Tuesday, October 21, 2008

you know you live in LA when ...

I wish I could say that I knew my recently acquired personal trainer was going to be on the syndicated episode of Two and Half Men tonight because I was randomly channel surfing and recognized him in his short role as a detective but let's face it, I undoubtedly stalked him... but not in the conventional way.. you know... Facebook-- because the word convention is about as compatible with Los Angeles as I am with dating or driving or cooking or any other skills of domestication, really. While people in other parts of the country spend countless hours creeping through myspace pages and FB profiles, here in LA I have learned that the internet movie data base (imdb.com) is a lot more efficient in uncovering juicy details about new acquaintances met in and around Hollywood. While you won't find incredibly embarrassing videos of these new friends doing keg stands wearing a tutu in college, you will find a montage of head shots and them attending premieres. And while you won't find useless information like your activities, interests and favorite movies, you will find a list of all your favorite movies that they've had roles in. IMDB gives you just about as much sense of their character (more so in the literal sense as in what kind of roles they play... hot guy? Detective #3? Bodyguard 14? and not so much in the figurative sense... genuine? funny? romantic?) as any of the other leading stalking-enablers. For instance, when Carly had a coffee date with a working actor a few weeks back (http://carlyhallam.blogspot.com/2008/09/lesson-from-starbucks.html), it was imdb that gave us the (predate) knowledge that not only is he really good friends with Casper van Dien but he also attended Duke University on a full athletic scholarship where he earned a degree in Psychology. Oh ya, and he has a lead role on TNT's Saving Grace. It is imdb that informed me that my trainer was not only the Valedictorian of his class but also studied in the same acting class as Zach Braff at Northwestern University. Oh ya, and has appeared on hit TV shows like Cold Case, Reno 911! and Zoey 101. You know you live in LA when you stalk the people in your life on movie databases... 

No comments: