There is a moment in everyone's life where they hope to be validated for everything that they have worked for. I pride myself on my writing, it is my passion and it's the one thing I am willing to work my hardest for. Ever since my very first article on Moviepilot I have been fortunate enough to receive some amazing opportunities from the team behind the articles. I was lucky enough to be sent to SXSW to see the first screening of the new AMC series Preacher. I met the the cast and even came away with a signed poster! It's pretty fair to say that I felt like I was on top of the world.
I was even more excited about the following week, where I would be taking a visit to the set of Preacher and watch an episode be filmed! Not only that, I was able to have a sit down with Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and my personal favorite Joseph Gilgun. The conversation went as well as it possibly could have and again, I felt like I was on top of the world. Then, the team at Moviepilot gave me the opportunity to fly out to L.A. and check out the premiere of Preacher! Community Manager Julian and I walked the red carpet and even live streamed our experience, check that out here:
Luckily for me, my favorite Joseph Gilgun recognized me and instantly jumped into the live stream. It made me feel absolutely amazing to realize that a personal favorite actor of mine recognized me. It wasn't until later in the night that it got so much sweeter.
The Preacher After Party Is Where It All Happened
When we entered the theater we received these passes for the Preacher after party, we really thought nothing of it at the time. After the screening (which I must say was better the 2nd time) we decided to hang out around the lobby for a bit. Immediately we were surrounded by celebrities and the cast of the show. Julian and I were instantly starstruck when we saw Executive Producer Seth Rogen just standing there. We approached him and asked for a picture and this happened:
This instantly got us interested in the after party so we decided to swing by. I'll be the first to admit, we looked completely out of place in this elaborate, posh club full of high ranking executives and actors. As we walk in a lovely woman who works for AMC recognizes me and tells me she showed Joe an article I wrote about him about why he will make Preacher great and she said he loved it. I immediately thought she was been a bit exaggerative and it wasn't that big of a deal. We decide to do a loop and hand around upstairs. We spot Dominic Cooper and decide to stand near just in case we can get a conversation in. And then BOOM, I see Joe Gilgun run up the stairs and began to have a conversation with the women from before. This is when my chance came.
I decided that we would walk by, say hello and then leave. I pat him on the shoulder and see hello and then proceed down the stairs. While I'm leaving I hear the lovely lady from AMC tell Joe "Thats the one who wrote the 5 reason's why article." Joe immediately erupts with yells and begins chasing me down the stairs. He gives me the biggest hug and tells me how much it meant to him as an actor. He shook my hand multiple times as I just stand there absolutely aw-struck. As he is going back upstairs and continuing with the praises he looks me in the eye and says "You are an absolute Angel mate." That is a comment I have replayed over and over again in my head, it was so validating.
This Is What This Community Is About!
If you are a Creator in this community, my experience completely embodies what the purpose of Movie Pilot is, the connecting of fans. Here I am, an aspiring journalist, high school senior and fan of all things TV and Film. I was able to fly out to the mecca of entertainment and get praised by one of my favorite actors out there. It is an experience I will never forget and I want to thank the amazing team at Movie Pilot for all the opportunities, it means the world to me. And thank you to Joe Gilgun, for remembering me and taking the time to read my article. It is as validating as a writer to hear those praises from you as it is for you to hear mine. It is surely something I will never forget and I hope to do it again some day!