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      I used to work in the film industry, and had many, many interactions with celebrities. Here were just a few of many that stand out in my mind: I was working on a movie with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth called “The Last Song,” where I had many kind interactions with both of them, but these two particularly stood out, since they are kind of funny. We were filming in a community college (staged to be a hospital). During a break, I went into the restroom, which was totally empty except for Miley, who was sitting up on the wall of sinks, and her make up artist, just chatting. I really had to go, so I just sheepishly apologized and said I would be quick, in case I was interrupting. As I was heading into the stall Miley said “Do you want me to turn the water on for you?? I get SO pee-shy. Here I’ll just turn it on for you” I chucked and said “It was ok, I lived in sorority house with 30 other women, you learn to get over that quickly! but thanks!”. As I washed my hands, she divulged how she wished someone had been there to turn the water on for her at the Grammy’s when Mariah Carey was in the stall next her.  Later that day, for some reason I needed a new shirt and went to wardrobe just to get something extra. (They gave me an oversized, gray surfer looking t-shirt, because that was all they really had that they could give me). When I was back at set, Miley and Liam were standing together and were kind of chuckling when I walked up to them. I sort of held out the shirt and said “can you believe this ugly shirt they gave me? They ‘claimed’ it was all they had though, and it’s way too big. *eye roll*” They both started laughing, and when I was like “….?” Liam, still laughing, sheepishly said, “That’s my shirt, actually.” I’m sure my face was bright red, so I just quickly tried to recover by saying “Oh well I’m sure it looks amazing on YOU!” (which probably made my face even more red). We all just laughed it off, and I promised he would get it back to which he laughed and replied, “no rush, it looks great on you!” *crawls in hole and dies* I worked on a David O. Russell movie (that never got theatrically released) that starred Jessica Biel and James Marsden. James was super down to earth and approachable, and I was actually filling in as an extra in a scene with him, and once when we cut, he made a point to approach ME, say hi to me, and just made polite small talk with me which I just thought was cool, considering it was a very demanding scene for him (and he had to actually take vomit breaks, because he had to eat something in the scene, and we literally did over 40 takes). Maybe he just needed a distraction!  I was working on “Killing Them Softly” in New Orleans, with Sam Shepard, and that day I had just gotten a pedicure, with mint green polish. He was standing off to the side and when I walked up he looked right down to my feet for a second, then looked me right in the eye and said “Wow, you have BEAUTIFUL toes!!” I was simultaneous a little embarrassed, weirded out and all-together flattered! On that same movie, I had to drive Ray Liota across a large lot to the second unit set, and it was just me and him in the car. Now, if you don’t know, Mr. Liota doesn’t have a reputation for being the nicest guy in Hollywood. People on the crew would fight over NOT having to pick him up from the airport, etc. We were in the car for only 4 or 5 minutes, but he was so cool! He asked me where I was from because he detected a little bit of an accent (South Carolina) and asked how I liked working for [my current boss] who I worshipped, and he joked that I “better not let him work me too hard!” and laughed. He talked about how he was excited that his daughter was on set with him that night, and when I dropped him off, he graciously thanked me for driving him and for all of my hard work and to have fun.  And lastly, on that same set, I went running out of a door way right into James Gandolfini (RIP). I apologized profusely but he just laughed and patted my back and said “Don’t worry about it sweetheart!” I really enjoyed working with everyone in that case, including Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, and Richard Jenkins. Notably, Brad Pitt, who starred in the film was actually one of the most low-maintenance of them all.  *music note emoji* “Memories…light the corners of my mind….”

    • @erinberson

      I used to work in the film industry, and had many, many interactions with celebrities. Here are several examples that stand out in my mind for you to choose from: I was working on a movie with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth called “The Last Song,” where I had many kind interactions with both of them, but these two particularly stood out, since they are kind of funny. We were filming in a community college (staged to be a hospital). During a break, I went into the restroom, which was totally empty except for Miley, who was sitting up on the wall of sinks, and her make up artist, just chatting. I really had to go, so I just sheepishly apologized and said I would be quick, in case I was interrupting. As I was heading into the stall Miley said “Do you want me to turn the water on for you?? I get SO pee-shy. Here I’ll just turn it on for you” I chucked and said “It was ok, I lived in sorority house with 30 other women, you learn to get over that quickly! but thanks!”. As I washed my hands, she divulged how she wished someone had been there to turn the water on for her at the Grammy’s when Mariah Carey was in the stall next her.  Later that day, for some reason I needed a new shirt and went to wardrobe just to get something extra. (They gave me an oversized, gray surfer looking t-shirt, because that was all they really had that they could give me). When I was back at set, Miley and Liam were standing together and were kind of chuckling when I walked up to them. I sort of held out the shirt and said “can you believe this ugly shirt they gave me? They ‘claimed’ it was all they had though, and it’s way too big. *eye roll*” They both started laughing, and when I was like “….?” Liam, still laughing, sheepishly said, “That’s my shirt, actually.” I’m sure my face was bright red, so I just quickly tried to recover by saying “Oh well I’m sure it looks amazing on YOU!” (which probably made my face even more red). We all just laughed it off, and I promised he would get it back to which he laughed and replied, “no rush, it looks great on you!” *crawls in hole and dies* I worked on a David O. Russell movie (that never got theatrically released) that starred Jessica Biel and James Marsden. James was super down to earth and approachable, and I was actually filling in as an extra in a scene with him, and once when we cut, he made a point to approach ME, say hi to me, and just made polite small talk with me which I just thought was cool, considering it was a very demanding scene for him (and he had to actually take vomit breaks, because he had to eat something in the scene, and we literally did over 40 takes). Maybe he just needed a distraction!  I was working on “Killing Them Softly” in New Orleans, with Sam Shepard, and that day I had just gotten a pedicure, with mint green polish. He was standing off to the side and when I walked up he looked right down to my feet for a second, then looked me right in the eye and said “Wow, you have BEAUTIFUL toes!!” I was simultaneous a little embarrassed, weirded out and all-together flattered! On that same movie, I had to drive Ray Liota across a large lot to the second unit set, and it was just me and him in the car. Now, if you don’t know, Mr. Liota doesn’t have a reputation for being the nicest guy in Hollywood. People on the crew would fight over NOT having to pick him up from the airport, etc. We were in the car for only 4 or 5 minutes, but he was so cool! He asked me where I was from because he detected a little bit of an accent (South Carolina) and asked how I liked working for [my current boss] who I worshipped, and he joked that I “better not let him work me too hard!” and laughed. He talked about how he was excited that his daughter was on set with him that night, and when I dropped him off, he graciously thanked me for driving him and for all of my hard work and to have fun.  And lastly, on that same set, I went running out of a door way right into James Gandolfini (RIP). I apologized profusely but he just laughed and patted my back and said “Don’t worry about it sweetheart!” I really enjoyed working with everyone in that case, including Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, and Richard Jenkins. Notably, Brad Pitt, who starred in the film was actually one of the most low-maintenance of them all.  *music note emoji* “Memories…light the corners of my mind….”  Twitter handle: @erinberson

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