To say that April 21st started as a clusterfuck and ended on a high note is a bit of an understatement. Let’s start from the top.
When you line up for a premiere, it’s similar to lining up for Hall H. It involves crazy hours and a long line. Oh, and line jumpers. We got in line bright and early at around 4AM, but we had been up since around 1AM due to messages that Katy was receiving about the line. When we finally made it to the line, we were around 130 or so in line. Not too bad actually! We were feeling good. But as the morning went on, we noticed more and more people joining their friends. You might have been “walking with purpose” random person, but I know your game. But we kept our cool. We entertained our section of the line by randomly singing “Push It” and just being weird. I mean, we were running on very little sleep. Then it’s finally “Go Time” and we’re allowed in. I took off running after Steffi since she knew what was what but by the time we got into a pen, there was no barrier space left. Katy caught up with us and we tried another pen but no luck. Since I’m short, it really isn’t worth it to stay in a pen where I’m rows back from the action. What’s worse? Knowing your favorite actor is RIGHT there and you can’t get to them? Or just not being there? After taking in the situation, Katy and I retreated to a little Starbucks stand to figure out a new game plan. PRO TIP: Always have a backup plan.
That backup plan was the press conference. Now, this was something we had been working on. I knew about it before I left for London but obviously didn’t want to jinx anything. The day before the conference (same as the premiere FYI) we received an email saying only one of us could go. Well, we weren’t going to split up. The whole point was to experience this together. Since we knew where it was taking place, we figure we could just go there and hangout. Then we got a better idea. Since we were out of fucks to give at this point, Katy emailed one of our contacts and explained how we were under the impression that both of us were supposed to be on the list. Within minutes we were told both of us had access to the press conference! PLAN B INITIATED. We returned to our hotel room and got ready. We were beside ourselves! We made our way to the hotel to check in and while doing so we actually ran into Mark Ruffalo in the hallway! He was alone! No handlers or anything Of course I was down on the ground digging around my purse for my glasses the first time he walked by. But when I looked up and saw his back, I knew right away who it was. Plus Katy was grinning like it was Christmas morning! When he turned around and came back down the hallway, that’s when I was able to give my hello! After that we checked in and grabbed our seats for the press conference. I won’t bore you with the details here but head over to When Nerds Attack for my full report. You guys do get photos though since I didn’t think they were good enough to be “press.”
After that we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the actual premiere. Katy had won tickets via a contest earlier in the week! How amazing is that? It’s like everything came together. The stars aligned. We got dolled up and then made our way over to the mall where the red carpet was taking place. Guys, I actually walked a red carpet. WHAT?! I was walking down a red carpet and then looked to my left and there was Chris Hemsworth signing autographs. I couldn’t get to him of course because we were being herded towards the escalators in order to make our way up to the theater. Plus they had tough looking security people in suits. When we got up to the 2nd level I was able to watch Jeremy Renner walk out on stage. The entire thing was awesome. I wish I had recorded it on my phone but I didn’t even think about that at the time. Obviously.
So, as you can see, the day went from “UGH, WTF ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?!” to “OMGZ YES!” in just a few hours. And my hatred for people who cut the line is still strong. But hey, it all worked out! We got to see our faves in person, and enjoy a pretty awesome movie!