Today I’m happy to welcome Nikki from A Haunt of Ancient Peace with an excellent guest post about meeting Rob and Kellan:
In November 2008, Twilight fans were anxiously awaiting the premiere of the first movie in the series. To promote the series a bit, Summit Entertainment sent numerous cast members around the US to various malls for the Hot Topic Tour. The Saugus mall in Saugus, MA was lucky enough to be one of the stops for Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen). After waiting in line for 12 hours in the cold and rain (we were under a garage, so we were spared from raindrops) on the hard concrete, I was able to get my wristband that guaranteed a meeting with Rob and a signed poster.
The Q&A was a different story…it was loud, it was impossible to hear anything Rob said over the thousands of screaming girls, and I could barely see over everyone. Every time Rob spoke girls were screaming; not my idea of a Q&A. I was able to get some decent pictures, so alls well that ends well.
My experience just this past Thursday at the Natick Collection in Natick, MA was a much calmer one. I waited inside a mall on the eve of Halloween for 8 hours to get a wristband to meet Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen). On Thursday, I arrived a little later than I intended, so I wound up being in the back of the line to meet Kellan, but it all worked out well. I had decorated a shirt with a photo of me and Kellan that was taken last year when I met him, in hopes of getting his attention when I got up to the signing table. When I was waiting in the line to meet Kellan, I kept getting these jealous looks and I heard girls talking about how the picture was photoshopped. I thought it was hilarious. It amazes me how some people can be rude and impolite over so much as a photo. There were the occasional girls that would freak out over the shirt and while I found them amusing, they scared me a little as well. I’m a friendly person, but I don’t really enjoy being stared at and I’m relatively shy in crowds.
So once my friends and I got into the store, we came up with a game plan that involved me going up first so they could watch for Kellan’s reaction when he saw the shirt. I realized that this signing was moving a lot faster than last year and each person was at the table for only about 2 seconds each (last year we each had about 10). I got up to the table and Kellan looked at me and just said “No way.” He repeated that about 3 times and then just held up his hand for a high-five. I happily obliged. He was looking at my shirt and had me spin around so he could take it all in. The whole time was saying that it was awesome and he was happy I could make it. He even remembered when the picture was taken. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but fans can actually write to actors/celebrities through their agencies. I had written to Kellan and had included the photo that was on my shirt for him to sign back in June. I got it back signed 3 days before the HT mall stop, so I mentioned I got that back as well. Kellan told me he was happy I got my picture back because he gets so much fan mail that it’s easy for things to get lost. After about a minute of chatting with Kellan, I had to go. I thanked him for coming out and told him it was nice to see him again. He told me it was nice to see me again too (I could have swooned right there). As I was leaving HT, a reporter who saw the entire interaction stopped me to ask about the shirt and then once I made it outside, I was chased down by an HT employee who wanted to take a picture of my shirt. When I was finally clear of the store, I made my way down to where the Q&A was taking place.
Two of my friends who couldn’t get wristbands were waiting in the second row. I was unable to make it up to them while Hurricane Bells played, but just before Kellan came out, I made it up to the second row. The Q&A was so much better this year. There were screaming girls, but because there were a lot fewer of them, they were more subdued. The screaming didn’t drown out Kellan’s answers either, which was nice. The questions were the basic questions that are asked over and over again, so I won’t reiterate them here (plus, I don’t really remember all of them now). There was one question about who Kellan is close to on set and he said that Ashley Greene has been his best friend for a long time and I thought it was adorable. It was a blast and I was able to get some really good pictures, so I’m hoping they do this again for Eclipse.
P.S. In case you were wondering, both Rob and Kellan are more good-looking in person.
Thanks Nikki! What a lucky lucky girl! Go visit Nikki at A Haunt of Ancient Peace!