This post is a response to Perry’s post on Armitage Agoniste Why Perry Doesn’t Want to Meet Richard Armitage. The purpose is to dialogue by presenting another opinion, not to say that Perry’s feelings aren’t valid. Let’s be clear about that. I think we are actually very much in tune, but I’m looking at it in a slightly different way.
Unlike Perry, I do want to meet Richard Armitage. I probably won’t ever, and I’ll be happy just to see him, but if I could I would. Having gone through the experience of being a fan at a stage door during Hugh Jackman’s run as The Boy from Oz on Broadway, I have experienced the feeling of meeting a celebrity as a fan. I wrote about that experience HERE in my post About Fans (Not the Electric Kind).
In my opinion, meeting a celebrity crush in a crowd of other fans is a terrific thing, because it defines your role. You are a fan – he is the star. This is different from meeting your crush on the street in RL. You are just a stranger to him then. To approach him is a tricky thing. Probably better not to, unless there is a reason to, like he is about to be hit by a car, or walk into a pole. More likely I’d be the one walking in the pole, but we’ll let that go. 😀
From my experience, in a crowd of other fans, when the star approaches he knows who you are. He knows you are his fan. Maybe he doesn’t know specifically how obsessed you are with him, but he knows what to expect. To the degree he chooses to interact, his job is to accept your gushing admiration graciously. It’s a heart-stopping moment if he talks to you. Just making eye contact is an unforgettable endorphin rush. If he ignores you and talks to other people, though, it’s crushing. That’s the down side. Still, getting to see him and maybe hear his voice in RL is an endorphin rush even if you don’t get to interact directly with him.
Being a fan is not for everyone. Most of my RL friends think I am nuts. They would never act like a fan – not even an online fan. Except when it comes to sports. Then people seem to be more comfortable being a fan of a team, or even an athlete. But an actor? Somehow that’s different. Weird.
But for us lucky fans, we know how much joy there is in celebrating the talents of a fabulous actor, particularly if he is a friendly, gracious person. I’m sure those in the RA fandom who have had encounters with him can attest to that. I can’t imagine him being anything other than gracious no matter what the circumstances were.
I am excited and looking forward to much staring at Richard Armitage. Hopefully maybe even getting to interact with him – as a fan – someday. Oh, ok. If I am invited to a dinner and he happened to be there, I guess I would be happy to meet him as a person, not as a fan. LOL