The movie was awesome. Everyone should go see it if you get the chance.
After the Q&A (I filmed a little bit here, here, and here) people were just leaving the theater, but hiphopsoulqueen, city-bright and I stuck around. Chris was talking to other people and we were trying to find an “in” without looking like creepers. I don’t know if we succeeded :P
Tiff pushed me forward, but a lady beat me to him. He hugged her tight and kissed her (I found out later it was his sister). Then he noticed me just basically staring at him and said, “Hi, I’m Chris.” (Uh, I know. Of course I know.)
"I’m Erica. We actually met at PaleyFest."
“Oh, yes.” (There’s no way he remembers. He was just being nice.) “Thank you so much for coming out on a Sunday.”
Bowye was next to me and he asked us where we were from. I said I drove up from San Diego and that we met through The Mindy Project and Twitter and he said that was awesome.
Then I said something about how he was in so many movies that I watched 3 in a row before I noticed he was in all of them and then I saw him in The Mindy Project (True story, it was Ruby Sparks, Like Crazy, and Celeste and Jesse Forever).
Bowye said that she loved Monogamy and I said I loved Celeste and Jesse Forever and he said he was lucky to be able to work with Rashida twice.
He noticed my phone and asked if I wanted to take a picture. Are you kidding me? I didn’t even have to ask him.
He put his hand on my shoulder and pulled in close :O I can’t even. I’m never washing this sweater again ;P There’s a reason I Can Hear the Bells has been stuck in my head all day.
Then he thanked me for coming up all the way from SD.
And then Tiff came up to shake his hand. He signed his GQ page for Tiff and Bowye and Bowye said she was waiting for him to be on the cover.
And I said, you and Mindy.
And he said yeah, probably only with Mindy. (He’s way too modest, he deserves to be on so many magazine covers)
Then we thanked him and he went to go talk with other fans while we had a collective (silent) freakout and made our way out of the theater.
I don’t know, I think when I meet TMP cast members, I’m not my regular awkward, nervous self. Before and after, I’m a complete wreck (Mae, Tiff and Bowye can attest to that), but it’s like I turn into my alter ego, Airwrecka, who can be calm and hold actual conversations with people I obsess about constantly. It’s still sinking in that I spoke words to Chris Messina (#liferuiner) and he spoke back and he actually thanked me for coming to see the movie.
I kept my cool until we got to the bathroom and I didn’t cry until I got into the stall. I get overwhelmed trying not to freak out, like at the Emmy screening.
Omg you guys, he was the absolute nicest. He was so kind and gracious and appreciative of his fans. He really took the time to talk to you. He deserves all the success and accolades for his phenomenal talent in acting and directing, but more than that, he’s just a wonderful person. I really can’t say that enough.
And of course it was amazing getting to see my fellow Mindians. We talk almost every day and yet we’ve only seen each other in person a few times.
My only regret about my pic with Chris is that you can’t see the earrings I’m wearing. My second favorite thing that happened that day is seeing Bowye and Tiff’s reaction to me showing them the earrings. It was pretty much like this:
And thank you, maebelar for once again putting up with my craziness. You da fuckin best <3