30 Wholesome Celebrity Encounters Shared By Reddit Users (New Stories)

Published 3 years ago

It’s no secret that celebrities often live busy lives that involve a lot of travel and communicating with hundreds of people every day. But even though it might seem that celebrities simply have no time for us “mere mortals”, it turns out that some of them are actually pretty friendly and down to earth in the real life. And if you don’t believe me, today we have prepared you a collection of the most wholesome celebrity encounters that will help change your mind.

A little while ago, Reddit user Kdial2002 asked people to share some of their nicest celebrity encounters and received numerous amazing stories that will change the way you see certain celebrities. Check out all the times people met celebrities in real life and got nothing but good things to share in the gallery below, and if you want more, see our previous post here!

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I was lucky enough to spend 6 hours sitting next to Mr. Rogers on an airplane. I was 7. Highlight of my life.

We ate lunch. I spilled on him. I thought I had ruined everything, but he just smiled and gave me his dessert.


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Colin Firth

I saw him sitting in a cafe with his son. Extremely nice, I waited until they got up to leave before I went and asked if I could get an autograph for my mom (who’s a huge fan). He asked me a few questions about her and wrote a quite nice autograph, For her. He asked if I wanted one as well and I told him that meeting him was more than enough.

I had told him where she worked and he went in the next day and made a point to stop and chat with her. Truly a class act.


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Having met Hugh Laurie in person, I can confidently state that he is one of the nicest and most humble celebrities out there. Not only is he completely happy to interact with his fans, but he also does so in a way that makes each and every one of them feel like they’re a friend. He remembers names and personal details with amazing accuracy, and he makes each conversation seem like it’s an extension of a treasured (and ongoing) dialogue. Add to that the fact that the man is outwardly hilarious, and you’ve got a recipe for a genuinely great guy.


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Steve Irwin hands down, I’ve met a few musicians and athletes who have been nice but none were as nice as Steve. I met him in an elevator at a hotel and I walked in soaking wet after swimming in the pool. I was only 11 and I was in awe that I was in an elevator with Steve Irwin. Straight away he starts a conversation with me, asks me what my name is, where I’m from and if there were any crocs in the pool and if I see any at the hotel to come find him. He then starts talking to the hotel worker who was in the elevator with us and staring at Steve the whole time. That interaction with him still makes me ridiculously happy whenever I think about it.


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I’ve met Obama a few times.

The charisma is insane and he makes a point to converse with everyone. He remembered me the third time, which was dope. What an incredible human


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Nathan Fillion when I was working at a movie theater.

Guy bought 6 large popcorns and a bunch of smart waters when I thought, “man this guy is loaded”. He was wearing a hoodie and glasses so I couldn’t quite tell at first. I eventually said, “Hey you kinda look like this guy Nathan Fillion”

He took off his glasses and said, “I sure hope so.” I stood at attention and said, “Captain”

He replied, “As you were, Browncoat”. Coolest moment ever.


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Robin Williams. Super normal, easygoing and smart. I was working the Cody’s Books booth at ComputerWorld in SF, 1981 I think, and he was hanging with Timothy Leary so I got to meet them both.


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I walked by Anderson Cooper once in the west village and went “oh shit Anderson Cooper!’ as I walked passed, he turned his head back towards me and smiled and winked. I’m now gay.


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Gene Wilder, but there’s a story behind this…

I worked at a pharmacy in the ‘80s and was asked to deliver medicine to Gilda Radner (Gene’s wife) during her cancer battle. After a long delay to make the delivery due to issues related to the getting in touch with her doctor, I was finally given the prescription and drove up to their house to make the delivery. During my drive, I was excited at meeting one of the brightest comedy stars of the time…

When I arrived, I rang the doorbell and Gilda answered. I knew she was sick, but even I was surprised at her gaunt appearance – she did not look well at all. Immediately, I realized she was very angry because of the long delay in getting the medicine to her. Unfortunately, she let loose all that anger at me. I apologized many times (even though I had nothing to do with the delays).

