December 6, 2022


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My Pal’s Embarrassing Run-In With Ethan Hawke

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This morning, I Instagrammed a photograph of my good friend Alison with a caption about how she’d informed me a joke about operating 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. “Carry 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 deliver you Alison’s Ethan Hawke second:

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First, it is best to know that I’m SO AWKWARD at any time when I see a celeb in actual life. My mind quick circuits, and immediately I change into a unique particular person. 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 few 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 one in every of my husband’s favourite films. 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 season, when the door opens and I flip round and Ethan Hawke is simply standing there. He’s sporting a trucker hat and has a toothpick in his mouth (he at all times has a toothpick in his mouth), and he’s sporting this pajama-adjacent swimsuit, which seemed cozy and informal. So, I’m standing there ready for my espresso, and I blurt out, ‘I actually love your swimsuit, it’s so cool, I would like 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 like it a lot, do you thoughts if I take a photograph of you in that swimsuit to indicate my husband?

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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 circled and gone on with my day. However I used to be on a practice barreling ahead and I couldn’t cease.

So, I am going on to say, ‘Are you aware what the model is?’ He says, ‘Oh, no, my spouse received 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 positive 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.

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Ethan Hawke’s tag and neck

My dad, who’s not an enormous 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 lot 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 go away.

For the remainder of the day, each time it popped into my head, I’d cringe. Like, a full-body cringe. My husband was so embarrassed for me whereas I used to be telling him that that he saved leaving the room and coming again in. Mortifying.

Alison Piepmeyer

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!

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P.S. Movie star crushes, and what well-known particular person would you’ve got dinner with?

(High illustration, primarily based on Alison’s precise photograph, by Alessandra Olanow.)