What a fun night!!!
Thanks to Jhoanne and the folks at LA Direct Mag for the invite to their event at Les Deux tonight.
My friend Derek and I got there super-early and got a spot on the red carpet. (How great is it that people give bloggers a spot on the red carpet these days? I love it.) Per usual, most of the celebs who walked the carpet were people I’d never heard of, but we did spot Bai Ling, Rex Lee from Entourage, and Hef with Holly and Bridget (why no Kendra? Her name was on the tip sheet). Bridget looks like she’s lost weight since last season of Girls Next Door. I’ve interviewed her and Holly before, and they’re amazingly sweet. I’d never seen Hef in person before, and he looks pretty much exactly like he does on camera: very old and very kind.
I love standing on the red carpet with all the photogs. They’re brutal, and it’s so funny to watch them scream at each other. “Get out of my fucking way, man, you got your shot, now fucking move so we can get ours!!!” And they scream at the celebs: “Bai Ling! Over here! Put your leg up! Kiss Santa! Look to your right! Kiss him with tongue! WITH TONGUE, BAI LING!!!” (To her credit, Bai Ling tried, but Santa demurred.) It’s total insanity and very exciting. Oh, and then Santa got in the way of a pic of Hef and all the photogs were like “GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY SANTA!!!” Santa ran in the other direction. Seriously, I cannot think of any other possible situation on the planet where totally sober professionals would scream at a man in a Santa suit to get the fuck out of the way. This is why I love Hollywood. This shit doesn’t happen anywhere else.
After a while, we were cold and I had to pee, so we left the red carpet for a minute to go warm up and use the facilities at a nearby pizza joint. When we tried to get back on the red carpet, we walked past Brittny Gastineau, who was trying to convince the event manager to let her in. “I was invited!” she said, but they were still giving her trouble. “If it’s any consolation,” I told her, “I recognize you.” We chatted for a minute and she was really sweet to me. She’s gorgeous in person. It sucks when you meet these celebs in person and realize you’ve spent the past two years talking shit about someone who’s really nice to you when you actually talk to them. I should probably just avoid events like this if I want to maintain any self-respect.
Anyway, we got back on the red carpet for a minute and then decided to go into the club. I headed up to the bar to buy drinks and found myself standing right next to Dr. Alter, from Dr. 90210. I looooooooove Dr. Alter!!! I’ve been a fan of his since he used to be on The Howard Stern show. I got really excited, which I almost never do with celebs, and I was like “OMG I LOOOOVE YOU!!!” He seemed very pleased by this. His bodyguard was the largest man I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I told him so. Seriously, this guy was 7 feet tall and 400 pounds and was very nice to me. (“It’s your dress,” said Derek. “Everyone’s gonna be nice to you in that dress.” Hee hee.) I asked him to take a picture of me and Dr. Alter.
We walked around the club for awhile, and we saw Rex Lee in the back room, and this was the highlight of the night for Derek — he loves Entourage. We have viewing parties at his apartment. So we both got pictures with Rex, who was very sweet to us.
We only stayed until 11, because we’re huge losers and my ass has to be up at 7 am to blog for you people, but it was certainly a super fun and exciting night. Thanks again to LA Direct Mag and E! for the invite.