Forget La La Land and that big island New York, Chicago really is the place to spot and hang out with celebrities. First off almost everyone comes through here (except for Kylie on her last tour, I just can't get that out of my head) for concerts, promotional appearances and now The Rosie Show.
If you are downtown on Michigan Avenue your chances are big that you might spot one shopping or on their way to their event. For my stalker celebrity friends, is it really worth being kicked out of their hotel or escorted away by security? Some would say yes (sigh) but I would much rather have lunch or a drink with them after an interview.
After writing several travel stories out of the country it was time to stay at home for a bit, attend events and get back to interviewing.
The Human Rights Campaign have been working for decades for equal rights in the workplace. Their gala was so fun and I spoke to Piper Perabo about her support of our people and appearances in movies playing a lesbian. I felt downright Coyote Ugly in this picture with her but what am I gonna do, ask for a retake? The singer Tiffany, who recently brought down the house at the House of Blues, and I chatted about her life in my hometown of Nashville. Her and her husband are so warm and I could have talked their ears off all night.
The day after I went to brunch at Big Chicks and hung with Young Sun Han and his boyfriend for meatball sandwiches. He is currently on a successful run with Bravo's Work of Art. Winning three challenges in a row and bringing attention to gay issues makes this Sun one to watch on the show. It was adorable as several people in the bar came up to Young and showed their appreciation for his work.
I met Princess who is high on being the next RuPaul Drag Race Doll and now finally performing in Chicago after a successful Nebraska and Indiana tour. With three Chicago contestants hopefully we will have a winner out of the bunch or it is going to be a long winter for them.I have known Dida since she was in diapers at About Face Theatre and Phi Phi I will grow to love with that style. Remember lyp-sinc for for your lives ladies or you will never be a queen!
I had lunch with Holland Taylor the next day. She is from television's Two and a Half Men who just debuted her one-woman show Ann for Broadway in Chicago. It tells the story of Texas Governor Ann Richards to a new generation. It was such a delight to spend the afternoon with her and hear her stories. What a phenomenal talent she is.
So many celebrities love being in the windy city. Despite the weather the fans are down to earth and not afraid to gush around them. LA and New York people in general are into their own world or taught to ignore someone who is famous because it is the cool thing to do. So next time you see one don't be afraid to show your appreciation and say hi. Have you spotted your favorite celebrity today?