Famous people usually run in famous circles, rubbing shoulders with other elite stars of film, TV, and music. That’s why it’s especially unusual to see these A-listers freaking out when they run into their celebrity idols. Luckily, these rare moments were captured on camera for us to see just how awkward they can be too.
These photos prove that even the rich and famous only stay calm and composed to a certain point. And we have no doubt that some of these unlikely fangirls will take you by surprise! Check out Hollywood heavyweights losing their cool around their celebrity crushes and icons.
Hermione Loses Her Cool
The star of 2017s Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson, couldn’t quite contain herself when she met iconic Canadian singer Celine Dion at a film premiere. She explained to Jimmy Kimmel: “Celine Dion arrives and I’m like, holding my publicist like, ‘This is almost too much for me!'”
After all, the music legend did sing the score for the original 1991 Disney animation film. Emma continues: “You have to understand, my parents do not really understand celebrities or Hollywood or whatever else, but my mom and I used to play Celine Dion in the car, like, non-stop.” She expected her mom was “gonna lose it” when she found out about the chance encounter.
No Tension Here
Taylor Swift and Beyonce Knowles have certainly had a rather chequered history with each other. From Kanye West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s 2009 MTV VMAs acceptance speech to accusations of plagiarism of Bey’s Coachella performance in the summer of 2019, they certainly seem to keep reappearing in each other’s lives.
Imagined or real, the differences are yet to impact Bey’s effect on the singer-songwriter. Here they are pictured at the 2016 Grammy Awards, where Talor was helplessly start struck at running into the Lemonade star. And she’s not shy about being a Yonce fangirl. “I love Beyonce more than what is normal,” Taylor’s been quoted as saying, adding “Look at her, she’s so magnificent.”
Meeting Your Teenage Heartthrob
During the 2014 Oscar’s, Lupita Nyong’o just had to approach fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio and shake his hand. Looking radiant in a pale blue gown, she humbly greets the Hollywood heavyweight by crouching down to his seated position. She explained on a talk show what compelled her to go up to the Revenant star.
Lupita revealed that her words to Leonardo were, “I’m very sorry to bother you, but I’m Lupita Nyong’o, and I’ve been dying to meet you.” Apparently, it was his starring role in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet that Lupita first developed a fascination with the actor. Who can blame her!
She’s Not Kissing Her Poster Anymore
You don’t have to be a crazed “Belieber” to know that Justin is, as far as we know, happily married to model and socialite Hailey Baldwin. It may surprise you to learn that Mrs. Bieber was, in fact, a “Belieber” herself in her youth, back when Justin sported those infamous long bangs.
Here, Hailey poses for a photo with the teenage sensation when she was just a preteen. Forget about just meeting your idols – these two are proof that you can even marry your celebrity crush one day. Just so long as your the daughter of a famous actor and a bigshot fashion model.
A Total Prince Charming
It wasn’t so long ago that Prince Harry was considered one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. And it looks like singer Rita Ora got the memo in this perfectly-timed shot of her meeting her royal crush. Rita was giddy with glee at the sight of him when she performed for the Sentebale Audi Concert at London’s Hampton Court Palace.
Having taken place in the summer of 2019, Rita was contributing her talent for the charity fundraising event. And Rita’s mom Vera, pictured on the right, was quick to notice the Prince’s charm. She recalled him being “so humble at the concert in his speech saying: ‘I’m not going to take up too much of your time. I realize that you’re here to see Rita Ora and not me – especially you at the front.'”
Chart-Topping Superstars Dispel Rumors
A lot has been reported about the hostility between these two pop queens. But it seems that Katy Perry’s shady comments on the Britney Spears were all but forgotten during their encounter at The Smurfs 2 movie premiere in 2013. It was the first time they met and was, perhaps unexpectedly, an emotional moment.
