There I was… innocently trying to write out my vitally-important Instagram caption for my picture with Dylan O’Brien when a blood-hurdling scream emerged out of the girl next to me. I literally jumped, and quite honestly thought that somebody had been shot.
Nope. It was just Jacob Latimore, one of the stars of The Maze Runner, stepping out of his car and into the existence of this girl who had by that point already started crying. Personally, I had no idea who this guy was and how in the world I had found myself within a line of people screaming his name.
I mean I guess you’re wondering where I am that this could happen to me? New York. I’m in New York! I love this city with everything I have in me, and the story as to why I’m here will come in a later post…. This post is about how I had debatably the best night of my entire life last night.
I got back to my hotel room at about 4:30PM yesterday, slumped over on my bed, and opened my laptop to check Twitter. I follow a whole lot of people on Twitter, as in I follow more people that I don’t know than people I do know. Interesting people, celebrities, actors, musicians, etc. I also happen to follow James Dashner, writer of the brilliantly heart-wrenching Maze Runner series. Well it just so happens that the entire cast of The Maze Runner movie is in New York doing promo all week. I DID NOT KNOW THIS. I saw James retweet a post about an event that was happening six blocks away from my apartment. I don’t know if I have ever changed so fast and sprinted down the street.
If y’all don’t know, I am a huge Teen Wolf fan. That show is everything to me, and I’ve seen every episode at least twice. Honestly, the show is great because the cast is great, and Dylan O’Brien, who plays Stiles, has been my favorite ever since day one. I mean I don’t want to say that I’m obsessed with him, but I’m obsessed with him. Oh, and Dylan just so happens to play the main character in The Maze Runner.
When I got there, there was a large mob of fans behind this gate, and I joined the mob at the end of the line. The end of the line was sparse, which concerned me because I didn’t know if I would get into the event or anything at all.
All of a sudden, this black SUV pulls up to the curb, and Dylan steps out of the car. I freaked out. I just freaked out. HOW WAS THIS HAPPENING?!?!??? I was miraculously (Honestly, MIRACULOUSLY. I don’t know how I did it.) able to stay calm and collected while he was signing for us. I got to tell him what I’ve been wanting to tell him for years and what I thought that I would never get to tell him ever.
And then all of a sudden, while I’m rambling on, somebody bumps him, and he’s all like “I’m sorry, somebody is trying to interrupt this conversation we’re having” in the most honest-to-god genuine way. And that was the moment that my heart pretty much exploded.
The girl next to me recorded us on her phone and sent it to me, and when she told me that, I pretty much attacked her in a hug. You really just need to go watch a clip of that video that I posted on my Instagram, because it’s the cutest.
I just absolutely adore Dylan, and the fact that I was able to have an actual conversation with him is just something that I never in a million years expected to happen. Meeting him was so beyond anything I could have ever expected. He’s just a really good person, you know? Really charismatic, funny, and WAY TOO ATTRACTIVE (see below). Like, I don’t know how I’m ever going to recover from this.
The girl next to me and I became friends pretty much instantaneously when we realized that we basically both have obsessively passionate personalities and think that sleeping on the street and waiting ten hours in line to meet somebody or see a show is a completely normal thing to do. And when you meet those kinds of people, you pretty much just get along instantly because you understand each other on a level that 99% of the world does not.
After all of the stars of the movie arrived in their cars and went down the line of people, we all filtered in to the theatre to watch a free advance screening of the movie with the cast. Like, what is life? They gave us popcorn and drinks, which I was most excited about because I basically hadn’t eaten all day.
The event was hosted by Teen Vogue, and they introduced the cast on stage right before the movie started. Honestly, the cast is all so cute and they were all genuinely interested in meeting everybody and happy that we were supporting the movie and just all-around good people, ya know? Oh, and the movie was incredible. I cried.
As we were leaving the theater, we saw James Dashner, the author of The Maze Runner, whom we had met earlier than day, and we gave him a big thumbs up from across the theater. He was such a kind and endearing individual, and he blew us kisses from his seat and we blew him some back as we exited the theater. Also, if you watch closely, James makes a cameo in one of the last scenes of the movie when there is a group of people sitting around a conference table.
After the movie ended, my friend Jessica and I were hanging out right outside the theater when all of a sudden, I’m just like “Wait who is that? Why is somebody taking a picture of him?” And then I realize that it’s my favorite fashion blogger, Galla, standing around chatting, and he is honestly just as beautiful in person as he is on his blog. And then I’m like, “Oh and there’s that guy from Teen Vogue who interviews everybody!” I featured him on my blog here when he interviewed Alexa Chung. Just to be clear, he does actually wear plaid suits in everyday life, and not just for interviews.
I’ve been in New York for less than two days & I’ve already made friends, met Dylan O’Brien, seen my favorite fashion blogger, and watched an advance screening of a movie. Is this the city’s way of telling me that I need to actually move here?
If you read this whole thing, I love you.