Celebrities might be famous but they are like us who gets starstruck.
Tom Hanks Knows The Queen’s Go-To Drink
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Tom Hanks couldn’t quite figure out how he was invited to a state dinner with the Queen and then-President Obama. Hanks recalled that before the event, he received a letter that explained how to dress and the proper etiquette to follow. The actor also revealed that the Queen can be chatty if she feels so inclined.
During the dinner, Hanks recalled on CBS This Morning, “Out of nowhere we’re just sitting there and I notice this gloved hand. The Queen was sitting right next to me and this gloved hand placed a tumbler of clear liquid… I looked at it and I said, ‘What is Your Majesty drinking this evening?’ She said, ‘Ooh, martini!’”
Hanks had it pretty easy with the Queen, but one actress who played her always turns into a different person as you’ll soon read.
Kate Winslet Was Touched By The Queen
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In 2017, Kate Winslet was made a CBE, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for her “services rendered to drama.” For the special occasion, Winslet had the opportunity to meet the Queen herself.
“First of all, she’s got the most incredible skin,” Winslet said on The Graham Norton Show. “And then she said, ‘Well congratulations on all your achievements.’ She said, ‘You’re a mother aren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘Well that is the only job,’” Winslet recalled, adding that it was the most touching moment of her encounters with royalty.
Helen Mirren Gets “Queen-itis” When She Sees The Queen
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English actress Helen Mirren has had experience playing royalty. Most recently, she played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen. Mirren has even met the Queen in real life but told Jimmy Fallon that she was incredibly nervous.
“When you meet the Queen, almost everyone gets it, you get this thing I call ‘queen-itis,’ which is like a terrible virus that suddenly hits you the minute you’re in front of the Queen… You start saying weird things like, ‘Oh, it’s terribly good fun, wasn’t it?’ and ‘Frightfully nice to meet you, ma’am’ This weird voice comes out.”
Another actress couldn’t hide her excitement when she was invited to meet Kate Middleton.
Allison Janney Told Kate Middleton To Take Off Her Shoes
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America’s own Allison Janney was in London, where she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in 2017. At the British Oscars equivalent, Janney had a “lovely” encounter with a pregnant Kate Middleton, but it was a little awkward.
By the end of the ceremony, Janney had ditched her heels and started walking barefoot when she encountered the Duchess of Cambridge, who was still in her own heels despite being pregnant. “I told her that she should take her shoes off ‘cause she’s pregnant and it was an awkward moment… because I called her ‘honey’ and that might not have been royal etiquette,” Janney revealed on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Margot Robbie Offended Prince Harry
Australian actress Margot Robbie lived in London for a short while. One night, she attended a party at the home of fellow actress Suki Waterhouse. A polite man was holding the door open and helped even helped Robbie look for something she had dropped on the way in.
Little did she realize that that polite man was none other than Prince Harry. She even took a picture with him in a photo booth, which she shared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “When I saw him in those glasses I was like, ‘Oh my god I didn’t know Ed Sheeran was at the party’ and he got really offended,” she recalled with a laugh.
Reese Witherspoon Was All Smiles With Kate Middleton
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Reese Witherspoon was incredibly excited when she got an invitation to a fundraiser that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expected to attend. In 2012, Witherspoon told The Ellen Show that she must have tried on six different outfits to prepare for the event.
“She was really nice. She was lovely and she’s so composed, and she just seems like such a lady,” Witherspoon recalled. The actress was also bearing what her husband calls her “double barrel,” which is when she smiles so big she looks like a child. “I mean y’all, she’s a princess!” Witherspoon exclaimed.