On Sunday, we started our day by getting some brunch. Jaclyn informed me that getting brunch was a very LA thing to do. 🙂 Then, it was off to Universal Studios! I’ve never even been to the Universal park in Orlando, so I was super excited! We began w/ the back lot tour, which was super cool! Below is the view of the Universal back lot from above. In the VERY far distance, you can see the Warner Brothers sound stage as well.
One of the first things they showed us on the back lot tour was some of the props they have saved for the occasion, including a collection of cars from various films and tv shows. Some of my favorites were:
They also showed us how they do some special effects stunts, including exploding some cars from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and making a small Mexican village flood from some movie I’ve never heard of. Other highlights included seeing the Bates motel from Psycho, some of Whoville from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and various generic Western towns and European streets.
One of the wildest things was driving down Wisteria Lane, where they film Desperate Housewives. It’s like a whole suburban neighborhood street!
Also at Universal, we went on several of the simulation/3D/interactive shows, including an AWESOME one for Terminator which featured Linda Hamilton, Arnold Swarzenegger, and the kid who played John Connor in T2 (I affectionately termed it Terminator 2.5), and a pretty average one for Shrek. (Who thinks that it’s fun to watch a character in 3D sneeze on you and then spray you with water? And the Shrek show did it TWICE.)
After grabbing a quick dinner on our way out, we made our way to Jaclyn’s movie theater of choice to see the documentary Babies. Crazy thing about this movie theater: it has movie memorabilia on display!
This leads us to my list of Celebrity Sightings of the Day, which ALL happened at the movie theater:
1. Amber Stevens and her boyfriend Andrew West. We owe Jaclyn for this one, because both of them are on Greek. They were also seeing Babies with Amber’s parents for Mother’s Day. (Her father is Shadoe Stevens, who is a famous radio/announcer, who hosted American Top 40 after Casey Kasem retired and before Ryan Seacrest took over.) Amber recognized Jaclyn from when she used to work as a PA on Greek, and came over and gave her a hug. She was super sweet.
2. Jeri Ryan!!!! Obviously, as a Trekkie, this excited me to no end. For those of you less familiar w/ her work as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, she was also on the lawyer show Shark, the high school drama Boston Public, and last season on the hilarious heist show Leverage. We stood in line for popcorn behind her and her husband Christophe Eme (he’s a chef). It was amazing. I dunno what movie they went to see, but it wasn’t Babies.
3. Rich Sommer. He was also in our theater to see Babies, along w/ his cute pregnant wife. I knew him from his work on Mad Men, and also as Pam’s art school friend on The Office who tried to convince Pam to stay in New York, but he was also one of the friends in The Devil Wears Prada, which we just saw the night before!
I was pretty excited by our luck at the theater. Jaclyn was psyched because she’s now convinced that all of these people live close to her.
One final thing about my trip: there are a lot of Prius’s in California. Like, A. LOT. Over 4 days (two in L.A., two in Palo Alto) I counted 230. That’s A LOT. (Biff and I made a game out of it. I hate to think what the people sitting close to us on the bus thought about us. “Oh, look, there’s one! There’s another! Oooh, a blue one!”)
*** For Jaclyn’s account of Sunday, click here.***