Celebrity: Dean Cain
Known for: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures and Ripley’s Believe it or Not
First Encounter: Dragon*Con 2012.
Seriously, whoever thought I would be sitting here telling you about how much I adore and admire Dean Cain with all of my heart and soul? Not me, that’s for sure. The first time I met Dean was a few year ago at Dragon*Con 2012 and I knew little to nothing about his career. I had heard his name and always used to watch Ripley’s Believe it or not and recognized his (gorgeous) face, so I thought to myself, why not get a picture with him?
So, I walked up to his table and observed him with his fans. I often do this before meeting celebrities, as I have had a few bad experiences and am a bit jaded, so to say, when it comes to meeting celebrities. I can remember all the way back to when I was 12 (yes, 12) and met one of my favorite boybanders and he was not all what I expected him to be, and to this very day, that encounter runs through my mind.
After observing Dean not only standing up out from behind his table, unlike most celebrities who have a table as a barricade between you and them, I also noticed him hugging fans, and him genuinely smiling and interacting with fans.
Dean was charging $40 for a Polaroid picture with him, one with your camera, and an autograph on the Polaroid. Keep in mind this is very reasonable for a convention like Dragon*Con. I have paid upwards of just that much for them to fling their arm around me and send me on my way, which I expected fully for this to happen when meeting Dean. Boy, was I wrong.
I walked up to him, camera in hand, and asked if instead of me getting both pictures, if my boyfriend could get one of the pictures as well. He smile and said that would not be a problem at all.
As I stood there slightly starstuck (which never happens to me) by how genuinely nice Dean was, I could not stop smiling as I posed with my cheesy grin for our picture.
During the end of the picture, he started squeezing my shoulders tightly. Me, kinda still in a little bit of a daze, got “roped” into an amazing hug from this amazing guy. I giggle as I finished the hug, and he yelled, as if proud of what he accomplished, “AND I got a hug out of it!”
As many celebrities as I have met, there have been few that I can actually say have made me blush. After this, I added Dean to that list. I took a picture of him with Zach, and as Dean I was signing the picture, I boasted ‘I’ve met I don’t know how many celebrities and you’re one of very few who made me blush!’
No sooner had those words come out of my mouth, he looks over a Zach, and says “Then I don’t know what she’s going to do when I ask her for her phone number!”
Completely grinning ear to ear, we both shook his hand and moved on with our day.
Second Encounter: Knoxville Fanboy Expo, July 25, 2016