Contrar asteptarilor celor care ma cunosc si stiu cat sunt de innebunita dupa Prison Break, nu a fost “love at first watch”. Prima data cand am vazut episodul 1 nu am fost prea atenta si nu l-am inteles, drept pentru care nu m-a prins si nu l-am continuat. M-am reapucat de el in vara lui 2007, la insistentele unei prietene, si de atunci m-am indragostit iremediabil de Michael Scofield, care a ramas pana in prezent personajul meu preferat ever, dar si de Wentworth Miller care, la fel ca si Scofield, a ramas actorul meu preferat si unul dintre oamenii pe care ii admir extrem de mult. Long story short, de 10 ani visam sa ma intalnesc cu el, era cap de lista in bucket list.
Povestea cu conventia a inceput undeva in vara anului trecut cand, nu stiu prin ce minune, mi-a venit ideea sa caut pe Google Wentworth Miller conventions. Probabil ma gandeam ca odata cu reboot-ul Prison Break vor face si cateva conventii/conferinte sau… chiar nu pot sa imi aduc aminte cum mi-a venit ideea asta. Cert e ca, spre marea mea surpriza, Wentworth era primul guest anuntat pentru o conventie la Paris, Ultimate escape con, pe la sfarsitul lui iunie 2017. M-am fatait putin, nu eram convinsa daca sa iau bilet, el fiind singurul guest anuntat, nu eram sigura daca e pe bune faza si oricum, voiam sa mai astept sa vad cand apare sezonul 5 din Prison Break si daca exista sanse ca Wentworth sa isi anuleze prezenta (pentru ca asa cum se intampla la orice conventie, actorii pot sa nu mai participe daca intervine vreo filmare/contract/etc). Pana la urma s-a dovedit a fi o decizie buna pentru ca, prin octombrie, Wentworth anunta pe pagina lui de Facebook ca nu va mai participa la conventia respectiva pentru ca intrase in faliment compania si, deci, conventia era anulata. Cateva zile mai tarziu a revenit cu un mesaj prin care anunta ca urma sa participe la alte doua conventii in schimb, una in Telford, UK, la mijlocul lui mai si alta in Paris, la inceputul lui iunie.
Primul gand a fost ca as prefera Telford pentru ca parea mai safe ca Parisul si, in plus, ar fi fost totul in engleza (dupa cum bine stim, francezii nu sunt chiar prieteni cu engleza). Nici de data asta nu am luat biletele pe loc, tot de frica sa nu isi anuleze Wentworth Miller prezenta. Nu as fi vrut sa sparg o gramada de bani pe o conventie la care nu voiam sa vad pe nimeni altcineva in afara de el, dat fiind faptul ca ambele aveau ca tematica supereroii. Am asteptat pana in ziua urmatoare premierei sezonului 5 Prison Break sa imi iau biletele, iar intre timp a fost anuntat si Dominic Purcell ca guest. Am ales pana la urma Paris pentru simplul fapt ca ofereau si meeting room-uri; cei din Telford mi-au spus ca vor avea bilete de meeting room doar la fata locului, dar ma gandeam ca o sa fie bataie pe ele si nu prind, asa ca am preferat varianta mai safe.
Acum ca m-am lungit destul, sa povestesc totusi si cum a fost la SuperHeroes Con 3 si cum a fost sa il cunosc pe Wentworth Miller.
Conventia a inceput cu un filmulet cu imagini din Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow pe care sincer, nu prea l-am bagat in seama pentru ca nu ma pasioneaza deloc supereroii si serialele nu m-au prins cand am incercat sa ma uit la ele. Ironic ca am fost la o conventie intitulata SuperHeroes Con 3 nu? Eeh, ce nu face o fata ca sa-l intalneasca pe Wentworth.. :)) Dupa ce s-a terminat filmuletul, in sfarsit au aparut actorii, pe rand, pe scena. Cu fiecare actor care isi facea aparitia, nodul meu din gat era din ce in ce mai mare si inima mea cred ca putea sa se intreaca fara probleme cu Usain Bolt. A aparut si Dominic pe scena si, in cele din urma, Wentworth Miller! Si desi nu sunt genul care sa planga usor, nici macar la cele mai emotionante filme, cand l-am vazut pe scena mi-au dat lacrimile instantaneu. Nici nu mai stiam daca sa aplaud, sa strig, sa plang, sa respir. Era acolo, la cativa metri in fata mea, nu imi venea sa cred ca e adevarat, ca totul se intampla pe bune, ca in sfarsit il vad! Am facut cateva poze tremurate si am pus aparatul la loc in geanta, era totul prea frumos ca sa stau sa ma uit prin vizorul aparatului.
