My Celebrity Encounters

29 May


This week I ran into Meredith Monroe, better known as Andie from Dawson’s Creek.

It was like coming home. Like seeing family after a long absence.

I keep a note in my phone of all the celebrities I’ve randomly encountered in LA. Each has a unique story, sometimes woefully boring (Chipotle…), only one of them including a picture. My biggest interaction, actually, was when Daryl Hannah came up to Rob and asked what dish he ordered at our favorite Thai place.

Exciting times at Ridgemont High!!

(OK this is a lie. Remember when I gave my number to a C (B?) list celebrity? Over three years later I finally feel comfortable telling you it was James Wolk and he never called me and it is still probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done.)

(Update. It appears one year after our encounter he got married, so I’m assuming he was already deep in the middle of the romance of his life when we met which is why he never called me.)

(But also, does his now wife know he smiled at me???)

Today I am sharing my celebrity encounter list with you. For fun? For documentation? Just because?

If you’re interested in any specific person, leave a comment and I’ll tell you how/where I saw them. It could be as exciting as Chipotle!

Alyson Hannigan

Andrew Garfield

Edward Norton

Pamela Anderson

Josh Malina

Patrick Dempsey

Owen Wilson

Craig T. Nelson

Daryl Hannah

Mel Gibson

Chris Harrison

Gigi Hadid

James Wolk

Rory Kennedy

Colin Hanks

Dreama Walker

Orlando Bloom

Brody Jenner (and girlfriend Kaitlynn Carter)

Jenna Boyd

Sofia Vergara

Shannon Doherty

Cheryl Hines

Dick Van Dyke


Robin Thicke

Rick Rubin

Brandon and Leah Jenner

William Russ

Pierce Brosnan

Meredith Monroe

Caitlyn Jenner

Kylie Jenner

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8 Responses to “My Celebrity Encounters”

  1. Michelle May 30, 2017 at 12:43 am #

    that’s a pretty impressive list! i’ve only run into one celebrity while vacationing in the Swiss alps (i live in switzerland), but i had the balls to ask for a pic so i was very proud haha…it was Woody Harrelson 🙂
    ANYWAYS, pleeeease tell me about Patrick Dempsey?!

    • jillianlorraine May 30, 2017 at 2:26 am #

      Patrick Dempsey is a Malibu local! His kids attend the school my former nanny kids attended and I saw him at school pick-up (he’s a regular there, apparently, though I didn’t see him regularly at the time). He also drives these really cool vintage cars around town. And WOODY!!

  2. sarah May 30, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    “but also, does his now wife know he smiled at me???” best line.

    tell me about andrew garfield! whose is the boring story from chipotle?

    • jillianlorraine May 30, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      Ha! Allyson Hannigan and her adorable family were eating at Chipotle one time when I was there. That’s the story. And I saw Andrew Garfield outside of Lily’s which is the best breakfast burrito place in town. It was during his really beardy scruffy phase and I didn’t recognize him until my friend pointed him out. Also I was with my mom and sister so I felt really proud being able to deliver on a celebrity in their short time there.

  3. Kylee May 30, 2017 at 6:21 am #

    Jill, I want to know ALL the stories! So many Jenners!!

    • jillianlorraine May 30, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      So many Jenners but no Kardashians: a memoir.

  4. Hilary May 30, 2017 at 11:33 am #


    Also, I think Mrs. Wolk deserves to know.

  5. Fiona June 2, 2017 at 6:35 am #

    Conan should be on there!

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