Katy threw her arms around the “Baby One More Time” singer, having told reporters earlier in the day: “I can’t wait to meet her.” She even took to Twitter afterward, writing “OMG!!!!! I CAN’T IM CRYING.” Britney mirrored her excitement when she replied: “So great to see you Smurfette Katy Perry! Can’t wait for our Vegas date…”
A Once in a Lifetime Chance Meeting
Despite rising to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson still had a surreal moment when she met actress Helen Mirren on the Golden Globes red carpet in 2018. She was almost reduced to tears as she fawned over the three-time Academy Award winner.
She recalls having freaked out when she saw her favorite actress, calling out “Can I meet you? I am such a fan!” She then rushed over blurting out the words “I’ve adored you since I was like 8,” before embracing Meryl. From the looks of it, she just couldn’t contain her excitement upon meeting a cinema legend.
Bieber’s Other Famous Fangirl
Teen music sensation Billie Ellish “came out” about her love for Justin Bieber when she posted this photo of the two of them together at Coachella in 2019. Today, they’re friends, with the heartthrob having slid into her DMs in 2014. But she’s been a huge fangirl since she was just 12 years old.
Justin appears to have a thing for befriending fangirls, as we know this isn’t the first time. And it appears to have been quite an impactful celebrity crush, with Billie revealing that “it wasn’t like I was just a fan, man. I’ve been in love before, and it was with him,” she claimed. Before having ever met him, she even wrote about not wanting to: “I don’t want to cry in front of him.” Luckily, she held it together.
Lizzo Loses It
Lizzo didn’t have it in her to play it cool when she met Sam Smith at one of her 2019 concerts. He came to enjoy the show, and when she met him backstage she completely lost herself in girlish giggles. He shared this sweet snap on his Instagram, flaunting their instant connection to his 14 million followers.
And he only had high praise for the flutist, writing: “So truly happy I got to meet @lizzobeeating the other day. Her show was out of this world!! Made me feel so high on life!! She is the one. Can’t wait to watch you continue to take over the world gorgeous xx.” Who knows, maybe one day there’d be a collaboration in the works…
She’s as Much of a Fan as Everyone Else
They may have wildly different musical styles, but that’s wont stop Taylor Swift from fawning over Chance the Rapper. It appears that Taylor is a huge fan of rap music in general, even teaming up with Kendrick Lamar for the remix of her chart-topping song “Bad Blood.”
Mike Ahern, the Individual who captured this photo gem, recalls overhearing their conversation in which Taylor Swift admitted that she was a megafan of his. The fact that they have different target audiences probably works in their favor, as they’re unlikely to see each other as competition.
A Nostalgic Run-In
Many of us grew up idolizing Hilary Duff when she was the Disney Channel’s golden girl in the early noughties. And Keke Palmer’s no different from the rest of us, as she proved when she was starstruck upon meeting the fellow actress. While usually so cool and confident, this star sighting saw Keke expressing her inner teenager.
However, she’s not the only one to be at a loss for words upon seeing Hilary. Many other Disney stars such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Bridgit Mendler, and Selena Gomez, also hailed the Lizzie McGuire actress as a huge inspiration to them. She was the first big child star of the corporation, after all.
They Can Hardly Let You Go
Meryl Streep obviously has some sort of a hold over the younger generation, also drawing in adoration from fellow actress and star of Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez. Spotting her at the SAG Awards in 2017, Gina gave way to the graceful actress, putting her in the view of the paparazzi.
Gina jokingly wrote on her Twitter account: “I’m chill right? Like, this is chill, right?” when she shared a photo of their encounter. It’s humbling to see that even though you might be a big name in TV, you can’t forget the Hollywood heavyweights that have been in the business for a long time!
Not Many Teens Inspire Such Fandom
Anyone who’s binge-watched Stranger Things on Netflix would likely have the same reaction as Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars. Having met at a Netflix event, Shay wasn’t shy about expressing her surprise to be standing and posing with the teen star.
