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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
BY LIZ TSOURAKIS, Hillsborough High
“We are not creepy!”
“I know. Like we’re two cute, blond, 16-year-old girls; we’re allowed to do this.”
“Right. If we were middle-aged men, this could be a little creepy, but we’re not — so it’s okay!”
So went our rationalization over the summer as my partner in crime, Morgan Prouse, joined me in pursuit of our questionable quests.
I met Prouse, who is from La Mesa, Calif., because our parents had sent us to Manhattan to study at a Barnard College summer program for a month, and soon after bonding over our infatuation with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, we became best friends. And hard-core creeps.
I swear, at the time, chatting with paparazzi outside of Keira Knightley’s makeup trailer didn’t seem so strange. And sprinting a few blocks to meet Paulo Costanzo (pictured below, middle) from Royal Pains eight minutes before class started was totally normal.
But looking back, it’s clear to me that we were kinda creepy.
We used stalker-friendly websites OnLocationVacations.com, and interbridge.com/lineups.html once or twice after a girl in front of the Today Show recommended it, that provided filming locations. And by befriending more seasoned stalkers such as Frank Costa, an NYU student I met while waiting outside of Live! With Kelly, we were able to figure out where our favorite celebs would be working in the Big Apple.
I waited outside of Matt Bomer’s trailer during a filming of White Collar. Prouse and I ended up on seedy Lower East Side streets while trying to catch a filming of Can a Song Save Your Life? starring Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. I led some classmates through parts of Harlem where tiny teenage tourists should never go, in search of Tim DeKay and Willie Garson, also of White Collar. I practically pounced on adorably awkward Zach Woods, of The Office (pictured below at left), as he was leaving an improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy club frequented when we were off stalking duty.
I creeped and I creeped hard.
I’m not ashamed of my creepiness; actually I’m quite proud. But I’ve learned that creeping is addictive and can be very time-consuming. If you ever get a chance to meet a celebrity, do it! Just don’t let the pursuit take up every second of your time.
And yes, Dad. I did successfully complete my studies at Barnard.
The website I used most often was OnLocationVacations.com, but I checked Interbridge.com/lineups.html once or twice.
Photo at bottom right is of Liz pretending to break into the Schinasi Mansion, which is used as Neal Caffrey's apartment on White Collar.