I don't get nervous around celebrities. After the fact, I may freak out a little, but during the encounter I always remain calm, cool and collected.
Over the years I've crossed paths with a few and have successfully maintained a certain level of composure. I met Oprah for christ sakes and after my initial excitement, I was able to have a 5 minute conversation without acting the fool. As you saw from "my 5:00 minutes..." post, I love me some Oprah and she was all that I'd hoped, but it's actually her BFF Gayle, who's tops my girl crush list.
Ever since Big O (she's my friend in my head, so I can call her that) came onto the scene, I have been sweatin Gayle King...hard. There is something about Gayle that's so authentic and real. Even with all her celebrity (because as far as I'm concerned she's a big one) she seems very down to earth. As Big Os BFF, you'd think the fame would have gone to her head but it hasn't. I'm saying this as if I know her, right? but I feel like I do though. I've watched her over the years and she's consistent. I'm a good judge of character and even from a distance, I can see that she's a genuine human being. She has to be, for Oprah to have kept her close for more than 30 years.
From the beginning, I've admired the friendship between Gayle and Oprah. No, I don't think they're gay, but even if they were, who the hell cares. I love seeing them together, I love hearing them talk about each other and their relationship. I'm passionate about the importance of strong female relationships, so I listen closely and encourage my girls to choose wisely because your homies at 7 can very well be your homies at 47.
Gayle is the woman who most think has ridden Oprah's coat tails all these years. That her only claim to fame is being the best friend or the sidekick. Those people need to shut up. In spite of it all there's never been an ounce of jealousy because she's always wanted her friend to shine and has always had her back.
For years I've been telling my friends that they need to become my Oprah so that I could be their Gayle. The quintessential best friend. The ride or die who would pull off her earrings, grab the tub of Vaseline, put her hair in a ponytail, beat someone's ass then ask questions afterwards.
Like Gayle, I love to sing every song that comes on the radio and enjoy a good game of bingo. I use words like boinking and I like Kenny Loggins. I am her and she is me. Ok, that sounds a bit stalkerish but you get my point.
I've always wanted to meet her and rehearsed exactly what I'd say if I ever did.The one time I should have used my gift of gab, I couldn't get one damn word out. I was cheesing so hard that I looked like a crazy woman. She was lovely and gracious and I said nothing, nada, zilch. I was shaking afterwards and wanted to kick myself. I'm chalking it up to divine intervention. God was looking out because I might have made a fool of myself or said something to get my ass arrested.
I need a do over.
Oprah was great but Gayle King is EVERYTHING!!!
For me to meet two of my idols in a matter of weeks...my stars must be aligning.