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?

spacedtyler Report

Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

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

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

reddit.com Report

Kjorn
Community Member
7 months ago

that's a cool pictures

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Amy Frank
Community Member
7 months ago

What an awesome pic!!

View more comments

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

tristashtuk Report

Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

I'll be back!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow! Elvis kissed my grandma. In the early '60's my aunt was a preteen and my grandma took her to an Elvis concert. My grandma waited by the plane for my aunt and Elvis went straight to the plane instead of signing autographs I guess. But he saw my grandma, thought she was a fan, and grabbed her and kissed her and got in the plane. My aunt was sooo upset when she found out. My grandma became an Elvis fan that day.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Carlota Ocón
Community Member
7 months ago

Hahahaha look at his pose! So cute

View more comments

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

reddit.com Report

Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

That's so cool

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Francis
Community Member
7 months ago

such a great pic!

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

You Rest in Peace Mr. Ross

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

I Was Lucky Enough To Pull Over Al Pacino

I Was Lucky Enough To Pull Over Al Pacino

pikabu Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
7 months ago

So, here's the question ... did Mr. Pacino get a ticket or was it a friendly, "I'll let you go this time ... just remember stay in your lane."

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

My Uncle Photo Bombing Jimmy Carter, 1980

My Uncle Photo Bombing Jimmy Carter, 1980

reddit.com Report

Janine B.
Community Member
7 months ago

Bwahahaha, great photo!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

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

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Jeff
Community Member
7 months ago

Bob Ross was such a wholesome man

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

The Time I Was A Little Nervous To Meet Morgan Freeman

The Time I Was A Little Nervous To Meet Morgan Freeman

loosegravel2 Report

Carol Emory
Community Member
7 months 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

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

View more comments
#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)

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

American hero.

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#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

reddit.com Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Faster. Must go faster.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Kim Lee
Community Member
7 months ago

Archer would be jealous

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Janine B.
Community Member
7 months ago

I miss him.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Kristof De Smet
Community Member
7 months ago

Great picture from Jagger... not!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

My Mom With Ice Cube Circa 1992

My Mom With Ice Cube Circa 1992

reddit.com Report

Laana
Community Member
7 months ago

That man does not age!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

My Grandfather With Elvis Presley. 1950’s

My Grandfather With Elvis Presley. 1950’s

reddit.com Report

Mark Gill
Community Member
7 months ago

Suspicious

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Kjorn
Community Member
7 months ago

damn… i thought it was your mom :-)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Kristy P
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a really nice painting! He did a great job:-)

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
7 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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)

reddit.com Report

Mark Gill
Community Member
7 months ago

Wonder what Bethany Green is doing these days...........

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#27

My Girlfriend’s Mom Met Al Pacino

My Girlfriend’s Mom Met Al Pacino

pikabu Report

Anony Mouse
Community Member
7 months ago

How very vintage.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Tee
Community Member
7 months ago

Eazy-E! Classic picture!

View more comments
#29

My Grandmother Was An Interpreter For Chuck Norris

My Grandmother Was An Interpreter For Chuck Norris

Sandra96 Report

Abektx
Community Member
7 months ago

Chuck Norris doesn't need a translator. Languages change their own words to mean what he wants them to mean.

View more comments