I don’t mean to be a name dropper here, but: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oops, my bad- it just slipped right out!
I know him as Phil Hoffman, of course.
I starred with him in numerous plays all throughout high school, and by ‘I’, I mean ‘my sister’. She was all up in what was then referred to as the Drama Department, which I hope has been changed to the Theater Department by now. She and all of her friends were joke fodder for the zillions of popular kids at our high school, and lovingly referred to as Drama Fags. Lovingly.
Now those kids are pumping gas and have 30 year old children, so ha ha on them. When my sister was in these plays, I would go see them and decide which actor to have a crush on from my seat in the audience. I was probably around 13-14, so this was the only way I could make it through the plays without melting into a puddle of boredom. Phil was the object of my affection during their rendition of Death of a Salesman. My sis played Mrs. Loman to his Willy (that sounded wrong). I would sit there in the front row, all doe-eyed and slack-jawed, waiting for some eye contact from the star.
Incidentally, I recently read that he is starring in Death of a Salesman on Broadway.
My sister’s dreams of becoming an actress took years to diminish, and while she was gathering masters degrees, PSH was getting all famous and shit. I’m pretty sure, though, that his years in high school rank right up there as the best in his life. I love his work- I think he’s phenomenally talented, and I do believe his rendition of Truman Capote is my favorite of his roles.
Anyway, that’s my fascinating famous-person tidbit for you. Although, now that I think about it, I have another good one.
When I was about 13 I went to NYC with my family on a vacation. We saw Paul Shaffer sitting next to us at a restaurant. Big whoop, BUT- the very next time I went to NY- 1 year later- I saw Paul-fucking-Shaffer again. What are the odds? And why couldn’t it have been someone more interesting?
Celebrity stories from you all now, please. Entertain me. Dazzle me.