My daughter and I went to the world premiere of The Nutcracker 3D this week and were allowed on the red carpet to interview the celebrity attendees who strolled by looking camera-ready and a little stunned by all the flashes going off in their eyes.
I was waiting for some face time with Elle Fanning, or even Andrey Konchalovskiy, the director, but my 4-year-old was fascinated with the crowd of photographers and hosts crowding the stars. That's her in the photo, trying to use her advantage of smallness to sneak through the line.
Personally, I was startled when Elle Fanning walked the line and everyone pushed forward, knocking each other out of the line and seeing who could yell, "Elle! Over here!" the loudest so they could get the best shot.
My daughter, however, looked around for a better vantage point from which to view "the girl" who she was fascinated with due to the fact that everyone else seemed to be as well.
Later, she asked one of the agency photogs for advice.
That's him. I don't know if you can see his bloody nose in this picture, but it was there.
I'm a writer, and sometimes you do need to get pushy to get a story. So I'm not disparaging the paparazzi when I say I wasn't thrilled that my daughter decided she wanted to grow up and be just like them. She's curious. Journalists, and photo-journalists, are by their very nature curious. Ambition can sometimes mean aggression, and I get that.
But there was something jaded and nasty about a lot of those people. I'm sure covering celebrities for a prolonged period of time in Los Angeles could make you feel that way. Heck, I'm sure articles like this one insulting the demeanor of the paps in a very general manner, when it was actually a few specific people, could make an individual paparazzo feel that way too.
Just like some people don't want their babies to grow up to be cowboys, I just kind of hope my daughter takes this interest in getting the story in a more refined, less likely to get punched in the nose kind of direction.
The Big Moment
But she does look pretty comfortable there on the other side of the gate, yes? I guess I'd better start investing in liability insurance.
Would you encourage your kid to go into a profession you didn't like?