It’s hard to figure out what to say when you meet a celebrity. Whether you’re at a meet and greet where you only have a few seconds to try to sum up your feelings, or you’ve accidentally run into a familiar face in public where you should be able to introduce yourself more informally, most of us go blank when we have to talk to somebody we admire. Fortunately, celebrities are used to fans being nervous, but would prefer if you kept it casual and remembered that the people who produced the work that you look up to them for are still people!

Here are some people’s memories of times they did their best to make a good impression, or realized mom and dad were cooler than they thought when they found pictures of their relatives who got lucky enough to bypass the whole dilemma by casually hanging out or working with celebrities.

#1

One Time I Saw Samuel L. Jackson At An Airport And He Saw Me And My Cousin Hovering Around Trying To Work Up The Courage To Ask Him For A Photo And Then He Came Over To Us And Said, ‘Y’all Motherf**kers Want A Photo?

One Time I Saw Samuel L. Jackson At An Airport And He Saw Me And My Cousin Hovering Around Trying To Work Up The Courage To Ask Him For A Photo And Then He Came Over To Us And Said, ‘Y’all Motherf**kers Want A Photo?

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Tee
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1 year ago

I can literally hear him say Motherf**kers through this picture

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#2

My Dad With David Bowie In A Vacation In Greece. 1988

My Dad With David Bowie In A Vacation In Greece. 1988

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

that's a cool pictures

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#3

My Cool Mom Partying With Robin Williams And Billy Crystal In LA In 1982

My Cool Mom Partying With Robin Williams And Billy Crystal In LA In 1982

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Matthew White
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1 year ago

cool RIP robin williams

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One thing you should absolutely not do when you see a celebrity you admire is try to stealthily take pictures of them. If you’re at an event where they’re appearing formally, you’re better off waiting for an official photo opportunity where they’re prepared to look at the camera, and if you’ve spotted them somewhere where they’re off the job… well, nobody likes feeling like they're being followed, and you’re probably not as subtle as you think you are.

#4

Old Man With Cigar Spoiled The Photo With Celebrity

Old Man With Cigar Spoiled The Photo With Celebrity

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Tee
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1 year ago

I'll be back!

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#5

My Grandfather (Right) With Elvis Presley (Left) In Post-War Germany. Late 1950's

My Grandfather (Right) With Elvis Presley (Left) In Post-War Germany. Late 1950's

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Noez 🇸🇪
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1 year ago

Woaaaaaaahh that is so cool!!

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#6

My Grandma Always Used To Tell Us About This Kid That Would Sing At The Resort On Her Vacations In Hawaii. Turns Out That Kid Was Bruno Mars. 1990

My Grandma Always Used To Tell Us About This Kid That Would Sing At The Resort On Her Vacations In Hawaii. Turns Out That Kid Was Bruno Mars. 1990

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Carlota Ocón
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1 year ago

Hahahaha look at his pose! So cute

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A lot of people are nice enough that if you introduce yourself and ask for a photo, they’ll be fine with obliging, but empathy should come first and foremost. Think about what kind of courtesy celebrities would appreciate from all the strangers they encounter who are just as excited to see them… that includes considering that they’ve probably heard the tagline from their most popular movie 10 times this week and a simple introduction would suffice.

#7

My Stepdad Did The All The Flight Rigging For Jamie Lee Curtis In True Lies. He's 70 This Year And Going Strong As An Ox. This Is Him With Arnold Schwarzenegger And Jamie Lee Curtis

My Stepdad Did The All The Flight Rigging For Jamie Lee Curtis In True Lies. He's 70 This Year And Going Strong As An Ox. This Is Him With Arnold Schwarzenegger And Jamie Lee Curtis

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Tee
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1 year ago

That's so cool

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#8

Shaquille O’neal Lifting Me Up By Neck (Realistically, My Arm) 15 Minutes Prior To Playing A Football Game With Him

Shaquille O’neal Lifting Me Up By Neck (Realistically, My Arm) 15 Minutes Prior To Playing A Football Game With Him

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Tee
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1 year ago

Where's the general?

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#9

My Mom And Bob Ross During An Event In Central Park, NYC In 1989

My Mom And Bob Ross During An Event In Central Park, NYC In 1989

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Tee
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1 year ago

You Rest in Peace Mr. Ross

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#10

I Was Lucky Enough To Pull Over Al Pacino

I Was Lucky Enough To Pull Over Al Pacino

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Noez 🇸🇪
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1 year ago

No wayyy, I am jealous! Pacino is the ultimate cool!

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#11

My Uncle Photo Bombing Jimmy Carter, 1980

My Uncle Photo Bombing Jimmy Carter, 1980

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Bwahahaha, great photo!!!

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#12

My Grandpa Worked As A Park Ranger In Yellowstone, Where He Took This Photo Of The Three Stooges When They Visited. 1969

My Grandpa Worked As A Park Ranger In Yellowstone, Where He Took This Photo Of The Three Stooges When They Visited. 1969

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Hahah amazing! Still look like they’re ready to get some laughs

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#13

My Grandma Visited His Store And Asked If He Ever Goes There. He Came Out The Back And Spent The Next Hour Chatting With Her In 1992

My Grandma Visited His Store And Asked If He Ever Goes There. He Came Out The Back And Spent The Next Hour Chatting With Her In 1992

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Such a precious memory. :)))

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#14

The Time I Was A Little Nervous To Meet Morgan Freeman

The Time I Was A Little Nervous To Meet Morgan Freeman

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago (edited)

My brother-in-law worked with Morgan Freeman on the set of Evan Almighty. He said he is a great man that loved to crack jokes in the mornings before everyone started work. He is kind and loved to play practical jokes.

Tee
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1 year ago

You were nervous alright. The underarm sweat is a dead give away.

IrishClaire
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1 year ago

That's why he said he was nervous......

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Marijana Pontoni
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1 year ago

Who wouldn't be nervous meeting god? ;P

Sunny San Diego
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1 year ago

Just a little nervous...

Carson Lujan
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1 year ago

“I can smell you.” - Morgan Freeman

Bridget
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1 year ago

the giant wet spot on his armpit...

Vicky Berg
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1 year ago

lmao....just a wee bit nervous

scootz
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1 month ago

*sigh*.. not just the unsightly armpit sweat, but again, this isn't an "old" photo.

Max L.
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10 months ago

Looks a set.

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

Morgan doesn’t look too thrilled!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Morgan Freeman is one of my favorites !!!

Tifferooski
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1 year ago

So was that this year?

Liz Perry
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1 year ago

Wait. You look so familiar. Do you live in Western Mass?

Scott Amundsen
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1 year ago

Probably the greatest living American actor.

David Baclian
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1 year ago

This could literally be from yesterday or 30 years ago. He don’t age.

Susan Gardner
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1 year ago

And Freeman looks so dead pan. Maybe HE was nervous too lol

Ben Smith
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1 year ago

He looks very unimpressed

Kjorn
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1 year ago

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we Don't have a full picture… it is because it's also wet between the legs? :-)

India Frost
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1 year ago

why did you have to say it

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#15

Mid To Late 1970s, My Dad Graduating A Class Taught By Chuck Norris

Mid To Late 1970s, My Dad Graduating A Class Taught By Chuck Norris

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Ooh he transferred some of his power to you...

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#16

My Dad Showing Mr. Rogers The Process Of Designing Toys On Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (1986)

My Dad Showing Mr. Rogers The Process Of Designing Toys On Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (1986)

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

this is amazing memory :)

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#17

My Uncle Coached Hollywood Actors In The 1990s. Casually Carrying Jeff Goldblum Around Here. Los Angeles, California

My Uncle Coached Hollywood Actors In The 1990s. Casually Carrying Jeff Goldblum Around Here. Los Angeles, California

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Faster. Must go faster.

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#18

I Met Burt Reynolds In 1979 In Jupiter Florida At The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre. My Aunt Was Performing A Musical There. I Even Got A Ride In The Bandit. Was A Great Memory From My Childhood. Rip

I Met Burt Reynolds In 1979 In Jupiter Florida At The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre. My Aunt Was Performing A Musical There. I Even Got A Ride In The Bandit. Was A Great Memory From My Childhood. Rip

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Kristy P
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1 year ago

1976 1/2 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Classic.

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#19

My Grandmother And 'Big John' Candy. She Was A Secretary For The Accounting Firm That Handled His Finances. August 1988

My Grandmother And 'Big John' Candy. She Was A Secretary For The Accounting Firm That Handled His Finances. August 1988

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

I miss him.

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#20

My Mom Interviewing Jagger And Brian Jones For Tiger Beat Magazine In The Late 1960's

My Mom Interviewing Jagger And Brian Jones For Tiger Beat Magazine In The Late 1960's

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

Tiger Beat?!? I remember that magazine!!

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#21

My Mom With Ice Cube Circa 1992

My Mom With Ice Cube Circa 1992

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Drew Sauveur
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1 year ago

yes!

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#22

My Grandfather With Elvis Presley. 1950’s

My Grandfather With Elvis Presley. 1950’s

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Bored Birgit
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1 year ago

Young and cool Grandpa.

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#23

In 1983 I Was Chosen Along With 3 Other Students To Interview Ozzy Osbourne For Newsday/Kidsday Newspaper In NYC

In 1983 I Was Chosen Along With 3 Other Students To Interview Ozzy Osbourne For Newsday/Kidsday Newspaper In NYC

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

damn… i thought it was your mom :-)

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#24

1990: A Fan Gets A Photo With Bob Ross And A Landscape He Painted Using Ross' Series

1990: A Fan Gets A Photo With Bob Ross And A Landscape He Painted Using Ross' Series

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Farid Adiyanto
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1 year ago

i tought it's Bob Ross and Freddie Mercury

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#25

My Roommate’s Mom Dated James Gandolfini For Awhile In The 1980s

My Roommate’s Mom Dated James Gandolfini For Awhile In The 1980s

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

it's weird to see Gandolfini with full head of hair, he was quite handsome

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#26

Terry Crews And His Classmate, Voted Most Likely To Succeed In His Yearbook (1986)

Terry Crews And His Classmate, Voted Most Likely To Succeed In His Yearbook (1986)

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Don Golosso
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1 year ago

Oh boy did he succeed!

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#27

My Girlfriend’s Mom Met Al Pacino

My Girlfriend’s Mom Met Al Pacino

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#28

My Mom Posing With Eazy-E Outside Of A London Hotel In The Late 80s

My Mom Posing With Eazy-E Outside Of A London Hotel In The Late 80s

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Tee
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1 year ago

Eazy-E! Classic picture!

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#29

My Grandmother Was An Interpreter For Chuck Norris

My Grandmother Was An Interpreter For Chuck Norris

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1 year ago

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Interpreter for Chuck Norris? Was his English unrecognizable?

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