Since today is Benedict’s birthday, I thought to share my story.
So, there it is.
I’m an Italian girl studying in London, and the important thing about this, is that Benedict Cumberbatch brought me there.
I started watching Sherlock three years ago, and the problem was that it didn’t just become my favorite tv show ever, but it also changed my life in a significant way.
I was already familiar with the Sherlock Holmes movies, but when I saw Benedict’s version, I was completely blown away, because I had never been impressed by an actor in that way before. I started reading the novels, I fell in love with the English Literature and theatre, I fell in love with London and everything related to that city.
Since that moment, I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that my country may not have been the right choice for my future.
Therefore, two years later I sent my application for a university in London, and it was accepted. Then, on September 2016, I left Italy, my family, my friends, and everything that had been part of my life up to that point. It was one of the most frightening and challenging moments of my life. And so were the following weeks, because I kept feeling out of place and lost, and I missed my family.
Then something happened.
Benedict was announced as guest at the Sherlock convention two days before the actual convention took place. Nobody was expecting that announcement.
I immediately bought a photo with him, using the money I received for my 18th birthday. For the first time since my departure, I was happy to be where I was, and for the first time I didn’t feel homesick.
That day was surreal. I didn’t eat or drink anything all day, the only thing I could think about was what to do or say once I’d reach him. My hearth had never beat faster.
After thinking and overthinking, I finally found the perfect phrase: six words, six simple words that would have summed up what he represented for me, so I kept repeating those six words in my head.
When the moment came, and once I entered the room, I had ten seconds to realize that the person who somehow brought me to that point of my life was right in front of me, smiling and posing for everybody. Everything else stopped, I don’t remember anything, I just remember looking at him and being happy.
When my turn came I said those six words out loud with my trembling voice.
“Thank you for being my inspiration”, I said to him.
He said a quick thank you before the picture was taken. But right after that, he looked at me in the eyes and said: “Thank you for telling me that”.
Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t know me at all, I was just a fan as everybody else, and yet he listened to me, he really listened to me and thanked me.
He was kind and nice, as you’d expect him to be.
I was completely overwhelmed.
Benedict Cumberbatch was the first person who made me feel at home in a city which wasn’t my own.
Is he simply an actor? Yes.
Does he know me? No.
Do I really know him? No.
And yet, in that day I felt truly happy for the first time since I had left my family.
In a moment when all I wanted to do was give up and go home, Benedict Cumberbatch was the only person who was able to make me feel like if I was in the right place, at the right moment, doing the right thing. So I didn’t give up, and now I’m about to begin my second year.
He inspires me everyday as an actor and as a human being, and there’s no way I could possibly explain my gratitude to this man, but I hope that one day I will be able to tell him how profound his impact on my life was.
So, happy birthday Benedict, you’re an extraordinary actor and a wonderful, wonderful person. You deserve the world and more 🎂 ♥️
It was truly an honor to meet Josh Flanagan at RTX over the weekend. I’m still completely overwhelmed that HE wanted a picture with ME! He is such a nice person, and I hope to meet with him again in the near future! 💕💕
Also– shoutout to Josh for posting the pic on twitter and tagging @milesluna , and shoutout to Miles for retweeting it! I fucking love these guys~
All done! Thank you everyone who visited me at LBCC this weekend! I had a great time with @artbymaryc and having our buddies @briannacherrygarcia and @teatraybat so close by, it felt like home! I sold out of quite a few things and I’m glad they all went to such nice people! I’m not sure what my next con will be but I’ll be sure to update here when I know! 💕💖💕 (at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center)
I spent Friday attending
professional panels for the comics industry, which probably deserves a
post of its own, but I don’t think anyone is interested in me talking
shop. But Saturday was devoted to Agents of SHIELD stuff with
Iain and Liz. I had an amazing time and so many awesome things happened. Truly it was the best con experience I’ve ever had and, as @bigfunnywords (HEY Tumblr finally let me tag you!) said, I lived my best life. I’ll try to do the tl;dr version but this will probably get long.
Putting the rest behind a cut for your scrolling convenience.
Shoutout to both Adam Kovic and James Willems. They are wonderful human beings and are two of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met.
- When I met them at RTX Austin 2017, not only did they both immediately recognize my costume, but upon finding out that Miles Luna hadn’t seen me yet, Kovic took a picture of me and sent it to him. (He did the same thing when he found out that Barbara hadn’t seen @zeldachann as Yang!)
- I made a point to tell James that intended to cosplay his character Wilhelm, from Eleven Little Roosters. He was so excited to hear it! But… just look at Kovic’s face while I’m hugging James.
- Kovic then proceeded to full-on *pout* at me, whining, and saying that it’d be much easier for me to cosplay HIS character, Koko– “You know… Koko’s costume is easier… I’m just saying! Like, you have the beard for it, I’m just saying…”
Honestly, bless these men. And who knows! Kovic may or may not have given me a new cosplay goal I need to work towards. (And for the record, I did actually hug them both. I didn’t want anyone feeling left out.)
Photography by @crowbar-the-fucker
Purchases have been made for me and the kiddo to go to Wizard World Montgomery next month as a Fitz and Simmons duo. I’m excited to take him on his first cosplaying outing, and to get in some mother/son nerd bonding time. Can’t wait to share pics with you guys.