Earlier this year, I owned up to my crush on Mark Wahlberg.
No big deal, really. We Buzz Girls talk about admiration for hot celebs all the time.
But the thing was, for me, that confession was a big deal. Because my thing for Mark is “special”. For one thing it’s been going on since his Marky Mark days. (I’m nothing if not loyal.) But mostly, it’s because he’s more than just a celeb crush--he’s my “secret weapon”, the hottie I turn to when the romance writing scenes gets rough, the one who gets my mind whirring and my fingers clacking on the keyboard.
So what I’m about to say might seriously disappoint. A few years back, the husband of one of my friends was working on Mark’s current movie, and was under strict instructions to “tell me everything”. (For the record, I heard exactly what I wanted to hear: Mark was professional and well-liked by the crew.) Then one day, my friend called to say her husband had offered to get us on the set.
My knees went weak, my throat went dry. But without a moment’s hesitation, I turned it down. I remember exactly what I said. “I...I can’t. What if I go...and I never write again?”
I have had countless celebrity sightings over the years, and know that for the most part, celebs are photogenic people who, in real life, look pretty much like the rest of us. I couldn’t risk that discovery with him! I needed to maintain his larger-than-life, curl-my-toes, set-my-romance-writer’s-heart-a-thundering persona. I needed to preserve his reMARKable-ness.
Of course, a case could be made that I would have met him and been bedazzled! I'll probably never know.
So, there you have it. I turned down a chance to meet my celeb crush in order to keep my writing career afloat. Would you ever turn down the chance to meet YOUR celeb crush?
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