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Monday, July 30, 2012

Comic-Con 2012: My Fairy Godmother Gave Me Exactly What I Wanted... Robert Pattinson!

In case you're one of the few people left on this planet who I haven’t forced to hear my story yet, last year at Comic-Con, a woman I didn’t know (aka My Fairy Godmother) gifted me with a wristband to a limited meet & greet with Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Bill Condon. It was awesome - I had a giddy conversation with Rob, he gave me a smoldering look, I made him laugh, and tricked him into looking at my chest (you can read about the whole thing HERE). Honestly, one of the best days ever!

Anyway… this year at Comic-Con, Summit once again raffled off chances to fans in line to win one of 50 wristbands to meet Rob, Kristen, Taylor and Mackenzie Foy (the most adorable kid ever) and… I won!! I know, I probably should have graciously given the wristband to someone else since I’ve already met Rob a few times now, but come on…. ROBERT PATTINSON!!!!!

Resistance is futile

Once the initial feelings of shock and elation passed, I started panicking about what I should say to him. I wanted to think of something interesting and unique that would make him affectionately remember me always as the most delightful fan ever (or at least not completely embarrass myself). So, I turned to my Twilight mentors for guidance… the girls at Twitarded: Jenny Jerkface, Snarkier Than You, and Latchkey Wife.

Odds were I probably wouldn’t have the guts to ask whatever they suggested (plus I have the memory of a goldfish), but it was still great fun to get their advice. My favorite question for Rob was from Latchkey Wife, “What's the dirtiest thing a fan has ever said to you?” Oh. My. God. In case anyone has any doubt, let me say that LKW is a genius. I’ve never heard anyone ask him that before, plus can you imagine having him look right into your eyes and give you the answer?? Sorry to disappoint, but I chickened out. I truly didn’t want to become an infamous cougar story for him to tell on the talk show circuit.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures during the meet & greet (in fact, they said that if they even saw a glimpse of a camera or phone that they would take away our Comic-Con badges and send us home), but luckily there were some members of the press there to capture the memory (photo sources are unknown).

We were taken into the room in groups of eight and given a poster to have autographed. Rob and Kristen sat at the first table and Taylor and Mackenzie shared the second table. I was able to stand and watch (ie: stare and drool at Rob) while they talked to the first four people.

When it was my turn, Rob looked over to me, smiled, and said hi while I walked over. Let me just say, he looked absolutely incredible and I swear I would run away and follow him around forever if he only gave me the slightest bit of encouragement.

Me: (world's biggest smile) Hi! I'm Sue and.... (BLANK!!)

Rob: Hello! (and just kept smiling and staring straight into my eyes)

Me: (embarrassed laughing) Sorry, I… um… blanked there for a second... it's just so cool to talk to you and I'm so sleep deprived from camping outside the convention center the past few days.

Then he laughed and asked me about camping out and I can't remember what I said, but apparently it made sense. He took the poster from me to sign and even personalized it!!

Let’s just pretend that he’s looking at me in this picture
Me: (trying to think of something… anything… interesting to say) I've enjoyed all of your movies and just want to wish you all the best as you go through the next phase of your career. I read Cosmopolis and I know you are going to be so incredible in that role.

Rob: Thank you! You read Cosmopolis?! What did you think?

Me: It was.... interesting.

Rob: (laughs) That's certainly true.
(I now must confess to you, my understanding friends, that I looked Robert Pattinson straight in the eye and flat out lied. I never read Cosmopolis. I tried. Really, I tried, but I just couldn’t get past the first chapter… I promise to make this up to him by watching the movie 17,000 times)
Me: And my daughter made me promise to ask if you like Dr. Who because she thinks all British people are required to watch it.
Rob: (looked at my Dr. Who shirt and smiled) I grew up watching Dr. Who and I love it! Everybody loves it.

Then Kristen was finished with the person in front of her and joined in the conversation.

Kristen: (in a British accent) I watched Dr. Who when I was in London. Great show!

The three of us talked about something else that I can't remember. I thanked Rob for doing the autograph signing and told him to take care and that I would see him later (whatever that means. I guess that's like the standard stalker warning) and then he smiled again and said bye.
Kristen signed my poster, also personalizing it. I was still in sort of a daze, so I vaguely remember telling her how much I enjoyed watching the Breaking Dawn 2 clips that they showed during the panel. I think I said something like I could tell she’s going to be a really “kick-ass Bella” and couldn’t wait to see the rest of the movie. She was very nice and gracious, and thanked me for my lame comments.

Then I heard Taylor call out “Sue!! How’re you doing?!” Let me just say, if I were a young teenaged girl, I would totally be Team Jacob. He just so likeable and handsome.

Let’s pretend this is Taylor looking at me

Me: (dope that I am) Hi! How do you know my name?! Never mind… duh. (looking down at my name on the poster).

Taylor: It’s because we’re old friends and we just have this connection, ya know? (motioning back and forth several times between us and smiling).

We chatted a bit about Comic-Con in general and I asked him if he’s ever been able to go around on the convention floor to look around through all the madness. He said no, but that he really wanted to, so I told him about how we always hear afterwards about which celebrities wore costumes and walked the floor completely incognito. He thought it was pretty funny that Johnny Depp was a giant squirrel one year and Justin Timberlake was Ernie from Sesame Street. He laughed and told me, “Next year…”

Mackenzie Foy was insanely cute and I didn’t want to distract her while she painstakingly signed my poster. I think I just said hi and that I was looking forward to seeing her in the movie. She’s so young, but handles herself with such grace while still being refreshingly kidlike.

Then I took one last fleeting and wistful glance at Rob (while security glared a warning at me) and left the room.

And here they are saying goodbye to me (yes, I live in my own fantasy world)

Is this fabulous or what?!

And I have one more bit of super exciting news: Lee MacDougall is going to sing at a small party I'm hosting this fall! (He keeps referring to it as a "private event", which makes me want to snicker inappropriately). He also agreed to do a TwiBite interview (so we'll have to come up with some interesting questions!) and I'll be sure to record some video to post for you. If you don't know who Lee MacDougall is, please refer back to my post "I Just Can't Resist a Cute, Witty Brit with a Fabulous Voice and Killer Smirk" or check him out on youtube. I promise, he's awesome. 

TwiloveSue XOXO

P.S. Don’t forget to go Walking with Mrs. P today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Comic-Con 2012: Let the Madness Begin!

Yep, it's true. I'm living the hobo lifestyle once again, camping out in the line for Comic-con. It's been great fun so far (other than the freight trains that barrel through all night, every hour on the hour) and hopefully I'll have lots of great pictures and stories for you soon!

TwiloveSue XOXO