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Angelina Jolie & Me

Updated on April 16, 2011

Angelina Jolie

The Day I Met Angelina

Everyone has a story about a celebrity encounter. I have several myself; some are funny, some are dull and a few would just make you want to smack someone. The one that sticks with me most--and I think about it quite a lot--is the day I met Angelina Jolie. Every time I see a picture of her or see one of her movies, I think of this story.

It was 1995 in New York City. Angelina Jolie was not yet famous. Her first film, "Hackers" had just come out (It was a flop, sadly) and she was still able to walk around without being mobbed. She was already gorgeous and men ogled her but she didn't need bodyguards. She was 20 years old at the time (I researched that) and I was 30. I was working on the upper west side of Manhattan at the time, in a very tedious job.

It was a chilly but comfortable fall afternoon and I had stepped outside for some fresh air during lunch. I was leaning against the wall, feeling bored. And then I saw her! She was dressed very casually, in a coat that seemed rather well-worn. She walked past me and I was awestruck the minute I saw her. I was taken totally off guard by her beauty. My eyes widened like Frisbees and my jaw dropped to my navel. I may even have gasped.

I wasn't the only guy checking her out. She was obviously used to having male eyes fixed upon her because she was blasé about the whistles and crude remarks. (Not from me, by the way.) I just stared. As she passed me, she glanced over at me and there was a moment of eye contact, but she kept going. I watched her walked away, and my head was still reeling from the vision I had just seen. I kept watching her until she went into the grocery on the corner.

Let me say that I was a very shy guy back then. (And to a lesser extent, I still am now). I'm not the type to pick up girls in the street. But something in my brain short circuited when I saw her and before I realized it, I was walking toward the store. I had no idea what I was going to do or say once I got there, but I just had to go after her.

I went into the grocery store and spotted her at the salad bar. I began to walk toward her, filled with terror because I was so intimidated by her. As I got closer, my natural cowardice regarding women overcame me and I hesitated. Now that I was close, what was I going to say to a girl who'd probably heard every line ever thought up?

She glanced in my direction and clearly noticed me standing there, staring at her. Some girls might have been annoyed that some guy had followed her into a store, but she seemed to be surpressing a grin of amusment at my hesitation. She just went ahead with what she was doing, putting salad into one of those plastic containers they have in supermarkets. I tried to force myself to be brave.

I walked around to the other side of the saled bar, directly opposite from her. I pretended I was looking at the sald but I was watching her. And then she looked up at me. She looked right at me and she gave me the nicest smile. I froze like a deer in the headlights. I was taken so off-guard, that I don't even remember if I smiled back. I think I probably just looked shell-shocked. I was actually dizzy for a moment that such an amazingly beautiful woman--a stranger--smiled at me like that.

I recovered my senses enough to realize that I had to make my move now or never. I slowly maneuvered my way around the salad bar, stalking her, dragging my feet because I still hadn't the slightest clue of what to say to this Goddess. By the look on her face, I'm fairly sure she was trying not to laugh at my clumsy efforts. But she lingered, and I thought perhaps she was giving me an opportunity to talk to her. (Or maybe that's just wishful thinking).

I opened my mouth to talk to her and literally no sound came out. I cleared my throat to try again but I was intercepted by another guy to hit on her with much more confidence than I had. I lurked for a while, hoping he'd go away. She was polite but clearly disinterested, and she walked to the check-out. She finally managed to brush the guy off. When I saw the cashier ringing her up, I realized with alarm that my window of opportunity was closing.

I took my tuna salad to the register but just as I got there, she finished paying and walked toward the exit. I probably should have dumped my food and ran after her, but I stupidly waited until I got rung-up and paid. I watched her walk out and she glanced back--and she waved at me. I couldn't believe it! I was stunned that a girl who looked like that would be so friendly to a nerdy office drone like me.

The cashier took an annoyingly long time to ring up my small purchase and I was straining at the leash to go after that beauty I'd just seen. I finally got done at the register and I ran outside. Well, if you've ever been on a busy Manhattan street in the middle of a weekday, you know how crowded it can get. Maybe you've seen movies with mobs of people crowding the city sidewalks. I couldn't spot her in all that. I tried to cut thought the crowd but then I noticed that my lunch hour was over. My job was very strict about lateness and so I had to choose. Do I continue hunting through the crowds for the gorgeous girl or do I protect my job? After a long pause, I decided that I had to get back to work, so I rushed back to the office. But for the rest of the day, my mind was just not on work. I couldn't get that amazing face out of my mind.

For the next two weeks, I stood out in front of my job at the same time every day, hoping that she'd pass again. Alas, she never did. I was amazed two weeks later when I went to the movies and saw her up there on the screen in "Hackers". I actually shouted "that's her!" out loud in the theater. People looked at me like I was a looney and I sank back into my seat embarrassed.

Well, I never saw Angelina Jolie again in person but I've seen her many times on film and in photos. I have a sketch I did of her on my wall. So whenever I see Angelina Jolie, I think about my missed opportunity. I'm not saying I would have been the love of her life. I'm no Brad Pitt! But it would be fun to be able to say that I went out on a date with Angelina Jolie once upon a time. Its one of those days I wish I could do over.

Oh well. Angelina, wherever you are; thanks for the smile. It made my week.

