Celebrities are just people like the rest of us. Despite this, sometimes it can seem as if they’re a world away. When interacting with fans, celebrities are frequently literally behind barriers that control the interactions, whether it’s a barricade or just a table. There’s a good reason for this – safety. Sometimes, fans just get too excited and overwhelmed, and without a few precautions in place, something disastrous could occur as they try to get to their favorite celebrity. Of course, the celebrities also need to be protected. However, setting up those precautions can sometimes limit celebrity-fan contact.
The following examples are moments where a celebrity has used his or her power to break down that barrier between themselves and their fan (or fans). Whether it’s just joining them for an impromptu performance, showing up to one of their parties, or making the fan’s moment with their favorite celebrity ultra special, the following celebrities gave their fans something to remember forever. Sure, many fans have a story of getting a photo with their favorite celebrity or getting a quick autograph. These fans have something entirely different – a special moment, a personalized message, and more.
Here are 10 awesome celebrity-fan moments.
10. Ed Sheeran at West Edmonton Mall
Ed Sheeran was in Edmonton, Alberta for a performance in June 2015, and during his trip, decided to check out the city’s huge mall. While he was browsing HMV, a music store, he overheard 13 year old Sydney Bourbeau singing his song “Thinking Out Loud” on a small mall stage nearby. Flattering, right? Sheeran decided to make her day by quietly sneaking out of the store and surprising her on stage. Her solo performance turned into a memorable duet as he ended up finishing the song with her before giving his fan a hug and sneaking back to his shopping. The best part is, Sheeran’s done this before with young singer Aimee Keogh on The Late Late Toy Show. So, take note – if you’re singing an Ed Sheeran song in public, the red headed man himself just might appear.
9. Adam Levine and Christopher Warner
10 year old Christopher Warner from Maryland claims to be Adam Levine’s number one fan. Avery Stanert, a special education teacher at Warner’s school, uploaded a compilation video that Warner had made singing along to Maroon 5’s hits, and Levine eventually got wind of the video and reached out with backstage passes and tickets to a Maroon 5 concert in Washington, D.C. That’s not the best part, though. When Christopher met his idol, the young boy with Down syndrome was overwhelmed and began to panic, crouching down and trying to hide as he wasn’t sure how to cope with the situation. Did Levine get startled and flee, leaving someone else to deal with his number one fan? Absolutely not. He lowered himself to the floor, laid down with Christopher, and got the rest of his band to do the same. The group just chilled in silence as Warner calmed down, and he got a floor selfie from one of the biggest stars in the world. That’s a unique experience.
8. Taylor Swift, no RSVP needed
Gena Gabrielle is a huge Taylor Swift fan, and when it came time for her bridal shower, the bride-to-be decided to send the pop superstar an invite. Why not, right? It’s not like she’d actually come, and Gabrielle likely figured it was a fun way to show her fandom. However, she got really, really surprised when her bridal shower came along. While Gabrielle was celebrating with other guests, Swift strolled into the party like it was no big deal. And, of course, she came prepared with gifts – it was a bridal shower, after all. Gabrielle was absolutely stunned and the celebrity’s efforts likely transformed her bridal shower from a fun afternoon with friends to a lifetime memory.
7. Chris Pratt and Guardians fans
Chris Pratt has a reputation of being a good guy in Hollywood, someone who is always sweet to his fans and appreciative of all his success. This incident proves that perfectly. Disney Studios and New York Daily News collaborated to sponsor a charity screening of the much anticipated Marvel flick, Guardians of the Galaxy. About 250 young fans and their families showed up excited to see the film, but they got to see someone even better – Chris Pratt himself. He strolled into the theatre and greeted all the kids, patiently taking selfies with whoever wanted one. Chris (or should we say Star-Lord) didn’t just stay for a photo op. He lingered awhile and even shared an inspirational message with the kids, telling them “if you stick to your path and you believe in yourself and you be courageous enough to be yourself you can grow up, you can be your own Star-Lord.”
6. Peter Capaldi’s Video Message
Many fans send mail or message to their favorite celebrities with the understanding that it might not ever get read, and will likely not get responded to. After all, big name celebs likely get literally millions of pieces of fan mail. However, one boy who wrote to Peter Capaldi, the newest doctor in popular BBC series Doctor Who, got a surprise. Thomas Goodall, an autistic fan whose grandmother had passed away, wrote Capaldi an encouraging letter wishing him luck as the new doctor. Capaldi recorded a video message, “From The Doctor to my son Thomas,” thanking him for the letter and giving him a memory to cherish.
5. JJ Abrams’ Special Screening
JJ Abrams is one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, and he constantly has his hands on popular franchises. He knows the benefits of surprise, so he’s always careful to make sure no spoilers leak – no matter how much fans might claim to want a few hints about what’s to come. However, he made one exception to the rule. A Star Trek fan who the public only knows by the name “Dan” was terminally ill, and with just weeks to live, he likely wouldn’t be able to make it until the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. So, Abrams arranged a special screening of the film for Dan and his wife. Sure, it was only a roughly edited version, but we bet that made no difference to the super fan. Dan’s wife raved about Abrams’ kindness, saying in an online post that “this gesture really has brought a lot of smiles all round.”
4. Destiny’s Karaoke Booth
Picture this – you’re tucked into a karaoke booth, belting a Beyoncé song with some of your girlfriends. A fun, ladies’ way to unwind and get a little silly, right? After all, everyone loves singing along to Beyoncé. Well, a group of girls who were doing just that in January 2014 got the surprise of their lives as Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland peeked into the booth upon hearing the music coming from within. The duo went back to their girl group roots and sang their hearts out with the girls in the karaoke booth. The question is – who sang back-up?
3. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Facilitate Love
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Same Love” was a huge hit in 2014, and was constantly on the radio waves everywhere. It’s not surprising that they were asked to perform the hit at the 2014 Grammy Awards, but what is surprising is how the performance unfolded. They weren’t content to just perform a song with a little choreography. They were determined to turn it into an experience. With the help of Queen Latifah, the duo performed “Same Love” as she officiated a mass ceremony on-stage. Now, 33 married couples can say that they were married by hip hop legend Queen Latifah, and had stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform at their wedding.
2. Mila Kunis, Marine Corps Ball Date
Anyone who favors a particular celebrity has probably thought about what it would be like to take them on a doubt. Where would you take them? What would you wear? Would they be kind, or would they have a celebrity diva attitude? Well, Sergeant Scott Moorse found out. When it came down to finding a date for the Marine Corps Ball in 2011, Moorse, a war veteran, wasn’t content to ask someone from town. Instead, he took to the internet and requested that actress Mila Kunis accompany him. Surprisingly, she accepted – we wonder if Moorse was expecting that! She accompanied him to the ball, posed on his arm for pictures, and was probably a very sweet date.
1. Lady Gaga’s Pizza Party
Countless celebrities have shown their appreciation for their fans by buying treats to be delivered to all the fans waiting in line, whether it’s food for hungry fans or hot beverages for fans waiting in the cold. Lady Gaga is just one example, but her gesture seems to have started a trend as increasing numbers of celebrities are treating their fans to pizza parties. When she spotted just how many of her fans were waiting to meet her and get her autograph at a West Hollywood Best Buy store, she figured they’d probably be in line for awhile – and be getting pretty hungry. So, she ordered $1,000 worth of pizzas to be delivered to her “little monsters.” Now, it’s almost become a common gesture of appreciation from musicians to their fans, proving that Gaga kind of makes the rules, and she’s setting a pretty great example.