In January of this year, I won the chance to take a cab ride and grab some pizza with the actor Bobby Cannavale. I was home in NYC on winter break from drama school in LA and made a donation to a Syria relief fundraiser that offered the hangout as a prize. We got some slices in the West Village then sat in a park and talked about everything from acting to how one gets a girlfriend like Rose Byrne. It was a dream come true for me as he's long been an actor I look up to. In fact, it was a particular performance of his in a Broadway play that convinced me to go to college specifically for acting. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to tell him that in person. He also did his part in persuading me to move back to NYC after graduation to start my career, which I wound up doing. I do not regret it for a second.
Not a spend a day thing, actually even better. When I was nine, Devon Sawa came to my house! This was at the pinnacle of his stardom when he was young and hot and all over Teen Beat and Tiger Beat magazines. I had posters of him plastered all over my bedroom and watched Casper and Now and Then probably a million times. My two cousins and I were obsessed and in love with Devon Sawa. Turns out my uncle went to high school with him and they were friends. He finds out how obsessed we are and plans to bring him by my house the next time he's in town. And he did!!! Imagine your biggest celebrity crush when you're only nine years old coming over to your house! We all screamed like idiots when we saw him and my uncle pull up in a red convertible. He was sooo nice and just as cute in person. He sat with my uncle and my mom on our patio, drinking beers and just hanging out while we brought out poster after poster for him to sign and had our pictures taken with him. Eventually my mom told us to leave him alone and stop bringing out posters lol. When he was leaving, we cried and gave him roses and my one cousin said, "can I keep you?" (His famous line from Casper). He was all smiles and hugged us all goodbye and told my mom we were too adorable. Just a genuinely cool dude who was willing to let his buddy he probably hadn't even seen in a while drag him to a modest townhouse out in the suburbs to make a couple kids' days while he was probably pretty busy because his career was going great at the time. I'll never ever forget that.
In elementary school I was one of the winners of a competition to "Spend the day at the State House." Where we got to go tour the State House, and then spent four hours ,one on one, with a state senator. But instead of the being assigned to a state senator, I got assigned to the Lieutenant Governor who at the time wasJoe Kernan. It was the funnest day of my life. We hung out the entire 4 hours. He ordered me pizza, let me sit in his chair and watch sponge bob, talked about being a POW in Vietnam and let me see all of his war memorabilia, and then let me ride in his car as we went to get coffee and ice cream. On the way back, everyone told me how they essentially got relegated to sitting in the corner and watching their state senator/congressmen do office work. He eventually went on to be the Governor for a short time, and it still really makes me happy thinking about that day.
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