Met him at an airport. I was an employee and he had some TSA questions. Genuinely nice, we had a great chat for about 15min. After he was set, we shook hands, he had his kids all thank me individually and shake my hand as well. His wife was reserved but nice as well.
When he then hopped in the TSA line, everyone FREAKED out in line and was taking pictures, swooning, etc. He looked me dead in the eye from across the terminal and gave me a light wave again and turned out around chuckling a bit.
Very good social interaction, would participate again.
John Cena was really cool when I met him at a mall thing for my brother years ago. Stayed for 8 hours to meet all the people lined up to see him. This was during his first big fame blow up so I'm sure he was busy. He also does a lot of Make a wish stuff. Blends into his surroundings easily though.
I met Bill Murray once and asked for a picture. He responded with "Who the hell do you think you are?" I kind of had a shocked look on his face and he finally told me he was kidding, gave me a handshake/bro-hug and took a picture with me.
About what I expected, and I'm damn happy with that.
My friend is an Uber driver and told me one day that he was sitting at a stoplight and saw Tom standing on the sidewalk. For some reason he decided to shout "Hi Forrest!" at him, and Tom gave him this wave. It's so refreshing to hear stories about actors embracing roles that they played instead of getting mad if someone does something like this.
I met Keanu once years ago. He was arriving at the arena for practice for a celebrity hockey game he was playing in. We were there to try to catch the Pens or someone as they were leaving their practice. We forgot all about the Pens as we met with Keanu. Very nice, quiet guy. Called me ma'am when I was only 15.
Met Steven Tyler about 4-5 summers ago while I was in Italy.
Walked by this linen clothing store that was blasting music at around 10pm, and he was the only one inside, dancing and talking to the employees. He came outside to sign an autograph for two girls and as he turned to go back in we made eye contact. All I could think to say was " Y-y-you're Steven Tyler!" and he just replies "Hell yeah I am!" I asked him for a picture and he said "hell yeah" and pulled my friends and I close and snapped one.
He was definitely a little drunk, but man he couldn't have been a more fun, nice guy.
I met Willie Nelson briefly when I was 16. I was pouring liquor at an auditorium he was playing at when he walked up, bought a pepsi and slid a crisp $50 into my front pocket. He winked and said "to the unsung heroes helping me look good on stage." Was really cool and I think about it often.
Steve Zahn lives in my city and frequents the gas station I work at. One day he helped a man push his truck onto our lot and then gave the guy a twenty for gas. He talks to everyone like he's known them forever, drives a big pick-up truck, and he's always smiling.
Another story about him- one day while driving home my mom stopped to help an old man who had fallen out of his wheelchair at the end of his driveway. She's tiny and was struggling. Steve pulls up, hops out of his truck, helps her, they high-five, and he gets back in his truck and leaves.
I like to think Steve Zahn is just cruising around all day looking for people to help.
My cousin took his son to a WWE event for his birthday and then fishing the next day along the river. While they were fishing the Rock appeared out of nowhere, ready to go fishing with his cousin. The 4 of them spent the entire day together, the Rock bought them lunch, hung out. It was an epic experience especially for my cousin's son who just turned 12.
I was late for a Norm McDonald show. As I walked towards the box office, I noticed him walking towards the bathroom at a distance. I instinctually said "hey Norm!" thinking he would just wave at me but nope, he walked right towards me and said "hey man, what's up, how's it going?" like he knew who I was. I just froze because it was totally unexpected and he said "well, alright, I guess, enjoy the show" and he left. Really nice guy from that small interaction I had.
Gonna get roasted for this but Kanye West. You can find tons of videos of fans interacting with him and he's always so happy that people are excited to meet him.
When I met Nick Offerman he was nothing but pleasant, funny and polite. Had a little chat about Toronto (where I live and where I met him). He mentioned his wife and he loved Toronto.
At the time I'd never seen Parks and Rec either. I'll always respect him for his persona, and genuine-ness.
I'm not a fan.
That said, the two members of Insane Clown Posse, Joseph Joseph & William Utsler, are regularly regarded as some of the kindest people in the music industry.
Through a strange series of events, my dad became friends with Mike Tyson for a few months. This was fairly recent.
He came to our house a few times and we got to go to his house once. I would describe him as humble, funny, and genuinely nice. He never wanted to talk about his own boxing career.
One time he just popped in because he was nearby and didn't want to sit in traffic. Another time my dad asked if he would circle around and wave to our neighbor across the street who was outside. Instead he walked over and talked to the guy for a couple minutes.
He seems to have either been really busy lately or just moved on because he doesn't call or come over anymore.
Can confirm. I was a producer for a reality show that was filming inside a restaurant in LA. Look over and see Bryan Cranston in full Walter White bald head and goatee, having lunch with an older woman, possibly his mother. Though we were a full crew, we left him alone, instead focusing on our C-list celebrity subjects while one of the greatest actors today enjoys his meal in peace.