After she finished and I gave her the prescription, she closed the door on me. I was not upset at her, though – indeed, I was very sad – that this brilliant comedienne was sick and was going through such an absolutely awful ordeal… This was an awful situation and not at all as I had hoped my encounter would go.

As I turned around to walk away from the door, I went several steps before I felt someone tap my shoulder. I turned around and it was Gene, letting me know that his wife was very sick and he apologized many times for her behavior. He then gave me a nice tip for the delivery service and shared his gratitude for the weekend delivery and work by my pharmacy.

I’ll never forget the encounter and appreciate that I got to meet both of them, even for a brief time, under difficult circumstances…


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The only celebrity I’ve ever met is Bill Murray

He made a joke I didn’t get at the time and gave me wrong directions to the Asia exhibit inside the Dallas Museum of Art

10/10 would ask Bill Murray for directions again


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Stan Lee. He was my neighbor for a while, and he directly wrote me letters which I now have framed on my wall. Tom Brady wasn’t great, Steven Tyler was really cool/chill, but Stan Lee was the best by far.


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Anne Hathaway.

We were backstage waiting for her cue to go on started chatting. She told me how she was such a klutz and we joked around a bit. Then, when she was called on stage she tripped hard going up the stairs and face planted, then turned around to me and we both started laughing.

She’s a sweetheart and a genuinely nice person. I’m glad I got to meet her.


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Dolly Parton, a really great hugger and genuinely sweet person. She walked into Tower Records SF while I was there putting up promotional stuff for Columbia Records, probably 1977. She grabbed me for a hug and was stoked we were exactly the same height (even though she was in heels!). She asked me some questions and it felt like it was authentic. I’ve met hundreds of celebrities, but she and Robin Williams were far and above the nicest.


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Alan Alda. I was at one of his book signings and I was so nervous to the point that all I could say was, “I love M* A* S* H!” And he took my hand for a second and made a joke about being surprised I knew about the show because I was young. Once I got past my absolute embarrassment, I realized he was so gracious and patient with me when he could have easily been a jerk. Great human being.


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Jeff Goldblum. Met his wife and children as well. They were all kind and sweet. His real life persona matches the on-screen one exactly.


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George Takei. Bumped into a little Asian guy in a white suit on my way out of a theater, he turns around and goes “Oh myyy, I’m so sorry.”

Realized why the laughter from the front row had caught my attention.


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I didn’t actually meet him, but Tracy Morgan bought my younger sister an iphone many years ago. Hers broke, and his gf, now wife, at the time lost her phone at the Superbowl or something so that’s why he was at the same Verizon store.

The Verizon employee said my sister’s damage wasn’t covered under insurance and my mom couldn’t afford to buy her a new phone, and my sister I guess clearly got emotional because Tracy Morgan, who had been talking to my mom for a bit before while they were waiting (my mom and sister had NO idea who he was until my dad came in and recognized him) bought the phone for her.

My mom tried to say no but he said to just pay it forward.


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Dave Chappelle and his family live a few miles from where I went to college, and he and I frequented the same Starbucks. I ran into him about ten times. One day he sat with me for about 45 minutes and talked about screenwriting. It was amazing. He’s as down to earth as his stage persona suggests, and it’s no wonder he opted to raise his family away from L.A.


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Met Weird Al at a film screening a few years ago – I’ve been a fan of his since I was 8 and he’s legitimately an influence in my own music/comedy.

I saw him when I sat down which happened to be right in front of him. I heard him introduce himself to some older ladies who had sat next to him, just very genuine like “Hi, I’m Al!”

I turned around and said hello, said I had just seen a show at the Greek and said it was great, and said this is a great moment of my life and he cracked a joke and said something like “well I guess your life hasn’t been THAT awesome!” or something like that. We took a selfie and shook hands and it was awesome.


