Meet Rupert Grint

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On 9-22-11 at the Sugar Factory at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, I got to do a meet and greet with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley of Harry Potter).  That was the first and last meet and greet I will ever do.  It was so awkward!  First, I paid $27 on a sucker which gave me a sticker to allow me to meet him.  Then, I waited in line, in the hot sun, for over 6 hours and all I got was about 30 seconds with him.  What a joke!  They also said that we weren't allowed to get a picture with him, only of him.  Even so, I'd say I got some great pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8194698833/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8194698867/in/photostream/

And my friend got a great shot of the both of us!:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8194699293/in/photostream/

I had no idea what to say to him; what do you say to someone who knows why you are meeting them?  While he was signing my autograph, I said, with a nervous laughter, "I don't even know what to say to you!"  He and the guy to his right just burst out laughing.  Not a cruel laugh, but one acknowledging the awkwardness of meet and greets.  I continued "I think you're a great actor; I loved you in the Harry Potter movies.  I *loved* you in Driving Lessons."  At that, he perks up and smiles wide, nodding his head saying "Thank you so much!"  As they start to push me out of the way, I add "And I can't wait to see Thunderpants; it looks awesome!"  He nods excitedly again with a wide smile and says "Thank you so much!  You're so sweet."

It was definitely the oddest celebrity encounter I have ever had, but in the end I got some great pictures and even a frameable autograph:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8194734973/in/photostream

 


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