Here's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth:
#1: I used to live in an apartment just off Hollywood Blvd, and one of my neighbors was actually Brendan Fraser's dad. No--his son never came to visit, and no--I had no proof that he really was who he said he was. But there was a definite family resemblance, and his last name was Fraser so I'm fairly certain he was telling the truth.
LIE: The area around Hollywood Blvd is actually pretty shady/scary, so there's no WAY I ever would've lived over there. I lived in an apartment off Los Feliz Blvd, and I did have a neighbor who claimed to have a famous son, but he said he was Christian Slater's father. I have no idea if he was telling the truth, but his last name was Slater and he did look a LOT like an older version of his son, so I'm inclined to believe it was true. But in Hollywood you never know. Plenty of crazies out there...
#2: My classes at USC were mostly filled with people like me--nobodies who had good portfolios and somehow got accepted--but there were a few people with famous parents who got them in. We also had some former child stars. Our biggest 'celebrity' was Elijah Wood, but it was before Lord of the Rings revitalized his career so it wasn't *that* big of a deal.
LIE: I did have a child star in my class, but it wasn't Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings was on the 2nd movie when I was in college.) But he did know Elijah Wood. He worked with him in Radio Flyer. His name was Joseph Mazzello, but you probably know him better as Tim in Jurassic Park.
#3: During the summer between my Junior and Senior year, I took a job as a PA for The Amazing Race. I didn't stay very long because I didn't want to have to travel with the show, but I worked through some of the preliminary preparations, and there's even an early episode where I'm listed (under my maiden name, of course) in the credits.
LIE: I did work as a PA for reality television, but I actually worked for Big Brother. (I wanna say it was Big Brother 4, but it might've been 3.) I still didn't work there very long because the workdays were like 18 hour shifts and I just didn't care enough about the annoying house guests to want to put in those kind of hours. There is one episode with my name in the credits though.
#4: I interned for a TV Production company during my Senior year, and every Friday (filming day) we'd head to the studio lots for the tapings. Most of the celebrities were really nice--or too busy to notice me--but there was one who was surprisingly rude. David Spade. Despite being such a funny guy on screen, he was a total jerk when I met him, and spent the whole time yelling at my boss because they'd changed his lines again and he was getting sick of all the rewrites.
LIE: David Spade was awesome when I met him. My boss and I hung out with him in the greenroom and he was cracking jokes about how many lines he had to relearn (apparently his character was one of the only ones with new lines and he had some funny theories about why). Side note: he has awesome hair. Not a split end in sight. I was totally jealous.
#5: My boss also had really weird friends--and part of my job was to answer all his calls--so I talked to Bob Saget (Danny Tanner on Full House) and Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding on Saved by the Bell) on a pretty regular basis. Their voices are instantly recognizable over the phone, so I usually spent the entire call reminding myself to call them by their real names, not their character names.
TRUE: My boss had very weird friends. I used to tease him about it. I mean, really, how many people can say they're friends with Mr. Belding? Side note: Bob Saget has a TOTAL pottymouth. If you've ever seen him do stand-up you probably aren't surprised by this, but I'd only seen him as Danny Tanner--twerpiest dad in the world--so I was more than a little stunned by the "F-Bombs'. I was like, "what would DJ and Stephanie think? And poor little Michelle..." :)
#6: During my Senior Film Production class, Stephen Spielberg was on campus to meet with the Dean, and for some reason he decided to sit in on our pitch session. At first we didn't even notice him back there, but once we did, we all got so nervous most of us botched our pitches. He was really nice about it, and when we were done he said they sounded like great projects and left, and we all just sat there like, 'dude, WHAT just happened?'
LIE: This did happen, but to my friend's class, not mine--a fact I was SUPREMELY relieved about. By Senior year I'd already realized what a wrong fit I was for Hollywood, so I think I would have died if I'd had to pitch one of my silly ideas (most of which were things like 'lonely tumbleweeds finding true love') with Stephen Spielberg in the room. The class it happened to was pretty stoked about it though. And in case you're wondering, yes, at USC it was not all that uncommon for someone like Spielberg or Lucas to be on campus. It certainly wasn't an every day thing, but since they donate HUGE sums of money to the program, they would occasionally stop by to meet with the Dean. USC Film School was definitely its own little world.
#7: Probably my favorite celebrity that I met was Judd Nelson. I'm a HUGE Brat Pack fan--even though it was before my time--so I totally had to bite my cheek to keep from giggling and saying "I LOVED YOU IN THE BREAKFAST CLUB" when I met him--especially because I was working at the time and it would have been horribly unprofessional. He was really nice though, and even remembered my name when we said goodbye. I think the memory of him saying, "Goodbye Shannon" will stay with me forever. :)
LIE: Though it is true if you swap in the name Rob Lowe and switch it to "I LOVED YOU IN ST. ELMO'S FIRE!" I met him when he was working on a very short lived legal drama and the day I was there he was practicing for a fight scene, so he was in work out clothes--which was AWESOME. He was very nice and did remember my name when he said goodbye and OMG he is VERY good looking in real life.
So there you go. The truth is out there...
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(MAN I'm a nerd today!)
Thanks to everyone who guessed, I have awarded your extra entries. And for those of you who guessed right, you definitely got your five entries. Well done you!