1. Robin Williams

Robin Williams in 2016
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Robin Williams was such a great actor.

I was five years old and he was shooting a movie near where I lived, so my dad brought me over there.

He told me, "That's the Genie from Aladdin!!"

I, being a five-year-old, immediately ran over to meet him.

As I was running over, a van with some sort of film equipment was coming by and was going to hit me.

Robin yelled at the same time as my dad, for me to stop.

Robin Williams saved my life, then afterward, we had a little conversation about watching for cars.

Meanwhile, my stupid older brother sat in the car and listened to music.


2. Jack Black

Jack Black performing
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Jack Black took the time to talk to all his fans.

I had the good fortune of meeting Jack Black in 2006, after a Tenacious D concert.

He was by far the nicest celebrity I have ever met.

To paint a picture, we were all waiting out back of the auditorium near his tour bus, and I'd say there were roughly 40 - 50 fans, split on either side of a walkway.

When Jack came out, everyone started cheering, and then suddenly hushed up because he was pushing his newborn son in a stroller.

Jack went to the person nearest the door, and took pictures, etc. And spent at least 30 seconds to a minute, with every single person waiting for him.

When he got to me, I asked him to sign my replica Pick of Destiny.

He took it from me, signed it and then scrunched up his face and started shaking. After that, he gave it back to me and said, "Now it has the power."

Really great guy. 16-year-old me was speechless.


3. Alison Brie

Alison Brie
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Alison Brie was a very down to earth and happy person.

I work at a private club on top of a small hotel in West Hollywood.

When I was a relatively new employee, Alison Brie came in to hang out around the pool and drink champagne, with what I assume was her close friends and family.

She was literally the most charismatic person I have ever met. It was like there was an aura around her that made everyone within 10 feet feel special.

She engaged me when I came to take her order and we joked around like we were old friends. At one point we started talking to each other in British accents for some reason.

At the end of the day, she went to my manager and told him how much she and her friends loved me.

It's no surprise to me, that she is where she is now, after I've met her. If I were a producer or a director spending 20 hours a day on set, being surrounded by that kind of energy might be the only thing keeping me sane.

It doesn't hurt that she's blindingly talented to boot.


4. Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd at Comic Con
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I met him when he was filming "Our Idiot Brother" a couple of towns over from where I live.

Again, I was with my best friend and we waited all day in the dead of summer to meet him, but after a few hours we gave up hope and started walking back to the car.

As we were walking back, he was coming from the opposite direction and we asked if we could get a picture.

He was really one of the nicest people I've ever met. He talked to us about the movie, apologized for being so hairy, and took two pictures with us before heading off to his trailer.

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5. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence was just as she seemed on TV.

I actually met her and her family back in 2009, in Louisville, in the photography lab of the local community college.

The photography professor was doing it for them, and asked my dad to come assist.

She was very kind and was in town for a red carpet event we had.

They were running late and she was just taking pictures with her family. They were all having such a great time, it was awesome.

I didn't know much about her back then, aside that she was on the "Bill Engvall" show.

Her popularity started to skyrocket shortly after that with "Winter's Bone" and the announcement of "The Hunger Games."


6. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris at Comic Con
Neil Patrick Harris was nice and chatted about suits.

I worked at the Apple Store in L.A. and Neil Patrick Harris came in and I helped him out.

I realized I couldn't pretend that I didn't know who he was, so I tried to figure out something not lame that I could say.

About an hour before he came into the store, he tweeted about it being National Suit Day and for people to tweet pictures on them in their suits.

He was actually not wearing a suit (I didn’t really expect him to be in a suit) but jokingly, I said, "I saw you tweeted it’s National Suit Day...why aren't you wearing your suit?"

He laughed, and said he would be in it later when he gets to work. He was a super nice guy.


7. Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm
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Jon Hamm was so nice to buy a stranger a drink.

I have a funny story.

A family friend had tickets to the world series a couple years ago, and he had seats right behind home plate. He started striking up a conversation with the guy next to him and was picking on him for rooting for the opposite team.

