I meet a lot of celebrities and of course all of them make some sort of impact on me whether it be positive, negative or outright surprising. I try pretty hard not to think of myself as a mom while I’m in Hollywood the same way I try to pretend I’m 4 inches taller and 25lbs lighter. However when I’m on a press trip as a mom blogger this is much more difficult. When I met Will Poulter I felt old.
I met Will Poulter on The Chronicles of Narnia press trip at one of my favorite hotels, the Sofitel across from the Beverly Center. He had played Eustace Scrubb in The Dawn Treader and this was his first wide release film and actually one of his first press junkets. He was there with Georgie Henley to introduce a beautiful Chronicles of Narnia display at The Beverly Center that would be set up for the Holidays and of course do some interviews as well.
I remember when he entered the room his mother joined him. He was that young and fresh and it didn’t even bother him to have a chaperone at the dance. They’d dressed him smart, in nice jeans with a men’s blazer* to try and make him look older than his 17 years but he still seemed young. He had that skinny, long limbedness about him boys get when they aren’t quite grown.
I remember that Will was very enthusiastic about interview questions, he’d obviously received coaching but he was also just eager to please. This was new to him and he wanted to be invited back in every sense of the word. He told us all about his plans back in school and what University will look like. He would be taking a break from show business to buckle down for nearly 2 years worth of tests that he didn’t seem quite as enthusiastic about. However he knew this was a medium he was going to pursue and being cast in Dawn Treader helped him get his name on the map. For this he was tremendously grateful.
When the interview was over and all the routine pictures were taken we had free time before the Beverly Center event. My friend Dina and I and another blogger chose to eat lunch in the hotel restaurant Esterel which is always a Hollywood hotspot. That day we saw Harold Perrineau and Dominic Monaghan having drinks on the patio. But I remember more how Will Poulter and his mom ate two tables away from us in a nearly empty restaurant and how when he noticed us, most likely after numerous interviews, he smiled and waved as if we were friends from school.
There was another scheduled interview with Georgie and Will at the Beverly Center but what I remember more than anything I’ve written above is what happened later that night. Once everyone else had gone home I was waiting outside for a friend to pick me up and I saw Will walking across the street. As he neared I called out “Hey, what are they thinking letting a fancy movie star like you walk around at night in an area like this alone?” He stopped and we laughed. Then I told him that during our event we weren’t allowed to ask for personal pictures but since this was obviously a chance meetup would he be willing to take a picture with me. He was thrilled, couldn’t have been happier to be asked. So I held out my phone and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why I kept seeing buildings and not Will and me. That’s when he looked at me and says “Um, I think you have to turn it over.” I suddenly felt every bit of my 30 years old. I handed him the phone and he figured out the fancy way of flipping the camera lens but before he could take the picture one of the valets did it for us. And we have really bad demon eyes but you can only ask so much of an up and coming movie star.
That one time I met Will Poulter I felt old. However I have enjoyed watching him grow up in both We’re The Millers and now starring as Gally in The Maze Runner in theaters now. I saw the movie today and remembered that one time and thought to myself, he has certainly done a lot of growing up since the day I met him.
So good luck to you Will and I hope to continue to see you grow in future films. You can follow Will on Twitter @PoulterWill
*I realize I have two pictures taken with Will in two totally separate parts of the day. In neither of these pictures is he wearing a blazer. I completely remember a blazer. I may be losing it. Maybe Will remembers and can tell us.