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The word is overused, but I can’t think of a better one to describe this coming week.

Okay, backstory: ten years ago my husband Steve Lieber illustrated a graphic novel called Whiteout, written by Greg Rucka.

A while after that, Wolfgang Petersen thought he might want to make a movie based on it, but he didn’t. Then Reese Witherspoon thought the same thing, but she didn’t, either. Then Joel Silver bought the rights, and he did. The red-carpet premiere is Wednesday night, and Steve and I are going to be there.

So, this event is utterly and completely not about me. I am attending in a spousal support capacity. Nonetheless, I have anxiety.

I didn’t think I did, so much. And then today, I realized: I’ve displaced all my anxiety about the trip into Extremely Specific Fashion-Related Quests.

Despite The Storied Glamour of Hollywood, I am certain that no one’s going to care what I look like. But if I obsess about finding neutral-toned fishnets, an exactly correct black tank top, and the precisely right pair of jeans to take with me, my brain has less room to worry about, you know, coming off like an idiot to any Important Hollywood People to whom I might randomly end up talking.

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  • grrlpup
    September 7, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I loved Whiteout and didn’t realize the artist was local! Excited to see the movie; keep us posted and enjoy the glam. :)

  • sara z.
    September 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    SO cool and fun! A friend of mine who is just a regular everyday person won a contest and went to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Her approach with celebrities: pretend you’ve already met. e.g. Upon seeing Robert DeNiro, cheek-kiss and say, “Bob, so good to see you!”

  • Sara
    September 7, 2009 at 11:28 am

    grrlpup, artist and writer are both local! Portland, it is chock full of cartoonists.

    Sara, love the “We’ve already met” approach to celebrity interaction. Personally I am hoping to get to talk to some of the behind-the-scenes folks: set designers, lighting techs, makeup artists.

  • Kat
    September 9, 2009 at 7:21 am

    My 2 cents: look fabulous, even only for Steve. Fabulous is what YOU think it is, not what Hollywood thinks it is. Fabulous is comfortable because you want to be focused on what people are saying about the movie and Steve’s work, not about what you’re wearing. Fabulous is a new outfit because you’ll be thrilled to wear it for the first time. Fabulous does not mean a dress or a skirt.

    Enjoy yourself. It’s been earned.