Eventually, the guy got up and came back with a beer and my friend is like, "Hey where's mine?!" Obviously teasing, but the guy turned around and got him one.

So the game ended, and the other guy my friend is with, says to him, "I can’t believe you." Friend is confused and his friend responds with, "That was Jon Hamm, you idiot."

Jon Hamm is wicked chill.


8. Paul Walker

Paul Walker
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Paul Walker was friendly when buying camera accessories.

While in college, I worked at a camera store, where I sold Paul Walker a cable release for his Hasselblad.

We talked briefly about cameras, but I didn't initially recognize him, he just looked very familiar. I convinced him to spend the extra cash and get a braided cable, which are nice because they don't jam up in some situations.

I asked him if he went to the college I attended to study photography. He was very polite and smiled and just said no.

It wasn't until I rang him up and he left, that a co-worker pointed out the hilarity.


9. Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas
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Nick Jonas really made that Christmas memorable.

I worked at Guitar Center in Dallas and one of the regular kids came in, and was sitting in the corner playing a line 6 75-watt amp and a Schecter Hellraiser guitar.

He's just a poor kid whose parents dropped him off with no money, but sporting the "aw" stare, when he looks down at this guitar he'll never afford.

Nick Jonas drops in, with a group of friends in tow. I begin a conversation with him, as he stares up at a rack of Gibson SG's.

He mentions someone gave him a gift card to the store and he's just seeing if there's anything he wants. I let him wander off and shop.

A little later, Nick walks up to to one of the guys (not me), leans in real close and very softly asks if we had a Schecter Hellraiser and line 6 in a box. He asked that we put it together quietly, and went over to the kid with the gift, and wished him Merry Christmas.

Nick Jonas made that kid cry. It was awesome.


10. Bill Murray

Bill Murray 2009
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Bill Murray was strange and wonderful to that family.

I was in 8th grade when they filmed "Broken Flowers" across the street from my house. I interacted with Bill on several occasions.

He shouted things at me from his car, while I walked home from school. He helped bring firewood into my house after the film crew borrowed some for the house they were filming in.

He signed autographs for my friends and I, and he even rang my doorbell one morning asking for restaurant recommendations (he was actually in make up from the scene where he gets beat up, so that was interesting).

When I finally had to say goodbye to him, he pulled me in for a tight embrace, patted my head and said, "Shhh, shhh, it'll be alright.”

One of the most surreal/coolest experiences of my life. Bill Murrary is truly an awesome human being.

I even made him laugh a few times. Essentially, my life peaked at age 13.


11. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert
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Stephen Colbert took the time afterwards for autographs.

Very cool guy. Very nice, down to Earth.

I was working at the Johnson Space Center when he came to ride the shuttle simulator.

We had to wait a couple of hours longer than expected because he was tired and sleeping in the car.

He came into the room and shook everyone's hand saying, "Hi, I'm Stephen. It's nice to meet you.”

He went around the room until he shook every single person's hand. He looked exhausted but he still made it a point to do that.

We'd all brought stuff for him to sign, but since we started late he couldn't sign anything.

So we all put our names on a piece of paper and gave it to his publicist, not really expecting anything.

This was in May. By July I figured we weren't going to get anything, but one day in August, I went to my desk and there was an envelope waiting for me.

It was a signed picture of Stephen that said, "To absolutspacegirl - Stay Strong! Stephen Colbert."


12. Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill at Comic Con
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Jonah Hill was nice and introduced himself to some fans.

He was in Oakland, California, filming the baseball movie "Moneyball," he was staying at a very nice hotel in the area where me and family were staying.

We were hanging around the pool and me and my sisters noticed there was a dude wearing sunglasses in the hot tub.

We thought he looked familiar, especially since he seemed to be kind of laying low. We put it off, but one of my sisters went over to the hot tub and asked him if he was Jonah Hill, because she was curious.

He laughed and said yes. She told him she had a brother (me) and a sister (who are big fans of his) who were in the pool. When I get out of the pool and walked to my stuff, he actually came up to me and introduced himself and shook my hand.

