ComiCon this year was out of control!! My family and I arrived in San Diego on Wednesday evening. We had 4-Day passes, so we got to go in for preview night on Wed. The line to get your passes was long, but it always goes quickly.
My brother was till working so he was going to come Friday morning, but my mo was wondering if we could get his pass for him. I said probably not, because they are pretty tight about security and without proper I.D., they wouldn't let us get the extra badge. So I get up to the counter. I give the girl my ID an I start looking at my phone, she looks at my ID then says "Can you look up please?", so I do, and say thanks for checking. Then my little brother goes up, he has his sunglasses on and she asks him to take them off. He complies, gets his badge and stands with me. She checks my mom's ID, she gets hers. The three of us are waiting for my dad to get his badge. We're all talking about how he's not gonna get our other brother's badge, cuz she was making us jump through hoops just to get our own. So we're waiting. Then my dad comes over and we ask if he got my brother's badge and he says yes!! AND she didn't make him take off his hat OR his glasses!! So not only did he get his own, without being double-checked, but he got someone else's badge! We joke about people treating my dad like royalty all the time, but this was insane!! I swear people love my dad, and we cannot figure out why! I mean he's a good guy of course, but why the heck didn't he have to give a blood sample like the rest of us?!?!
Anyway, my dad ended up booking two rooms at two different hotels, and we couldn't cancel the one we didn't want so we had to pay for one night at a hotel we didn't stay at which really sucked.
The rest of the trip was just going to panels and wading through crowds and body odor, feeling like cattle. Yes, it was fun! Not the cattle or the BO part, but the rest of hit.
The highlight of my ComiCon adventure was on Saturday. Here's a little back story first:
Chuck is one of my favorite shows on TV. I've watched it from the series premier and own season 1 on DVD. Last year I was lucky enough to be on the show as background three times! During those times I got to chat with Zachary Levi, the star of the show. He is one of the nicest most genuine actors (and just people!) I've ever met. He speaks to everyone, all the background, which a lot of principal actors won't do. They pretend you aren't even there. He made everyone feel comfortable and have wanted to have fun. Adam Baldwin was also a really great guy. But being the girl that I am, I developed a small crush on Zachary Levi. I didn't pay attention to him like that at first, but then I had a random dream where he was my boyfriend, and I kind of started to see him different, lol. Then I actually met him and it was all over. He's funny and a good guy (well from what I could tell). I had a one-on-one conversation with him one of the times I was on set. It wasn't a long or meaningful conversation, just shooting the breeze between takes. Now flash forward:
I had planned on going to the Chuck panel which was in the morning at 11:00, so I woke up at 9, and got ready, cuz I knew there would be a ridiculous line. So I get dressed and head over to the convention center. I get there at 9:30, plenty of time to stand in line and get a seat. To my dismay, I see that the panel starts at 10:00, instead of and hour and a half early, I was half an hour early, and there were already 5000+ people in line! They were saying if you weren't already in line, you probably weren't going to get in. I stood by the entrance like a sad puppy watching as everyone else got to go inside. I struggled with whether or not to get in line and see what happened. But they had started so I stayed in front of the doors to see what was happening. While I was standing there broken-hearted, a woman came up to me and asked if I was going into Chuck, and I said "Eventually, maybe, hopefully." Thinking she was gonna stand there with me. Instead, she hands me a little pink slip. It's a re-entry pass to get into the panel! It might as well have been Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket! I thanked her and headed for the entrance, almost waving the pass in the face of the security who had seen me watching sadly from outside. They're lucky I didn't stick my tongue out!
The panel was really good (Here's the link!). Afterward, I decided to take a chance and go up to the stage to take pics, even though I thought the cast would probably just leave. They did take pics then they all headed off stage, but knowing what I knew about Zachary Levi, I thought he might come out to the stage and say hi. Sure enough he turned around and came to the side of the stage I was on. I was right up against the stage, he was shaking people's hands then started signing autographs. I didn't have anything for him to sign, so I just took of my ComiCon Badge. A woman came beside him and started intercepting things for him to sign, she was doing her best to help him get as much signed as possible. She took my badge, but he kept grabbing stuff from other people. Then another woman came out and said he was gonna have to go. So the first woman said he could only sign five more. I was afraid she wouldn't give him mine. He signed a few more, then she said "This is the last one" and handed him my badge. He took it, looked at it, and I could see him read my name, then he started looking around for me! I raised my hand and he saw me and said "You do background on Chuck!" and gave me a high five. Then announced to everyone that I do background on the Show.
Oh.My.God. I could have died right then and there. He recognized my name and looked for me in a crowd!! I couldn't believe it. How many actors would remember a background player from their TV show? My day, no my entire trip was made from that moment alone. I don't know how he even recognized my name, but it just makes me all happy that he did!
The rest of the trip was fun, I like spending time with my fam. But I feel I've hit my limit on the story telling for one post!!
Monday, July 27, 2009