How To Act When You Run Into a Celeb at Coachella

Coachella is basically the most lit music festival in existence, but not for the reasons you might think.

Yes, the music is awesome and the food is superb, but it’s also an oasis for running into any celeb that you have ever so much as thought about meeting. Seriously, the year I went to Coachella, Paris Hilton was just walking around literally gracing the polo fields with her presence.

Seriously, it’s an A-Lister’s paradise. But you’d better not act like a total goober if you see a star. There’s no bigger buzzkill! So here’s how to comport yourself if you happen to run into one of your favs.

1. Chill Out

I feel like this is so obvious, but I’m including it for safe measure. If you end up seeing someone that you know who’s famous, take a few breaths and just remember they are people too and aren’t just there for your selfie. They’re there because they want to enjoy the festival just as much as you, and deserve space just as much as the next person.

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2. The Approach

This is where you’re going to have to do some of the work. If they look like they don’t want to be bothered, meaning they’re either in the VIP section or like surrounded by people in an obvious attempt to deter you from coming up to them, you should take that as a clear sign to NOT approach them.

However, if they’re just chilling in line for food or a beer, or with a smaller group of friends, you can probably just walk up and introduce yourself. Pay attention to their body language, though — if they see you coming and freeze up like a deer in headlights, abort!

3. What Not to Say

I’ve already said this, but I’m saying it again because it’s really hard sometimes to compose yourself in front of people you admire: THEY ARE HUMAN. I totally get how easy it is to get starstruck and just totally black out, forgetting what you’ve even said. But they have feelings too and probably don’t want to deal with your freakout in the middle of watching a set that they paid to see.

If they seem chill while chatting, it’s probs okay to ask them for a pic. But again, be conscious of yourself and what you’re saying.

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4. Excusing Yourself

So if you find yourself rambling in front of a celeb about how much you love whatever they do and unable to stop, or if it gets awkward in anyway, just excuse yourself. Seriously. Just say, “Well, I don’t want to take up too much of your time, so thank you.” And they will TOTALLY appreciate you for recognizing that their time not just for you.

You don’t want to be the person who gets their one shot to talk to whoever, and blow it by being annoying for overstaying your welcome.

5. The Supreme Don’ts

This is the most important section even if you don’t end up talking to them.

Don’t take sneaky photos of celebs. That’s just so invasive of privacy, not to mention creepy. Don’t follow them either. That’s just fucking weird, and imagine if someone were literally following you around.

All in all, just be chill – Coachillin’ if you will.

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