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      Emmyboy 6 years ago from Nigeria

      damn u! U blew it and u know it. What do you think u'd have done differently assumin' the window of opportunity miraculously open up now? By the way, did i mention that i also have the angie-phantasie?

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Emmyboy; Yeah, I blew it, big time. If I met her now, she'd be way out of my league, since she's rich and famous and married. But I wish I could tell her this story because I'm sure she's totally forgotten it.

      Rob

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      greg g zaino 6 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Hey Rob- loved it Bro.

      i was right there with ya man- she has an old soul i imagine- would have made a great date given her seemingly good natured behavior- a niceness that might have said- "A movie...sure!" and she didn't like sharks either- thumbs up chic.

      people remember odd things in life- rich or poor famous and infamous. Robwrite might be one that comes back to the salad bar gal. your bashful behavior turns women's heads- want a closer peek...

      You know better than to want to do it over- hell the next time she might have gone off with salad guy2.

      a legitimate stalk hands down dude!

      peace - greg

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Greg; She was very good natured about it and i can't help wondering what she would have said if I'd gotten up the nerve to ask. I'd be amazed if she still remembered the encounter, but stranger things have happened, I suppose.

      Always good to hear from you, Greg.

      Peace,

      Rob

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting. I met Parker Posey at the airport in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was getting her luggage checked, and was very perturbed. I asked her if she was Parker, and she nodded yes. I asked for an autograph, and she scribbled on my ticket. It was chicken scratch, oh well. Thank you for sharing.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi A.A. Thanks for commenting.

      Rob

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      celebritie 6 years ago

      Well I can understand the Angelina fascination, I have a similar one for Brad Pitt.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      They certainly make a pretty pair, don't they?

      Thanks for commenting;

      Rob

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great story Rob. Is it amazing when you are in a hurry how slow cashier can be.....they also seem to need change the more urgent you want to leave......well the way your encounter ended.....it gives lots of ways you can imagine how things would go if you had not lost here in New York City...thanks for sharing...I will be thinking of this story the next time I watch one of her movies...voted up

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Cogerson; It's true; cashiers seem to instinctively know when you're in a hurry and then they slow down. I can only wonder what would have happened if I'd caught up with Angelina Jolie in the street. Would I have bungled it? Who knows.

      Thanks for reading.

      Rob

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Having Jon Voight as her father, and being familiar with the general Hollywood modus operandi, I suspect Angie had a sixth sense for spotting players, poseurs and putzes. She obviously had determined you were not one of them.

      You know that old saw about "two ships that pass in the night"? It seems sometimes it's a little better when it happens in the daylight.

      Thanks for sharing.

      CP

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi CP. You may be right about her sixth sense. I'm definitely not a player. She was a ship that passes in the night (or day) for me but I wish we'd met at the dock and gotten a chance to talk.

      Thanks for reading;

      Peace,

      Rob

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      Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

      Wish I could have said Angelina Jolie & Me LOL

      What a great wee Hub Rob. I was right there with you at the salad bar pushing you on. I would have definitely dumped the tune for Angelina Jolie ... and I love tuna.

      Do you think she tipped the cashier to hold you back while she escaped into the crowds? Nah! I'm too cynical, she wouldn't do that :-)

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I don't think she was worried about me bothering her. She knew I was chicken. She definitely didn't need help.

      Rob

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Cool , , ,great article, great experience, great memory

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks tsmog. I like to think of it as a lesson in seizing the moment and not letting opportunites pass.

      Peace,

      Rob

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      Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

      Rob, I'm with Emmyboy up there..., YOU blew it! Blew it, blew it, blew it. Oh my gosh- and sooooo close too. But hey, if it would have worked out, we wouldn't have this great story. You just never know, now do ya?!?!

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Okay, okay! Don't rub it in, for goodness sake! I know I blew it! I've kicked myself a million times for that in the last 16 years.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your brilliant hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Glad you liked it, HH. Thanks for reading.

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      Richard83 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow Rob. I feel so bad for you. You are a great writer and I have been told one of the best. Your work backs that up. In time my friend, you will get what is coming and hopefully it is grand. Until then, keep on keeping on! Best wishes.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Richard. Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

      Nameste,

      Rob.

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      Richard83 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I am sure being in NYC, it will be the perfect platform if you choose to go that route.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Being in NY in a good place for the arts, Richard. That's why I stay here, even though it's very expensive and the winters are getting longer.

      Rob

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...a really great story Rob and another one for my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here because let's face it (no pun intended) everyone loves to read a story of people like us meeting famous people and I've met a lot of them - Ali and Frazier, Liberace, Peter Boyle, Donald Sutherland, Etta James, the entire cast of SNL in 1978 .....and more ... lol - for another time - love your writing my buddy and I am making an enthusiastic effort to go through some of your older stuff ...

      lake erie time to the sounds of Scott Joplin on a rainy cold day by the lake 4:18pm

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi epigramman; I really appreciate the kind comments you always leave. It's great to hear that you enjoy my hubs. Please feel free to link them to facebook whenever you like. I hope you enjoy some of my older hubs. If you're interested in celebrity encounters, I have a hub dedicated to the celebrities I've met over the years.

      Thanks again for the nice comments. It's appreciated.

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi fitnesszone; It's more like a memory to slap myself over. But at least it makes a good story.

      Rob

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