I am so excited to announce The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf as one of my new affiliates!! Why am I so excited? Well, let me tell you, I have the most amazing story about my last time there.
When I was in Los Angeles last year, I attended a media panel for Paley Fest for the show True Blood on HBO, which is one of my all time favorite shows. As I am sure you have all figured out by now, Alexander Skarsgard is my favorite actor. Anyhow, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting him briefly while I was down there and have a chat with him after the event.
A few days later before I left town, I had the utmost pleasure of meeting his BFF for coffee at the Coffee Bean before I left Hollywood. He and I had been in contact over the prior few months regarding a movie he and Alexander had filmed in Sweden, a short documentary that was absolutely amazing. We tried to meet up a few times while I was down there that week but he was under the weather at first and wasn’t able to make it to Paley, so we opted for coffee the Monday before I left.
I met him near where he was casting for a movie he was interested in directing and we had such a great visit. When he pulled in my heart did a little skip-a-beat because he drives the exact same car as Alex. For a second I thought he might be with him, since the windows were so dark I couldn’t tell. I have to admit I was a bit relieved that he wasn’t! Even though it would have been an awesome adventure, I so wasn’t looking hot that morning. Anyways, BFF was handsome, kind, so open and chatty-honestly, it was seriously almost the best part of the trip. He bought me a super yummy pom-blueberry smoothie and himself a skinny latte. I teased him about the skinny part because it is such a Hollywood thing to order and really, he didn’t need to worry about his weight.
While we were waiting in line I realized we were standing next to Ashton Kutcher. Honestly, it didn’t even phase me in the slightest. I was having such a great time chatting with his bff that I couldn’t have given a rat’s hiney about Ashton. We were probably near him for about 15 minutes before we grabbed a table on the patio but I didn’t care.
I loved the atmosphere of the Coffee Bean, was surprised by all the celebrity sightings- at the time I didn’t realize it was a mecca for the young and famous-and truly just loved my conversation. BFF was brilliant, funny, inspiring and just an all around genuinely nice person. We joked about how different LA is from Sweden and I told him about myself, what I do for a living and the area I am from.
He also had some amazing tips on publishing, things that had never even crossed my mind prior to my conversation with him, so once I get my first book published, I am going to owe that to him. If he hadn’t lit a fire under me with his suggestions, I wouldn’t have come back home and started writing like I have been over the last several months.
I do regret not getting a picture of the two of us together, but I really didn’t want to seem like a fan girl, although it would really have been something nice to have for memories sake.
|BFF on the left and Alex on the right|
One thing that really struck me, and I noticed this with Alex, too, is how incredibly humble he was. I don’t know if it is a Swede thing or maybe just the circle of people they run in, but they are some of the kindest, most down to earth people I have ever met. They are both obviously on the rise in Hollywood, but I would be sincerely surprised if it ever went to their heads. As BFF laughingly said,”Alex puts his pants on one leg at a time…unless he jumps into them.”
We only stayed for about a forty-minutes, since he was on a break from casting and had to get back, but I really appreciated the time he took out from his busy schedule to come and sit down with me, have a nice chat and enjoy some seriously good Coffee Bean drinks.
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