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10 Ordinary People Reveal The Nicest Celebrity Encounters They’ve Ever Had

by Morgan Greenwald
Morgan is a writer on the branded content team who loves breakfast food almost as much as she loves dogs.

Most of our favorite celebrities put on a persona when they do interviews or go out in public, so it’s hard to know what they’re really like when no one is watching.

Since we look up to our favorite actors and musicians in Hollywood, it’s easier to believe that they are all good people who treat their fans with respect, though this unfortunately isn’t always the case.

Luckily, most of the A-listers in Hollywood really are as nice as we imagine them to be when we picture meeting them and becoming their best friend. During most celebrity encounters, celebs love their fans as much as their fans love them. At the end of the day, they’re just everyday people who like to have a good time.

It’s easy to forget that celebrities are just normal people when we idolize them so much, but these celebrity encounters are a great reminder that behind the scenes, our favorite household names are down-to-earth human beings.

Check out some of the most incredible celebrity encounters that have been shared on Reddit below. You’ll never believe which celebrity played a game of pool with an adoring fan!

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1. Playing Pool With Bill Murray

1. Playing Pool With Bill Murray

I was staying in a gorgeous resort in a remote area in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany — AKA, it was a very random place. Anyway, it’s around 10:30pm and I decide to head to the bar. As I’m walking in, none other than Bill Murray is walking out (he really is a legend at just showing up at places…) Anyway, he extends his arm to me and proceeds to ask who I am and what I’m doing, to which I reply quite honestly, “I’m yada yada and I’m actually about to just kill some time,” to which he asks if I’m any good at pool. I respond saying I grew up with a pool table so I’m pretty decent. “Great,” he says, “Want to join us?” (He’s with 2 colleagues which I later learn are in his music group).

Anyway, I point to the wine all 3 of them are holding [and say], ‘If I get one of those.’ He hands me his glass. Long story short, Bill and I were on a team and played pool [while] his violinist and pianist [were] blasting their music on a CD-rom from a boom box until 3:30 in the morning all while drinking some delicious red wine. Absolutely legendary. — clinz

2. Robin Williams And The School Bus

2. Robin Williams And The School Bus

I went to elementary school in NYC in the early ’90s and would take the MTA bus home everyday. For several weeks, The Fisher King was filming outside Hunter College High School doubling as the castle in the film. One day, there was pretty significant traffic. [The bus] approached the school and several friends and I were watching out the windows as we got close. They were filming at the exterior of the castle right on the side of the street, which was causing the heavy traffic. As we got to the “set” we basically stopped dead in front and about 10 feet away Robin Williams turned and noticed all these gawking people on the bus and launched into a bunch of crowd work, talking to us as we leaned out the windows, cracking jokes, riffing on his homeless attire for the movie, etc. It has always reminded me of the heartfelt scene from Good Morning Vietnam where he joked with the soldiers on the truck, almost beat for beat.

As a kid, this was a defining moment in my life. I was always impressed by his generous nature and self awareness. I’ll never forget that. — ansky

3. Literally Bumping Into John Goodman

3. Literally Bumping Into John Goodman

I ran into John Goodman in a sporting goods store when I was a kid. Like, I literally ran into him and bounced off as he was rounding a corner [because] I hadn’t seen him. He just laughed and gave my hair a little bit of a tussle. I didn’t actually know who he was though.

Then that night, an episode of Roseanne was on and I recognized him as the guy from the store. I was like, ‘Wow! I met someone from TV!’ — JTCMuehlenkamp

4. Stan Lee's Words Of Encouragement

4. Stan Lee's Words Of Encouragement

When I was 10, I met Stan Lee at a comic book convention. Being a little derp, I had him sign an Avengers comic from 1966 and a drawing I made of a character I created (I don’t remember much about this other than it looked exactly as a 10 year old would draw it). He saw the picture, laughed, looked at me, smiled, and said, “Wow. People might think I did this!” in the most genuine, genial, Stan Lee manner imaginable.

I wanted to write comics at the time, and I saw this moment as a “passing of the torch” moment. He could have dismissed my idiotic drawing, but he didn’t, and that always meant a lot to me, even when I beat myself up for being a dumb kid who met the master himself and had him sign a stupid “let’s put this on the fridge” drawing. — nickcooper1991

5. Jason Segal And The Cashier

5. Jason Segal And The Cashier

I used to live in a town that was close to Yosemite. We’d have celebrities visit Yosemite and hear rumors about them in my town but I never saw one, until Jason Segal came into my work!

It was around Halloween and we had a headless horseman prop that he stood behind, trying to mess with his girlfriend. When they were finished, he came through my line (I was a cashier) and I made cashier small talk with him — I never mentioned I knew who he was — and I said some silly joke that made him laugh.

He was incredibly kind and had a very welcoming presence. Very smiley. I’m sure he knew I was nervous, but it was awesome. — Steffinily

6. Kelly Clarkson Hugs It Out

6. Kelly Clarkson Hugs It Out

I met Kelly Clarkson once. She was opening a new Microsoft store here in my city and I camped out for a spot out of 100 for a meet-and-greet and tickets to the show the next day.

When I met her, she was just the sweetest person I’d ever met. We talked for a little bit, I gave her my fan letter, and then we took a picture together (which I ended up hating because the smile I have in it is atrocious). I hugged her before it was another person’s turn and began to walk away, but I stopped halfway and turned around and asked for another hug and she just opened her arms and said, “Of course, sweetie. I don’t mind at all! C’mere!” And she gave me the tightest of hugs.

She’s so awesome. One of my idols and inspirations. — StraightLineStitch

7. Golfing With Will Smith

7. Golfing With Will Smith

I was at a private driving range getting a golf lesson, and good old Will Smith drove up in a golf cart. I was really surprised. He was there to get a lesson from one of the other instructors. When he was getting something out of his golf cart, I went over there and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and actually reached out to shake my hand, and started a conversation.

Honestly [he was] the nicest person I have ever talked to. We talked for probably five minutes. I asked him about his latest movie, Pursuit of Happyness, and said it was really good. I also said it was amazing that he got to star in it with his own son.— Reddit User

8. Mr. T And A Life-Changing Pin

8. Mr. T And A Life-Changing Pin

My earliest childhood memory is meeting Mr. T.

I was three, and he gave me an A-Team pin.

All events in my life after that are less cool by several dozen degrees of awesome. — nikkicatch

9. Sean Connery Gets Into Character

9. Sean Connery Gets Into Character

I met Sean Connery at an Italian restaurant in Harlem when I was in 7th grade (2006?).

I was in my total James Bond phase at the time too, so it was mind-blowing for me. He was super nice, and even did the little “James Bond shoot thing” for me (like when in the movies the camera is looking down the barrel of a gun and you see James walking, then he turns and shoots). I was in love. — Reddit User

10. Henry Winkler In Traffic

10. Henry Winkler In Traffic

My mom met Henry Winkler twice and said that the guy is the sweetest, most soft-spoken and good-natured man she ever talked to.

The first time, they got stuck side by side in LA traffic together, so he rolled down his window and asked her how she was doing and they had a nice long conversation. The second time, they were in a store shopping at the same time, and he saw her and was genuinely excited to see her again. — calliope720

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