This week, our #2 actor started, so we sent him a bouquet of flowers to congratulate him. (It wasn’t until I typed that last sentence that I realized how stupid of a Hollywood tradition it is to congratulate an actor for starting a show. The only thing they’ve done up to that point is sign a contract.)
His assistant took a picture of the flowers and posted them on Facebook, along with the title of our show and our location that day, with absolutely no regard for the fact that our lead actor is a heavily papparazzi’d star. The #2 actor is a TV guy, so maybe his assistant isn’t familiar with the protocol. Or maybe she’s just that dumb. But either way…
I’ve been lucky enough to work with four Oscar winners and a handful of other bona fide celebrities. (“Work with” applies loosely, since I was copying scripts and handing them contracts and they were… you know… acting and/or directing.) Regardless, I’m proud to say that I’ve never lost my mind over it. I’ve never posted it on Facebook or Twitter. I’ve never made the unthinkable request for a picture or an autograph.1 But I know people who do that kind of stuff ALL THE TIME.
Get a grip, people.
Keep your cool. You work in Hollywood, now.