This morning, I Instagrammed a photograph of my buddy Alison with a caption about how she’d advised me a shaggy dog story about working into Ethan Hawke. Out of the blue, the feedback got here in quick and livid: “You’re not going to depart us hanging, are you??” mentioned one reader. “Deliver on the random Ethan Hawke run-in story!!” wrote one other. “ALL Ethan Hawke tales are desired and related!” added a 3rd.
So! Resulting from reader demand, I carry you Alison’s Ethan Hawke second:
First, it’s best to know that I’m SO AWKWARD each time I see a celeb in actual life. My mind quick circuits, and immediately I turn into a distinct individual. I’m the 13-year-old model of myself, and I say bizarre stuff. With Rose Byrne, I simply began speaking to her on the road and he or she was like, what is occurring, who’re you.
Ethan Hawke lives in our Brooklyn neighborhood, and I see him a couple of times every week. In fact, I’ve watched the Earlier than Dawn trilogy, Actuality Bites, Boyhood, Nice Expectations and Lifeless Poets Society; and Gattica is considered one of my husband’s favourite motion pictures. However usually, after I spot him, there are sufficient folks round and I can management myself.
However the different morning, my dad and I had been getting espresso at Clean Road. We’re hamming it up with the baristas and speaking about their journey plans for the summer time, when the door opens and I flip round and Ethan Hawke is simply standing there. He’s carrying a trucker hat and has a toothpick in his mouth (he all the time has a toothpick in his mouth), and he’s carrying this pajama-adjacent go well with, which appeared cozy and informal. So, I’m standing there ready for my espresso, and I blurt out, ‘I actually love your go well with, it’s so cool, I need my husband to put on that.’ He was like, ‘Oh, yeah, thanks, my spouse gave it to me for Christmas.’ And I used to be like, ‘Oh, I find it irresistible a lot, do you thoughts if I take a photograph of you in that go well with to point out my husband?‘
The baristas are staring in shock, however he’s tremendous gracious. So, I’m taking a photograph of Ethan Hawke, and THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE END. I ought to have rotated and gone on with my day. However I used to be on a practice barreling ahead and I couldn’t cease.
So, I’m going on to say, ‘Have you learnt what the model is?’ He says, ‘Oh, no, my spouse bought it for me.’ And I say, ‘Effectively, do you thoughts if I take a look at the tag?‘
At this level, the baristas are actually squirming. However Ethan Hawke says certain and leans towards me, and I’m making an attempt to finagle the again of his shirt, and I lastly snap a photograph of the tag and his neck.
Ethan Hawke’s tag and neck
My dad, who’s not a giant film man, has no clue who Ethan Hawke is. So, at this level, he turns and jumps in and says, ‘Effectively, you need to be cautious. She has a number of Instagram followers! She’ll make you FAMOUS.’ The baristas burst out laughing. Ethan Hawke appears to be like confused. Lastly — lastly — we get our coffees and depart.
For the remainder of the day, each time it popped into my head, I might cringe. Like, a full-body cringe. My husband was so embarrassed for me whereas I used to be telling him that that he stored leaving the room and coming again in. Mortifying.
Thanks, Alison! CoJ readers, have you ever run into well-known folks on the road, or at eating places or airports? I’m so curious who you noticed and the way it went!
(High illustration, based mostly on Alison’s precise photograph, by Alessandra Olanow.)