Primul panel al conventiei a fost cel cu Wentworth Miller & Dominic Purcell, asa ca ceilalti actori au parasit scena si au ramas ei doi pe scena, iar eu eram fascinata. Mai asteptam ca moderatorul sa puna cateva intrebari la inceput si abia apoi sa ne lase pe noi, cei din sala, dar totul s-a bazat pe intrebarile noastre. De acasa plecasem cu ideea ca o sa imi las telefonul pe voice record, sa pot sa ascult in voie acasa raspunsurile lor, dar…. am fost atat de fascinata incat am uitat complet, mi-am adus aminte abia pe la jumatatea Q&A-ului. Nu ma intrebati ce intrebari au fost sau ce au raspuns ei pentru ca…. nu mai stiu. Mintea mea a refuzat sa functioneze. Ma uitam ca hipnotizata la Wentworth, ii ascultam vocea si incercam sa nu imi dea lacrimile iar, dar efectiv nu pot sa imi aduc aminte mare lucru din intrebari. Stiu doar ca majoritatea au fost despre Prison Break, una, adresata lui Dominic, a fost despre Jon Doe si parca au fost si vreo doua despre Legends of Tomorrow. Tremuram toata si nu stiu cum, dar mi-am gasit vocea si am reusit sa pun si eu o intrebare, adresata, ati ghicit, lui Went. L-am intrebat daca ar prefera sa continue cariera de actor sau pe cea de scriitor, si daca ar alege-o pe cea de actor, ce personaje ar vrea sa interpreteze in viitor. Se uita fix la mine, eu eram undeva sus de tot pe norisorul meu roz, mi-a zambit, a spus ca e o intrebare foarte buna si mi-a multumit pentru ea. Cred ca e singurul raspuns pe care l-am retinut aproape complet din tot panel-ul. Am reusit sa mai fac cateva poze dupa asta si, din pacate, am fost anuntati ca panel-ul s-a terminat. Mult prea repede daca ma intrebati pe mine! In program era trecut ca fiind de 45 de minute, dar pe cuvant ca nu stiu cand au trecut, s-au simtit ca 10-15. Tare mi-ar fi placut sa fie mai lung, macar o ora, daca nu chiar o ora jumate.
Prea mult nu am avut timp sa ma dezmeticesc, pentru ca imediat dupa au urmat pozele cu el. Initial cumparasem una singura, dar vineri cand am fost sa imi iau pass-ul nu am rezistat tentatiei si mi-am mai luat una. Pana la urma, de cate ori am sansa sa ma intalnesc cu el? (sper sa mai urmeze si alte dati) Nu stiam exact la ce sa ma astept, nu stiam daca e deschis la poses (genul ala de poze super funny), daca o sa pot sa il iau in brate sau daca o sa fie ok, plus ca urma sa fiu la cativa centimetri de el! Intre timp, cat asteptam la coada, si-a facut aparitia prin multime si Wentworth Miller! Parea foarte relaxat, ne-a facut cu mana si ne-a zambit. Era insotit de un membru al staff-ului si au iesit putin pe balcon intr-o pauza scurta. Un prilej nemaipomenit sa il admiram in voie vreo 10 minute. Chiar ma gandeam ca mi-ar fi trebuit un tricou pe care sa scrie “I can’t keep calm, Wentworth is here”. :)) Am intrat in incaperea in care se faceau pozele si inima mea s-a luat iar la intrecere cu Usain Bolt. De data asta il vedeam mai bine decat la panel, eram mai aproape de el desi eram inca la coada… si oo Doamne, cat e de frumos! E ireal de frumos! Cand am ajuns langa el, desi inca aveam emotii, m-am calmat… emana o liniste si un calm fantastic omul asta, mai ca poti sa atingi energia venita din partea lui. Am facut o poza normala si apoi l-am intrebat daca pentru a doua poza putem sa facem deja celebrul koala hug, la care mi-a raspuns “Sure”… asa ca m-am lipit de el fix ca un koala! Din pacate, pentru ca erau foarte multi cei care aveau poze cu el si pentru ca deja erau intarzieri in program, totul a fost putin cam grabit fata de alti actori (din ce am auzit de la alti oameni prezenti la conventie). Evident ca mi-ar fi placut sa pot sa il tin mai mult in brate! Cui nu i-ar fi placut? Dar chiar si asa, I’ll never forget that moment. Am asteptat 10 ani momentul ala si… oh boy, it was soooo worth it!
