My husband works in the film industry, or in L.A. we call it The Industry. He works in post-production, so he usually doesn't get much opportunity to rub elbows with the rich and famous. Although sometimes he gets to! He also rarely gets invited to attend the premiere of a movie he works on. It does happen occasionally. The last time he was invited to a premiere, our daughter had an accident the day before. While she wasn't injured badly, her injuries were a bit delicate in nature and required me to spend the day at home with her, missing the premiere.
My husband was finally invited to another premiere. This time, there were no accidents or illnesses. I was able to attend the premiere with him! The movie? What to Expect when You're Expecting.
As we approached the theater, the crowd was going crazy. We couldn't see who it was that arrived though. I'm assuming it was J-Lo. Security approached us and asked if we were attending the premiere. I thought he was going to show us to the red carpet, but no such luck. He showed us our walkway to the theater. Let's just say there was no red carpet involved. They put a pathway in behind the red carpet's backdrop. So, not only were we not allowed to walk the red carpet, but we couldn't even gawk at the celebrities on the red carpet!
As we made our way down the hidden pathway, we did see one photographer taking a picture of us. No, he wasn't the media or paparazzi. He was a tourist hoping to land the big celebrity photo. As people walked by, he asked, "Are you famous? Are you famous?" I felt like replying, "Are you totally clueless?" Are you totally clueless?" Why he would think a famous person would shun the red carpet on a movie they were supposed to be promoting is beyond me. Instead, I pointed to my husband and said, "He's VERY famous!" This made the tourist really excited, and he took many photos of my husband.
There were assigned seats for the movie. I had no idea how we lucked out, but we ended up with awesome seats. We were near the front (but not too close) near the center. The actors from the movie were scattered around us. The seats directly next to me were empty. I wonder if no-shows like Chris Rock or Dennis Quaid were supposed to have those seats?
After the movie, we went to the after party at the Roosevelt Hotel. I've never been there before, but it's gorgeous! It's a storied hotel that is supposedly haunted by many spirits including Marilyn Monroe. I didn't see Marilyn there, but I did see some other celebs, although I didn't seen any of the major female stars of the movie--with the exception of Brooklyn Decker.
My husband and I did get into an in-depth conversation with a famous woman whose known for her marriage to a beloved rocker who committed suicide in the 90s. This woman is now famous for her addictions, but at one time fronted a rock band and has even done some acting herself. Anyway, we had a surprisingly enjoyable chitchat with her. I also had the chance to shake hands with a VERY hot actor who has a smaller role in the movie (mostly with his shirt off).
We actually didn't stay at the party for too long. Being old fuddy-duddies, we were ready to call it a night pretty early on. But it was fun to have the experience of attending a premiere!