Prior to most movies being released there is a Premiere. If you are luckey enough to live in a big city like Los Angeles, New York or London, you can show show up and watch the stars walk the red carpet in person.When you attend a premiere as a fan you aren’t going to be able to see the movie unless you have won a contest, have an invitation, or get very lucky! Also you aren’t likely to see the actual stars of the movie. They usually are driven straight the red carpet and are quite busy doing interviews and taking pictures for the press. You may however, see the invited guests of the movie company. For example, when Disney has a premiere they usually send invitations to the PR people of all Disney and ABC stars. Seeing stars this way has certain pros and cons however.
The pros are: The events are free, you will see more that one star, the events are very exciting with reporters, other fans and paparazzi! The cons are : Nothing is guaranteed (as with all free events), the major stars are very hard to meet, you don’t know who will be there ,unless they’ve Tweeted about it, and the events are very crowded!
Having gone to a few premieres in Hollywood, this is my advice:
1. Know the logistics of where the premiere is going to be. Most theaters establish a pattern for traffic, where the red carpet will be, where the reporters will be and where the viewing area will be. Once you know this, you’ll be able to maximize your chances of actually meeting people.
2. Arrive early. If stars do come to the fan viewing area, they are going to be able to interact with the fans that are right at the barricades.
3. Have a camera with fresh batteries and Sharpies and an autograph book. Use a durable bag/backpack and always have these things on hand!
4. If you see stars, call them by their real name..not their character’s name. Let them know how much you enjoy their work but keep it short and sweet.. so they can see other fans as well.. We often say. “Hi_____, we love you on _________ . Can we get a quick pic?” “You’re awesome!” or” “You’re so funny” and “Thanks so much for the ____”
5. Sometimes, we’ve hung around for the premiere to be over and catch the celebs on their way back to the cars.. Remember, the major stars will likely be picked up by cars and taken to an after party. You may get very lucky and the after party is walking distance from the theater. This happened to us 3 times. We were able to get nice pics after Secretariat You Again and Tangled! and It’s even more important to keep it quick and say, “Sorry to bother you but….could I get a quick pic” “Did you like the movie?” Thanks so much!!
*ETIQUETTE TIP 1: It is really bad etiquette to ask a celeb who is a parent with his/her child/children for a picture or autograph if they are alone with their children. If it is clear that the other parent or a caregiver is attending to the children and the celeb is making eye contact and smiling with fans than by all means ask for a pic or autograph!
*ETIQUETTE TIP 2: If you see a celeb before or after the premiere and they are shopping or eating nearby or going back to their car, approach them quietly and resist the urge to shout their name and run towards them.. most celebs enjoy their quiet time when they aren’t “on duty” They love their fans and usually don’t mind a quick pic but if you bring a lot of attention to a celeb it can be uncomfortable and sometimes a security issue.. this happened to us with Ashley Greene at the Jonas Brothers concert and with Matthew Finley at the Road Dogs Game! Not that we shouted out their names, of course, but both needed security to escort them away when the crowds got rowdy!
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