We’re sure that Millie was pretty happy about meeting Shay too, but clearly, she did a better job of keeping her composure than the older actress, who recently gave birth to a baby girl. She might not have too much time to rewatch older episodes, but at least she has this picture to remember when she met the young actress.
At the 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, model, and actress Cara Delevingne had plenty to say the star of Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon. This photo captures some of that awkward encounter, with Cara bending her neck down to Reese’s height to better look her in the eyes.
And Reese looks more than happy to receive her, mirroring Cara’s attention with a warm smile and embrace. In fact, they’re getting on so well that they hardly appear to notice the cameraman at all! We’d be just as enthralled if we were meeting Elle Woods in the flesh.
It’s Not Easy to Impress Oprah
You can’t more legendary than this celebrity chance meeting. Rock ‘n’ roll veteran Mick Jagger met the one and only television mogul, Oprah Winfrey, at a party by chance. She posted this photo along with the caption: “My first time meeting Mick Jagger! And yes he dances like Mick Jagger!”
They met while attending Jimmy Lovine’s pre-Emmy party (founder of Interscope Records) and partied alongside Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Diddy. The star-studded bash must have been quite a hot ticket, but Oprah was most-impressed to the meet The Rolling Stones frontman.
The shoe is on the other foot for Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who gushed over Emma Watson when she met her at the MTV Awards. They both ended up winning the gender-neutral acting award and becoming the first stars to do so in history.
Still just a teenager, Millie was obviously overcome when she met the actress behind Hermione Granger, who so many young people have come to idolize. What an honor it must have been then to also receive the same acting award as your childhood idol, on the same night!
She Just Doesn’t Let Up
Let’s face it; Taylor Swift’s been working overtime to rub shoulders with other celebrities. This time, these famous faces aren’t in her industry at all -she pulls a joyful expression when posing alongside a couple of the stars of X-Men: Apocalypse (Sophie Turner and James McAvoy) and the screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg.
People started to speculate if the singer-songwriter was lined up to star in the film, but Sophie ended those rumors quickly. “We just went to her concert and then I guess she wanted to meet us and we really wanted to meet her so we just hung out with her for a bit. Played a couple of drinking games. It was awesome,” she revealed.
Too Much for Some
At MTV’s Music Awards in 2019, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner was met by an extremely emotional superfan, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness. He encountered her backstage and luckily, the whole bizarre 45 seconds was caught on camera. Naturally, this was a big moment for Jonathan as he even hosted his own Game of Thrones recap show, Gay of Thrones.
The video begins with the Sansa Stark actress calling out after Jonathan, to which he screams and begins to lose it. He has to compose himself before walking over to Sophie, then sinking into a deep embrace with the actress. And yes, he does manage to get out some words of praise on the recent season finale.
Celeb BFFs Noone Saw Coming
An unlikely friendship has struck between Selena Gomez and Jennifer Aniston, defying what some might see as too great of an age gap. But these two showbiz starlets have hit it off extremely well ever since they met in 2017. Selena wrote on Instagram that she had: “gotten to have real conversations with such a real heart,” referring to Jennifer and that it had “made my entire year.”
And Jennifer had some equally adorable things to say about the young actress and singer: “We have the same manager,” she explained, adding that Selena is “just like a little cherub that I feel like I wanna take care of. And we’ve just met through our manager. She’s been extremely supportive and wonderful.”
Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better
Here she is again, Taylor Swift, gracing us with her presence alongside legendary pop star Britney Spears. And bizarrely, the two appear to have gone to the same hairdressers for the 2008 MTV MAs, as their loose curls look almost identical to one another.
Unfortunately for Taylor, she didn’t leave much of an impression on Britney as the pop sensation couldn’t recall ever having met her before when asked on the radio in 2016. In fact, she’d actually met her two times before, but obviously it meant more to the “Bad Blood” singer than to Britney.
As Playful as One Another
You might think that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul was jumping for joy when he met Rihanna for the first time, but you’d be mistaken. It was, in fact, Rihanna who rushed over to the actor to introduce herself and ask for a quick photo! The two look comfortable in each other’s company as they play up for the camera.