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Bill Nye.

I was a concierge for a summer in New York City. I was working at the front desk of his building, unknowingly. Typically, residents are pretty familiar with the front desk guy and I was an unfamiliar face. He was leaving his apartment and waved quickly towards the desk as if to say bye, but then did a double take. He looked over and said “you’re new. What’s your name? I’m Bill” to which I told him “yeah I’m just here temporarily, it’s nice to meet you bill. I’m TommySalami40” he shook my hand and you said “it’s nice to meet you. I’m gonna go grab some Chinese food and come back home and finish writing my book”. And then he left and when he came back in he told me to enjoy the rest of my day. Was pretty cool to be acknowledged like that and for him to go out of his way to introduce himself to me.


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I worked at a Barnes & Noble in high school. LL Cool J lived right next to it and would come in almost daily. He knew most of our names, really nice guy.


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Adam Savage from Mythbusters. I met him at a White House science fair a few years back and got to talk to him for a bit. He was really nice and easy to talk to (and does actually wear the hat out and about). I told him that watching his show with my dad as a kid was part of what made me want to be an engineer and he actually got really excited about that. Just a super cool guy overall.

Obama and Bill Nye are also very nice


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Scarlett Johansson back in 2011 at a Starbucks.

Super sweet and really bubbly. Thought she would come across as a bitch or standoffish, partly because it was early in the morning, like 5:30-6:00 am. Not at all, she was so nice. Made her laugh after I told her I was a huge fan of one of her earliest films, Home Alone 3 (which really is one of my favorite childhood movies).

She just had this charming aura about her.


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Adam Sandler. He is super nice we met him at my aunts lake house. Such a sweet guy he brought his family over and we hung out with him for like 3 hours and we just chilled. He is an amazing dude.


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Taylor Swift – met her after the 1989 show in my city. Super nice and easy to talk to, felt like we were old friends. But what was crazy was she knew the guy standing next to me just from Tumblr (this was back when she used it a lot and he ran a TSwift fan tumblr). She knew his name, knew all these personal details about him and was really excited to meet him! It was very sweet.


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Peter Dinklage is a lot of fun! Really cool guy. His laugh is incredibly infectious


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Kevin Hart

I worked retail in early 2011, and there was this guy who needed some clothes shipped to Atlanta, and I hooked him up with a surprise discount, and he was grateful. He then asked what I was doing that night, I said nothing, and the guy introduced himself “I’m Nate, I’m Kevin Hart’s manager, he’s performing tonight, here’s my card, I’ll get you in for free.”

So I go that night, thinking I’m just going to go watch the show, but Nate sees me, bring to the VIP Lounge where Kevin and 2 other opening comics are drinking Ciroc & Pineapple Juice, and Kevin was the chillest dude, really nice, talked about Philly, comedy, etc., and the show was basically his ‘Let Me Explain’ material.

Mind you, this was early 2011, so it was right before he took off, but it was still cool.

Nice dude though!


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I knew Shaquille O’Neal in college occasionally. I wasn’t associated with the athletic program at LSU but had friends who were, so I ran into him often enough to kinda-sorta get to know him.

He was a huge goofball back then too.


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Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame.

Tall as fuck, and really cheerful. I was working the front desk for Newbury Comics’ corporate office and he and his assistant came in. I didn’t even process the name when his assistant said it, just called back to the buyer whom Bruce was meeting. Then it hit me: “Wait. The Bruce Campbell”?

Bruce is standing to my right, looming like death. He smiles, extends a hand, laughs, and asks me my name. I made the requisite boomstick joke, and he also laughed at that.

Much better behaved than Juliette Lewis, who showed up so drunk she couldn’t walk down the ramp in front of me.


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I checked John Mulaney into a hotel room once. He wanted to pay for someone else’s room so he was at my desk for like 5 minutes while I set that up. He’s a genuinely nice guy.

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