Life in the Fast Lane


Instant Backstage Passes

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If you're on Facebook or Twitter, you probably subscribe to or follow some of your favorite celebrities. By doing so, you feel that you know them better. As if, deluded as this may seem, you're actually part of their world.

Some of my favorite people to follow are the actors from the shows I watch, as well as sports personalities. Compared to five years ago, thanks to social media, I have more of an idea of what actors do in between takes (i.e. play tricks on each other in the trailer) or how many kilometers so-and-so athlete swam today. Whereas years back, you wouldn't have known that your favorite author is working on his/her second book unless you read about it in the papers, magazines, or on online articles.

Now that you're allowed personal access to their lives, somehow, you feel that they're less untouchable; that they're actually human.

In fact, there are times when you're not just content to watch your newsfeed update itself by the second, but you actually participate by commenting or even tagging them in your posts. At the back of your mind, you know there's no way they'll actually see these posts; what more reply to them. But you do these things anyway because it makes you feel good; it makes you feel closer to these personalities. Because, somehow, you hope they'll reply to you someday.

And maybe if you're lucky/blessed/fortunate, they actually will.

Imagine my shock when, last week, Claire Lyon, the actress who plays Christine DaaƩ in the Manila run of The Phantom of the Opera, actually took the time to reply to me. Little ol' me.

Needless to say, my inner Phantom fangirl did a happy dance, followed by a front handspring and full-twisting layout. The fact that she not only saw my post, but actually read it, made the effort to type on her keyboard, and press "ENTER", made my day.

Then there's the running conversation I recently had with the characters of The Newsroom on Twitter. Some of them even follow me. How bizarre is that? (And, to be perfectly honest, why?)

Yes, I'm fully aware that these aren't the actors who play these characters. In all likelihood, The Newsroom has a team of content moderators who set up these accounts in order to drum up interest while the show is in between seasons. Their strategy is working, though, as the fans are glued to Twitter to "watch" the repartee among the characters. Almost as if they (well, we) were given bonus episodes for the Season 1 DVD for free.

So why do we shamelessly (or shamefully) try and interact with our favorite celebrities?

Honestly, I don't know what the ultimate reason is.

Half the time, I wonder if all efforts to do so are futile. Or annoying. Or maybe even bordering on stalker-esque. (I try to keep my tweets to a limit, though; I know what "loser" looks and sounds like.)

But when they do reply to you, follow you, or treat you like a friend of theirs, you feel validated somehow.

Like they're not too "big time" after all.

That, for once, or for a few seconds even, you're right up there with them. That you matter.

So carry on, fanboys and fangirls of the world. Get back to perusing your Facebook and Twitter feeds. You may just miss a really important update from, say, Derrick Rose!

P.S. Dear Adam Levine, please greet me on my birthday next year. My friends tried, but weren't successful, to get you to greet me last February 24th. It would make my 2013 if you did. Kthnxbye.

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  1. So why do we shamelessly (or shamefully) try and interact with our favorite celebrities?

    Because they make us feel infinite! LOLz. I feel the same way when Bobbi Brown tweeted me XD

  2. Hey, Mara!

    Wow, you got a tweet from Bobbi Brown? That's awesome! :D

    And yes, they DO make us feel infinite. Hahaha!

    (P.S. I want more of their lipsticks!)


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