These People Encountered Celebrities in Bizarrely Normal Places

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If you were to go somewhere to intentionally see a celebrity, where would you go? Probably to expensive hotels, restaurants, and shops, because they’re rich, wouldn’t they be where rich people go?

Well, that’s not the case for all of them. We tend to forget that celebrities are human beings who just happen to be in the public eye. It’s easy to forget since they are idolized and appear frequently on our tv screens.

So when you see a celebrity in a normal setting, it tends to throw you a little bit. You do a double take, and initially think it’s just their average Joe doppelganger. Then you realize.. yes, that is Owen Wilson playing pinball. Or, who is that strange man petting my dog? Wait.. is that James Franco? Yeah.. why yes, yes it is.

Seeing a celebrity out in public is like seeing a dog walk on it’s hind legs. It’s just f*cking weird, and you are partially excited, partially confused and uncomfortable. Like.. IS THIS REAL LIFE?! You have to keep telling yourself that they’re just people, treat them like you would anyone else. Well… kudos to the people that can do that.

The following fans ran into celebrities in bizarrely normal places:


I walked in my work to get my paycheck. I left my dog tied up outside at a bench by a fence and came back out to see James Franco petting her! He was a nice guy, I was really surprised.


Served jury duty with Steve Carrell. He was great. Talked to him for a little bit while waiting outside a courtroom. The thing that sucked was when we went to lunch I saw papparazi chasing him as he tried to get something to eat. Just wanted to be a normal guy doing his civic duty.


Ran into Harrison Ford at a car dealership in Pocatello, Idaho back in the early 90s. And no, it wasn’t at Ford.


Was at an arcade-themed bar in Atlanta a little buzzed already when I looked to my left and saw Owen Wilson frustrated at a pinball machine. Didn’t register automatically with me who he was until a (doofus) friend of mine attempted to get a selfie with him without asking first. Owen Wilson was, understandably, annoyed at this.

Written by Alex Cogen

Alex is a New Yorker currently living in Austin. She loves cats, grass, and latex but unfortunately is allergic to all 3. She makes mom and dad jokes more than she cares to admit (jk she'll admit it loud and proud). She isn't as funny as she thinks she is. She is the founder of