Sparkle for Twilight: Blog Update!
I am still so dazed from the VMAs! I was chosen in a small group to get to go onto the red carpet to watch the arrivals, and originally I was just excited enough to go to be in Taylor Swift's performance! Here's the shorter version of my Ashley story but I have more details here
including seeing Taylor Swift.
There were a handful of celebrities to arrive right at 6 PM and among them was Ashley since she would be hosting. When I saw her, I think I literally died.
I couldn't believe she was actually here and I was actually seeing her. After she was done posing she made her way to the end of the carpet where she stopped for interviews, and we were stationed right across from reporters. She didn't stop over at our area and then she disappeared to get ready. Only then I realized she had returned with a new outfit, and was standing.......five feet behind me. Behind me! While everyone else was busy staring in the other direction for the arrival of people like Stephanie Pratt. What?
I tapped Bestie on the arm and pointed behind me and I told her I was going to slip to the back.
This isn't new news, but Ashley is really beautiful in person. Like really
beautiful. Flawless skin, flawless everything. She was consistently with two girls the whole night, I'm guessing maybe her publicist and someone that worked for MTV, and occassionally her makeup person. A lot of the time she was just idling and chatting with them, but then she would go back up to the front of the red carpet to do interviews as more celebrities started arriving.
Between interviews she would come back to rest behind me, which I deduced was her "holding" area since they weren't yet using that mini platform for interviews. A crew guy put out a folding chair for her to sit on so she wouldn't have to stand in her heels. They were pretty fierce looking, and I saw her slip one shoe off her foot so she could stand on it bare.
By the way, the entire time, I'm internally hyperventilating. The 3 hour arrival drags on and Ashley is back behind me after interviewing some other people. I'm starting to feel really embarrassed because I keep turning around to see her and at one point she was looking in my direction and I thought I met her eye.
I wasn't inconspicuous at all because everyone in my group, there were nearly 18 of us, had their backs turned the other way, and I was the closest to her since I moved the farthest out. I totally gave up paying attention to the other arrivals at this point. A girl in my group did eventually noticed Ashley was behind us and I overheard her commenting about how she couldn't believe that "Ashley Greene is standing right there and no one even cares" and then she turned back around to face the carpet.
Picture me, I'm dying. Because Twilight
is my life, and here is Ashley Greene
, an arms length away, no barricades, no bodyguards, just hanging out there, at some points not even talking to anyone at all, and I seem to be the only
one who notices. Maybe you might have imagined scenarios like this one before and rehearsed what you would do in this situation, but I've never done that. Not ever seriously because in my uneventuful life it would be a waste of time to daydream about these kinds of things that never happen. Now I wish I had given it a thought.
I literally stood there with my back to her not having a single clue about what I could say without sounding like a girl who just gets excited meeting any celebrity or is just plain weird. What was I going to do, turn around and ask her for a hug and a picture? No, I would never. I always thought it was a little awkward to put people, who essentially consider you a stranger, in that position. Plus, I
would feel awkward too.
I don't know, but speaking for myself, it would mean so much more to me to be able to tell her how much she was literally making my entire year by being there. I couldn't get over that this whole moment was also 100% purely by chance and unusual circumstance that I ended up on that red carpet that night, standing where I was and that she--of all the people I'd die to meet--was there too.
I thought about not making a fool out of myself, but then knew I'd regret it if I didn't at least tell her how much of a fan I was whether she believed it or not. I just couldn't NOT say anything and be that creepy girl who kept turning around to look at her every 2 minutes. It was like two voices in my head back and forth between "just go up to her!" or "forget it don't embarrass yourself!"
I had no plan whatsoever, but my body just made me turn around before I knew it. I was so nervous that I was practically shaking. Ashley was talking a bit with her two friends, but given that I was facing them for more than 2 seconds this time, they were all quick to notice me, but I waved anyway. (Why did I wave?
Ashley smiled and leaned in a little because it was loud and I now that I think of it, I was probably speaking at the volume of a mouse. I said hi and stammered, "can I just tell you how much I absolutely love Twilight
?" I said I was really happy to see her and that I had really wanted to say something to her, but was really embarrassed, but knew if I didn't I would really regret it. (Omg, I'm realizing just right now that I was so rambly.)
As I was saying this, her two friends looked back at Ashley I think to see her reaction, and then were smiling at me. (For the record, I appreciated they were nice too because you hear such accounts of people who work for celebrities being really territorial and curt with you like you're wasting their time.)
Ashley smiled and told me thank you and said that she was really glad that I did come up to her. Then I told her about how I read a lot of blogs and literally everyone that's ever met her always writes and says the nicest things about her and that she's really sweet, and Ashley looked taken by that and was very gracious like aww...that's so nice.
I also remembered and said, "I actually write a blog about Twilight,
" in the midst of all that hoping that maybe she would get how much
it means to me that I was getting the opportunity to meet her and it wasn't just me saying I love Twilight
because that's her movie and she was there in front of me. She actually asked me "oh, what's it called?" and I told her it was Sparkle for Twilight. I was surprised she even asked and I actually felt a little silly telling her about my little blog wondering if she was expecting to recognize the name, but she smiled and nodded.
She held out her hand and then asked me what my name was (this is how nervous I was that I didn't even introduce myself at any point) I took her hand to shake as she said, "hi, it's nice to meet you." She might have even said her name, but I couldn't hear because I was so overwhelmed from the moment that I could have fainted. Like, reality check, is this happening? I didn't want to take up any more of her time since she'd be needed back to do red carpet interviews so I just told her thank you and eventually turned back around.
I am so so so glad that I did end up talking to her because now that I did I know
I would have regretted it if I hadn't. Just add me onto the list of those other lucky people who've gotten the chance to meet Ashley and say she is entirely sweet and lovely, because she really is! She just about made my year. :)