Dupa poze a urmat si mult asteptatul meu meeting room. Sa va spun drept, credeam ca o sa fie mai degraba un fel de meet&greet, in care sa putem sa schimbam fiecare cateva cuvinte cu el, sa il luam in brate, eventual sa ii dam cadouri daca aveam, dar nu, meeting room-urile astea sunt un fel de panel-uri de Q&A la scara mai mica. Pe noi ne asteptau niste scaune asezate in semi-cerc, iar in fata erau un fotoliu si un scaun, pentru Went si pentru traducatoare. Am zis pana acum ca m-a super-enervat franceza lor si ca s-a pierdut o gramada de timp cu traducerile? Damn it, ar fi fost perfect daca era totul in engleza! In timp ce asteptam sa vina Wentworth am aflat ca tipa care statea langa mine venise tocmai din Los Angeles pentru conventia asta! How about wow! Siiiii a aparut si Went, la fel de calm, cald si zambitor ca mai devreme! Asa cum probabil va imaginati, fotoliul din fata noastra era pentru el, iar scaunul pentru traducatoare. Dar cum Wentworth e un gentalman, nu a renuntat pana cand nu s-a asezat traducatoarea pe fotoliu si el pe scaun, i-a spus ca e sigur ca el s-a odihnit mai bine ca ea cu o seara inainte si ca intelege cat de stresanta poate sa fie organizarea unui astfel de eveniment. Love love love! Cu cat il vedeam mai mult cum vorbeste si cum se comporta, cu atat eram mai hipnotizata de el! Imi imaginam ca e asa, un om extrem de respectuos si cald, dar realitatea mi-a depasit orice asteptare! E de un milion de ori mai uimitor si extreordinar decat as fi crezut!
Ca si la panel, si aici imi planuisem sa dau voice record intrebarilor dar, ati ghicit, si aici mi-am amintit abia pe la jumate. Diferenta e ca de aici tin minte mai multe intrebari, desi tot ca hipnotizata ma uitam la el. Mi-a placut foarte mult modul lui de a raspunde la intrebari, nu s-a fastacit si nu a ezitat la nicio intrebare, ba chiar a oferit raspunsuri destul de ample si s-a amuzat cand a fost cazul. Iar vocea lui e wow! Mereu mi-a placut cum suna vocea lui carismatica si calmul cum care vorbeste, dar parca acolo, live, mi s-a parut si mai frumoasa. Cred ca ar fi putut sa imi vorbeasca si de… agricultura… sau de… fizica nucleara… sau de orice, si tot la fel de fascinata l-as fi ascultat. Din pacate si aici s-a pierdut aproape jumatate din timp cu traducerile si evident ca mi s-a parut ca a trecut totul prea repede, dar ma bucur atat de mult ca am putut sa iau parte la asa ceva! Stiti fascinatia cu care se uita copiii cand intra intr-un magazin cu jucarii sau bomboane? Inmultiti cu o mie si o sa aveti o imagine a mea la conventia asta.
Si cum lucrurile au mers din bine in mai bine toata ziua, a urmat poza duo cu Wentworth Miller si Dominic Purcell. Prison Break coming to life! Cat am stat la coada am vazut o gramada de poses funny, amandoi erau super ok cu ele, dar eu am preferat si de data asta o poza normala. Mi-ar fi placut si o a doua poza cu ei, dar erau foarte scumpe, asa ca raman cu speranta sa ii mai intalnesc o data intr-un viitor mai apropiat sau mai departat.
