Interviewing SJP

I’ve worked in the entertainment/sports industry for about 10 years, and I’ve become fairly immune to meeting celebs and actors.

But every now and then I hear I’ll be interviewing someone and get truly excited. Sarah Jessica Parker 100 percent falls into that category.

Like most girls, I’m a huge (but not “I’ve seen every episode”) Sex and the City fan. And I love seeing the fashion risks SJP takes in real life. Plus I’ve heard she’s really down to earth and sweet.

So I was prepared both with my outfit and questions for my red carpet interview with her on Friday. Jen Fisher- my co worker and friend was going to be my producer and she had me 100 percent prepped on SJP’s info (Jen has seen every episode- three times). And I rocked a green vintage skirt my Grandpa made for my mom with a vintage top- I felt my outfit was if nothing else, at least it was original.

As we waited for her to arrive at the Children’s Museum we looked nervously at the press line. Per usual we were at the end, second to last next to …..The Weather Channel. No idea what they were doing there, but rock on. Every local station was there, and I began to get a bit apprehensive that we’d get one question with her- if any.

Luckily I was very wrong.

Lovie Smith and Scottie Pippen walked past all the media without being stopped- so those two were fun and easy for us. As was Bonnie Hunt.

When SJP hit the carpet the flashbulbs were popping and by some miracle, when she ended her still photos she was standing right in front of me – so I called her over.

Let me just say- she is beautiful. 99 percent of the time a celebrity just looks like… well….someone famous. It’s hard to describe, but most of the time they are petite, way skinner in person, and they are uber put together. Sarah was no exception, she even smelled awesome- Jen and I both agreed.

She gracefully floated over to me and seemed to actually listen when I introduced myself. I was able to ask her three questions before her PR began to drag her away. Then she stopped and said “Hey- aren’t you going to ask me about the hospital.”

The event was for the opening of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and while I was planning to ask her about it- I had to get the newsier questions in first. That’s just how the business works and sometimes the celebs just fold the event into an answer when they catch us reporters trying to be sneaky. Sarah didn’t, she answered every question honestly and with a smile- so I understand why she was surprised I left out the reason she was there.

I quickly rebounded with: “Of course I’d like to ask you about the Hospital, but your PR has wrapped my interview.” And get this- she told him she wanted to stay and talk more!

I thanked her afterwards and she replied with a genuine; “Nice to speak with you” and glided off to the Weather Channel. Damn did I want to hear that interview!

My favorite part of the night was the moment she stepped onto the carpet and was greeted with dead silence – you could literally hear the flashes going off. She looked around and said; “Wow- you all are so nice!” She’s obviously used to NYC and LA carpets with paparazzi screaming at her and reporters badgering her for questions.

Go Chicago. This one definitely one of the nights I was thankful to work in The Windy City.

Photo: Jen Fisher

SJP is wearing Oscar de Larenta

* the interview will be up either today or sometime this week on CelebTV.com

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