“And so the line in the song is like, ‘don’t follow your head, follow your heart.’ But I think– And for me, that makes sense but I have friends that, I think, they’re wired a little bit differently and it makes them happier to be logical […]. So I don’t know that it necessarily makes sense for everyone to ‘don’t follow your head, follow your heart’ but for all of us, I think that was the way that it worked.”
So I extended my trip to New York because @likeyouneedittosurvive is the best and got us tickets to the play reading of An American Girl that Raul was in. I agreed to go because of Raul (duh), but then when I read who else was in it, I freaked out. Victor Garber, Keri Russell, Hugh Dancy, Zoe Kazan, Jonathan Groff, and others! Victor Garber has been one of my favourites since I was a teen!
Anyway, I digress. The show as amazing, please look it up. It was written based on the crap around the Clintons in 1997. Oh! And it was directed by Christine Lahti! That’s ADA Sonya Paxton for you SVU fans! Oh, and there were a tonne of Fannibals with flower crowns, because of course there were.
After the show, Risa and I waited outside. The crowd wasn’t big, and a few of the actors walked out, but then Victor Garber was coming out and I started to freak out internally. As he was signing a fan’s playbill, the fan said, “My mom loves you!” to which he said, “Uh, thanks…” Then he came over and signed my playbill. This was the conversation:
Me:Thank you, Mr. Garber! I actually came from Toronto to see this show! Victor: *stops and looks up with a smile* Really? What did you think? Me:I thought it was immensely well done, and so important! Victor:Did you know about this play beforehand? Me:I did! (I lied) Victor:Thank you for coming! (Such a great Canadian <3)
A little later Hugh Dancy came out and signed my playbill. So charming <3
More time went by, and I saw Matthew Rhys (Keri Russell’s partner on screen and irl) approaching us, and going right on by us, walking away from the theatre. Ten minutes after that, two attendants came out and called out, “Matthew!” and I said, “He went that way!” pointing in the direction he walked in. They ignored me. I told Risa that I was basically the PoC Nancy Drew with how they were ignoring me. As if to punctuate the comedy, the attendant went in the opposite direction of where I pointed. About ten minutes after that, Matthew Rhys came back and the attendants came back out and collected him. I could have saved them like half an hour if they had listened. Their loss.
More actors came out, and finally, like two hours later, Raul was ready to come out. I started freaking out internally again. He came over and signed my playbill. Here’s the conversation:
Me:Thank you so much! I actually extended my trip from Toronto to see this! Raul: *looks up with this big stupid charming smile* Ah! My old stomping grounds! Me:Yes! *I ask for a picture, we take it, I’m awkward looking af* Did you enjoy filming there? Raul:Yes! We filmed in Mississauga– Me:I’m so sorry. Raul: *cracks up. Like totally laughing* Well we stayed in Toronto, but we filmed in Mississauga! Me:I’m sorry you ever had to step foot in Mississauga! Raul: *cracks up again*
I diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiied. It was the best day and ahhh. Our outfits matched!!! Thank you so much Risa for being my partner in crime! <3 And sorry you couldn’t be there, @inaneenglish! :( <3
“Sometimes the world tries ot knock it out of you. But I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales. I like to imagine that what I hear came from my mother and father. Maybe the notes I hear, are the same ones they heard, the night they met. Maybe that’s how they found each other. Maybe that’s how they’ll find me. I believe that once upon a time, long ago, they heard the music and followed it.” - August Rush (2007)