Pop culture obsessions come to life! My ride with 'Gossip Girl'

Crawfordwestwick_lOn an ordinary Sunday night, I was riding the subway with my boyfriend to Chinatown for some pork dumplings and General Tso’s tofu. On the last stop in Brooklyn before Manhattan, the doors opened and a group of hip kids got on. While admiring one girl’s necklace, a strategically dingy-looking guy in the group walked past me to the middle of the train. I did a double take and looked to my right, my eyes locking with a pair of familiar baby blues: I was sandwiched between Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald — known in the real world/outside the halls of Constance Billiard as Ed Westwick and Chase Crawford (pictured) of Gossip Girl. The girl with the necklace? Jessica Szohr who plays Vanessa Abrams on the show.

The wittiest thing I could come up with on the spot was to say, "Chuck Bass rides the subway? Ha, ha!" and run swiftly off the train. Another idea was to approach one of them and whisper, "Spotted on the L train, C and N…" Instead I sat there, elbowing my bruised boyfriend, and throwing all shame out the windows to gawk at them for the entire seven-minute ride. Either no one else on the train knew who they were, or they were being much more discreet about their appreciation for the show. I felt like turning to my neighbor and whispering, "Don’t you know who these guys are?? Dude! It’s like we’re on the set of Gossip Girl! Be affected by this, please!"

Visiting your pop culture friends while you snooze is weird enough, but when they visit you in real life — like when Felicity‘s hunky barista Ben (Scott Speedman) used to come into the coffee shop where I worked — it’s just as bizarre.

So open up your diaries, PopWatchers! What music, movie, or TV phenoms have crossed your path, leaving you stranded in the continuum between fact and fiction?

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  • NineDaves.com

    lisa, you were on the l train coming from williamsburg. no wonder nobody said anything. those hipsters would never let anyone know they watch gossip girl. it would totally be a blow to their image.
    now, onto your question: i’ve had a few celeb run-ins in my time. it’s easy to do in new york. alex from the real housewives of nyc once sat next to me on the f train. gwyneth paltrow asked me for a light once on the street. keri russell smoked next to me at the feist concert in prospect park. but the best had to be seeing antonio banderas… peeing in the urninal next to me. that was super uncomfortable.
    i totally peeked, ps.

  • emily

    i lived in NYC for years and had many celeb sitings but one of my faves was that Ginger from Gilligan’s Island did her food shopping at the same place i did. i saw her all the time. everytime it blew me away. i faked being sick as a child to stay home and watch her and the gang on the island!

  • Winona

    I was working at an Eddie Bauer Outlet store in Chicagoland a couple summers ago – Emma Samms came in with her daughter and bought about $200 worth of stuff.

  • john

    get a real job you idiot. this blog is a waste of time and you are a waste of space.

  • NamesnotAnnie

    John is totally jealous.
    I live in Montreal and I saw Sara Quin in the metro the other day. *GASP!*

  • Lauren

    I volunteered at the Pitchfork Music Festival this year in Chicago. I worked the VIP gate and Julia Stiles passed right by me (apparently, she was dating a band member). Also, about three years ago (in Springfield, IL of all places), I was at Starbucks and in walked Ray Liotta. I kid you not. He has some ties to Springfield, so others in my hometown have had run-ins as well.

  • ticktock

    what are you doing posting on the popwatch boards, john? keep it to yourself.

  • anne

    just saw andy samberg on the subway at west 4th st. I looked at him and he looked at me and all I wanted to do was come out with something witty and urbane. instead I just smiled and looked the other way. However, if faced with the prospect of N and C, I probably would have acted like an idiot. I was saw Leighton Meester in central park and I literally followed her around for an hour. it was so sad.

  • Snarf

    We were in New York for the weeked and I saw Penn Bagley near Union Square, but the cab we were in continued on before I had a chance to react with my cell phone camera. Le sigh.

  • Alli

    Last week, while dropping off my family at the Newark airport, I saw Fat Joe and a pal walking along. They were carrying their own bags and had no entourage. Also, Fat Joe is not really all that fat!
    And I saw Anna Paquin at a Fiona Apple/Nickel Creek concert in Central Park. She was blond for her role in ‘True Blood’ and I spent a good 10 minutes trying to convince my friend that it really was her and not her blond twin.
    I love living in NYC.

  • Huffybike

    But Ed Westwick’s already given you the perfect opener! http://tinyurl.com/63dbxg

  • denny

    My sister and I were killing time before meeting a cousin for dinner by wandering around Whole Foods in Chelsea. Who should cross our paths but Mr. Jay from America’s Next Top Model. Normally, we would have just walked right along and giggled afterwards, but my sister is 5’1″ and Jay is well over 6′. Tall people freak her out, so she stared for a bit, and when he started to notice, she blurts out “You’re Jay.” “Yeah,” he replied. Mortified, we kept trying to find the exit but instead kept almost running into him again and again.
    The sis also once walked behind Tila Tequila on her way to work. She honest-to-God thought it was a hooker and thought, “Jeez, that’s brave hooking in broad daylight with all the cops around.” Then she saw the tattoo. And called me.
    I used to work at a theater in CT, and because it’s gorgeous a few movies filmed there. Once, while stealing from the craft services table, Bernie Mac, in full 70s disco gear, stood right next to me. What a sight that was!

  • Ep Sato

    John Waters stops by the Charm City Scooter Rally every year. This time, I jokingly said to him “Aren’t you Steve Buscemi?”, in reference to something I’d read where the two are frequently confused for each other. He didn’t seem to find it that funny AND he didn’t check out my pimped out Vespa PX150. I felt lame.
    Way back in 7th grade I was stuck at an airport in Puerto Rico with the band “The Jets”. Remember them? I got to play cards with them for three hours and became buddies with Rudy, one of their lead singers. For a 7th grade kid, that was probably one of my cooler experiences.
    Finally, I got to meet Willie Colon a few years ago at an event for my then job. I’d always pictured him as this larger than life delinquent (as he’s portrayed in the movie Vigilante and on his record covers). Guy had a good sense of humor, but he was 5’2″ tall, overweight and balding. I must admit it was a little disappointing…

  • Ep “no short term memory” Sato

    How could I forget this one? Spike from Top Chef is buying one of my Vespas. As a result, I got to hit up the Good Stuff Eatery on VIP night and meet some of the Top Chefs.
    Spike is really cool, very accesible, and is probably one of the funnest pseudo-celebs you’ll ever meet. He takes pictures with people at his restaurant and everything.
    Anyway, I couldn’t come up with anything witty to say to any of them, but they were all very nice. Including Lisa (believe it or not).

  • Gretchen Weiners

    I saw Sam Talbot from Top Chef at the Union Square Whole Foods about a year ago. Obviously I could not speak to him. He is fiiiiiine.

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