Aaron recalls that “She walks to the end of the catwalk. I was on the second level of this small little venue. Then she starts singing ‘Stay’ directly to me. She does not lose eye contact with me.” And Rihanna honored the moment herself by Tweeting out the photo of them alongside the caption: “My life has been completed!!! #Pinkman4President.”
Cardi Finally Meets Her Inspo
Rapper Cardi B was beside herself when she was greeted by pop star Lady Gaga at the 2019 Grammys. She all but squealed as they greeted and embraced each other for the first time. It makes sense when you take a little look into Cardi’s timeline – she had publicly announced her love for Gaga years before she blew up with her song “Bodak Yellow.”
She wrote on her Twitter: “When I was a teenager Lady Gaga changed my life. She inspired me to be myself & be different,” she wrote back in 2016. She didn’t go into the details, but it’s clear that the controversial singer had left quite an impression. No wonder Cardi was so excited!
Just Happy He Knows I Exist
It wasn’t that long ago that actress Jennifer Lawrence was best known for starring in the Hunger Games film franchise. It was during this time that she struggled to keep a straight face when meeting Bill Murray at Comic-Con 2014. He showed up unexpectantly and clearly, gave Jennifer quite a surprise.
During a Q&A, she had this to say about her celeb run-in: “I have been – I and the rest of the world – a huge fan of Bill Murray for a really long time and always wanted to meet him. I kind of spoke to him through Woody Harrelson. I would send emails to Woody – mostly when I was drunk – of things I always wanted to say to Bill Murray. Just the fact that Bill Murray knows that I exist is like, part one. Part two, he wanted to meet me.”
When Your Idol Wipes Away Your Tears of Joy
When actress and singer Lea Michele met Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, she was literally reduced to tears. She posted a black and white photo of their encounter on Instagram, along with the caption: “Tonight was the best night of my life. What an honor to introduce my idol Celine Dion at the @bbmas and meet her after.. she is as kind as she is talented.”
How Celine dealt with the loss of her husband in 2016 was deeply inspirational to Lea. She said: “I look at someone like Celine and how she has held herself with such dignity and respect. She just lost the love of her life, and she holds herself with such poise; and she’s taking care of her voice and trying to stay true to herself. I adore her.”
A GoT Superfan
As it turns out, songstress Camilla Cabello is a massive Game of Thrones superfan. She revealed just how much of a fan she was when she appeared on the Graham Norton Show alongside GoT stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Mamoa. By the time she reached Emilia, she couldn’t hold in her excitement any longer, and gushed, “My queen!”
Camilla then exclaimed, “I’m sorry. I would just like to say I am the biggest Game of Thrones fan in the entire world.” Although she admitted she has never “fan-girled so hard in my life,” this didn’t stop her from sharing this snap of her bending her knee in front of her “Queen” Emilia. Luckily Emilia reposted her photo and said “GURL the feelings mutual.”
A Real Wannabe
Pop icon, Adele, has carved her name as one of the most successful artists in the industry. While she’s used to rubbing shoulders with the elite, even Adele gets starstruck too, especially when she’s reminded of the time she was once a “Wannabe” star. The “Someone Like You” singer didn’t hold back when she got tickets to the Spice Girls reunion tour.
In the lead up to the concert, Adele shared a hilarious throwback snap of her younger self as a Spice Girls mega fan. She then shared videos of herself singing like a schoolgirl on the way to the stadium. When the girls arrived on the stage, she excitedly jumped and shouted. And when she finally met her idols backstage, it was the icing on the cake!
A Jaw-Dropping Encounter
Although this photo might look photo-shopped, we can happily tell you that this is the real face of the actress Sarah Paulson, as her jaw dropped at the sight of the Queen of Pop, Madonna. The priceless photo was captured by photographers at the Met Gala red carpet, and shared to the world in all it’s superfan glory.
