Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Highlight of last weekend - Johnny Depp spotting!

OK, I just have to write about this. No pictures again. This time intentionally. I had my camera on me. It was just a moment to have some discretion. I'd never make it in the paparazzi world...

(The picture below is something I found on the internet. I just had to include it).

It was late Saturday night, after a rather long day - first at the Europain exhibition at Parc d'Expositions and then to the Swan Bar...finally we ended up at a little Italian restaurant around 9pm for dinner. The long day was coming to an end - my friend and I were heading back to the RER stop at Port Royal. It was frigid cold. We were walking briskly. Then Ali says, "Is that Johnny Depp? I think that's Johnny Depp!!!" I look up immediately, into the restaurant, and say, "OMG, it's him. It's him!" I get a "Don't stare" from my friend. (Kind of hard not to, I tell you!). At that point, there was a full window lending a nice view of the actor.

I won't say where we saw him out of respect for his privacy. Let me tell you why. He was with his partner, who I learned is Vanessa Paradis. And they were with their 2 kids. They were eating in the restaurant like a normal family & all. He was his typical cool self -- hat, glasses, somewhat scruffy-edgy looking. She was in some sort of off-the shoulder black sequin looking top/gown (couldn't get a good look). They were sitting around a square table, laughing & having a good time....that's all. There was another table nearby, a couple, who seemed to be minding their own business, engaged in their own conversation. The place was otherwise kind of quiet & normal looking. Except Johnny Depp was there!

And there we were outside in the freezing windy night, staring through the trees into the restaurant....almost giddy with a star struck, "brush with fame" kind of excitement. Well, I was anyway. I wouldn't say we were jumping up & down with excitement, but we were pretty in to the moment!! It's Johnny Depp after all. We were there a little while, and then it started to feel like we were becoming stalkers or something. It was time to leave. First, we asked ourselves if we should go in & have a drink. Don't ask me why we decided against the idea. I suppose we didn't trust ourselves. If we got silly like that out on the sidewalk, imagine what might've happened if we were within a few tables of him! So we walked away, talking about how cool that moment just was...we talked about Johnny Depp all the way home. I just had to share this story! Have any of your own "brush with fame" stories? Would love to hear them!

:/dma

11 comments:

Claudia said...

Oh so sweet! When I waitressed in NYC, waited on many famous people. You'd keep your cool and dissolve in the kitchen. Fun memories.

Guillemette said...

OooooOOooh my god!! I think I would have rushed into the restaurant to have a drink, and I'm pretty sure I would have acted silly! But, come on, it's Johnyny Depp!!!!!!!!!

Julie Vetter said...

I admire how you balanced the thrill (yes, how way cool to happen upon Johnny Depp!) with consideration for the person. It is a charming moment, thanks for sharing.

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girlcookinparis said...

Claudia, so you know what I'm talking about! That's great!

Guillemette, I wish you were there!

Julie, I so appreciate your comment, thanks for leaving it!

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diane

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Catanea said...

You live presently in Paris and you don't know Johnny Depp lives with Vanessa Paradis? Do you read the panels outside bars/newsagents? Because you don't even have to buy magazines to know this...

girlcookinparis said...

Catanea, Yeah, I know...how scandalous that I didn't know her name before...! I obviously don't pay attention to tabloids, billboards, or ads outside the presse stand! Now, of course, I'm noticing her name everywhere! Even her latest movie... diane

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Sharman said...

A week after you say Johnny Depp I was walking under the Eiffel Tower and ran in to Jimmy Kimmel .For real .I asked him to take my picture because I was on my own , then I asked if I could take his picture because I recognized him. His girlfriend was kingd enough to take a picture of the two of us. My kids were amazed when I got home .

Fifi Flowers said...

oui oui oui... I actually had a little eye to eye 2 feet from Johnny Depp a few years ago... I literally almost ran right into him!