As I was cutting across Lincoln Center Plaza this afternoon, arms full of grocery bags and in a rush to get home, I spotted a woman with a camera positioning someone sitting on the edge of the fountain. I noticed them only because it’s a chilly day and there was a pile of coats on the ground next to the photographer. As I was approaching thinking “crazy tourists” I heard a woman who was walking toward them with her cell phone pointed yelling at the top of her lungs “you are gorgeous, I love your new series”. Of course, I stopped to see who was gorgeous and thought I vaguely recognized the woman who was posing. She was wearing a simple sleeveless dress and hardly any makeup but since I had just started watching the new Netflix series “The Diplomat” I realized it was Keri Russell.
Ok so I live in NYC and star sightings aren’t all that unusual but Keri Russell’s reaction caught me totally off guard. When the woman started shouting at her she stopped posing, threw up her arms, and shouted back “Thank you, you have no idea how good that makes me feel, you made my day” and then proceeded to pose for the woman while I, with arms full, had no way to get to my cell phone. This whole event didn’t last more than a minute or two and even though I couldn’t get to my camera to capture it, I am still smiling.