The Time I Met Matthew Broderick

I’m in New York City for the first time in my entire life, and I’m loving it. I was trying to describe it to Leif over the phone, and it pretty much came out in one big breath, “Ohmygosh I love it! There’s so much to see and do and there are so many interesting people to watch, and there are smells of food and flowers, and everything buzzes with noise and life and you’d absolutely hate it.”

It’s true. He really would. He doesn’t like crowds and he’s allergic to flowers. Sometimes opposites attract, ok?

Anyway. I’m in the city sans Leif for the Personal Democracy Forum, which is a conference about technology in politics. Totally up my alley. But this post is not about technology or politics, or even my husband’s environmental tastes and preferences, it’s about Matthew Broderick and the most uncomfortable celebrity photo in the history of cameras.

I was walking through the theater district with my friend Justin Hart, looking for someplace to eat, when he slowed down and hissed, “Look!” There was a couple taking a photo, but I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.

Jenny, look!” Ok, fine, I gave a second glance, because Justin was really very much way too excited about these people posing for pictures.

Oh, hello. That’s Ferris Bueller. Except way older. It happens to the best of us Matthew, don’t sweat it. He also didn’t look like he was too pleased to be taking the picture with the pretty girl posing with him, so I was content to just pass him by.

“Hi Matthew! What’s happening? Would you mind stopping for one more picture with my friend Jenny?” I know Justin might deny this, but I swear he shoved me into Mr. Broderick’s personal space as he pulled his camera out.

“Uh, hi …” What was I supposed to say? I’m sorry my friend made you do this, and don’t worry because I will probably punch him in the neck later for making my face turn the same color as my very red dress?

Then to make matters worse, my celebrity photo mate made his displeasure known by rolling his eyes and saying, “Fine. It’s not like I have anything better to do.”

I look like I want to cry. Or murder Justin. One or the other.

“Oh come on, she’s a pretty girl, posing for a picture with her can’t be that bad!” Yup. ‘Physically harm Justin’ was rapidly moving to the top of my to-do list. Because he totally said that. To the man married to Sarah Jessica Parker.

Le sigh.

At least I got this picture out of it, which I have fondly titled, In Which Matthew Broderick and I Are Incredibly Annoyed at Justin Hart.



  1. I tell ya, I dig Mr. Big way more than Matthew. He was really cute when he was young, but he’s kinda dorky now. But, I’m married to a dork (love you Rob), so maybe it’s fun watching super sexy Mr. Big (Chris Noth).

    It was funny the other day, seeing Sarah Jessica kissing Matthew on TV. It just looked strange. I told my hubby that she shoulda been kissing Big. LOL.

    Fun post and I’m glad you are having fun! Hope to see you in Vegas for RightOnline this week!

    Katy B.

  2. Hey, at least he gave a great smile for this pic. Usually he doesn’t…he must have liked you..

  3. Brooke Rivas says:

    I’ve always loved Matthew Broderick. I’ve also love his wife since Footloose and I love my Sex and the City re-runs! Through the years I have tried to look past her political views. But really disappointed to see the add she was in that was aired during the MTV music awards. It’s getting harder to ignore these liberal celebrities that really have no idea what they’re talking about. I can hardly watch a George Clooney movie anymore! I mean really, do these people have ANY IDEA what’s its like living outside of Hollywood world?? Do they have any idea what it’s like to work 9-5, to pay bills, to carpool, to work your butt off and then get laid off, to get a college degree, have student loans, to pay for daycare, to use coupons at Wal-Mart, to be unable to afford hospital bills, to live without a personal trainer and personal chef, etc. etc.?? Don’t think so. I mean do people really belive that Barbara Streisand uses a clothes line to dry her clothes? Most celebrities have NO IDEA what it’s like in the “real world”.
    They should stop preaching and do what they do best (some of them at least) – and act. That’s it.

    Sorry…..Kinda annoys me
    But great blog about her hubby!

  4. Hi there,
    Great common sense here! Wish I’d thought of that much earlier. Thank you for the tips.

  5. Sharon Stewart says:

    I, too, got my pic with the wonderful Mr. Matthew Broderick. It was after his show, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and I was in love by the time it was over. “In love”, in the broadest sense. I am 68 and he is 51 today!! And I never even heard of Ferris Bueller until my son saw the picture and wrote me back, Bueller, Bueller?

    Picture this. Rain with a few drops of snow, and we doubted he would exit the stage door and come out. Hardly any fans waiting with the weather and all, unlike the summer when we stood there, and a lot of fans were waiting for him. He’s very non-assuming, not the animated Matthew we see on the stage. The incredibly talented Mr. Broderick. But what he IS, is KIND. He can hear me whining from afar that the picture we just took my friend’s camera didn’t flash. So he moves over again, much to his bodyguard’s amiss, and poses once again with me. Ahhhh, loved it. Love him! Happy Birthday, Matthew!

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