Ziua mea la conventie s-a terminat cu sesiunea de autografe. Desi totul s-a desfasurat destul de rapid, m-am bucurat foarte mult atunci cand am vazut ca se permite personalizarea autografelor (nu la toate conventiile se permite asta). Aici am apucat sa vorbesc puuuuuutin de tot cu Went, finally! <3 Nu va imaginati ca am avut timp de cine stie ce discutii, doar i-am dat cadoul pe care i-l adusesem si i-am spus ca e un suvenir din Romania, moment in care a parut surprins intr-un mod tare placut, iar apoi i-am multumit ca a venit la conventie si ca a facut posibil ca Prison Break 5 sa existe, iar la final am dat mana cu el si am vazut, inca o data, cat de frumosi pot fi ochii lui albastri!
Sincer nu stiu cand a trecut timpul, parca a zburat toata ziua. Partea trista a fost ca Wentworth a fost la conventie doar sambata, desi probabil a fost mai sanatos pentru portofelul meu asa. Daca era prezent si duminica, sunt convinsa ca mi-as mai fi luat cel putin o poza si un autograf si atunci.
Wentworth e… e putin timid, e calm, bland, senin, cald, sincer, respectuos, atent, amabil, emana o energie pozitiva si foarte linistitoare, aproape ca poti sa simti fizic energia asta, e foarte “sweet” (ca nu gasesc exact un corespondent in romana, si “dulce” nu e chiar ceea ce caut), absolut adorabil si extrem de carismatic (plus inca o lista lunga de alte calitati)! Mi s-a parut ca he really enojoyed his time la conventia asta, parea destul de relaxat si l-am vazut zambind cam tot timpul, un zambet timid, dar mult mai real decat daca ar fi ras cu gura pana la urechi. A fost foarte atent la fiecare intrebare si a incercat sa raspunda cat mai amplu, s-a purtat extrem de frumos cu fiecare fan cu care a interactionat si chiar parea bucuros si recunoscator pentru toata iubirea si atentia de care a avut parte de-a lungul zilei. Si daca inainte sa il cunosc il admiram si il respectam enorm de mult, toate astea s-au amplificat cu mult dupa ce l-am cunoscut! E asa cum mi-l imaginam, doar ca de un milion de ori mai wow!
Poza si autograful cu Dominic le-am pastrat pentru duminica, nu voiam sa ratez ceva cu Wentworth sambata, asa ca am mers pe varianta safe. La panel-uri (cel cu Went si cel general, de duminica) mi s-a parut mult mai rezervat ca Went si putin scump la vorbe, nu a oferit raspunsuri prea detaliate (sau poate eram eu prea fascinata de Wentworth si nu am mai fost atenta, e si asta o posibilitate). Si la poze mi s-a parut putin mai rezervat, dar e foarte placut ca persoana. Tind sa cred ca la o conventie Prison Break ar fi putin mai degajat, cel putin asta e impresia pe care mi-a lasat-o mie.
Trebuie sa spun si ca am ramas extrem de placut surprinsa de Michael Rowe (Deadshot/Floyd Lawton in Arrow/Flash), David Ramsey (John Diggle in Arrow), Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne in Flash) si Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in Arrow), ceilalti invitati ai conventiei. Singura care nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit a fost Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary in Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow), la panel mi-a lasat senzatia ca nu e atat de abordabila, desi cat am tras cu ochiul la sedinta ei foto cu fanii parea foarte ok. Baietii in schimb mi-au placut extrem, extrem de mult si m-au facut sa imi para rau ca nu imi plac Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow. Panel-urile lor au fost cele mai funny din toata conventia (Michael cu David, Rick singur, Manu singur), s-au tachinat intre ei, au jucat kiss/kill/marry, au interactionat super mult cu fanii, au dansat, au cantat, au glumit… ce mai, au fost deliciul conventiei! Si pozele pe care le-am vazut la ceilalti fani erau absolut adorabile! S-au strambat in poze si au facut o gramada de poses funny, multe din ele propuse chiar de actori din ce am citit… chiar era o adevara placere sa vezi pozele lor, parca erau cu niste prieteni nu cu fanii lor. La sfarsit mi-a parut rau ca nu am luat si eu poze cu ei, dar poate o sa am ocazia sa ii vad la alta conventie. Daca isi fac aparitia pe la Comic Con sau la alta conventie la care vreti sa mergeti, nu ratati panel-urile lor, va garantez ca o sa radeti copios!
