Because it was just so freaking awesome, that’s why

Okay, I HAVE to share this story. Because I still can’t believe it actually happened.

Regular readers of this blog know that I spoke at BEA a few years back, and Julianne Moore was the emcee. It was, honestly, one of the best days of my life. I was terrified to get up in front of so many industry people, and terrified in general, but I did it and it was freaking awesome. As was Julianne Moore, who was just as nice and down to earth as she could be, both there and when I saw her a couple of months later at the National Book Festival.

Okay. So now, fast forward to last night. My husband and I are watching The Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central, a telethon to raise money for autism research. They have celebrities manning the phones, the way they do at those events sometimes, but when I called to pledge I figured there was no chance in I’d actually get to talk to anyone. I mean, I was just going to give my money and be done with it. But after I pledged, the woman asked if I wanted to be put in the queue to possibly talk to a celeb. She also said it was not guaranteed I’d be connected to anyone, and if I got cut off, that was that. Fine, fine. I was just watching Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. So I sit on hold a minute or two, and then, I hear, “Hi, this is Julianne Moore!”

And I just DIE. I’m so in shock I say, “Hey, Julianne, it’s Sarah Dessen, we met at BEA a few years back.” And SHE says, “Oh, my God! It’s someone I know! Hello, Sarah! How are you?” I can see her on TV, sitting between Tom Hanks and Andy Cohen from Bravo. (!!!) I was freaking out. We chatted for a moment about books (she’s got a new one coming out in the spring) and being on the phone bank (she said she was glad to get connected to someone who knew who she was: I’m like, who doesn’t know Julianne Freaking Moore?) And then we said bye and I hung up and just stared, goggle-eyed, at my husband. It was just SO crazy. Weird enough to get through the celeb phone bank, even WEIRDER that the one who answers is someone I have met and who remembers me? I mean SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! (as she said in The Kids Are All Right).

And that, friends, is my new Julianne Moore story. I am telling it here so I can maybe get it out of my system. So far I have shared it also with Will, who works with my husband, and just about anyone else I have crossed paths with. I mean, how can you NOT?

Have a great day, everyone!