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!


  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!

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

  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!

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

  5. thats crazy! i love colin firth!!!!

  6. btw, im following! like the blog. it'd be grea if you wanted to follow mine too =)

    Ciao bella!

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

  8. 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. :]