I was pretty surprised, so I just asked how he was and how he was enjoying the area/hotel.

He was very friendly.


13. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood
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Elijah Wood was happy to talk.

I ran into Elijah Wood, of all places, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

His girlfriend was in the band, Gol Gol Bordello as a dancer, and I happened to be a stagehand working the show. I saw him backstage and did a double take.

I didn't approach him, but he approached me and started chatting it up about about the city and we talked about the weather and a few other things.

Really, really nice dude. We ended up hanging for a bit and talking about ghosts of all things. Turns out he was really into the show "Ghost Hunters," who were actually filming in the building that day.

I introduced him to one of the dudes on the show, that I know personally, and he went on a tour of the building.

Awesome dude. Told him how much I loved "Lord of the Rings," which sounds corny, because I'm sure he hears it enough, but he was genuinely thankful.


14. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman
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Hugh Jackman was a very humble and down to earth person.

I used to be homeschooled, and Hugh Jackman has an adopted son who was homeschooled as well.

Hugh signed him up for this outdoor day course in Connecticut, which happened to be the same one that my brother and I signed up for.

We met Hugh when he brought his son to the course and he met my mom (she loved him), so my mom offered to drive his son up every time we had the class.

One day, Hugh offered to return the favor, and drove myself and my brother up. We talked a lot of the way and he is one of the kindest and most sincere people I've ever met.

He would never hurt a fly, despite being a huge jacked man, and really cared about his son. He seemed to have a truly positive outlook on life and never seemed to falter in that respect.

Obviously I asked him a bunch of questions about himself (he did a "Wolverine" skit thing which was so cool), but he also asked my brother and myself about our lives and really seemed interested.

One day, on the way back from this course, he bought my brother and I fish and chips, which was really cool.


15. Drew Barrymore

Carli Bybel and Drew Barrymore
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Nicest celebrity I've met is Drew Barrymore. She came into the store I was working in, asked for me to put a skirt on hold for her while her and her boyfriend go to the movies.

She introduced herself to me, then proceeded to ask my name. When she came back, she entered the store yelling my name in glee and then proceeded to shop, make small talk with me and her boyfriend would come talk to me while she shopped.

She spent a bunch of money, saying she would just donate the clothes that didn't fit her when she got home, instead of returning them.

She was all around just a sweet person.


16. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
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Whoopi Goldberg was nice and funny.

She came into the Borders I worked at about forty minutes before we closed.

She was dressed down in sweats and a winter hat, but immediately recognizable. She was very friendly and posed for photos and signed autographs for other customers.

She asked me for help picking out harlequin romance novels because she was 'building a shrine' in her living room for her mother-in-law, to be stocked with Diet Pepsi and romance novels.

I helped her choose the titles she thought a dead woman would have liked the best. We laughed over the plot-lines. It was the most surreal half hour of my life.


17. Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom
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Orlando Bloom really cares about his fans.

I had cancer when I was 12, so an organization, called Round Table's Children Wish (the British version of Make a Wish Foundation), offered me a wish.

I was all hyped up over "Lord of the Rings" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," so I asked to meet Orlando Bloom.

They got in touch with his agent and he agreed to have lunch with me and my family!

So me, my mom and my two sisters, went to his favourite restaurant. We got there first, and then he arrived.

He was so lovely, he kissed us on the cheeks, gave me a hug and gave us all personalized signed headshots. He talked to us for two hours and gave us recommendations on what to eat and he helped me with my king prawns.

He was such a lovely and friendly man and was so much fun to talk to. He then asked where we were going, and we said to the London Eye, and he offered to take us!

So we got to ride in his Audi (I sat in the front) and when we got there, he posed for pictures with all of us before giving us all a hug and heading off.


18. Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes
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Katie Holmes thanked her for helping her daughter.

Newbury St. in Boston. The little girl next to me at the crosswalk is crying.

I kneel next to her and start making jokes. She cracks a smile and we start talking about our shoes.

When I finally look up, I see her mom is Katie Holmes. We cross the street together and she is super friendly. She thanked me for being so nice to Suri and asked me a bunch of questions.

She seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say (which really caught me off guard).

We talked for maybe 10 minutes. Then Suri hugged me and Ms. Holmes gave me some weird back/arm pat.


19. Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor
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Ewan McGregor really made made a fans day.

When I was 11, I was at my local park when I found they were filming "The Island," with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.

I waited outside of a fence, which no one was around, watching them film. Ewan came out and got me during the shoot, and asked me if I wanted to come inside (the fence) to watch.

I agreed, and before he walked me in, he went to his car to get a pad and pen to write me a cool note.

Aside from getting to hug Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor really went out of his way to make that a memorable moment for the rest of my life.

If you're out there, Ewan, thank you.


20. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
Vincent Luigi Molino / Flickr
Meryl Streep was genuinely happy to see her fans happy.

I met the Queen of all Queens: Meryl Streep.

She was doing a live Q&A after a screening of her movie "The Iron Lady."

I went up to her afterwards, and she was asking me what I did and to be honest, I don't even remember what I said to her.

I then said to her, "I just have to tell you that your performance in this movie is so amazing."

What she did afterwards changed my life.

She squealed and threw her arms around me to give me a hug and then held onto my hands and said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

I still remember shaking after I walked away from her.


21. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. at Comic Con
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Robert Downey Jr. was nice and talked about being Iron Man.

He was with his wife and a few other of his friends, and I was giving them access to the rooftop of the building my company had just finished constructing.

I was surprised that he was so much shorter than me (I'm 6 feet 4 inches tall) but I also could not help but have this goofy smile on my face the whole time.

I'm not really the type to get star struck but, it was freaking Iron Man!

He asked a few questions about the building, and we chatted about him being in town to film "Iron Man 3."

The man is freaking hilarious and very intellectual. He was an absolute pleasure to meet.


22. Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell at Comic Con
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Colin Farrell didn't mind taking photos in the coffee shop.

Seemed like a real nice guy. My town (I live 6.5 hours north of Hollywood and L.A.) was holding a film festival, and apparently he arrived to help promote his new movie "Saving Mr. Banks."

Of course, I didn't realize this at the time because I completely forgot the film festival was taking place. So my friend and I had met up at Starbucks one evening to chat and catch up.

We were waiting for our coffee and she suddenly grabbed my arm and told me that Colin Farrell had just come in.

I didn't believe her, until I turned around and he was literally right there. He was with a group of guys, probably involved in the movie somehow or something else.

Anyway, we waited a bit and Colin separated himself from the group to talk to a couple of the baristas. After a moment, my friend went up to him and asked for a photo, which he very graciously agreed to.

Then he said goodbye, told us to take care, and joined his group. I didn't talk to him very long, but he was very nice.


23. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie at Comic Con
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Angelina Jolie was polite and didn't cause a scene.

She was on my flight when I was traveling from JFK to LAX over the summer. She was seated in first class with one of her sons (I'm not sure, but I think it was Pax).

She was dressed down, in jeans and a long-sleeved black shirt. She looked absolutely beautiful and smiled at everyone as they got on the plane.

I didn't ask her for pictures or an autograph, but she happily complied with anyone that did.

Our flight ended up being delayed for two hours, after we were already boarded! But she remained in her seat, just like the regular passengers and didn’t cause a scene.


24. Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
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Keanu Reeves was relaxed and friendly.

Met him a couple years ago, by complete chance, at a hotel I was staying at.

He was just smoking outside by himself, and I drove by, chuckling at the idea of me hallucinating Keanu Reeves smoking at a Sheraton.

Then I noticed another man looking at Keanu, just as puzzled and confused as I was, so I threw the car into reverse, rolled down the window, and simply said, "Are you Keanu Reeves?"

The weird part was, he had to look around and think about the question before mumbling, "Uh, yeah," before agreeing to take pictures with me.

He was pretty mellow and kind.


25. J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams at Comic Con
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J.J. Abrams talked to fans, even at a movie theater.

I met J.J. Abrams in a movie theater. He was there with a couple of other people, including his daughter.