With her mouth agape and her eyes wide, Sarah was in awe of the “Material Girl” star. And her shameless fangirling didn’t end there, as Sarah wanted to meet her idol. The pair shared a sweet exchange and Sarah even helped Madonna by carrying her netted shawl down the red carpet.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
As movie buffs might know, there is a special law in pop culture called “Bacon’s Law,” which is based on the notion of “six degrees of separation.” The concept behind the law is that any actor in Hollywood can trace their connection to Kevin Bacon by no more than six film roles or mutual co-stars.
So when Queer Eye host, Jonathan Van Ness met his idol, Kevin Bacon in real life, he was just as starstruck as we would have been. His first reaction was to ask for a photo, and he immediately shared this hilarious snap of the duo with a reference to the “Bacon’s Law” game. He excitedly gushed how “6 degrees from @kevinbacon is no longer my truth!”
When His Royal Highness, Prince William and Hollywood actress, Nicole Kidman collided on the red carpet at the Baftas, it was clear that they were both pretty blown away in each other’s presence. With their animated expressions and William’s bewildered stare, we’re really not sure who was more starstruck.
While British royals are known for keeping it together and having a stiff upper lip, it’s clear that Prince William is part of the newer generation and is not afraid to hide his excitement. Whether Prince William is gushing about his favorite Nicole movie or Nicole just realized how much of a William fan she is, it’s clear they’re both royally starstruck.
A Dream Come True
When Girl’s Trip breakout star, Tiffany Haddish agreed to be interviewed by talk show host Ellen, she knew she might be in for some surprises. But Tiffany got the shock of her life when she was surprised by her idol, Oprah Winfrey, live-on-air.
Tiffany has been vocal about how much influence Oprah has had on her life. So as Oprah appeared, she rushed over to the media mogul and shared a warm embrace. As tears of happiness rolled down Tiffany’s face, it was a dream come true. She then revealed she had another dream, to open a co-op with Oprah and sell veggies. We wonder if that wish will ever come true too!
When the “7 rings” pop icon, Ariana Grande got to work with her own pop idol, acting legend Jim Carrey, she found the whole encounter “hilarious and deeply moving.” She couldn’t wait to share this touching snap of their sweet exchange and said, “Thankful for the most special experience of my life.”
Ariana continued how “Nothing is crazier than getting to work with someone whom you’ve idolized since before you could speak.” And we’re glad the feeling was mutual. Jim later gushed how “The admiration doesn’t just go forward to an older generation. It goes backward” too. He added, “When she opens her mouth and sings, it’s just magical. “
His Heart Will Go On
Canadian rap legend, Drake has proved over the years that he’s not a typical rap star. Beneath his “Champagne Papi” exterior, he’s not afraid to get in touch with his feelings or get down with his signature dad moves. So when Drake met fellow Canadian songstress, Celine Dion, he couldn’t hide his feelings either.
Drake was truly humbled in her presence and bowed for her, like a Queen. Drake even joked how “I’m a year away from a Céline tat.” While it sounded like a harmless joke, Drake is known for getting celebrity faces tattooed on his skin, like Rhianna. So Celine urged him “Please, Drake, I love you very much. Don’t do that!”
When Emma Roberts got glammed up to grace the red carpet at the AMAs, it’s clear that she had a plan and a direction. Well, just like anyone would do in her situation, her plan was to get a selfie with every member of the boy band One Direction, and she had zero chill about it.
Forgetting for a moment that she’s a famous actress and singer too, she soon lost her cool when she spotted One Direction band member Niall Horan. She then made a bee-line for band member Liam Payne. And since she’s already gone that far, she asked for a group photo of her and her boy band idols in all their glory.
When Channing Fangirled a Gymnastics Star
For many women across the world, having the chance to meet Magic Mike heartthrob, Channing Tatum in the flesh might be a dream come true. However, as it turns out, even the award-winning actor gets starstruck too. You see, Channing Tatum is a huge fan of gymnastics.
