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
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
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
4. Stan Lee's Words Of Encouragement
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
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
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
10. Henry Winkler In Traffic