Is anyone else in disbelief that it’s somehow already May? How did that happen?! I for one am in complete shock – how is this year just flying by?
I absolutely love the spring time and even though we’re less than a week into the new month, May is already off to an incredible start. Reason being: my best friend and I got to meet Kellan Lutz yesterday and it was one of the best meet and greet experiences of my entire life! I’ve met a handful of celebrities over the years, but this encounter was truly something else altogether. I’ve had quite a few people ask me for details, and it was so dreamy and perfect that I can’t help but gush about it anyway, so here we are! It’s definitely easier to share on one forum versus across all of my social media accounts individually, too; thank goodness for that.
My early teenage self was no stranger to becoming a fan of something/someone and loving it HARD. Case in point (and one of the only few to survive well into my adult life): the Twilight Saga. I owned every book in both paperback and hardcover, saw and owned all the movies, had my fair share of merchandise as they were cranked out, etc. You name it and I probably had it at one point or another. I even made sure to immerse Tim in my love of all things Twilight, too. Of the characters in the series, my favorites of the vampire clan had always been Emmett Cullen, played by Kellan Lutz. Emmett’s “grizzly bear” rugged exterior but sweet personality drew me in on the pages of the books and I found Kellan brought that perfectly to life on screen. I of course had seen him in other films, such as Stick It, Prom Night, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Expendables 3, the Legend of Hercules, etc., but naturally the Twilight Saga was my go-to and was specifically what launched him into my top actors. Back then, I had over-the-top dreams of going to see and meet the people who brought my favorite book series to life. Unfortunately for me, the Saga’s prime was well before I was in any position to make those things happen for myself, and as time went on, I was sure that ship had sailed.
Or so I thought.
Fast forward to earlier this week, Monday, My 1st. I came across a sponsored post on my Facebook page promoting the 5th anniversary of our local MCX store. The ad included giveaways, lots of activities for children and adults, specials, etc. As I was flipping through the listing, one item especially caught my attention: it read “Meet Actor Kellan Lutz” who was going to be at the event promoting his brand of eyewear. To say I freaked out (in the best way possible) is an understatement. I couldn’t believe it – I had the opportunity to realize a dream I thought had disappeared years ago. I immediately texted my best friend and fellow Twihard and we formulated a plan to get in on that.
Wednesday arrived and despite our late start to the event, we made our way to the Blackout Bands booth. We weren’t as close to the front as I would’ve liked initially, but the line wasn’t horribly intimidating, either. I was confused as to why it seemed to move so slowly, but I quickly realized that it was because Kellan was taking his time with each and every person that approached him. He was holding babies and making people laugh and melt and just having an overall good time with everyone who came out to see him, which was refreshing to see. We finally made our way to the front right before he was going to be taking a 10 minute break. When it was my turn, he told me I had gorgeous eyes and greeted me with a wonderful hug. We shot the breeze for a few minutes and he took a good handful of selfies for me. He gave me another hug before we parted and I then held all of my best friend’s things and occupied her daughter who was about at the end of her patience standing in line so she could get her moment, too.
There was still about an hour left in the event when we’d wrapped up there, and in exchange for her cooperation while we did our thing, we rewarded my niece with some fun for her, like bounce-house time, snacks, carnival games, etc. As we were standing in line for her to get a temporary tattoo, though, my friend peered across the way at Kellan’s booth and told me he was still over there. So naturally I, too, had to check and sure enough he was – the white barricades that once held a large group of people were empty and he was just hanging out with a couple of the people that had been facilitating his event. I asked her to wait there and I was going to go over to him (as her little was not losing her place in line). I was able to walk right up to him again and he was just as welcoming as before. We talked a little more; he complimented the event, I thanked him for what he had done there today, and he thanked me for coming. I asked for another picture in the shade of the tent this time now that it was easier to maneuver in there with less people, which he happily obliged (NOT to appear ungrateful for the first one I’d gotten, but I was naturally going to ask for a better one with my eyes open in it if I could). I told him that my friend was waiting with her daughter in line at a tent across the way and asked if he’d still be sticking around for a few minutes for her to make her way over while I waited in her place. Instead, he offered to do one better and go over to her himself. I, of course, was elated and I knew she’d be over the moon, too. On our way over, some others came up to him and he was more than accommodating, even offering to record a video for someone who wasn’t able to attend the event themselves. He stopped for every person that came over to him and went above and beyond to make them all happy. My friend got her second chance to see him again and a couple more photos, too.
Kellan Lutz is one of the most genuine, down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He stayed well beyond his scheduled time slot for the day to ensure everyone who came out to see him did. When they ran out of headshots for him to sign for people, we instead received a pair of the Blackout Bands eyewear (which they didn’t have to do at all). Despite being a well-established actor, his demeanor was that of just an average guy and speaking with him was like talking to someone I’d known forever. He was authentically friendly despite throngs of people constantly stopping him and he never turned anyone away. It’s especially nice when you meet someone you’ve looked up to for so long and they’re sincerely good people in addition to being talented. He far exceeded my expectations and I sincerely think the world would benefit if more celebrities were like Kellan Lutz. I consider myself so blessed to have gotten to meet him!