So when Channing got the opportunity to meet his idol, the five-time Olympic gold champion, Simon Biles with Ellen, he couldn’t hide his excitement. Channing said, “She’s so tiny that she has a harder time holding onto the ground than just going up because she’s always just flying away.” He then showed his appreciation for her by posing as a human statue with all her medals.
When Paris Met Alice
As the daughter of Michael Jackson, we’re sure Paris Jackson grew up surrounded by celebrities and had plenty of chances to rub shoulders with the stars. So we could have sworn nothing could phase her. However, when she met her rock idol, Alice Cooper backstage at a Halloween concert, she was in awe.
She did what any of us would do, and couldn’t wait to tell him everything that rushed into her head. She gushed “I love you so much, I’ve always listened to you, I grew up loving you’ and I was close to tears. he’s amazing.” In hindsight, she did admit that perhaps she fangirled a little too hard, “So, I like really weirded him out, but he was really nice about it.”
Don’t Underestimate the Force
Parks and Recreation actor, Adam Scott, revealed live on Jimmy Kimmel that he has always been a huge Star Wars fan. He recounted the story of how when he was just two years old, he wrote a letter to the creator of the empire, Mark Hamill and invited him to his birthday party. He “thought at least if he got it and he was able to…he was probably going to come… “
When his idol, Mark didn’t show up, Adam admitted he was crushed. It was at that moment, that the Star Wars theme tune started playing and his idol, Mark burst through the door with his lightsaber, like a true Jedi. He even apologized for missing his birthday! Scott was overcome with emotions and it was one of the sweetest moments on the internet. He said, “This really is one of the best moments of my life!”
When Two Chrises Collide
When two of the Hollywood’s famous Chrises collided on the set of the Marvel hit, Avengers: Infinity War, you might have thought that both rugged superheroes would fight it out in a throwdown. However, we were pleased that both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt were just happy to fangirl each other.
When they were both interviewed about the upcoming movie, they showed their appreciation for each other by happily posing for a couple’s shoot. They then gushed how they have a lot in common and end up cracking up a lot. Chris Pratt even took a rib at Hemsworth and said “I hate that guy “He’s got Brad Pitt’s waist and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s arms!”
Getting Lost in the Moment
Black-ish star, Anthony Anderson recalled how when he was on a flight to New York, he became mesmerized by the back of a woman’s head. And when he realized that head belonged to his idol, Halle Berry, he did what any super fan would do. Anthony was too starstruck to talk to her, so naturally took a series of photos of the back of her head.
Thankfully, Anthony then got the opportunity to finally meet his idol in real life at the SAG awards and he couldn’t contain himself. He was overcome with emotions and raised his hands in awe of her. We’re glad he finally got a prized photo of himself and the front of Halle’s head!
Pink’s Mainstream Taste in Men
For a pop music wild child, Pink has a surprisingly conventional celebrity crush. She was surprised by actor Johnny Depp when he snuck up on her during a talk show appearance. Being interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the last thing she expected was this practical joke from the talk show host himself.
She was explaining that she had only ever met her famed crush once before in a bookshop: “I didn’t want to meet him. My husband [Carey Hart] made me meet him, I was hiding behind records in a record store and I was like, ‘Don’t do this! I don’t want to meet him!'” At that moment, Johnny rolled out on to the stage, succeeding in surprising and embarrassing the rock star!
An Undercover Crush
While some celebrities can’t wait to rush over to their celebrity crush and greet them at an awards ceremony. Game of Thrones actress, Sophie Turner was a little more reserved. When she sat down at her table at the star-studded SAG awards, she did what any sane super fan would do.
The actress played the ultimate fangirl when she spotted Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Gosling on the table behind her. As she freaked out, she immediately took a selfie with Ryan in the background. She captioned the snap, “Sorry boys. I’m off the market,” and we hope she plucked up the courage to talk to him!