    http://jenniferscavone.blogspot.com

    Ciao bella!

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  6. Thanks for the comments, forgot to mention that he is totally nice! Very gracious and down to earth.

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  7. Holy freaking cow! I can't believe you met Colin Firth AND Helena Bonham Carter!

    And if you had gushed I don't think anyone would have blamed you lol. :]

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