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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and, while rain may not have been the primary cause behind my lack of A-list encounters in April, there was definitely a crop of roses waiting for me in May.
"The Avengers" promotional train crossed over into the beginning of the month, offering a couple more chances at meeting the cast, and I finally succeeded! Not only did I get to meet Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, but I also managed to meet actual Avenger, Mark Ruffalo.
The annual Met Gala soon followed, as well as the television Upfronts, which is when networks trot out their hottest talent for potential advertisers. "Twilight" stars, Oscar nominees and even a "Bridesmaid" were among the highlights of my flower-filled month.
Loki and the Hulk Do a Partial Assemble For Me
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I got a tip that Tom Hiddleston would be making an appearance on Fuse's "A Different Spin," but I had never tried to meet anyone there so my hopes were not very high. Not only did I luck out, but my friend and I wound up as the only people waiting for Tom. He seemed surprised when we stopped him but gladly took the time out for us and our cameras.
"Are you going to see the film," he asked.
"At midnight," we declared, which appeared to please him.
Later that week, I gave "Good Morning America" another go, this time for Mark Ruffalo. As usual, I got to the Times Square studio before dawn to secure a nice spot on the barricade, but, to my surprise, the crowd didn’t grow much. Mark’s car parked a little too far up the street so he had to walk along the sidewalk to get to the entrance where we were all waiting, and he kindly stopped for a handful of fans in his path. I got nervous this would prevent him from coming to the barricade but it turns out that Ruffalo might just be the most fan-friendly of all "The Avengers." Not only did he come straight to us, but he signed just about everything handed to him, took a ton of pictures and even asked us all to wave at the paparazzi with him.
Jessica Chastain and Judd Apatow at the Ball
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Every year the Met Gala is jam-packed with celebrities of all sorts. In fact, the red carpet often takes longer than the event itself. Though I’ve never seen the inside and probably never will, each year my friends and I get all dressed up, watch the red carpet on Fifth Ave., grab some dinner and then hit the after parties in hopes of meeting some fashion-forward party goers. This year, that included Jessica Chastain and Judd Apatow, both of whom we caught leaving the party well after midnight. Jessica was the first to leave and took some time greeting waiting fans. She stood in the street with us for 10 minutes or so, laughing and hugging us all as if we were her best friends.
Apatow left later with wife Leslie Mann on his arm and both of them signed some autographs while waiting for their cars to pick them up. I asked for a picture and Apatow was more than happy to take one with me, but while we were taking it his wife disappeared.
"I think I lost my wife," he told me after the flash went off. Thankfully, I had seen her get escorted by a security guard to their car down the block, so I saved the day. I pointed him in the right direction and he thanked me as he headed off to meet up with his mate. Sweet trade if you ask me.
'Twilight,' 'Bridesmaids' and Other Movie Stars Dominate TV Week
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Aside from network presentations during Upfronts week, there are agency parties almost every night, hosted by all the big names like William Morris, Creative Artists, etc. The night before the first presentation was filled with kick-off parties all over the city. At Lavo for the UTA party, I had a random run-in with Edi Gathegi whom I know from "Twilight." He was chatting with a lady friend so I waited for him to finish his conversation before asking for a picture, and he was happy to take one just before getting into a cab for the evening.
On Monday night after the NBC presentation, I had a met up with yet another "Twilight" star, Charlie Swan himself, Billy Burke. I stopped him on his way into the party to congratulate him on his new show, "Revolution," getting picked up and made sure to ask for a picture. I have to say, the Twi-hard in me was pretty stoked to finally meet him – I just hope it wasn’t too obvious!
On the last day, CBS held their presentation at Carnegie Hall. When it was over, their actors flooded out the back entrance and the one I noticed immediately was Melissa McCarthy. To be honest, I had completely forgotten that Melissa McCarthy was even on CBS, so after a very brief moment of confusion, I called her over. Out of everyone on the network, she was the only one to come to the barricade. She seemed super happy to take pictures with us even as security told her that her car was holding up traffic. Later, at the after party, I watched the "Bridesmaids" star take pictures with every single fan waiting outside. Gotta love that.
Last but not least, Dennis Quaid followed McCarthy's footsteps and took pictures with everyone waiting as well. Though not as chatty, he was still very kind and thanked everyone who asked him for a picture.
Like many of you, Professional Fan Girl Lauren Cox has always had a fascination with movie stars. She's turned her hobby – hitting premieres and other events in New York City to meet them – into a blog, and now a NextMovie column. Keep up with her adventures meeting celebs by following her on Twitter.