I know, I said I wouldn't do this again, but word got 'round on Twitter that they were filming downtown this afternoon, and I couldn't resist...so I ditched my job for the afternoon, in favour of going downtown and watching Jared do his...
They were filming in an alley between Hamilton and Homer, just a block south of Pender. At first, we walked down Hamilton, and we saw them hanging a parking sign on the building. I do not know if they were hanging this sign because they had made it for the show, or if they were hanging it because they were putting it back up and it was there before. It looked like it belonged there, but they were making adjustments to it so that it would fit, so...maybe that's just how good the art department is - making things that look like they belong.
We couldn't see much from that end of the alley, so we went around the block and walked up Homer. There we ran into a crowd of onlookers - all fans, some of which I recognized from the convention (though, they weren't any one I talked to). There was also this really obnoxious paparazzi guy...more on him in a second...
Anyway, there was a security guard making sure that we *cough*paparazzi*cough behaved ourselves. He chatted happily with some fans, but kept his eyes on everything that was going on...definitely a competent security guy, I thought.
At first, I thought it was just crew down the alley, but then I recognized Mitch Pileggi. He was being fussed over by a crew member. Then my sister said "Is that Jared?" and I looked down to see someone walking around who was 4 inches taller than everyone else...and confirmed that yes, the giant who looked like Jared was in fact Jared. My sister thought that was pretty cool. Jared talked to some people and then disappeared out of sight again.
While this was all happening, the paparazzi dude was bragging to some of the fans about some of the pictures he's gotten...and complaining about how the paparazzi business worked, and how so-and-so was in bed with so-and-so which meant they they got first dibs on certain pictures, and blah blah blah...and then he launched into stories of pictures he hadn't gotten, or pictures his friends hadn't gotten (one of which included basically a foot chase and the actor puking in the bushes - probably not from excessive drinking, but rather mild drinking and then being chased down by an obnoxious paparazzi dude)...and he was SO OBNOXIOUS. I just wanted to punch him...or perhaps grab him by the balls and twist to see if his screams were as annoying as his voice. So, I sort of wanted to leave, just because I couldn't stand listening to him anymore. And I'm sure he thought he was impressing the girls standing there with his stories, and maybe he was, because they were certainly laughing and indulging him, rather than giving curt answers and the cold shoulder...but there's no accounting for taste.
Anyway, it also made me want to not look at a non-official photo ever again, because I do not want to be indirectly responsible for employing obnoxious people to hound the footsteps of nice people who are just trying to do their job and make me an enjoyable TV show.
Just as I was thinking that if we left, we could use the same bus ticket to get home as we did to get there...Jared came back out of hiding, and started taking all the makeup off his neck...or possible all the sweat...in any case, there was a lot of neck wiping.
The whole time the obnoxious paparazzi dude was standing in the group of fans yelling "JARED" and "YOU'RE A PUSSY" to try to get Jared's attention. Jared, professional that he is, completely ignored him, or (hopefully) didn't even hear him.
Then a black SUV/truck pulled into the alley and Jared got in - and I realized that Jared was leaving. So my sister and I turned to leave, and then realized that there was only one way out of the alley and that was through the group of fans. The thing was though, that the group of fans (and paparazzi dude) were standing at the end of the alley on what would be the driver's side of the SUV/truck. My sister and I realized that if we crossed over to the other side of the alley mouth, than we would be on the passenger-side...that was the direction of the bus stop anyway, so we did that.
Clif and Jared pulled out of the alley, and my sister and Jared looked at each other at the same time, and then did a little shy head-bob at the same time, and then waved little shy waves at each other at the same time...and it was all pretty damn adorable.
And then Jared and Clif pulled out into traffic, and my sister turned to me and said "Jared Padalecki just waved at me!" with a huge smile on her face...and then she floated down to the bus stop beside me and we made our way home. We got some celebratory smoothies on the way.
Personally, I think they're doing a vampire episode, because some of the guest actors looked like they would make good vampires. My sister was apparently making eyes at one of the guest stars (who was making eyes back) and she said that he was really hot. I told her she should have picked him up, to which she laughed, and faked yelled "Hey, wanna go out? I'm not as lame as I look!"
Anyway, might not have been vampires. One of the guest actors was a really tall drink of water, so I figure if he IS a villain, he's probably going up against Sammy. I still don't know how the heck they're reworking in their resurrected granddad, but I guess I'll just have to have faith that Sera knows what the heck she's doing.
So yeah...now, there's no guarantees that I will ever attempt to find them filming again. Or, if I do, that I will stick around for very long...especially if there's an obnoxious paparazzi guy beside me. But it was fun to do it at least once, and I'm happy that my sister got a little Jared moment out of it.
Now I'm going to have to work until 10pm to make up for this little escapade. :-P