Mission Possible: Meeting John Cusack

For one young MTV News associate producer, a dream was made reality when she met her Hollywood hero. This is her story.

I’ve had so many great opportunities since I started working for MTV News, such as visiting Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” set and helping out at the “Grindhouse” junket. But nothing will ever compare to last Friday afternoon.

Now, I know most people would say the best day of their life was the day they were married, or the day their children were born, but I’m single and I have no children so I’d have to say that this was it for me.

Since I can remember, John Cusack has been my favorite actor. I mean, does it get any better than “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank,” “Better off Dead,” “Say Anything” or “Identity”? I think not. He is a phenomenal actor, a handsome man, and he just seems like an all-around great guy.

The newest masterpiece to add to his list of accomplishments is “1408” (the millionth movie based on a Steven King story). Although I have not seen the movie yet, I’ve heard good things about it. How could it not be great when 90-percent of the film is all John Cusack, all the time? The junket for “1408” was Friday and I was all over it! I told my boss that I would sell a limb on the black market just to go. I had butterflies in my stomach the entire day and I didn’t know whether I was about to throw up on him or faint. Luckily, I did neither.

The first time I saw him, it was like a dream. That’s when my palms started to sweat and I had to run to the bathroom to check the B.O. situation. I was good. After I heard, “here he comes,” I wiped my hands on the front of my jeans, took a deep breath and opened the door to greet him. It went something like this…

“Hi, my name is Tera,” as I held out my hand for a friendly shake.

“Hi, I’m Johnny,” as if I didn’t know.

After the interview, I got up the nerve to look totally unprofessional and star-struck, and approached Mr. Cusack for a photo.

“Excuse me. Can I ask you a huge favor?” I said, my voice shaky.

“Sure.” He looked a little nervous.

“Would you take a picture with me?” I did my best not to look like a crazy person and tried to play it cool, but my beet-red face gave me away. His response, if you can believe this one was, “It would be my pleasure.” And he posed with his arm around me.

That night, I fell asleep with visions of Cusack dancing in my head. I will never forget the best day of my life.