I wouldn't have recognized him, but the guy I was with did. He moaned about not having the guts to go talk to him (he was a huge fan), and made him go with me to say hi and ask for a picture.

This was way out of character for me, I don't know how I summoned the guts for it.

Anyway, super chill, nice guy. Took a picture with us and shook hands. And yes, he had his iPad with him.


26. Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan
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Tracy Morgan stopped to talk to a fan in a food court.

My family and I met Tracy Morgan in the food court of a mall in San Francisco, a few years ago.

He was sitting in the corner with a few friends just hanging out, but when he got up to leave, he walked right past our table.

As he walked past, my brother (who was 17 and really into football at the time) said, “Hi,” and Tracy stopped and talked to us for at least five minutes.

He asked my brother about how his football team was doing and what position he played, making jokes and all that.

I didn't really know what to expect, but he was a super nice guy, and very friendly!


27. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman
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Morgan Freeman was friendly while playing golf.

I used to work at a very upscale country club in Las Vegas, and celebrities would roll through to play golf every so often.

By far, the most memorable encounter was with Morgan Freeman. He was really nice, shook all of our hands and tipped us well.

He just there to play golf with his brother and have some lunch. He is exactly how you imagine him to be, like a grandpa that you'd want to sit up on his knee and listen to him tell stories.

It was enthralling just to listen to him talk about his round of golf for a few minutes.


28. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan performing
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Stevie Ray Vaughan made the plane trip more enjoyable.

On a flight from Tulsa to Dallas, I met Stevie Ray Vaughan about six months before he died.

My then-toddler son, was fascinated with this beret Stevie was wearing, so he whipped it off and put it on my son's head.

He was great with my son, let him climb all over him. He was just very personable, very open and very, very sweet.

Talked my ear off for the whole flight, but was entertaining and interesting.

Carried my bags off the plane over his shoulder, and held my son's hand as we walked down the ramp, while I walked on the other side, also holding my son's other hand.

We got to the bottom of the ramp and he handed my bags, lifted my son up, swung him around and planted a smacky kiss on his cheek.

Then ran outside to a car that was waiting for him. Only thing he had with him was his guitar.


29. Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Alton Brown was shopping for groceries when he stopped to talk.

I met him when I was working at Whole Foods.

A co-worker and I were helping a customer in our department, when I said to them that I could see him over in the next department.

The co-worker didn't know who he was, so I went off on this 10 minute rant about how he had revolutionized the cooking show by making it more accessible to the non-chef everyman.

I ended the rant with something like, "He's amazing! He's a scientist! He's a chef! He's my hero!” to which the customer (who had been goodnaturedly scoffing at some of my ridiculous praise/rant) replied, "He's my husband!"

We all kind of laughed, and she walked over to him, apparently told him about my ranting, and he came over to talk to me.

He was super nice (and very tall!). He answered a bunch of my questions and then carried on with his shopping.


30. Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady
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Wayne Brady was just as fun in real life as he is on TV.

I met him in a Reno kids zone of a hotel. My parents dropped me and my brother off at an unlimited arcade/laser tag place.

There were only a few kids in the area, when in walks Wayne Brady with some of his friends.

Then Wayne shouted out, "Who wants to get their butt kicked at laser tag?!" He then proceeded to kick our butts. It was awesome.

After laser tag, everyone was getting photos with him, and I told him my parents were big fans. He asked if we had any plans that night and I said no, so he asked what name he should leave the tickets for his show under.

So when my parents finally show up, I told them I had a surprise at 7:00 p.m., and to just trust me.

Like a boss, I walk up to the ticket booth and say, "Wayne Brady left me four tickets under my name.”

My parents started laughing because they didn't believe me at all, and when she pulled out the tickets, the look on their faces was priceless.

The show was great and Wayne was a treat to meet! Thanks for the great memories.



About the Author

Caitlin Cochrane

Caitlin Cochrane

Staff Writer

Caitlin Cochrane is a staff writer with MoneyWise, and has an educational background in human resource management and professional writing. When she is not writing, she is at home drinking tea and playing with her bunnies.

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