New York woman Kim Perry successfully played it cool when, during a stop into a favorite neighborhood coffee shop, she ended up in line behind a famous and incredibly handsome actor whom she's greatly admired for years.
Perry said that even though she was immediately seized by an urge to introduce herself and express her appreciation for his work, she did not want him to feel uncomfortably singled out.
“Other people were coming up and gushing all over him,” recounted Perry, “and he didn't seem to mind. But I didn't want to invade his space. And honestly, for someone of his stature, it's probably really difficult to stay humble. The last thing he needs is another groupie.”
For that reason, said Perry, she did not even glance his way or give any indication that she'd even noticed him, let alone give away that he is one of her all-time heroes.
“He's a musician as well an actor,” Perry explained, and “one of his songs was literally the only thing to inspire me to keep going on after the death of my father last year. But it's enough for me to know that. I didn't need to lay all that on him.”
Who was this amiable, drop-dead gorgeous, coffee-loving celebrity actor/musician? Freeman would rather not say.
“I want to respect his privacy,” she said. “I want him to feel comfortable continuing to go to that coffee shop. ”