Self

How to ap­proach a celebrity with­out seem­ing like a psy­chopath

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

ac­tress Sarah Ramos has been on hit TV shows like Par­ent­hood and Mid­night Texas, but be­fore she gained Hol­ly­wood street cred, she was

reg­u­lar kid who asked fa­mous peo­ple for pho­tos when­ever she had the chance.

Here, she of­fers her take on how and when you should– and shouldn’t – ap­proach your favourite stars in real life.

Con­sider your ap­proach

Is it hon­estly cool to go up to fa­mous peo­ple if you see them out and about? “Most of the time, the an­swer is no,” Sarah says. “The ex­cep­tion is if you re­ally con­nect with what they put out into the world. Don’t ask Zooey Deschanel for a selfie be­cause you think she’s Katy Perry and you heard that song ‘Dark Horse’ on the ra­dio, which you’re pretty sure she sings.”

Prep your el­e­va­tor pitch

Tell them why you’re a fan – and quickly. If you’re a true diehard, try ref­er­enc­ing the celeb’s lesser-known work. “The other day, some­body came up to me and said, ‘I love your pod­cast, This Week Had Me Like!’” says Sarah. “Be­cause my pod­cast isn’t what most peo­ple talk to me about, I was so happy they came over.”

Use your best judg­ment

“Ev­ery­body has their off days,” says Sarah. “Don’t ask a celeb for a photo if it looks like they’re in a fight. Or sick. The golden rule: if you wouldn’t want to take a photo in the line at the post of­fice, don’t ask some­body else to do it ei­ther.”

Keep your cool

A few things Sarah ad­vises against: • Don’t take a photo and act like

you’re not. Re­spect our in­tel­li­gence! • Don’t be rude – no in­vad­ing any per­sonal space, grab­bing or shout­ing. You’re not even al­lowed to do that in a zoo with an­i­mals, so def­i­nitely don’t do it to an­other per­son at a cof­fee shop. • Don’t take it per­son­ally if some­one won’t take a photo with you. Maybe they just got dumped. Imag­ine if some­one asked to take a photo of you mo­ments af­ter you just got dumped. Would you be up for it? • Don’t lose your mind be­cause you’re star-struck. Ba­si­cally, just treat celebri­ties like they’re hu­man. Stars, they’re just like us!

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