All in all, stiu ca m-am lungit o gramada, dar nu cred ca exista suficiente cuvinte sa descrii momentul in care iti vezi visul implinit. Chiar daca mintea mea a cam refuzat sa functioneze in momentul in care l-am vazut pe Wentworth Miller si nu imi aduc aminte prea multe detalii, toata experienta a fost mai mult decat mi-as fi putut vreodata imagina si sper sa am ocazia intr-o buna zi sa o repet!
P.S. La final e si o galerie foto cu poze de la conventie.
Contrary to the popular belief of those who know how much I adore Prison Break, it was not “love at first watch”. The first time I watched the first episode of season one I wasn’t paying very much attention and I did not understand the plot, therefore I didn’t like it and I decided not to continue the show. But back in summer 2007 a friend of mine convinced me to give it another try and that was it… I felt in love with Michael Scofield, who still is my all time favorite character and with Wentworth Miller, who still is my favorite actor and whom I admire and love so much! Long story short, for the past 10 years my first thing on the bucket list was to meet this amazing man.
My story with this convention started somewhere last summer when, out of the blue, I decided to google “Wentworth Miller conventions”. Maybe I was thinking that with the reboot of Prison Break they will also organize some conventions or… I really have no idea what made me search this. What blew my mind was the fact that I did find a convention that was announced for June 2017, Ultimate escape con. I wasn’t sure what to do as Wentworth was the only guest announced and I wasn’t sure it was for real or a scam and anyway, I was waiting for season 5 to appear to minimize the chances of Went cancelling the con (due to filming or other contracts), so I didn’t get any tickets. And thank God I didn’t buy them because, back in October, the organizer went bankrupt and of course, the convention was cancelled. Few days later, Wentworth was back on his Facebook page announcing 2 new cons for 2017, one in Telford, UK, mid May and one in Paris at the beginning of June, SuperHeroes Con 3.
My first thought was that I would rather choose Telford because the city seemed safer than Paris and plus that, everything would’ve been in English (I don’t really understand French and it’s well known that French people usually don’t really speak English). Once again, I didn’t immediately buy the tickets, I was still afraid Wentworth might cancel and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a convention where I wasn’t interested in seeing anyone else apart from him, especially since I am not into superheroes stuff at all. I waited to buy my tickets until the day after the premiere of Prison Break 5 and meanwhile, happy news, Dominic Purcell was announced as a guest as well. I chose Paris in the end just because, when I emailed the guys from Telford, they told me they were gonna have meeting room tickets for sale only at the convention and I was afraid they will sell out quickly and I won’t catch any… and I really wanted that meeting room ticket, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and get as many activities involving Wentworth as possible.
But let’s get into the serious stuff: what was the convention like and what’s like to meet the amazing Wentworth Miller!
SuperHeroes Con 3 started with a video with scenes from Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow but honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to it because, as I said, I am not into superheroes stuff and I didn’t like these shows when I tried to watch them. How ironic that I went to a convention called SuperHeroes Con 3 huh? Ntz ntz, what a girl has to do to meet Wentworth… :))) After the video was over, the actors started to get on the stage, one by one. With each appearance I was more and more excited and nervous and I am sure my heart could’ve competed against Usain Bolt. Dominic got on stage and, finally, Wentworth Miller! I am not the type of person who cries easily, not even at the most emotional movies, but when I saw him on stage tears started to run down my face immediately. I didn’t even know what to do…. to applaud, to scream, to breath, to cry. He was right there, in front of me, and I couldn’t believe it was real, I couldn’t believe it really was happening and I was finally seeing him live! I took some shaky photos and I put my camera back into its bag, everything was way too precious to witness it through a screen.
