I Went To LA And Did Not Meet Jamie Foxx

After I got back from my trip to Austin, I went straight down to Los Angeles for work, and when I say I went straight down to Los Angeles after getting back from Austin, I fear I am not adequately summarizing just how little sleep I had between the two. In short, I landed in San Francisco just past midnight on Monday night, was home by 1am, opened up my suitcase and dumped out the dirty stuff, grabbed a few dresses at random and threw them in, was asleep half an hour later, and found myself back on the moving walkway at San Francisco airport not seven hours after I'd left it. The timing was not ideal, but that is why God invented those dorky-looking eye masks and the white noise app for the iPhone, the two of which combined should get you at least a 30-minute nap on even the bumpiest flight.

I feel very fondly towards LA, not least because I once believed I was going to live there after we left Charleston, and I'm talking enough to start researching apartments on Craigslist. What actually happened, of course, is that we flew out for a wedding near San Francisco, spent a few days exploring the city, and ended up moving here instead, although that doesn't mean I don't still get a pang when I find myself in Los Angeles: a sort of phantom nostalgia for a life I never actually lived.

Funny thing about phantom nostalgia: It usually goes away once you've spent five minutes in gridlocked traffic on the 405.

You're going to laugh, but I was in LA for a shoot, which is pretty much the most LA reason you can be in LA in the first place. The shoot involved a lot of time spent outside at the pool of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which I am pretty sure is what heaven will look like when I finally make my way there, in which case I can only hope I'm wearing my bikini and carrying $22 cash for a club sandwich.

We also spent some time at Madame Tussaud's---as you can tell from the highly realistic photograph of me hamming it up with Jamie Foxx, or should I say "Jamie Foxx"---and on the WB lot, where Leonardo Di Caprio just happened to be shooting his new movie about J. Edgar Hoover. Trust me, I kept my eyes as peeled as I could keep them without having them just roll straight back in my head, but The DiCaprio failed to materialize in front of me. I did, however, take this highly scintillating shot of his trailer, which I insisted we drive past as sloooooooowly as humanly possible, just in case he saw fit to poke his head out and thank me for the fan letter I wrote him in 1994 after This Boy's Life.

(Have you seen This Boy's Life? It's really good. I was an early Leo adopter, see: my favorites of his were The Basketball Diaries, Marvin's Room, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. None of this Titanic stuff for me!)

I took a few more LA pictures here, including some of the WB lot's cavernous prop room, which is basically like every vintage store and flea market from your dreams has come to life to taunt you with the fact that you can't buy anything, and a couple from the Friends set, which I was unabashedly gleeful about visiting. Look, I don't care if you were too cool for Friends: you see that mini stage in front of the Central Perk sign and you'd get up and start singing Smelly Cat too.

Come on. Like you would have been able to resist.

Last but not least, we saw Michael Jackson and Elvis embroiled in a drug deal on the side of the road.

Okay, I don't think that's really what was happening, but if you can caption this photo with anything else, you're a better person than me

1
Kate (and Ben)
Mar 29, 2011

"Bev Wil"
Any mention of The Beverly Wilshire hotel, and I instantly think of Pretty Woman.
-K

2
Shut The Folk Up
Mar 29, 2011

That Elvis is awfully Hasselhoffy looking...I think he's in the wrong line of work

3
Marcheline
Mar 29, 2011

Egads - you really WERE in heaven! Was Liz Taylor there, too?

4
Kristen
Mar 29, 2011

Oh my gosh, I get the phantom nostalgia all the time, and I don't even have to have had plans to move to the place. Such a strange feeling! But you're right, it doesn't take all that much to run it right out of your system.

Looks like an amaaaaazing trip!

5
Liz
Mar 29, 2011

This Boy's Life? Please. I was a Leo fan from the Growing Pains days, which I still feel was really underrated work :)

6
Ris
Mar 29, 2011

Central Perk--oooh I would have TOTALLY geeked out!

7
Lawyerish
Mar 29, 2011

Oh, God, it just looks so WARM there. I am now weeping quietly at my desk.

And YES to Leo in "The Basketball Diaries." I thought he was super-dreamy.

8
Min
Mar 29, 2011

The real question is: Did you appreciate Leo's work in "Roseanne"? It's true he had no speaking lines, but sometimes the greatest artists do the best work through mere body language and just, you know, standing back and letting the star shine.

9
Amber Wolf
Mar 29, 2011

Yep. Your brother is right...kind of. That doesn't just look like Hasselhoff, I'm about 98% sure that IS Hasselhoff.

Has anyone heard from him lately?

Nope?

That's what I thought.

10
brandi
Mar 29, 2011

Liz! Yes! He has been my boyfriend since the Growing Pains days. My 11-year-old heart went out to that poor homeless teen.

11
SuzRocks
Mar 29, 2011

I KNEW that MJ faked his death just so he could work on Hollywood Blvd without the paparazzi stalking him!

12
laura
Mar 29, 2011

i would have jumped up to sing harmony with you. because HOLY COW the Friends set? delicious.

13
Jennifer R
Mar 29, 2011

I was totally gonna say that looked like The Hoff but someone beat me to it. Looks like you had a fun fun trip, even short on sleep

14
lindsay
Mar 29, 2011

What a glamourous job you have! Jelly.

15
Debi
Mar 30, 2011

As soon as I scrolled down to see the Central Perk sign I started singing "Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you"! I must go there now:)

16
Heidi
Mar 30, 2011

Ack!! Bev. Wil. Like in Pretty Woman! Good movie. Nice post. I love the last photo too. Looks like it to me.

17
Savvy in San Francisco
Mar 30, 2011

I would love to be hanging out at the pool at the Beverly Wilshire! Sounds lovely! Not that this 7.5 month pregnant woman should be in a bathing suit...but still a nice thought!

18
Alecia
Mar 30, 2011

You job is definitely cooler than mine.

19
Pretzel Thief
Mar 30, 2011

Dude, I so want your job. I know the back-to-back travel must grate at times, but...I wanna! No doubt there's a lot of hard work involved, though I'm sure it must be oodles of fun all the same.

Also, loving the Central Perk visit. SQUEE! I don't care what anyone says, Friends was a freakin' awesome show. Sure, it could be generic and formulaic, as a lot of sitcoms are, but mostly it was great and witty and I loved it. Plus, Chandler Bing is awesomeness personified. Could he BE any funnier?

20
Pretzel Thief
Mar 30, 2011

(...I was totally partial to seasons 1-6, though.)

21
Angela
Apr 01, 2011

What about Leo in "Romeo and Juliet" with Clare Danes? Late 90s I believe it was. OMG he was SOOOO hot in that movie and the soundtrack is FANTASTIC. I still listen to it. I think that's my fave Leo flick.

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