You Heard It Here: Hollywood Expectations

It’s been a while since I’ve given you one of my old Hollywood stories, so I thought I’d scour my foggy brain and see what I could come up with.

When I first got my foot in the door (working as a page at KTTV), I greeted the guests for a show called Hour Magazine. (I know I’ve mentioned this before, but many of my stories come from that time.) The guest on one particular day was Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator! How excited was I to meet this guy?! So there I am, at my post at the double glass doors waiting for his arrival. I usually stood in the hallway waiting because the sun was pretty hot on any given day. I kept checking my watch because he was late. Usually the guests had a time frame so I knew when to expect them. Finally, I see a man walking very casually up the long driveway from the lower lot. He’s holding his jacket draped over his shoulder like he’s going for a stroll and he had no urgency at all, which made me think it wasn’t Arnold. And, as he got closer, I realized he wasn’t tall enough or big enough to be Arnold. But I kept my eye on him, because he was the only person in the vicinity and I was expecting someone.


He got closer and closer and closer with my brain telling me it’s not him, it’s not him, it’s not him. He’s too short. Not broad enough, not buff enough. Not Arnold. Let me tell you… Hollywood is an amazing place where illusions are created. Arnold walked right by me before my brain finally jumped into gear and said, IT’S HIM, IT’S HIM! GET HIM! So there I am… chasing down the man I was waiting for who walked right by me, because I expected something different. I was waiting for The Terminator and I got a regular man. His height is listed at 6’2″, but I honestly don’t believe that for one minute. Hey, maybe I’m wrong. But if he’s as tall as 6′ even, I’d be surprised. Or maybe since I expected 6’7″ and I got 6’2″ that made the difference in my head… I don’t know. I just know that I was mega embarrassed that I let him walk by me and I had to run after him to show him to his dressing room. He was very nice and if he thought I was a ditzy idiot he kept it to himself. Haha.

I learned a good lesson that day. Don’t expect to get what you think you’re expecting. It was a good lesson to learn too. (But I was much happier when I got what I expected!)

What about you? Did you ever expect to get one thing and when you got something else, it threw you off completely?


You Heard It Here: Hollywood Expectations — 12 Comments

    • Hi Pamela,
      Now 5’8″ I would believe, but I’m thinking he has to be taller than that…? I don’t know. I know 6’2″ is a reach. (No pun intended!) No! I hadn’t heard about another Terminator movie. I’m not surprised. Hollywood will stick with a premise if it makes them money. Thanks for dropping by!

  1. I had kind of an opposite experience several years ago. I was jogging on Zuma Beach and another woman was jogging toward me. From a distance I thought, hmm, she’s in really good shape. As she got closer, I revised my opinion. She was in AMAZING shape. When we passed, I realized, “Oh…because she’s Pamela Anderson.” She looked much prettier and more natural in person.

    • Hi Sam,
      Yeah, I’ve been there before too. You spot someone and think “wow, no wonder the camera loves them.” She is beautiful. I’ve never met her, but I’ve heard nice things. Thanks for dropping in!

  2. I can so relate to this. Same thing happened to me at a celebrity event where I didn’t recognize an actor because he was soooooo short. Ha ha.
    I never thought of Arnold as being over 6′ either. But I’ve never seen him in person. I’d have figured 5’11” but muscley.

    • Hi Robena,
      Yes! I do that too. You see someone and think, “no…can’t be.” Then it turns out it is. Haha. The camera is deceiving. It shows us what it wants us to see. I don’t think he’s over 6′, but I’m sure he’d like us to think otherwise. And not muscly at all! At least not then. Thanks for coming by!

  3. All the time. I’ve learned I’m much better off never expecting anything, especially when it comes to Hollywood leading men. The women are tall (except you!) and the men are usually shorter than we think

    • Hi Lynne,
      LOL. Yeah, it’s a weird height phenomenon, isn’t it? All those short dudes and tall women draped over their shoulders. Of course since I look up to everyone, it was never an issue with me. 🙂 Haha…

  4. Dee J.,

    Loved the post. So funny. This isn’t a Hollywood star sighting, but once I went on an internet date and he looked nothing like his picture. The image must have been from 10 years prior and a good 60 pounds lighter. I walked right by him at Starbucks and sat at another table.

    • Hi JL,
      Oh no! I think it’s even worse when it’s not a star sighting, but you’ve seen a pic… You’re expecting the pic and get…uh… something else. Always an eye-opener. Haha. Thanks for coming by!

  5. How hilarious! Resumes in Hollywood are mostly all fluff. That’s why I follow and admire people trying to raise positive awareness and who give back in life, like Gina Davis.

    • Hi Tricia,
      That is so true! Lots of fluff in Hollywood. LOL. Love those people who give back and use their celebrity for good instead of only personal gain. Thanks for dropping in!