How To Avoid the Paparazzi or How To See Celebrities In Los Angeles
“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” ~Will Rogers
Since many of you who read this blog don’t live in Los Angeles, you may be planning a trip. Most people in LA do not use their feet as a method of transportation. We jog or walk our dogs. Streets are never crowded. Paparazzi in LA are very noticeable. They don’t blend in like they do on the crowded streets of New York or Rome.
It is one thing for paparazzi to stand outside a trendy restaurant or club. We anticipate that. We expect to see them on Robertson Blvd looking for Kim or Paris ( Do we still care about Paris?). On a Saturday afternoon, we know that they will be outside Barneys, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Rodeo Drive. But it is another thing to encounter them all day long. So I thought I would tell you how to avoid the paparazzi or places to see celebrities in LA, which ever you prefer.
1. I was eating my lunch ( tuna salad and green juice – it is LA after all) in a beauty salon. The door was open. I looked out and saw three paparazzi aiming their cameras at the open front door. I was about to be the background shot for whoever walked out that door. I was going to be unknown woman with a mouthful of tuna. Luckily it was my turn. (Anastasia, BH)
2.Lately, they hang out at the parks. You can see them hiding behind trees like pedophiles with cameras. They need to get that photo of a child on a swing who happens to have a famous parent. My dog peed on their camera cases. To distract them, I said “Doesn’t that look like JLo and the kids?.” They ran. (Santa Monica Park)
3.There is always the market. Am I the only person who doesn’t care that Jennifer Garner’s daughter can push the shopping cart? Is there something I am missing? Is she a grocery cart pushing prodigy? Is it really necessary for me to be woman who ran into the market to get ice cream because she was depressed, in the background of this shot? (Vicente Foods, Brentwood)
4. The traffic is stalled on Ventura Blvd. I am in the right lane. I edge up and notice that at least eight cars in front of me have no one in them. As I slowly maneuver into the left lane, I see all the paparazzi at the newsstand – It must be for the Stars Are Like Us section – yes, some stars still buy their own magazines. It probably isn’t someone as famous as Beyonce or anyone who thinks they are like Bravo’s Real Housewives. It might be someone who grew up in the valley and knows this newsstand – like the Kardashians or the Jacksons. Unlike us, they don’t have to explain why they are late for work because the paparazzi stalled traffic. (Newsstand on Van Nuys and Ventura, Sherman Oaks)
5. Paparazzi Heaven is Malibu – so many celebrities in such a small area. . Malibu shopping center used to be charming. It felt like a small town. It has been redone with many expensive stores and trendy restaurants. I was having breakfast with a friend at an outside table when she said ,”Turn around”. I did and faced the camera lenses of twenty paparazzi, aimed for the door right behind our table. “How can you eat like this?,” I asked. She replied, “No problem, I used to be a model.“ (Malibu Kitchen, Malibu)
6. There were two homeless people sleeping on Carbon Beach. . This is a stretch of beach with multimillion dollar beach houses. I had never seen that before. When I got closer, I could see the cameras under the layers of clothing. Really guys? Did you think they wouldn’t notice? You are the only people sleeping on an empty beach in winter clothes. (Carbon Beach, Malibu)
7. I had a bad cold and ran out to the pharmacy wearing pajama bottoms and a sweatshirt. The paparazzi is standing at the front door. “Don’t shoot,“ I yell as I run through the door. I do not want to be mystery woman in pajamas behind reality TV star in sweats running to the pharmacy. (Longs Drugs, now a CVS – and you can tell the difference, Brentwood.)
8. The woman who walks my dog when I can’t get home during the day, told me that my dog has a girlfriend. It is the dyed pink poodle of a famous celebrity and she cannot tell me who it is. She said that my dog ended up in paparazzi shots the other day. If you want to see a celebrity that owns a dyed pink poodle, follow them home from Barrington Dog Park in Brentwood. They go on Wednesdays.
9. The famous ex-governor/ movie star/ cheater and father of housekeeper’s child lives in a gated community on my street. I live in a canyon. It is a small road that you can’t park a car on. During all the commotion , you would drive down the quiet road to a circus of paparazzi and tv vans everywhere. I’m glad no one cares about him anymore.
10. One day, I walked out of a frozen yogurt store and there were thirty paparazzi across the street. Their cameras were aimed at the entrance to the spray tanning store next door. It’s true. Your favorite celebrity has a fake tan. A bus load of Japanese tourists pulled up. They all jumped out and stood next to the paparazzi with their cameras poised ready to have their LA paparazzi moment . Now that was funny. (Portofino, BH)
Im sure the LA people have more stories.
Say cheese and fly safe,