On Monday, it had been exactly a week since I arrived in London and I was ready to experience EVERYTHING… But I had limited funds. My initial plan was just to stay around Fulham for the week and chill out but that’s not exactly how it went down.
I started my day by walking the youngest boy to nursery, which I did without getting lost, and then went back home to start some activities with the eldest. I was mid play-dough when my mum calls me informing me that I HAVE to go to Leicester Square tonight for the Bridget Jones’ Baby World Premiere and I can’t miss out on a chance at seeing Patrick Dempsey in the flesh.
The day flew by and before I knew it I was standing in Leicester Square at a real life Film Premiere. It’s a lot smaller than it looks on TV but there were still crowds of people up and down the barriers and as I turned up a lot later I had to stand on a bench to get a good view. An amazing view all the same. I could see the stage where the stars stood for their interviews and the big Odeon screen played clips from the film as each star spoke about their role in the film. I was just in time for the interviews with Smack the Pony star, Sally Phillips and our very own McDreamy himself. I felt incredibly starstruck even from the distance I was standing.
As each interview ended I could still see Renée Zellweger still at the far end of the carpet, taking her time as she signed autographs for what looked like everyone. Colin Firth arrived and the crowd went wild. I couldn’t believe that the real life Colin Firth, the man not just from
Bridget Jones but from Love Actually, Mamma Mia!, What A Girl Wants, The Accidental Husband and so many of my other favourite girly films, was literally a few feet away from me.
Finally, Renée made it all the way down the carpet and to the stage for a 2 minute interview before she was rushed inside for the film to start. The crowd then started to make a move so I took the opportunity to get closer to a barrier so I could get a closer look at the red (but actually pink) carpet. It was so cool to see the press pen and see presenters such as This Mornings’ Alison Hammond do their little bit to camera before they also rushed inside for the film.
The whole experience was such a rush. If you haven’t been to a film premiere before, then I totally recommend you do. It feels like you’ve jumped into the TV. I even managed to get hold of one of the posters attached to the barriers at the end of the night. What a brilliant souvenir.