My Experience at A Better Life Premiere

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:


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Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on July 13, 2011 at 9:52am
I had to watch this video twice, it's great. Thank you for sharing!! Taylor and Chris Weitz are the nicest, coolest guys!! :D You are so lucky to have met them.
Comment by Dezyree baby! on July 13, 2011 at 10:38am
That was a really nice review except about the Kristen part, I would have been sad too :P
Comment by JLS08 on July 13, 2011 at 10:55am
Great pictures and nice video.   I truly love Kristen and respect her greatly.   I have been around these things and paps are constantly screaming at the celebs.   It can be extremely annoying.   I am sorry you didn't get to see her but I still really like her and wouldn't hold it against her at all.
Comment by Emma Lundström on July 13, 2011 at 11:10am

Dont get why people just want to talk crap about kristen.. Shout up!!!.. This wasnt about twilight, this was about supporting chris and his movie. Think people forgets that. She was there to support him and make people wanted to see the movie, she wasnt there to get al the attention. Chris came and sign autographs, thats should be enough to the fans.. And why did the fans even go if they didnt see the movie? Kristen didnt want the attention, it was chris night.. She probably didnt see you guys she probably missed you.. She was really nice to the fans inside the theater, so she probably just missed you..

Comment by Clarissa on July 13, 2011 at 12:31pm
Completely agree with you @ Emma Lundstrom. She knows what a frenzy fans can start and she respects the fact that when she attends friends events she tries not to draw too much attention to herself. Just like when she visited Rob on set recently she knew they knew she was there but shes not one to call attention to herself if its for someone else. But you can't deny other wise she is loyal to her fans.
Comment by Katina Mae on July 13, 2011 at 1:19pm
@Emma Lundstom Please understand my words. I chose them carefully. I never said I was angry or upset only sad and disappointed. I was lucky enough to get 2 pics with Chris which was awesome. It's unfortunate that I am in the process of moving and my About A Boy and Golden Compass were packed away, so they didn't get signed. As for why I didn't get tickets, again it was my choice. I live 6 hours away, had work the next day, and wasn't sure if I could stay for the movie so I didn't want to deny someone else the chance to see it when it's not like I could get the chance later. Plus, at one point the tickets did sell out. And your comment about her not seeing us is silly. She arrived right after Taylor and between the 2 of them they had at least 8 drivers/bodyguards/etc. There was no fan frenzy and we were perfectly calm and respectful with Taylor. If you had been there, I'm sure you would feel the same way.
Comment by Cindy Childers on July 13, 2011 at 2:15pm
Thank you for sharing your experience Katina! How exciting to meet Chris and getting pics with Taylor too. Were his teeth as white as they always look? LOL
Comment by Connie Cullen on July 13, 2011 at 5:53pm
@KatinaMae I can totally understand why you were upset and I would be the same way. It doesnt matter if it was her premiere or not she still could've acknowledged you guys with at least a wave. But at least you didn't get denied by Bronson like I did when I asked to take a picture with him and he said no.
Comment by Kimberley Cullen on July 14, 2011 at 12:14pm
Connie Cullen, that's mean that Bronson said no to you to take a picture, my son always said he was a chubby wolf anyways lol


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