Last week I got to travel to New York City to meet up with a friend and take part in some celebrity-watching. Some of you may remember that I used to be a big fan of the show Scandal. I eventually stopped watching the show, but I stayed a fan of the cast, especially of Tony Goldwyn. I have wanted to attend a cast panel for awhile now but there were always other things going on and when I found out there would be one in New York City that I could actually attend, I jumped at the chance!
Both Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn were doing a lot of pre-finale promotional appearances, but for some reason Tony’s schedule wasn’t made known like Kerry’s was. At first, she was supposed to appear on The View and my friend and I got tickets to the screening through their website. A few days ahead of time though, we realized that The View website no longer indicated that she would be there. The day prior to our visit, I saw that she was scheduled for Live With Kelly and Ryan and the tickets were available!
We had to be in line for the show at 7:15 AM and after we were all checked in, we had to stand in line and wait for an hour or so. We did see Kerry arriving and walking inside, but other than that the wait was pretty uneventful. Once we got inside, we were seated on the 2nd level in the back row of two, so I don’t believe we were on TV or anything, but we could still see.
Kerry came out and they talked to her and it was all very cool to see her in real life.
There was a commercial break and after that Kelly and Ryan were explaining a game they were going to play which was pretty much like Pictionary. They would draw for each other and guess what the other was drawing. But Kerry needed a partner to draw with. So I was thinking hmm, she will bring out someone we’ve never heard of, or someone from the audience, or not have a partner, but then she introduced who she brought with her and it was TONY! I grabbed my friend and said something like “are you serious?!” and Tony came out and it was amazingly cool.
Then they played the game and of course Tony and Kerry won!
I think you can say I was glad this was the appearance we ended up at!
Later that evening, we arrived at the Paley Center for Media for the Scandal finale viewing and panel with the cast.
The room that the panel was in apparently holds about 200 people. We were seated on the left side of the stage, but after a little while they were moving people around and we asked if we could move up. After some confusion, we ended up on the right side of the stage in the front row!! When the cast entered and left they passed right in front of us. We also watched the finale before the panel began. Because I knew the finale would air, I did catch up on the previous episodes for season 6. It was kind of strange watching with so many people, but also funny and entertaining to hear everyone else’s reactions to the craziness that is the show.
I don’t honestly remember a lot of the panel discussion itself, but each cast member was given a turn to answer questions and it was generally pretty interesting. I spent a lot of time watching Tony of course! And also getting frustrated by my camera because I didn’t think my pictures were coming out very well. They turned out better than I expected though!
I’m so glad I got to be at both of these appearances and even though I don’t exactly plan to watch season 7 of Scandal, I would definitely do this again to get to see Tony and Kerry again!
Have you ever attended any celebrity appearances?