I hadn’t decided that I was going to go to the A Better Life premiere until the morning of. I live on California’s central coast and knew I had at least 6 hours of driving. Regardless of hearing the day before that Taylor, Kristen, and Garrett Hedlund (from the movie Tron) were supposedly attending, I always liked About A Boy and New Moon and thought it would be cool to try and see director Chris Weitz. The other actors making an appearance would just be a bonus. Chris arrived right at 7 and took pictures and signed autographs for us fans across the street from the red carpet entrance. There were only 6 of us to start and I was very surprised more people didn’t show up. While waiting for Taylor, Kristen & Garrett, a few other actors stopped by our little area which grew to 8 people – Jami Gertz, Mary-Louise Parker, John Lithgow.
Taylor didn’t arrive until 7:50 and he came over and took his time with us. Kristen’s car pulled up right behind Taylor’s and we got a big goose egg from her. No smile, no turn, no nod, no wave, nothing. It was like we were invisible. One guy even called out, “It’s okay Kristen. There are barriers.” I’ve always enjoyed Kristen on screen ever since I saw her in Panic Room, so to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I understand that it was not her movie, but there was no acknowledgement of the fans at all. Luckily, that wasn’t the end of it. Right as the red carpet crew was wrapping things up, Garrett Hedlund exited the Ritz Carlton and crossed the street with a friend. We got his attention and he seemed to have no qualms coming over. He took pictures with everyone and signed autographs. He definitely had some swagger walking over and is even more handsome in person. The Ray Bans certainly didn’t hurt either.
After the movie was over, Taylor and Kristen exited the back of the theater. At that point there were only 5 people and again there was nothing from her. Again, obviously Taylor & Kristen were there to support Chris Weitz and I don’t expect Kristen to crack a smile, but I don’t think it would have killed her to give a little wave. I don’t think I would have been quite as bummed, but seeing a picture of Kristen inside the theater with a fan made me sad. I could have easily purchased a $13 ticket to attend the premiere, but I took a chance by waiting near the red carpet rather than waiting for the actors inside the theater. If I ever get another chance to see Kristen again, I hope the outcome will be better.
A video from the premiere, not mine: