Yes, Hugh Jackman makes his way around NYC, seemingly part of us, but absolutely not the same.
The article says that celebrities prize their privacy in public more highly than any of us do because everyone thinks they know them. But of course, we don’t know them. What would seem normal interaction with someone you know SO MUCH about, is to them an intrusion by a stranger they know NOTHING about. I hate that myself, when someone I don’t know starts chatting me up on the street or in the subway as if we were friends. Sometimes, in context, it’s fine. Other times I feel like, do I know you? Why are you talking to me?
I’ve seen celebrities from time to time on the streets of NYC and I’ve never said a word to any of them. I made eye contact with David McCallum once at the Union Square Greenmarket, that’s the closest interaction I’ve had. I used to run into Ethan Hawke quite frequently at one time. We went to the same bookstores, it seems.
When I was obsessed with Hugh Jackman he was onstage in a Broadway play, so it was easier to interact at the stage door, as I’ve written about before here. He was not a private citizen when fans were waiting for him at the stage door. Much like when RA interacts with fans on the red carpet.
If someone were to see Mr. Armitage in Real Life, when he was just himself, minding his own business, would it be right to say something to him? Would he mind it? I can’t imagine he would ever be rude, but still, would it be appropriate to do that? Of course, I think no.
But if it was your only opportunity ever to make contact with someone you love, is it inappropriate to say something? Anything? I did not love David McCallum when I saw him in the Greenmarket, but he didn’t seem to mind our eye contact, during which he clearly knew I recognized him. I didn’t say anything though. I do think (too much!) about what I would do if I saw Mr. Armitage on the streets of NYC. I really don’t know. Somehow, though, I feel like it would be wrong not to say SOMETHING. He is a HUGE part of my life. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t say anything. New York, New York.