The next weekend one of our camera ops gets a gig in New Mexico to shoot behind the scenes interviews for the upcoming season of Breaking Bad, (season 4) and mentions to Cranston that we saw him. What could have been a simple nod and acknowledgment turned into a 15 minute conversation with Bryan complementing our reality crew on our professionalism and asking many questions about how we work in practical environments (naturally lighting) etc.
The dude is over 70 years old, and he's still touring doing spoken word stuff. He gave one of the most entertaining and hilarious speeches of all time, and then as the show was ending just said "I'm going to be up here signing books afterwards so stick around."
You could tell he was exhausted after, as it was pretty late. Sure enough, hundreds of people lined up to get their books signed, and an attendant was there to grab your phone and take your picture with him. He was such a good sport and made small talk with nearly every person.
I had bought pre-signed books before the show because I didn't know he'd be doing this after, and he offered to personalize them for me anyway. I recommend watching his spoken word special on Netflix if you haven't seen it already. He's an amazing man.
Whoopi Goldberg. My wife met her in London, having a smoke outside the hotel we were attending a wedding at. After sharing a smoke together, Whoopi came in and had photos with the bride and groom (my wife's sister and brother-in-law) finally uttering the line of the day "It wouldn't be a Jewish wedding without a Goldberg."
I've heard Ed Sheeran is a very nice and genuine guy. He loves talking with fans and just regular people on the street.
I worked at a hotel for years, and met a few celebrities. The absolute nicest one I met was Luke Wilson. I met him by accident as I was running to catch my ride after my shift, around 3 am. He was coming down the hallway at the same time as me, but neither of us were paying attention. I ran smack into the middle of his chest and fell on my butt. He was incredibly drunk but super friendly and apologetic as he helped me up, I had no idea who he was. I closed with "you look a bit like Luke Wilson" as I carried on my way. He laughed. I found out from my ride that Luke Wilson was actually staying there and then I felt like an ass.
Taylor Swift! I wasn't even a fan until I met her. I went to a concert with my friend, who is a superfan, and we got picked for the T-Party, which is like a backstage party after the show. She came around to everyone there and spent a few minutes talking with each person. You can tell she genuinely cares about her fans.
Bryan Cranston. I met him once in an audio recording immediately after Breaking Bad He came in, told a short funny story which broke the tension. Then he shook everyone's hand while greeting them. After the session he signed a hazmat helmet that a producer wanted to give as a wedding gift (bride groom were huge fans). He was also phenomenal in the booth nailing the script and making it his own. A+ all around.
Sarah Jessica Parker. Ran into her in a deli in NYC... Me and my work partner were in uniform on break sitting down having breakfast. We are city workers. She started a conversation with us. Even signed stuff for us. I've met quite a few celebs in NYC.. She was by far the nicest.
Barack Obama. Back when he was a huge underdog in the 2008 election, he came to my city for a town hall meeting. Showed genuine interest in people's concerns and shook hands with everyone he could. Class act.
Jay Leno. And please, hear me out.
When I was 17 (this was in 2010), I got to go backstage at the Tonight Show because I was a huge fan of the show. After the show, he came into the green room and talked to me and my family for a solid ten minutes.
After we had left the studio, we saw him in his car leaving the studio and signing autographs for fans.
The real kicker: the next year, I graduated high school. Out of nowhere, the dude sent me a fucking letter congratulating me on that.
He couldn't have been nicer to me.
Mark Hamill is a genuinely good guy. I worked in a Warner Bros. Store in NYC while I was in college, and we got word one day that he would be coming by with his family, and to make sure any needs he had were met. (Since he voices The Joker, he was a WB VIP) He came in, and stayed in my area for a while. (The floor I worked on sold animation cels and collectibles, and he was really into that stuff.) He was just beaming, happy to talk to people, shake hands, etc. Everyone had to be professional, but we were all smiles, too. The only thing he asked for while he was there was water. Really....I cannot stress how wonderful and nice he is.
In 2005, I was on my honeymoon with my wife in Hawaii. To close out the trip, we splurged and stayed at the Four Seasons on Kona. While at the hotel, we heard buzz that Matthew McConaughey was there with his girlfriend at the time, Penelope Cruz. We happened to see them across the pool and were a bit starstruck.
Later that week, I was sitting in the hot tub at the spa and I hear his unmistakable southern drawl. Next thing I know, he is wading in to the hot-tub.... naked. To this day, I swear that I did not look at his 'package' because I knew that would be the 1st question my wife, and everyone else would ask. So we were sitting there in silence for several minutes, and then I broke the ice with a comment like "this place is so beautiful" or something like that. With that, we ended up having a 10 minute conversation, he was the nicest guy, so down to earth. We talked about what I do, some of the movies he was considering at the time, and then he wished me congratulations on my marriage and that was that. A little while later, I ran into him as I was waiting for my wife to come out of the spa. My wife finished up at about the same time that Penelope Cruz finished having her nails done. He introduced us to Penelope Cruz and shared the info that we were just married -- she said congrats and they walked away.
My wife was very excited with the encounter.... I then shared the hot-tub story and she was pretty jealous.
The rest of the trip, he would give me a head nod or say whats up when we passed each other. Bottom line, he was a really nice guy.