How to approach a celebrity without seeming like a psychopath
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!