The first panel of the convention was Wentworth & Dominic’s one, so all the other actors left the stage and these 2 handsome men stayed with us and I was fascinated. I was expecting for the moderator to start with some questions and then let us ask ours but no, from the beginning till the end it was only us, the public, who asked questions. Back home, I decided to voice record the panel and listen to it again when I am more calm and I can focus on it but… I was so hypnotized I completely forgot, I remembered about my plan when the panel was almost over. Don’t ask me what the questions or the answers were because… I can’t remember! My mind refused to work. I was looking at Wentworth like I really was hypnotized, I was listening to his beautiful voice while I tried not to cry again… and I can barely remember what they were saying. I know there were a lot of questions about Prison Break, one for Dominic about Jon Doe, and maybe one or two about Legends of Tomorrow. I was shaking from head to toes, but somehow I managed to find my voice and I asked Wentworth a question, whether he would like to continue his acting career or go back to the writing one and what king of characters he would like to take on in case of choosing acting. He was looking straight at me, I was up in the clouds on my pinky fluffy cloud, he smiled and said that it’s a very good question and he thanked me. I think this is the only answer I can remember almost completely. I managed to take some more photos after that and sadly the panel was over. Way too short if you ask me! In the program it was listed as 45 minutes long, but I swear it felt like 10-15 minutes. I wish it was longer, at least an hour or even better, an hour and a half.
I didn’t have too much time to put myself together as the photo shooting was about to start. At first I only bought one photo with him, but after I took my pass on Friday, I couldn’t resist and I got one more. After all, how many chances do I have to see him? (hopefully more to come in the future) I didn’t really know what to expect, whether he would be open for poses or not (those really funny photos), if I would be able to hug him or if everything was gonna be ok and plus that, I was about to be few inches away from him! While I was waiting in line, Wentworth showed up in the lobby. He seemed very relaxed, he smiled at us and waved his hand. He was accompanied by a staff member and they went on the balcony for a short break… which was the perfect opportunity for us to stare at him for about 10 minutes. In those moments I was thinking that I really needed a T-shirt saying “I can’t keep calm, Wentworth Miller is here”. :)) I went inside the studio room and my heart was once again ready to race against Usain Bolt. This time I was able to see him better than at the panel, even if I was still in the line and… and oooh God, he is soooo beautiful! He is so incredibly beautiful! When I got next to him for the photo, even though I was still nervous, I calmed down… he is surrounded by such a calm and tranquil energy and he is transmitting it to those around him… you can almost touch this energy, it’s so powerful! For the first photo I didn’t want anything special, but for the second one I asked him if we could do the already famous koala hug and he said “Sure”…. and I went full koala and gave him a hug! Unfortunately things were moving very fast, with so many people in line for the photos (from what I’ve heard, people had lot more time with the other actors) and with some delays in the program already. Of course I would’ve liked to spend more time with him and give him a longer hug! Who wouldn’t? But I’ll never forget that moment. I’ve waited 10 years for it and… oh boy, it was sooooo worth it!
After the photo shoot it was time for my long awaited meeting room. To be honest with you, I imagined it being more like a meet&greet, where we could talk a little to him, give him a hug, maybe give him little gifts. But no, this meeting room was more like a Q&A panel at a smaller scale. There was a semicircle with chairs for us and in front, another chair and an armchair for Wentworth Miller and the translator. Have I already mentioned that I hated the fact that so much time was wasted on translations? A simultaneous translating system would’ve been more than perfect, at least for these meeting rooms! Would’ve loved to have it all in English. While waiting for him to come, I found out that the girl sitting next to me came all the way from Los Angeles! How about wow!! Finally, Wentworth Miller showed up, as calm, gentle and smiling as earlier! As you probably imagine, the armchair in front of us was for him and the chair for the translator. But being the gentleman that he is, Wentworth insisted that the lady should sit on the armchair and told her that he is sure he had a better rest than her the night before because he can only imagine the amount of stress a convention like this involves. Absolutely adorable! Love love love!!! The more I was listening to him and the more I was observing the way he acts and treats those around him, the more I was hypnotized by him! I pictured him as a very warm and respectful person, but in reality he was soooo much more! He is a million times more amazing and incredible than I have ever imagined!
