Game of Thrones at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I know it has been a long time since I’ve blogged, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been on any autograph adventures! I have so much to write about and so much to catch up on! So to whet your appetite, I will start my first blog of 2013 with the Game of Thrones panel!
Last night was exciting because I not only was going to see the cast of GOT, but it would be the first time to go inside the old Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. When I got there at 6:45pm, the line was already down the block. Thank goodness my friend Laura was there to hold a place. The atmosphere was overwhelming! It was like a Hollywood movie premiere with the press and the red carpet rolled out. Finally I felt like and insider instead of the outsider looking in.
Inside the historic theater, it was beautiful! We found good seats near the front and waited for the next hour. During that time, I saw moderator (also creator and star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) Rob McElhenney pacing up and down the aisle next to me. I debated on asking him for a photo, but he looked nervous and I didn’t want to bother/annoy him.
Eventually the show started. We saw a video about the past seasons then Rob introduced everyone to the stage.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harrington, EPs David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, creator and author George R.R. Martin, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner all made their way on to the stage.
Throughout the night, Rob asked some really good questions about the show, the books, the producing and technical aspects and the actors’ thoughts on their characters. Because Game of Thrones is such a serious show, I never expected the cast and creators to be so darn funny! It was like I was sitting on a sitcom panel! I don’t think the comedy panels I went to were as funny! Peter Dinklage really stole the show! I definitely became more of a fan than I already was. You can catch the webcast and see for yourself here.
Kit, Michelle & Nikolaj
Lena and Peter
Because this event was in a different venue from the usual, I was unsure if the cast would sign and how and where they would be exiting. Once it was over, sure enough, the fans rushed the stage and the cast was nice enough to stick around. Laura and I made our way to the front to grab a spot next to the stage. I made sure to stand toward the end they’d be exiting on in hopes of getting them before leaving.
The first to sign for me (and the one I was really hoping to meet) was Lena Headey. As she walked up to me, she said she could use some sneakers right now because of her tall wedge heels! When she signed my photos, I told her that my favorite film of hers was “Imagine Me and You” and that I was excited to be meeting her. I honestly can’t remember what she replied but she was very sweet, gracious and humble. (I can’t believe that my hands still shake with nervous excitement when meeting these people!) Lena stayed and signed for as many fans that asked. She even walked back onto the stage to accommodate someone! As she was being helped onto the stage, I called out to her if she could really use those sneakers?
We’re the scarf twins.
Next I got Sophie Turner who was fun and talkative. I think she accidently got some of my Sharpie on her hand but was more worried about the dress! Then, George R.R. Martin stopped to sign when I called out to him.
What happened next put me in a conundrum. Even though my goal was to meet Lena and Peter, I really wanted as many cast members as I could to sign my photos. I had Peter and Nikolaj to my right with Kit in front of me taking off his mic and preparing to leave. Do I grab Kit first? Or wait for Peter and miss both Kit and Nikolaj and maybe even Peter? My split second decision had me calling out for Kit. He came over and signed my photos. As he finished I called out to Peter, but he walked right past me and off the stage. Nikolaj was taking his time with fans so I was able to meet him after all.
Kit signing. Peter was so close!
Nikolaj posing with me.
As the fans and the cast were dispersing, I tried making my way to find Peter but he was escorted out. Rob McEllhenney was posing for a few pics but I missed out on getting him too. I believe Michelle and Maisie had signed on the opposite end of the stage for a short period of time because I barely saw them at all.
Overall it was a fun and exciting event in Hollywood! A big thank you to the cast of Game of Thrones!