I decided to try something new (it’s all about staying out of that comfort zone, right?). I spotted on another blog – Miss Demure Restraint (superb if you get chance to take a look) – that Mindslam (yet another blog….yep, I’ve been doing a spot of surfing – all in the interest of developing my writing skills, you understand) issues writing prompts on his “Write Wednesday” post each week. Talking of developing my writing skills, I’m sure I could re-work that last sentence to better effect. Anyway, this week Mindslam posed the question: “If you could be friends & hang-out with any actor/celebrity…who would it be?” For someone who tends to believe that celebrity status is quite over-rated (particularly in an age where, with the advent of “Big Brother” and its siblings, anyone can be one) this was a tough question to go with. But I had made a promise with myself that, no matter the prompt, I’d tackle it – that darn comfort zone and its expanding boundaries!
Firstly, I considered the kind of person I like to hang-out with. Actually, firstly I considered looks and sex appeal but then decided that Brad Pitt might wear a bit thin after a while. So I thought about funny, charming, entertaining, deep and meaningful, interesting, though-provoking….I’ll be honest, I couldn’t really think of anyone. There are a fair few actors (male and female) who I love to watch on-screen but I’m not certain I would want to join them for dinner. There are singers who, on stage, entertain and thrill but are they who I want to enjoy cheese and wine with? There are comedians who have me laughing from my boots but there’s a need for a bit of serious in everyone’s life. There are politicians…..actually, let’s not go there. There are innovators and scientists and people who are simply brilliant in their field – could be a little intellectually intimidating. There are writers – but I’m not sure socialising is their strong point. There are a whole myriad of people I admire but would I want to hang-out with them? That’s a tough question. My fear is, that with celebrity status, comes pretension, a huge ego and a shift in values. Plus a huge wallet….that could make for an interesting night out (sorry, what shift in values?).
However, I will answer the question with the best fit. The award for ”Best celebrity to hang out with” goes to…..<drum roll> Mr Hugh Laurie. I am certain he would amuse me. He could pull out his guitar if entertainment lacked that oomph. He’s a great actor, a very good comedian, an excellent musician (by all accounts…I have to confess to not listening to his music but I know he is talented), he can write and I’m pretty sure he likes cheese and wine. So, Mr Laurie (can I call you Hugh?) please let me know when you are free!
I’ve shown you mine…now show me yours! Who would be your number 1 celebrity to hang-out with?