Same as for the panel, I was planning to voice record the meeting room but… well, you guessed it, I forgot again! The difference is that at least I remember more questions and answers than I do from the panel, even though I was still totally captivated by the fact that he was in front of me. I really liked the way he answered the questions, he wasn’t evasive at all, his answers were quite detailed and even funny. And his voice is… oh my God, absolutely wow! I always loved the way his voice sounds, very calm, deep and charismatic, but right there, live, I found it to be even more beautiful and touching. I could’ve listen to him talking about… farming… or nuclear physics… or absolutely anything, I would’ve still been in complete awe. And yet again, a lot of time was wasted with the translations and I felt like it was over too soon, but I am so so grateful I was able to take part in this and witness Wentworth’s greatness live! You know that fascination on kids’ faces when they enter a toy or candy shop? Well, magnify that by a thousand and you get a pretty exact image of me at this convention.
And because things were getting better and better, next in line was the duo photo with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. Prison Break coming to life! While I was waiting for my turn I saw them doing a lot of funny poses and they were super confortable doing them, but I just wanted a normal photo. Of course I would’ve liked a second photo too, but they were pretty expensive, so I hope I will meet them again sometimes in the future. *Please please please People Con, organize a Prison Break convention!*
My day ended with the autograph session. Even though things were moving pretty fast, I was extremely happy to see that the actors were allowed to personalize the autos, as this doesn’t always happen at conventions. This time I got the chance to finally say few words to Wentworth! <3 Not a long and philosophical conversation, I just gave him my present and told him it’s a small souvenir from Romania, to which he seemed pleasantly surprised and I thanked him once again for coming to the convention and for making Prison Break 5 happen. In the end I shook hands with him and I saw, again, how beautiful and mesmerizing are those blue eyes of his!
I can honestly say I have no idea when the time passed! The sad part was that Wentworth Miller was present at the convention only on Saturday… but I guess my bank account was happy, otherwise I would’ve get at least another photo and autograph for Sunday.
Wentworth is… he is a little shy, he’s calm, kind, warm, gentle, serene, caring, respectful, considerate, genuine, attentive, he radiates a very positive and tranquil energy, you can almost touch this energy, he’s so so sweet, adorable and extremely charismatic (plus many many other qualities)! He looked like he really enjoyed his time at the convention, he seemed relaxed and he was smiling all the time. A quite timid smile, but very genuine. He payed attention to all the questions that we asked and he tried to answer as extensive as he could, he was really sweet with all the fans with which he interacted and he really seemed happy and grateful for all the love that surrounded him during the day. And if I admired and respected him a lot before meeting him, now these feeling exploded inside me! He’s exactly as I imagined, but a million times more wow!
I saved for Sunday my photo shoot and autograph with Dominic Purcell, I didn’t wanted to miss anything that involved Wentworth, so it was safer like this. At the panels (both the one with Wentworth and the general one on Sunday) he seemed a little more reserved than Went and he didn’t talk very much, I felt like his answers were a little too short… but then again, I was too fascinated by Wentworth so maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention. I also thought he was more reserved during the photo shoot, but he is a very nice and sweet person. Somehow, I feel like he would be more relaxed at a Prison Break convention.
And I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Michael Rowe (Deadshot/Floyd Lawton in Arrow/Flash), David Ramsey (John Diggle in Arrow), Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne in Flash) and Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in Arrow), the other guests of the convention. The only one that I didn’t quite like was Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary in Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow), at the panels she didn’t seem very approachable, but while I was in line for my photo with Dominic I saw part of her photo shoot with the fans and she seemed ok. But as I said, I loved the guys, I almost felt bad that I didn’t like their shows. Their panels were the funniest of all convention, they teased one another, they played kiss/kill/marry, they interacted a lot with the fans, they laughed, they danced, they sang, they made a lot of jokes… pure delight! And I also saw some of the photos with the fans and all of them were adorable! They were making funny faces and all kind of goofy poses, some of them even initiated by them as I later found out… they were having so much fun, like they were with some friends not with some fans. I kind of regret I didn’t buy any photos with them because they were so much fun, but maybe I will see them again in the future at other conventions. If you have the chance to see these guys, go for it, you will have a good laugh!
All in all, I know I wrote a lot, but there are not enough words to describe the moment you see your dream coming true. Even if my mind refused to cooperate when I saw Wentworth Miller and I can’t recall a lot of details, the whole experience was more than I could’ve ever imagined and I hope I will have the chance to do it all over again one day!
*Guest post by Andreea Budescu
Wentworth Miller Dominic Purcell Rick Cosnett Manu Bennett Caity Lotz Michael Rowe David Ramsey